Well here it is folks! What an awesome sight. The first snow of winter at the start of Autumn. Only a thin dusting like icing sugar on top of a cake but makes you feel a little excited for the onset of winter.
When you have an urge to slide down a mountain covered in white stuff, but there isn't a lot of it nearby, it is time to get all zen like and fine tune your snow hunting senses. Making the most of what you can sniff out is part of the fun of late season skiing … Continue reading Seizing the moment. Late season snow hunt
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 wet...so 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 🙂
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.
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
Niseko and Rusutsu - by John Homann Japan is one the most amazing places I have been to. They have a wonderful and respectful culture, great food and exceptional snow. Niseko United comprises four resorts on one mountain and has some really nice terrain. I spent 12 days here and also at Rusutsu. I stayed … Continue reading JAPOW!! Niseko and Rusutsu – Japanese Dreams!
Three days in Glencoe. Each one of them provided a unique story and experience. Wild one minute, calm the next. Glencoe is a wondrous place but be prepared for every eventuality. The five ski centres in Scotland all have unique characteristics. There is something rougher, readier and more adventurous about Glencoe Mountain. It is a … Continue reading Three Days in Glencoe
I expected Cairngorm to be busy today. Christmas holidays, sunny weather and top to bottom skiing. Of course the slopes would be bursting at the seams. I was however not expecting it to be quite so crazy. The only word I can use to sum up what occured this morning is - Gongshow. To turn up … Continue reading Cairngorm Gongshow
A quick blast up the M90 to have a cheeky wee half day at Glenshee. A nice way to spend Boxing Day. I would be lying if I said it was a great day on the hill though. A little snow fun however is way better than no snow fun at all - even with … Continue reading Boxing Day slide – Glenshee
In November I decided to head off to Cervinia again to get my legs warmed up for the coming season. Always great to jump the gun. There are a lot of resorts throughout North America opening early. Europe has also seen snow but at the minute we are not quite getting the same action as … Continue reading Cervinia 2013
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!
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
The Skischool.tv 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
It's always nice to get away for a short break. I found myself in Prague in the Czech Republic for a few days. The city is beautiful and has the bonus of being a great city to run round so I didn't let the fitness training slip too much. While walking around the many market … Continue reading Reminiscence – Mountain Men
Over the past few months I've discovered the wonders of Yoga. Ashtanga Yoga to be precise. I've been attending Union Yoga in Edinburgh. As a skier and a keen runner my ligaments, joints and muscles have taken a lot of abuse over the years. It's time to show them a little love. The team at … Continue reading Yoga for ski improvement
My cousin Mike and his great wee family were over from the Big Apple last week. Mike, like me, is a total ski nut. It has been far too many years since we last skied together in Beautiful British Colombia at Silver Star Mountain. It's nearing the end of summer in Scotland so not surprisingly … Continue reading The New Yorkers Ski Indoors for the first time
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
The key to the survival and growth of skiing as a sport is attracting and retaining new participants. It was therefore an honour to introduce 5 newbies to our awesome sport on 24th February through a product recently launched by Midlothian Snowsports Centre in Edinburgh - Learn to Ski in One Day! The group were … Continue reading 5 Beginners, 5 hours – Learning to ski in one day!
Keeping a positive attitude and making the most of whatever the weather decides to throw at us is part and parcel of being a Scottish skier. Lets face it, every day in the snow is a stupid grin sort of day. Even if it's ridiculously grim out there! Saturday had provided a perfect bluebird day … Continue reading Glenshee…it’s a stupid grin sort of day!
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
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