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Posts from ‘January, 2010’

FOUR SEASONS: A SURFING WEEPIE

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 30 January 2010 As a rule, movies don’t make me cry – I like to think I can see right through Hollywood directors and their manipulative, heartstring-tugging tricks – but the other night I was surprised to find myself welling up during the last few minutes of a film, and a […]

HALFPIPE HEROINE

Published: The Scotsman, 29 January 2010 LESLEY McKenna has been injured. Again. In 2006, in the run-up to the last Winter Olympics in Turin, Scotland’s most successful snowboarder famously broke her ankle, all but destroying her chances of a medal. This time, it’s her back that’s the problem. She “nailed it”, she says, during a […]

FOUR SEASONS: SNOW GRAFFITI

Published in The Scotsman (TSMag) 23 January 2010 FROM the point of view of the UK snowsports industry, the story of this winter’s Big Freeze has been the massive financial boost it’s given the nation’s ski resorts. From Glencoe to the Lecht, skier numbers are up up up, as people who would normally go to […]

FOUR SEASONS: LANCASHIRE POWDER

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 16 January 2010 WHERE to begin? It’s already been an epic winter in Scotland and we’re only half-way through January. Cairngorm Mountain recorded more than a metre of fresh snow in one delirious ten-day period around Christmas and New Year, and in its first month of operation the resort was inundated […]

FOUR SEASONS: SKIING LESSONS WITH NANCY GREENE

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 9 January 2010 WHEN I tell people I got to go skiing with Nancy Greene the last time I was in Canada, I usually get one of two responses. If the person I’m talking to happens to be either a ski nut or a Canadian or both, they’ll say: “Wow! Really? […]

CANADA: WINTER OLYMPICS PREVIEW (Part 3)

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 2 January 2010 48 Hours in… VANCOUVER Friday, 6pm Check into the St Regis hotel in Downtown (www.stregishotel.com). 8pm Sample sushi at the Oysi Oysi Japanese restaurant on Alberni Street, (604 682 0011).

CANADA: WINTER OLYMPICS PREVIEW (Part 2)

There’s deep champagne powder and miles of piste in British Columbia FLY into Vancouver International Airport on any given day between November and April and you’ll notice that a high proportion of your fellow travellers seem to be carrying ski or snowboard gear. If you’ve come here looking for a relaxed, uncrowded skiing experience this […]

CANADA: WINTER OLYMPICS PREVIEW (Part 1)

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 2 January 2010 As Canada counts down to the Winter Olympics, our travel special starts at the host nation’s terrifying bobsleigh course AFTER dark, there’s something a little bit magical about the newly constructed Whistler Sliding Centre. The official venue for the bobsleigh, luge and skeleton events at the 2010 Winter […]

FOUR SEASONS: MORGAN FREEMAN AT CAIRNGORM

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 2 January 2010 IN SWEDEN, they have a saying: “Luck never gives, it only lends.” If there’s any truth in that, then I’m in big trouble. A couple of weeks ago I had a day so ludicrously stuffed with good fortune that, in retrospect, I should have bought a lottery ticket, […]