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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: FRESH TRACKS IN THE SHOPPING CENTRE

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 21 July 2012 WHEN Jamie Smith took over the indoor ski slope formerly known as SNO!zone at Braehead last December, renaming it Snow Factor, his mission plan was simple: stop treating it like a corporate gimmick and start running it like a serious ski resort – a place where skiers and […]

BOOK REVIEW: THE OLD WAYS

Published: The Scotsman (Books) 9 June 2012 The Old Ways: A Journey on Foot By Robert Macfarlane Hamish Hamilton, 433pp, GBP20, WE EASILY forget that we are track-makers,” writes Robert Macfarlane in his introduction to The Old Ways, “because most of our journeys occur on asphalt and concrete.” He’s right, of course: it’s hard to […]

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: BACKFLIPS ON THE FLYPAPER

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 7 April 2012 EVEN the most die-hard defenders of Scottish skiing would concede that the winter of 2011/12 has been a disaster. A couple of big dumps of snow early in the season made it look as if we were in for another cold one, but then… nothing. The snow melted […]

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 […]

FOUR SEASONS: FREERIDERS TO FACE OFF AT GLENCOE

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 25 February 2012 AT THE risk of jinxing it, next weekend’s inaugural Coe Cup at Glencoe Mountain could turn out to be the most spectacular skiing and snowboarding event Scotland has ever seen. And no, that’s not just me ladling on the hyperbole to get you reading – it really could. […]

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: SEPIA SKIING

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 18 February 2012 A SMALL treasure trove of Scottish skiing memorabilia has come into my possession thanks to Jim Reid, a Scotsman reader from Dundee, and Robbie Mitchell, formerly estate manager at Mar Lodge near Braemar. Mr Mitchell worked at Mar Lodge in the early 1960s, back when the Anglo-Swiss banker […]