Teaching in the rain…what a wonderful feeling…I’m soaking again :)

Wowee what a lot of rain we have been having! Where is all the snow? I've been getting a bit confused lately - ski teacher or water skiing instructor? I am soggy in places that shouldn't be getting much for my totally awesome Bonfire pants. Maybe they are living up to their fiery name … Continue reading Teaching in the rain…what a wonderful feeling…I’m soaking again 🙂

First Snowfall of the 2014/15 Season!

Japan is always somewhere I have wanted to ski. In fact in 2006 I was offered a job teaching in Hokkaido. I had my visa at the ready and was champing at the bit to go. Circumstances however lead me to take up an instructor job at Silver Star mountain in British Colombia. I had tej best 3 winters of my life…however I always wonder…what if. Not. A healthy way to think. I am changing it now to..when I go. I am hoping to be able to take a trip out this winter and enjoy the amazingness of Hokkaidos bottomless powder.

Ezo Pow

Asahidake, September 16th 2014

Asahidake’s webcam this afternoon

I think this is the earliest first snowfall we’ve had in the past 5 years that I’ve been in Hokkaido. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves, winter is still a looooong way off. Yesterday, less than 40km from the summit of Asahidake, the Ezopow crew were enjoying the sunshine and jumping into a mountain lake!

Not quite winter yet! Photo by Gin Saito

But its definitely cool to see the peaks covered in a little dusting of snow. In around two months time, we’ll hopefully be getting our first turns of the winter.

Asahidake and Daisetsuzan from Asahikawa.
Photo by Andy Seward

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JAPOW!! Niseko and Rusutsu – Japanese Dreams!

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Three Days in Glencoe

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Vitamin fuelled veggie winter warmer!

Had a bit of time on my hands after yoga this morning and decided to try and be a little creative in the kitchen. A quick trip to Tescos to pick up some supplies and then some experimentation in the kitchen and voila - The Skischool TV Veggie Winter Warmer. Ingredients: 1x Squash Olive oil … Continue reading Vitamin fuelled veggie winter warmer!

Saami Kemi – Snow Sports Jacket

Can only the well established big guns produce high quality functional ski wear? That is the presumption the team at Saami are determined to dispell. They set themselves an awesome challenge.. to produce a product that can not only beat the big guns on price but also stick it to them when it comes to … Continue reading Saami Kemi – Snow Sports Jacket

Super Ski Apartment for Rent : Bansko, Bulgaria

The studio apartment is in the perfect location to make the most of your stay in Bansko. It is situated a short stroll from the main gondola adjacent to Bansko's premier 5* Hotel the Kempinski. The historic town centre is only a 10min walk away. There are numerous eateries and small shops nearby if … Continue reading Super Ski Apartment for Rent : Bansko, Bulgaria

The New Yorkers Ski Indoors for the first time

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Ski Technique 1967

A fantastic instructional video from 1967 presented by the legendary Hans Kuwall filmed at Midlothian Snowsports Centre in Edinbugh. It is amazing how similar the general ski progression is. Not too much has changed over the last 50 years - familiarity with equipment on the flat, straight running, snowplough, snowplough turns, plough parallel (stem christiania) and parallel. However there are differences in the … Continue reading Ski Technique 1967

5 Beginners, 5 hours – Learning to ski in one day!

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Glenshee…it’s a stupid grin sort of day!

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

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