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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: 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: 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. […]

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 […]

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. […]