Meet the team
Get to know Tom
Tom is our very own skiing wine connoisseur from Suffolk. He began skiing in La Plagne at the sweet age of 7 when he was trusted to carry his own skis and go for a wee on his own! He spent a lot of time skiing all over the Alps and the Dolomites from Arabba to Val d’isere and has many fond memories terrifying both his family and instructors from his lack of breaks used! His passion for skiing developed into a career when he began teaching in Canada in 2003, which he describes as cold but fun! His eagerness for speed helped him pass the euro test breezily but he never tried racing professionally so we won’t be seeing him in the next Olympics unfortunately. He joined Marmalade in 2013 and feels all his winters have all turned into one oousy delicious Marma mess! In the Summer Tom describes himself as jack of all trade but a master of none (we disagree), from woking in the wine industry to a bit of farming, to a bit of building… he does it all! As well as being a full time Dad!
Describe a perfect day on the mountain.
Deep snow. Cold temperatures. Blue sky. Out with plenty of good friends who are all happy to ski the same places and push themselves for the day. Then I think it would have to be followed by a nice soiree somewhere!
Superman or Batman?
Superman – he was (and still is) my childhood hero. In fact I used to even pray before going to bed as a youngster that I would dream about being Superman in my sleep that night.
What do you most like about being a ski instructor?
I love being outside in the fresh air, in the mountains and simply doing what it is that I love the most – skiing. Then on top of that actually teaching gives me the chance to make others happy simply by showing them how to enjoy the sport like I do.
What is your favourite fruit?
Good question. Probably a pineapple – it has everything really. Nutrition, taste, juice and the overall excitement of how to even get into one.
If you could live forever, would you?
No! I think it would be a bit sad! Would I be the only one that got to live forever and everyone else would pass on? No I would not like to live forever – it would be too bad to see the world change so much from what it is now and to lose the people that are in it.
Favourite ski resort and why?
I am going to have to say Whistler, well actually can I marry Whistler with a French resort? – I think that would be good. It would give you amazing skiing, a fantastic lift system, phenomenal snow, loads of places to get lost skiing though trees and powder. But it would still have European style with the chance of eating some great food on the mountain and enjoy a glass or two of wine (within safety limitations obviously). Then at the end of the day you can come down and have some great après ski too. That would be the best resort in my mind.
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