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Posts from ‘December, 2011’

FOUR SEASONS: THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 31 December 2011 JOURNALISTS often get asked “who’s the most famous person you’ve ever interviewed?” but here at Four Seasons we don’t really do famous. Or, at least, not in the conventional “in the style pages/off the telly” sense of the word. Sexy though it undoubtedly is, the world of extreme […]

A VERY SPECIAL BIRTHDAY: CAIRNGORM MOUNTAIN SKI RESORT TURNS 50

Published: The Scotsman, 20 December 2011 STANDING in the Coire Cas car park at Cairn Gorm Mountain on a busy winter’s morning, it’s hard to imagine what the place must have been like before it became a ski resort. Drag lifts clank and hum, waves of skiers and snowboarders hurtle down the pistes, and at […]

FOUR SEASONS: LET IT SNOW, LET IT SNOW, LET IT SNOW

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 17 December 2011 PHEW! For a week or two there I was getting worried. Having blithely assured anyone who would listen that our winters had “settled into a pattern” and that the 2011/12 ski season was going to be yet another cold one, I was distinctly dischuffed to see November go […]

FOUR SEASONS: MYTHS, LEGENDS, RUMOURS AND (EPIC) LIES

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 10 December 2011 THE internet can be both a blessing and a curse: a blessing when you’re able to find that elusive nugget of information at the click of a mouse button; a curse when you use it to dig up inconvenient truths about yourself. Since I started writing this column […]

BOOK REVIEW: THE BEST EXPLORATION BOOKS OF 2011

Published: The Scotsman (Books) 10 December 2011 INEVITABLY perhaps, given that the winter of 2011/12 marks the centenary of Robert Falcon Scott’s ill-fated trek to the South Pole, it’s been a busy year for books about polar exploration. We didn’t just get re-releases of existing material in fancy new dust jackets either but at least […]

SPRING SKIING ON BEN MACDUI

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 3 December 2011 THE SCOTTISH Mountaineering Club’s ski touring guidebook, Ski Mountaineering in Scotland, describes the 700m descent from the top of Ben Macdui to the floor of the Lairig Ghru as “one of the finest and most challenging ski runs in the Scottish mountains.” Backcountry skiing in this country has […]

FOUR SEASONS: COMEDY SKIING

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 3 December 2011 MANY moons ago I was invited to the Austrian ski Mecca of Ischgl to write about its bacchanalian start-of-season festivities. At an elevation of 1,377m, and with runs up to almost 3,000m, the chi chi Tyrolean town is one of the highest resorts in Austria, which means the […]