Broken River Staff

We employ professional staff to run the ski area and accommodation lodges in the winter. Our staff are part of the Club "family" and come back year after year.

We pride ourselves in having friendly, hard-working staff who reflect the culture of our Club and we appreciate them going the extra mile for us.

 

 

Meet Our Staff

Sam Worsp - Mountain Manager

This is Sam's 5th season at BR and 4th as Manager. Sam started his long ski career at the tender age of 4 at Whakapapa’s Happy Valley on Mt. Ruapehu.  Sam qualified as a ski instructor and then 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.  When not working at Broken River, Sam is self-employed as a Graphic Designer. 

Doug McCabe - Snow Safety

This is Doug's 9th season at Broken River - he has become part of the furniture! In our summers Doug works as a Snow Safety Officer and Assistant Ski Patrol Director at the Yellowstone Club in Big Sky, Montana.

Craig - Ski School Director

Craig started skiing at the age of 7 and teaching at 15 in Ontario, Canada.  After finishing University he started to travel, ski and instruct in British Colombia, Australia, New Zealand and most recently in Japan. His travels have ensured his continuing development as an instructor, observing teaching tactics from different associations throughout his travels.  Craig likes to make his lessons a fun experience while making students happy with their accomplishments. He's looking forward to seeing you on the mountain! You'll find full details of his ski instructor qualifications here.

 Amy - Administration Manager


Amy Smith, is from south east England and has spent the last year working and travelling Australia. In this time she has skydived, scuba dived and seen some of the most beautiful sights Australia has to offer. Next off the bucket list is ski season at Broken River to experience the unique Kiwi ski-culture!


Amy's previous experience includes working as an accounts assistant for 3 years in a busy administration department in Sunny Tunny (Tunbridge Wells, Kent). One of Amy's greatest achievements was in 2008 helping to build a school in Malawi, Africa. All of her spare time is taken up at the Stables either looking after her horses, riding or teaching. She has made it to the age of 23 with nearly all her fingers and toes intact, when you next see her be sure to ask the full story.

Tom - Chef

Tom was born in Adelaide and started working in a kitchen washing dishes in local pub at 16, finished school and started his apprenticeship. When he completed his apprencticeship aged 22, Tom bought a ticket to London with his best mate then did some travelling and found a job in one of Gordon Ramsay's restaurants. After working there for almost a year he decided that he wanted to pursue his dream of working a season in the snow. He found an amazing job in Courchevel, France and had the time of his life.

Tom's other big passion is football. When returning to Adelaide he thought he would detour to Brazil and check out the Fifa World Cup. But, after spending 6 months back home, he was up for a change of scenery and being active and keen on the outdoors, New Zealand seemed to be an ideal location.

Tom is always up for doing some extreme sports to get the adrenaline pumping. He loves having a laugh with mates, listening to some good tunes, and enjoying a cold frothy beer.

Kirsten - Administration Assistant/Chef's Assistant

As far back as Kirsten can remember she was catching a cool breeze on her face while cruising down the slopes in her parent’s backpack. From an early age she was addicted to skiing and the adrenaline that came with it. Kirsten grew up in Montreal, Quebec. Spending the better part of her upbringing crossing the US border to ski in Vermont. She has received her CSIA level 1 ski instructors certificate and has dedicated any extra funds she could get her hands on to discover skiing all throughout North America.  Upon completing her Commerce degree in Montreal, Kirsten took off to the Yukon where harsh winters and endless summer nights were aplenty. Working for a marketing agency specializing in tourism gave Kirsten that extra push to do some exploring herself. She is a lover of all board sports, hiking, cooking and so much more. Kirsten is extremely excited about a season at Broken River because in her mind it is the ultimate Kiwi experience.

Ross - Patrol


At an early age, Ross' love for skiing and good times saw him move from his hometown of Springfield over to Wanaka for some years. As the travel bug kicked in he moved to Park City UT, USA to ski and work as a snowmaker/groomer operator. He spent 4 years doing back to back winters between USA and New Zealand grooming nights and skiing days. During a summer of r&r back in NZ he found his summer addiction in the form of a bicycle down a trail which helped fuel his next move to BC Canada. Ross spent his first snow season in Canada @ Kicking Horse Resort working & skiing but when the opportunity to work on the ice roads north of Yellowknife NWT came he jumped at the opportunity. When the sun came out, mountain biking and traveling around Canada was a good way to spend a summer. After Canada he moved back to Wanaka operating snowcats & excavators 'til the opportunity to spend the summer in Antarctica arose. Now that's over he is at Broken River for the winter keen to ski, work meet some cool people and have a awesome snow filled season.