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
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
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!
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
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
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
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…