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 🙂
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
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
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
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
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
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
The past three trips northwards have reinforced my belief that there is nothing on this planet more hardy, crazy, happy or determined than a Scottish skier. Our geographical location lends itself perfectly for constant weather turmoil. I am sure when the tectonic plates were getting shifted about and the planets weather systems began to develop Scotland was used as … Continue reading Scotland Rocks
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
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
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
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
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
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”
Skiing...why do we do it? It's a question that has been reverberating around inside my head for over a year now. I had never really thought too deeply about what my motivations were until I got hurt in April 2011. It made me sit back and take stock. Why on earth am I so passionately addicted to … Continue reading Skiing..why do we do it?