Seizing the moment. Late season snow hunt

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

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Three Days in Glencoe

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

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

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

Plastic Fantastic

This was my first proper weekend back teaching at Plastic Fantastic  - more commonly known as Midlothian Snowsports Centre, Hillend, Edinburgh. In typical Scottish style the weather was great one day...not so great the next. Saturday was an awesome cool crisp bluebird day. Sunday was a whole different kettle of fish. I thought I would need to build … Continue reading Plastic Fantastic

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

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…