Heavy Snowfalls and Wild Winds in Scotland

Scotland is being battered by its usual January storms. Winds have reached 142mph on the highest summits and have even been recorded at 91mph in the city of Edinburgh. The past few days have seen some hopeful signs that the woeful start to the Scottish Snowsports season might see a reprieve. there has been 40+ … Continue reading Heavy Snowfalls and Wild Winds in Scotland

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Climate Change…where did all the snow go?

The Inter Governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has released outlines of it`s 5th assessment report into climate change. The report is the rather snappily named - AR5. It is a synthesis of three working groups and provides a comprehensive scientifically based assessment of current and predicted future climate trends, what this means for the … Continue reading Climate Change…where did all the snow go?

Developing control in steeps

Self preservation is a natural reaction when nerves take hold. In an unfamiliar environment such as steep terrain with variable snow conditions it's easy to become a defensive skier - relying on braking and skidding to control your descent. Heavy edge sets combined with rapidly turning your ski's from side to side like a set … Continue reading Developing control in steeps

Finnish Wonderland! Ruka and Pyha Opening day!!

The first non-glacial ski resort to open for the season in the Northern Hemisphere is........ Ruka in Finland 🙂 The mountain opened today,17th October, a few hours ahead of Arahapoe Basin in Colorado. Ruka is one of the largest ski resorts in Finland and has one of the longest seasons in Europe (October - May). Ruka … Continue reading Finnish Wonderland! Ruka and Pyha Opening day!!

Opening Day Tomorrow!! Arahapoe Basin

Looks like the snow gods have been kind and delivered some Autumn joy to those lucky folks in Colorado. The below announcement has been made on the Arahapoe Basin website. Arapahoe Basin will OPEN for the 2014-15 season on FRIDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2014. The Black Mountain Express lift will open at 9:00 am with access to … Continue reading Opening Day Tomorrow!! Arahapoe Basin

Copper Mountain.. Snowy Color Run!!!!

Wow a snowbound Color Run sounds amazing. Good news for anyone venturing to Copper Mountain in April 2015. The Color Run crew are planning a return visit after last years epic instalment. It is the only place where you can currently enjoy the "Happiest 5k on the planet" whilst getting blasted with paint in a … Continue reading Copper Mountain.. Snowy Color Run!!!!

Super Ski Apartment for Rent : Bansko, Bulgaria

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

Glenshee…it’s a stupid grin sort of 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!

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

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

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

Scotland Rocks

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

The poor misunderstood snowplough…

When dishing out cool the poor misunderstood snowplough (wedge) is so many degrees above freezing it has melted into a puddle of water. It certainly isn't the glamour puss of the ski world. It gets very little press. It doesn't thrill like a powder turn on the front cover of a magazine, or the high speed carve of a GS turn during a World Cup race, it is … Continue reading The poor misunderstood snowplough…