If you were to grade the difficulty of each type of ski lift, the humble magic carpet would be a green. Cable cars and gondolas (with skis inside) would be solid blues, while the chairlift and gondolas (with skis outside) graded red. Chairlifts can be pretty tricky to ski onto and off, occasionally they'll catch … Continue reading Learning to love everybody’s least favourite ski lifts
This is about as far away from the sort of problems we were dealing with last year as it's possible to get, and yet I'm still sat here drinking coffee in a half empty ski bar instead of hitting the slopes. The reason, you ask? Everything is shut. Again. Actually, not everything is shut; I … Continue reading What to do when it’s too snowy to ski
Primaloft. Synchilla. Down. DWR coating. Sleeves. No sleeves. There are a thousand things that need to be thought about when it comes to midlayers. Honestly, until I started wearing a shell jacket instead of a fully insulated number, I didn't really get what the big deal was. I always kind of thought that if you … Continue reading The Handy Ski Bunny Midlayer Guide
They're calling these storms 'once in a generation', and oh boy is the Espace Killy ski area seeing some killer snowfall right now. In the last 24 hours, over a metre of snow fell. To almost nobody's surprise, today the resort is closed while they try to make it safe to ski. It always surprises … Continue reading Holy cow, is it snowing in Val d’Isere right now!
Moving to a ski town can be a bit of a spur of the moment decision. More often than not, it comes at the end of a long period of day dreaming from behind a desk. That's how it happened for me, at least. This time last year, I was working for a respected Alpine … Continue reading 3 things you’ll find when you move to a ski town
I've never skied the Zermatt-Cervinia area before now, and when the opportunity to do so fell into my lap I couldn't say no. This is the ski area often voted the best in the world. So I cancelled my trip to La Grave (rescheduled for later in the season) and packed my skis and boots … Continue reading The Big Flaw in the Zermatt-Cervinia Ski Area
So, it's sheeting down with snow in Chamonix. It has been for the last two days, which is a nice change from the last few years of lukewarm temperatures and snowless slopes. It's also a good sign that this season, unlike the last couple, will be rather safer for freeriding and ski touring, which we're … Continue reading Ski Touring as seen by the 7 Series
Anyone who skied in the French or the Swiss Alps last year could tell you that it wasn't exactly what you'd call a bumper season. This time last year, I was spending a snowless Christmas in Cham, with an unprecedented cold, dry spell that lasted until the second week of January. It was, I think we can … Continue reading The Unfortunate After-effects of a Bad Season
It's snow time, baby!
Ok, I know this week is the big Ellis Brigham season opener- more on that to come on Saturday- but sometimes a skier just has to google cool ski experiences for the super wealthy. It's not that I'm particularly materialistic, I'm just aware that having a shedload of money means that you can do incredible … Continue reading Top holy-shit ski experiences for those who’ve got the cash