Tag: skiing


Product Review: Kuhl Team 1/4 Zip Merino Wool Sweater

I’m a big fan of merino wool tops, which are superbly breathable to keep you cool in summer yet trap your body warmth to keep you toasty warm in winter.  Naturally wicking and resisting odour retention, they’re the perfect solution for active day and multi-day trips and far better than cotton which traps and holds moisture next to your skin. While there are some … Read More Product Review: Kuhl Team 1/4 Zip Merino Wool Sweater


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


10 memorable photos of 2017

I thought I’d end the year with a selection of memorable photos over the last twelve months.  It’s great to look back on the year and remind yourself of the events and places that have stood out.  While my blogging year ended very quietly – more about this in a future post – I’m actually surprised at the variety of things I’ve got up … Read More 10 memorable photos of 2017

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