Meet the team
Get to know Derek
Our very own Scotsman Derek a.k.a Del (or Delboy) started skiing at the wee age of 4 years old in the finest Scottish resorts of The Lecht and Glenshee! Del started teaching in 2000 before leaving tradional ski schools behind him to found Marmalade in 2010. Del has competed in annual inter resort bumps competitions ‘Boss Des Bosses’ and some other small free ride/freestyle competitions. He is waiting for his 2022 olympic invite. In the summer he lives on a wee Channel Island called Alderney where he sets the island alight being an electrician. His wife runs a bar, restaurant and B&B so when he isn’t working for Marmalade, being an electrician and a full time Dad, he helps her out!
What’s your name and where are you from?
My name is Derek (or Del as most call me) and I come from Aberdeen in the sunny North East of Scotland.
Describe your perfect day on the mountain.
Loads and loads of fresh snow. Cold air and blue skies. We’d do a couple of big mountain, big descents in the morning and then an afternoon exploring the forests.
Sushi or Steak?
Tough call. Steak is the king of meals really but there is something very fresh and enlightening about sushi. I’ll say sushi as I like the way the wasabi makes my nose run. Then again steak and mustard does the same…..
What do you most like about being a ski instructor?
The simplest answer is that I get to go skiing everyday and I love it every day. The deeper answer is that I think there are monents when we are learning – be it skiing, guitar, cooking, woodwork, french or anything else – where we struggle to get beyond a certain moment. It happens at all levels from a beginner all the way to the top too I think. Then after some wise words (hopefully) on my part it happens. There is a smile that comes with a breakthrough. And I love to see that smile.
What is your favourite chocolate bar?
I think I might have to say a Twix. Not very exciting but it has the lot – nice bit of biscuit for some crunch and then the required sugar hit comes from the caramel and chocolate. I’d say the humble Twix would never set the world alight but it’s a fail-safe winner every time.
If you could have another ‘dream’ job what would it be?
Maybe a rock star, or a surf instructor, or actually I would quite like to a gardener. I’ll go with gardener. For some fancy big house or estate.
Favourite ski resort and why?
Due to my heritage I am inclined to say that you can’t beat Scotland on a good day but really it’s Meribel and the 3 Valleys. There is a reason I have been here since 1998 and that is the vast, expansive, varied terrain around here. It’s immense and we are still finding new places to go explore.
See Del in action:
Meet the rest of the team: