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FOUR SEASONS: HIGH TIME FOR A MUSEUM OF SCOTTISH MOUNTAIN CULTURE?

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 26 January 2013 IN THE wake of Jimmy Savile’s posthumous fall from grace – or perhaps that should be, his transition from harmless idiot to harmful predator – there has been much debate about what should happen to his holiday home in Glencoe. Since its whitewashed walls were covered in graffiti […]

SCOTLAND’S FIRST SKI HILL TURNS 60

Published: The Scotsman, 2 January 2013 IN THE winter of 1952/3, members of the Scottish Ski Club were given a glimpse into the future when the latest edition of the Scottish Ski Club Journal flopped onto their doormats. In contrast to the Alps, where commercial ski areas with permanent tows were well established, skiing in […]

FOUR SEASONS: SKIMO COMES TO SCOTLAND

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 22 December 2012 IN THE Alps, the sport of ski mountaineering is massive. For those in the know it is seen as the ultimate test of mountain savvy. Competitors need to be able to ski uphill as well as down, using sticky climbing skins attached to the bottom of their skis. […]

FOUR SEASONS: CAIRNGORM GETS SERIOUS ABOUT SNOWGUNS

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 15 December 2012 IN AUGUST 2011 I used this slot to imagine a sci-fi future at CairnGorm Mountain – a future in which artificial snowmaking equipment made it possible to ski or board from the current funicular base station all the way down to Glenmore village, nearly 4km distant. This wasn’t […]

GLENCOE GOES GLOBAL: COE CUP PREVIEW

Published: Scotland on Sunday (Scottish Ski & Board supp) 9 December 2012 THERE was a slightly surreal air to this year’s inaugural Coe Cup freeride event at Glencoe. To the uneducated eye, the sight of dozens of competitors in full ski gear hoofing their way up the mostly snow-free foothills of Meall a Bhuiridh towards […]

JUST THE TICKET: MAKING THE MOST OF SCOTLAND’S SLOPES

Published: Scotland on Sunday (Scottish Ski & Board supp) 9 December 2012 THERE’S a common misconception that the only way to get more than three or four weeks of skiing out of a single winter is to “do a season” – move to a resort town, find low-paid, temporary employment and then spend every penny […]

HALFPIPE DREAMER: BEN KILNER INTERVIEW

Published: Scotland on Sunday (Scottish Ski & Board supp) 9 December 2012 BEN Kilner is reliving his exit from the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, when he came agonisingly close to reaching the finals of the men’s halfpipe competition. “I’ve watched my run over and over again,” he says, “and as I land my second-to-last […]

FOUR SEASONS: HERE WE GO AGAIN…

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 8 December 2012 AS I WRITE this, the webcams at Scotland’s five ski centres are slowly turning white. It’s hard to tell how much snow has fallen – perhaps a couple of inches, perhaps a little more – but at this time of year the amount of snow doesn’t really matter. […]

AN EARLY START TO THE 12/13 SKI SEASON

Published: The Scotsman, 1 December 2012 THE ski lifts weren’t running at CairnGorm Mountain yesterday – the official opening is today – but a handful of skiers and boarders were so keen to get their first turns of the season they slogged to the top of the ski area under their own steam. By 11am, […]

FOUR SEASONS: MOUNTAIN FILMS, COMING SOON TO A LAPTOP NEAR YOU

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 17 November 2012 ORSON Welles once said: “A film is never really good unless the camera is an eye in the head of a poet.” What a shame that most major Hollywood studios still seem to think a massive special effects budget is some sort of substitute for artistic vision. But […]