Sophie Norton – Broken River Ski School Director
Originally from Essex, England, Sophie Norton is a seasoned international, with 19 back-to-back winter seasons between the northern and southern hemisphere under her tow belt. She is passionate about skiing and teaching others to ski. For the last 9 seasons Sophie has been instructing in Sunshine Village, Canada. She comes to Broken River with a lot of experience of skiing and instructing in New Zealand, particularly Club fields, and has instructed at Craigieburn Valley Ski Area for 7 winters. Sophie holds her Canadian Ski Instructors Alliance (CSIA) level 4. She is also a CSIA Examiner and a Canadian Ski Coaches Federation (CSCF) level 2 race coach. In her spare time, Sophie enjoys ski touring and climbing.
Sam Worsp – Ski and Snowboard Instructor
Our Mountain Manager Sam Worsp is also part of the Broken River Ski School team this season. Sam started his long ski career at the tender age of 4 at Whakapapa’s Happy Valley on Mt. Ruapehu. Since those first fun days of sliding, Sam has followed the snow all around the world working seasons in Canada’s Lake Louise, Japan’s Snowy Niseko, and here in New Zealand at Hanmer Springs and of course Broken River. Sam currently holds a NZSIA Level II. When not working at Broken River Sam is self-employed as a Graphic Designer.
Claire Newell - Telemark Instructor
Claire grew up skiing at Broken River and has many fond memories of sliding around the slopes here. After many years of alpine skiing Claire was introduced to telemarking by her future husband Jim. She has enjoyed the challenge of learning to telemark and is passionate about helping others to enjoy this sport. Claire holds her NZSIA Level II Telemark certificate. Off the snow Claire is also the Marketing Manager for Broken River and works part-time as a Plant Ecologist.
Jim Henderson - Telemark Instructor
Jim started skiing in his early 20's at Broken River and started telemark skiing while working down at Scott Base, Antartica for a year. He has never looked back and has continued to promote and encourage others in their telemarking since. Jim holds his NZSIA Level II Telemark certificate. When the boards aren't strapped to his feet, you'll find Jim exploring the mountains on foot, both through work and with the family.