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FOUR SEASONS: AN OLYMPIC SAILING HERO GOES BACK TO HIS ROOTS

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 18 May 2013 AS REGATTAS go, the Scottish Series has it all: a stunning backdrop for the racing courtesy of the dark, densely forested hillsides that surround Loch Fyne; a stretch of water blessed with consistent winds and minimal tides; and a legendary party atmosphere courtesy of the picturesque little port […]

FOUR SEASONS: CASHING IN ON EVEREST AT 60

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 4 May 2013 SEX sells – and so, it seems, do round-number anniversaries. This month, to mark the 60th anniversary of Hillary and Tenzing’s historic first ascent of Everest on 29 May 1953, there will be celebrations all over the world, and so much money will change hands that you’ll be […]

FOUR SEASONS: THE PAIN OF MISSING IT

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 20 April 2013 LISTEN carefully. Can you hear that sound? A sort of half-crunch, half-squeak? That’s me grinding my teeth at the prospect of no more snowboarding this winter. I’m not ill or injured (apart from the teeth, obviously) but due to a double-whammy of personal and professional commitments, it’s unlikely […]

FOUR SEASONS: LIGHTS, CAMERA, SKI!

The Scotsman (TSMag) 13 Apr 2013 UP UNTIL a few days ago, I’d always assumed that making ski films must be a pretty easy gig: find yourself some decent skiers, coax/bribe/threaten them into skiing down something nice and steep, make sure the cameras are rolling (and pointing in the right direction) and you’re more-or-less there. […]

FOUR SEASONS: TRAGEDY PREVENTION 101

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 6 Apr 2013 DON’T get me wrong, I love writing this column, but the Four Seasons slot does have its downsides and chief among them is the fact that, due to long magazine lead-times, I have to write it almost two full weeks before you get to read it. As such, […]

FOUR SEASONS: WILD LAND CONTROVERSY IN UTAH’S WASATCH MOUNTAINS

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 23 March 2013 “ONE guy called me a whore,” says Ted Wilson. “I was in a movie line one night with my wife, and this guy saw me and came over and said ‘You, my friend, you are a whore.’” I nearly choke on my coffee. Polite and softly-spoken, Wilson isn’t […]

FOUR SEASONS: CONSIDER SCOTLAND’S EXTREME SKIING PIONEERS

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 16 March 2013 TODAY and tomorrow, weather and snow conditions permitting, Glencoe Mountain ski resort will play host to the second edition of the Coe Cup freeride contest – a no-holds-barred carnival of extreme skiing and snowboarding held on the notoriously steep section of the mountain known as the Flypaper. Like […]

FOUR SEASONS: BEEB SUFFERS LOGIC FAIL IN MOUNTAIN ACCESS ‘DEBATE’

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 2 March 2013 THE winter of 2012/13 has been a tragic one for the Scottish mountaineering community. At time of going to press there have been ten fatalities. On 13 January, a climber was killed in a fall in Coire an t-Sneachda in the Cairngorms; on 19 January, four climbers died […]

FOUR SEASONS: A MODEST MOUNTAIN LEGEND IS HONOURED

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 16 February 2013 THIS month, as part of the Fort William Mountain Festival, the pioneering skier and mountaineer Myrtle Simpson will receive the Scottish Award for Excellence in Mountain Culture, joining an elite group that includes Hamish MacInnes, Richard Else, Jimmy Marshall, Ian Sykes and Adam Watson. When I call Simpson […]

FOUR SEASONS: THE TRANSFORMATION OF A SKI TOWN

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 2 February 2013 SINCE 2008, when it was announced that Schladming in Austria would host this year’s Alpine World Ski Championships, the town has changed almost beyond recognition. I can still remember when the chunk of prime real estate at the bottom of the downhill race course was taken up by […]