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World Snow Day, My Birthday

Happpppppy World Snow Day everyone. Hope you are out enjoying the white stuff wherever you may be. Today is also my birthday. I love the fact I was born on what has became World Snow Day. How fitting. I share my birthday with two inspirational snowy friends. Brian France who I worked with at Silver … Continue reading World Snow Day, My Birthday

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Wild is the Wind…….New Years Day : 01/01/2013

29/12/2012: Snow..and warm wind...bleurghh So today is what you call a recovery day. Actually it is an enforced day off the hill. The snow is vanishing as quickly as it came because of the warm south westerlies. Gales are howling all around. The wind gauge hit 102mph on the summit of Cairngorm. A heart breaking … Continue reading Wild is the Wind…….New Years Day : 01/01/2013

Secret Mission : Christmas Eve Ski Tour – Cairngorm

I woke up at 5:15am on Christmas Eve softly kissed my other half goodbye and snuck out the house as quietly as I could....all systems go.....the mission was on. I blasted up the M90 from Edinburgh and then hit the A9 heading northbound. The radio hissed and crackled in between assaulting my ears with horrendous renditions of yester years Christmas … Continue reading Secret Mission : Christmas Eve Ski Tour – Cairngorm

Warren Miller – Flow State

A lovely bright sunny Edinburgh day. Really sad not to have been able to make it north on the opening weekend of the Scottish Ski season. Both Cairngorm and Lecht started mountain operations for the winter. There has been some nice initial snowfall which has been topped up by snow cannons. Luckily in Scotland there … Continue reading Warren Miller – Flow State

Plastic Fantastic 2 – The return of the mat

Well in typical fashion I was running a little late this morning. Why is it that when your late everything seems to conspire against you? I get to my car and....it was frozen solid...then every traffic light I came to was red....aaaargh! I eventually got to the ski centre 4 minutes before my first lesson. … Continue reading Plastic Fantastic 2 – The return of the mat

High altitude snow fun in Cervinia and Zermatt

Thank you alps for being high and having lovely glaciers that make it possible to ski pretty much year round. I was back on snow skiing in Cervinia (Aosta Valley, Italy) and Zermatt (Visp, Valais, Switzerland) from 4th to 10th November.   I took part in a performance course organised by Interski. A great way to jump start the 2012/2013 … Continue reading High altitude snow fun in Cervinia and Zermatt

Edinburgh 10k – DSUK – A run in the park with my ski’s

So today was the day...the day my ski's and I had a date with the Bupa Great Edinburgh Run. I think the event organisers must of heard I was carrying my trusty planks round with me and decided the route needed to be changed...to incorporate more hills....just to make it that wee bit more of a challenge.I woke up … Continue reading Edinburgh 10k – DSUK – A run in the park with my ski’s

My Two-bits on boots (by Darcy Trevelyan – Whistler Blackcomb Snow School)

At this time of year I start to think about replacing worn out equipment. Luckily the pre-season ski sales are in full swing. Shops are trying to offload last seasons models at knock down prices in order to make room for new stock. My friend Darcy is a highly respected instructor, coach and guide. He was kind enough to share his … Continue reading My Two-bits on boots (by Darcy Trevelyan – Whistler Blackcomb Snow School)

The poor misunderstood snowplough…

When dishing out cool the poor misunderstood snowplough (wedge) is so many degrees above freezing it has melted into a puddle of water. It certainly isn't the glamour puss of the ski world. It gets very little press. It doesn't thrill like a powder turn on the front cover of a magazine, or the high speed carve of a GS turn during a World Cup race, it is … Continue reading The poor misunderstood snowplough…

Early season start – Cervinia, Italy

I thought I would jumpstart the 2012/13 winter season by heading to Italy at the start of November to ski with some BASI trainers (www.basi.org.uk). The majority of my ski training over the years has been done under the Canadian system CSIA (www.snowpro.com) and CSCF (http://www.canskicoach.org) so I am really excited to get a different … Continue reading Early season start – Cervinia, Italy

“Further” to the “Blizzard of Aahhh’s”

Whenever I feel uncontrollable hunger pangs for some snowy action, but am unable to strap my planks on, I crack open a ski or snowboard movie. I throw it in the machine.. sit back .. and get taken away to a happier place. A world full of beautiful scenery and amazing action. Guys and girls … Continue reading “Further” to the “Blizzard of Aahhh’s”

Daily Record Interview…

I was interviewed by the Daily Record newspaper a few days ago. On 7th October I'm taking part in the Edinburgh 10k to raise some well needed cash for Disability Snowsports UK .(http://www.disabilitysnowsport.org.uk/). If you are feeling charitable then please donate through my just giving page (www.justgiving.com/Alasdair-ross). It really is an exceptionally worthwhile cause. Today … Continue reading Daily Record Interview…

Heavy Snowfalls and Wild Winds in Scotland

Scotland is being battered by its usual January storms. Winds have reached 142mph on the highest summits and have even been recorded at 91mph in the city of Edinburgh. The past few days have seen some hopeful signs that the woeful start to the Scottish Snowsports season might see a reprieve. there has been 40+ … Continue reading Heavy Snowfalls and Wild Winds in Scotland

Ski Better! Separation is good for you!

