5 things that’ll piss off the bar staff at après ski

When you're skiing, the chances are that you're also spending rather a lot of time in your local bar(s). After all, après ski is part of the culture in many mountains, and to give it a miss is practically sacrilege. Let's face it, if you're single in a ski town, and you're not nursing a growing problem … Continue reading 5 things that’ll piss off the bar staff at après ski

How to avoid the Winter Olympics (when you live in a ski town)

Look, before we get into this, I'd like it to be known that I'm very proud of the incredible Athletes representing their countries at the Olympics. I know that for everyone at Pyeongchang this week, this is the payoff for years and years of hard work and dedication. I'm just not all that keen on … Continue reading How to avoid the Winter Olympics (when you live in a ski town)

Learning to love everybody’s least favourite ski lifts

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

Holy cow, is it snowing in Val d’Isere right now!

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!

The Big Flaw in the Zermatt-Cervinia Ski Area

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

The Unfortunate After-effects of a Bad Season

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