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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: 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. […]

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. […]

ROAD TEST: AUTOMATIC FOR THE SKI POLE

Published: The Scotsman (Motoring) 9 March 2012 “OH NO! It’s an automatic!” My first reaction on hopping behind the wheel of the new KIA Sportage 4×4 wasn’t exactly positive. I’d been looking forward to the drive from Edinburgh to the Nevis Range ski centre all week – particularly the prospect of ficking through the gears […]

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: 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: LET IT SNOW, LET IT SNOW, LET IT SNOW

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 17 December 2011 PHEW! For a week or two there I was getting worried. Having blithely assured anyone who would listen that our winters had “settled into a pattern” and that the 2011/12 ski season was going to be yet another cold one, I was distinctly dischuffed to see November go […]

FOUR SEASONS: TOP SCOTS SKI BEDS

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 5 March 2011 THE other day I was contacted by the owners of a new website which specialises in selling ski accommodation. Would I like to write a story about them? The website is run by a Scottish company so you’d think this would be a good subject for a journalist […]