One of the keys to developing skiing beyond the intermediate plateau is the ability to use the lower body independently of the upper body. This is commonly known as separation. Leading the turning effort with the lower body is the most efficient and controlled way to ski. It is a fundamental skill required to ski bumps, steeps, powder, … Continue reading Ski Better! Separation is good for you!

Climate Change…where did all the snow go?

The Inter Governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has released outlines of it`s 5th assessment report into climate change. The report is the rather snappily named - AR5. It is a synthesis of three working groups and provides a comprehensive scientifically based assessment of current and predicted future climate trends, what this means for the … Continue reading Climate Change…where did all the snow go?

Ski Shows, Ski Movie Releases..bring on the snow!

The London ski show has kicked off and is wetting snow appetites of all those who visit. The start of ski show and ski movie release season certainly helps turn everyone's thoughts towards the onset of winter. We look for signs, no matter how spurious, that may indicate how good or bad the snowy season is … Continue reading Ski Shows, Ski Movie Releases..bring on the snow!

Ski Tricks 1: How to Tip Roll – Glenn Plake

The legendary Glenn Plake spends some of his winter traveling round giving up his time to teach people one of his loves - ski technique. Well known for his larger than life character and hell raising younger (and older!) days he could now be at the forefront of another ski revolution after gaining his PSIA … Continue reading Ski Tricks 1: How to Tip Roll – Glenn Plake

Developing control in steeps

Self preservation is a natural reaction when nerves take hold. In an unfamiliar environment such as steep terrain with variable snow conditions it's easy to become a defensive skier - relying on braking and skidding to control your descent. Heavy edge sets combined with rapidly turning your ski's from side to side like a set … Continue reading Developing control in steeps

Finnish Wonderland! Ruka and Pyha Opening day!!

The first non-glacial ski resort to open for the season in the Northern Hemisphere is........ Ruka in Finland 🙂 The mountain opened today,17th October, a few hours ahead of Arahapoe Basin in Colorado. Ruka is one of the largest ski resorts in Finland and has one of the longest seasons in Europe (October - May). Ruka … Continue reading Finnish Wonderland! Ruka and Pyha Opening day!!

Opening Day Tomorrow!! Arahapoe Basin

Looks like the snow gods have been kind and delivered some Autumn joy to those lucky folks in Colorado. The below announcement has been made on the Arahapoe Basin website. Arapahoe Basin will OPEN for the 2014-15 season on FRIDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2014. The Black Mountain Express lift will open at 9:00 am with access to … Continue reading Opening Day Tomorrow!! Arahapoe Basin

Copper Mountain.. Snowy Color Run!!!!

Wow a snowbound Color Run sounds amazing. Good news for anyone venturing to Copper Mountain in April 2015. The Color Run crew are planning a return visit after last years epic instalment. It is the only place where you can currently enjoy the "Happiest 5k on the planet" whilst getting blasted with paint in a … Continue reading Copper Mountain.. Snowy Color Run!!!!

Iceland – Land of Fire, Ice and Heli-Skiing!

Salomon Freeski TV have released their first episode of the season. It was filmed on location in Iceland. Skiers include Chris Rubens, Mark Abma and the late great Andreas Fransson. It features the Troll Peninsula and includes a first descent of Skidadalur on Burffelshyrna. The film highlights the beauty of the Icelandic landscape and gives a glimpse … Continue reading Iceland – Land of Fire, Ice and Heli-Skiing!

Winter Is Coming Festival 2014/2015

Scotland has a brand new sparkly festival to look forward to. The Winter is Coming Festival hits a number of dry ski slopes on the weekend of 18th and 19th October. The festival will offer a range of activities over two days, including taster ski sessions, taster snowboard sessions and tubing. There will also be … Continue reading Winter Is Coming Festival 2014/2015

Soelden World Cup Prep

The FIS Ski World Cup Opening weekend is the 25th and 26th of October in Soelden, Austria. The race takes place high up on the Rettenbach Glacier (3250m).  The official Soelden website is reporting a snow depth of 29cms on the glacier at 3000m.  Soelden Live Webcam shows a 360 degree sweep of the current conditions. In … Continue reading Soelden World Cup Prep

Southern Hemisphere Season still rumbling along

The winter season in the Southern Hemisphere is still clinging to life. Mount Hutt in NZ is reporting snow depths of 65cms on the upper slopes and 55cms on the lower mountain. With the last snowfall being on 3rd October - a nice 5cms blast to freshen conditions up a bit. The hill was closed … Continue reading Southern Hemisphere Season still rumbling along

Run 10k carrying ski’s..yeah why not! Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run

Run 10k with ski's on your back to raise money for charity.. what idiot would think of such a stupid idea?.. Oh yeah..that was me. The Bank of Scotland great Scottish run was held this weekend. The half-marathon was on Saturday and I took part in the 10k today (Sunday). In true Glasgow style the … Continue reading Run 10k carrying ski’s..yeah why not! Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run

Arapahoe Basin – Snow Making is up and running

Each Autumn there is a mad dash by a number of ski resorts in North America to see who will take the honours for opening first. Arapahoe Basin in Colorado took the title in 2013. They opened on October 13th with 18 inches of mostly man made snow. Snowmaking is currently well under way. I think … Continue reading Arapahoe Basin – Snow Making is up and running