TRIBUTES have been paid to a much-loved snowboarding instructor who died last week aged just 46 after a short illness.

Paul Lamouche, known to friends and colleagues as ‘Mush’, died on Friday October 30.

He was head snowboarding instructor at Ski Rossendale ­— the much-loved attraction at Hill Skill Slope in Haslingden Old Road, Rawtenstall.

His death comes at a time when his beloved venue has faced huge challenges due to the ongoing lockdown situation.

Business development manager Dave Fuller said: “He was a stalwart of our snowboarding teaching team.

“He taught thousands of people over the course of his career, he was great with kids, had tons of patience and enthusiasm.

“He was an absolute gent on the slope.”

A statement released by the venue said: “It is with great sadness that we announce Paul Lamouche a valued member of our team passed away on Friday 30 October.

“A snowboarding legend, a great guy and an integral part of the family at The Hill.

“His Motto was ‘live life to the full’ and that he certainly did!

“Keep on boarding!”

Mr Lamouche had worked for Ski Rossendale for many years, passing on his skills to all visitors young and old.

In 2009 he played a key part in a campaign to keep the resort open after it was attacked by vandals.

Mr Lamouche, along with 80 other enthusiasts from around the country, took part in a fundraising competition that helped to secure the resort’s future.

He leaves behind a mother, sister and brother along with a team of valued colleagues.

Ski Rossendale has now temporarily closed due to lockdown restrictions but hopes to be open for business again soon where they will keep Paul Lamouche’s memory alive by coaching new generations in his beloved winter sports.