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Posts from ‘December, 2010’

SCOTLAND: A BACKCOUNTRY GUIDE

Published: The Scotsman (Sporting Scotland Supplement) 27 December 2010 IN THE spring of 2009, skiing in Scotland seemed to be on the verge of extinction. A succession of mild winters had seen the number of skiable days per year decline alarmingly, even at the highest resorts, while the advent of budget airlines made foreign ski […]

FOUR SEASONS: EDINBURGH BECOMES A SKI TOWN

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 18 December 2010 SO THE Canadian Tourism Commission invited me to spend the first few days of December in Alberta, covering the Ski World Cup at Lake Louise. I could have gone – still had enough annual leave in the bag – but in order to avoid turning into a jet-setting […]

FOUR SEASONS: EARLY SEASON BLUES

Published: The Scotsman (TSMAG) 11 December 2010 IT DOESN’T matter whether you live in Canada or Colorado or Corstorphine, the feeling of floating weightlessly through virgin powder is impossible to beat. Sure, it’s not the be-all and end-all – piste skiing is fun, playing in the park is fun, drinking too much schnapps and dancing […]

FOUR SEASONS: MACASKILL’S MEGA-SKILLS

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 4 December 2010 THE term is overused, but Danny MacAskill is a true internet phenomenon. As of 18 April 2009 he was a ludicrously talented but completely unknown 23-year-old trials bike enthusiast, living in Edinburgh and regularly using the city’s monkey-puzzle streetscape as a giant concrete playpark. He could ride up […]

ITALY’S BEST KEPT SECRET

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 4 December 2010 “OF ALL the mountain ranges I have ever seen,” wrote the Austrian-Italian poet and mountaineer Julius Kugy, “none is equal to the Julian Alps”. Riding the newly completed cable car through the vast, snowy canyon of Sella Prevala, you can see what he meant. For years, this awe-inspiring […]