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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: 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: 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: CAIRNGORM’S “DAY OF THE SEASON”

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 12 May 2012 REMEMBER a few weeks ago, when I said the 2011/12 Scottish ski season had been a disaster? Well, I was wrong. Turns out it wasn’t a disaster after all – just a very, very late developer. Like some sort of cosmic apology for a catastrophic March, during which […]

FOUR SEASONS: GOODBYE, OLD FRIEND

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 17 March 2012 MOST religious leaders agree: attachment to worldly goods is a terrible thing. Rots the soul, apparently. And, of course, it means you have less money to donate to your local church/synagogue/mosque/temple (delete as appropriate). But much as I try to live a pure, simple life, subsisting on Weetabix, […]

FOUR SEASONS: THE BUZZ OF THE NEW

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 10 March 2012 THINGS move fast in the world of extreme sports, and not just the sportspeople. While traditional, white-lines-on-the-ground sports carry on much as they have always done, the domain of the crazy people is constantly in flux. Almost every day, it seems, a pre-existing discipline mutates into something different. […]

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: THE GORM ON THE BOX

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 28 January 2012 GREAT to see Cairn Gorm featured on Ski Sunday the other week, plastered in fresh snow right down to valley level and looking almost good enough to eat. Presenter Graham Bell was on a trip down memory lane (well, up the A9 in a big black Land Rover, […]

FOUR SEASONS: GET IT WHILE IT’S GOOD

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 7 January 2012 IN SPORT, as in all things I suppose, it’s tempting to hark back to perceived golden ages. Like most surfers, I’d love to be able to hop in a time machine and visit Malibu in the late Fifties and early Sixties, just before it was ruined by the […]