Instructors

Norman Thomas

I began skiing in Bad Regaz, Switzerland – Christmas 1963 (on a school ski holiday that cost £32 for 10 days – a real bargain!).

After this I joined Pendle Ski Club, 5 years later and in 1975 eventually became a Level 2 instructor – formerly called ASSI (and in 1976 was Northwest Ski Federation Race Champion). Then finally moved over to Ski Rossendale in 1996. In 2001, Gryffin SnowSports Club was born.

Norman has now retired from instructing at Gryffin, but remains a prominent figure of our club.

John Monks

I first caught the skiing bug in 1990 in Canada whilst visiting relatives for Christmas in Calgary.  I joined Rossendale Ski Club in 1991 and later Gryffin SnowSports Club in 2002 where I met like minded skiers and was then encouraged to become an instructor. At present I am a Level 2 instructor, which has enabled me to pass on my enthusiasm for the sport to others.

Johanna Hulme

I started skiing in January 2005 when I went on a ski holiday to Andorra with friends. I joined Gryffin in 2006 and have not looked back since – I love skiing and now teaching.

I achieved my Level 1 instructor qualification in March 2010 and in December 2013 progressed to a Level 2. I’ve skied in Europe, mostly France, but also Switzerland, and Canada. It’s great to be able to learn the skills on the dry slope, helping people to get better and then putting all the learning into practice on a ski holiday!

John O’Rourke

I first skied aged 14 on a school trip, I then rediscovered skiing in 2005 and have done a bit of ski touring, basically you wear your skis whilst walking up one side of the mountain then ski the other side, and would like to know if anyone else is interested in ski touring. I have been instructing since 2009 at Level 1 and achieved my Level 2 in September 2013.

Steve Hulme

I was a former snowboarder for 8 years, who saw the light and swapped my board for planks and have not looked back since!

With the help of the Gryffin Ski Club, which I joined in 2008 (and their very patient instructors); I’ve worked on my skiing every year and became a Level 1 Instructor.

In December 2013, I achieved my Level 2 instructor qualification, which I’m really pleased with and look forward to working with our members to help bring on their skiing, just as the Gryffin Ski Club has helped me.

Phil Taylor

My debut ski experience was in Chamonix in 2002, preceded only by a taster lesson at Ski Rossendale in 2001… it didn’t go well. A few years later after two more trips to Chamonix, I decided to join the ATT ski group at Rossendale led by John Holgate and learn how to ski! I’ve had instruction from John every year since, as a skier and instructor. I’ve never missed a year skiing in Chamonix, it’s a special place!

I was encouraged to become an instructor by Rossendale Ski Centre and I achieved my UKSS Alpine Level 1 in April 2016 and Level 2 in April 2018.  I was introduced to Mogul skiing about 6 years ago and in May 2018 achieved my UKSS Moguls Level 1 instructor license. I’m an instructor for Rossendale and a DSUK volunteer at Chill Factore. I’m passionate about skiing and passing on knowledge and it’s great to now be part of Gryffin!

When I’m not skiing (and working) my main interests are generally keeping fit and long distance open water swimming.

Viv Morris

Viv is a Level 1 Instructor and has been a Gryffin member since December 2013… Bio to follow.