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Posts from ‘February, 2012’

FOUR SEASONS: FREERIDERS TO FACE OFF AT GLENCOE

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 25 February 2012 AT THE risk of jinxing it, next weekend’s inaugural Coe Cup at Glencoe Mountain could turn out to be the most spectacular skiing and snowboarding event Scotland has ever seen. And no, that’s not just me ladling on the hyperbole to get you reading – it really could. […]

TRAVEL: A SECRET STASH AT NEVIS RANGE

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 18 February 2012 IMAGINE a ski resort where real-deal backcountry terrain is just a five-minute stroll from the top of the highest lift. A place where a long, curvaceous ridge offers access to a series of steep-sided bowls which, because they’re sheltered from the prevailing wind, are often stuffed full of […]

FOUR SEASONS: SEPIA SKIING

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 18 February 2012 A SMALL treasure trove of Scottish skiing memorabilia has come into my possession thanks to Jim Reid, a Scotsman reader from Dundee, and Robbie Mitchell, formerly estate manager at Mar Lodge near Braemar. Mr Mitchell worked at Mar Lodge in the early 1960s, back when the Anglo-Swiss banker […]

ROUTE ONE: DAVE MACLEOD INTERVIEW

Published: The Scotsman, 16 February 2012 IT’S been described as “the most impressive rock climb ever done in Britain” and an athletic achievement on a par with running the first four-minute mile, but Dave MacLeod’s conquest of the Longhope Direct route on St John’s Head, a remote sea cliff on Orkney, began with a deeply […]

FOUR SEASONS: STOP THE BUS!

Published: The Scotstam (TSMag) 11 February 2012 A FEW weeks ago in this slot I wrote about how we should stop harking back to “golden ages” and get on with enjoying the here and now. Well, I take it back. Sometimes harking back to golden ages can be a blast. Case in point, a new […]

FOUR SEASONS: A TRIBUTE TO SARAH BURKE

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 4 February 2012 TO WATCH Canadian freeskier Sarah Burke’s gold medal-winning superpipe run from last year’s X-Games in Aspen, Colorado, is to see that rarest of things: an athlete at the absolute peak of their powers doing something mind-bogglingly difficult and not only making it look easy, but also making it […]