Category: Skiing


Most memorable photos of 2018

My trips this year took in not just Scotland but I also ventured a little further afield to Ireland, France and Indonesia.  From mountain to sea and from coast to coast I hiked, biked and camped my way through many adventures. Take a look as I describe some of this year’s standout memories. 1.  Cycling around Lismore On cold, frosty morning in January I … Read More Most memorable photos of 2018


Skiing the slopes of Les Arcs

It’s been a particularly good year for snow in the French Alps, the best for six years.  Already, Les Arcs has enjoyed over 4 metres of snow, double the snowfall for the whole of last season – and it’s still only mid-February. Last week I had a great time skiing in Les Arcs with my son.  It was the first time we’d been to … Read More Skiing the slopes of Les Arcs

Scottish mountain and coastal webcams

Webcams provide an easy way to check the weather conditions before you head out.  Here’s my selection of 25 good webcams of mountain and coastal locations across Scotland, plus a link to a long list of traffic cams. I’ve provided thumbnails of those webcams that refresh every few seconds.  Those without any pictures are more modern cams that provide a live stream, and some … Read More Scottish mountain and coastal webcams

Skydiving and skiing … indoors

When time and funds are limited, there are ingenious ways to practice extreme sports.  Back in November 2015 I took my son skydiving and skiing and this week we did the same again.  But we weren’t really risking life and limb since all of this took place indoors. There are apparently 56 places in the world where you can practice indoor skydiving, and we … Read More Skydiving and skiing … indoors


Skiing in Avoriaz

With the lack of snow here in Scotland this winter it was great to be able to go skiing at Avoriaz in the French Alps this week to experience some superb conditions.  To be fair, the Alps hasn’t exactly had much snowfall so far this season either; by all accounts the slopes were pretty bare until into January.  But 50cm of new snow fell the week … Read More Skiing in Avoriaz


Scottish skiing – A precarious business

  I had the pleasure of visiting Glenshee Ski Area this week, not to ski but for a work meeting that also involved a talk by the management team of the Glenshee Chairlift Company.  It was fascinating.  Imagine running a business that accepts the vast majority of customers over just three months, that’s entirely weather-dependent and where your staff are out in all weathers at … Read More Scottish skiing – A precarious business


Skiing – and ski sickness – in Flaine

I spent last week skiing in the French alps with my son.  This was his first ski holiday, a welcome change from learning on dry/indoor ski slopes and a couple of days’ skiing in Scotland.  It was also my first ski trip abroad for the best part of twenty years: while I love skiing, family and other priorities somehow got in the way. We went … Read More Skiing – and ski sickness – in Flaine


Indoor Skiing and Skydiving

  In this dark, wet November it was great to get away for a couple of days this week.  And even better to spend it doing some exciting activities. With two school in-service (teacher training) days coming up it seemed a great opportunity for some much-needed father/son bonding time.  As it happens, I had a public holiday on one of the days anyway, the … Read More Indoor Skiing and Skydiving