An actor in a theatre of snow awaiting his queue.
The Devil's Outdoor Dictionary
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In addition to enjoying most forms of skiing actively I am also an armchair skier. If you want to know about World Cup Skiing then this a good site.
On the other hand if you are actually looking for a practical website that will help you plan your next ski trip then why not check out Richard Sinclair’s ‘ski resorts http://www.sno.mobi/ guide and ski holidays on your mobile phone’ site? (Please note that this link here does not constitute an endorsement of the ‘phoning while skiing habit: telephone manners would go rapidly downhill if this were to become common not to mention that fact that ringing on runs would run rings round any reasonable approach to mountain safety. However, one can imagine the conversation: not ‘I am stuck on a train’ but ‘I am buried in an avalanche’.)
My skiing has been carried
out mainly in
Other resorts I have skied at in Switzerland include Arosa, Verbier , Flumseberg, Davos, Samedan, Kandersteg and Melchsee-Frutt, the latter being a good place for cross-country skiing and having, in the nearby mountain of Rotsandknollen, a very fine destination for a ski-tour. My most recent downhill skiing trip was to Wengen.
My first ski-tour was undertaken at age 13 using Alpine touring equipment. At my school, Aiglon College , this formed a regular part of the winter activities. Since then I have toured extensively in the Alps, Scotland and Scandinavia, since 1982 mainly on cross-country equipment. (The Haute-Route from Chamonix to Zermatt , which I did in 1989, is an exception.)
I lived in Scotland 1978-1987 (returned to Scotland in 2003) and became an enthusiast for cross-country ski-touring after having gone on a ski-tour with Dave Dytch and Raymond Simpson in 1982 in which Raymond, with Nordic equipment, left Dave and me, using Alpine equipment far behind.
Together with the Tayside Nordic Ski-Club and (occasionally) members of the Ancrum Mountaineering Club, I climbed quite a few Munros on skis. The 1983/84 and 1985/86 seasons were especially fine, although both started late and in 1986, although January, February, April and even the beginning of May were excellent, March was a dead loss. Particularly memorable ascents during my time in Scotland were those of Ben Chonzie (1984), Monadh Liath (1984), The Monadh Mhor (1984), Ben Wyvis(1985) (An exceptionally good tour in March in an otherwise barren season), The Round of Glen Isla (1986), The Drummochter Hills (1986), Bein Iutheran Mhor (1986), Lochnaga from Glen Doll at the end of April (1986) and Beinn A'Ghlo (1987) (exceptionally, this was carried out on Alpine rather than Nordic touring skis). An account of a ski-tour I made in May 1982 on Tom Buidhe is given in High 6, 36, 1982.I have returned for skiing to Scotland a few times since leaving, most recently between Christmas 1995 and New Year 1996 where, with my wife Victoria, I had a very fine few days ski-touring in the Angus Glens.
I have also been downhill
skiing in Scotland, in particular at Glenshee but
also at Cairngorm and at The Lecht. Although such skiing in
My first skiing trip to
In 2000 I had a very fine ski-touring holiday in Iceland and also managed a ski-tour in the Jura . In April 2003 I went skiing in Canada, Lake Louise. This was mainly downhill skiing but I did manage a cross-country tour to Moraine Lake. Over New Year 2005/2006 I had a skiing holiday in Romania with my son Mark and in 2007 had a fine ski-tour in Arctic Norway . Since then I have been on a cross-country skiing holidays in Akaslompolo Arctic Finland (2010) and a weekend in Norefjell, Norway (2011).
I have been a member of two Scottish ski-touring clubs Glasgow Ski Touring Club and Tayside Nordic Ski-Club
These are various pieces written at one time or another for High Magazine or the Tayside Cross-Country (later Nordic) Ski Club as well as some verse contributed by McFake.
SJS Telemarking near Geilo 1998