Ski season approachingNovember 17, 2006
13 years ago, I was 22, fresh out of Uni and needed to ski. So that left one option, a ski season 🙂 My good friend Jonny Ayres and I decided to try our luck in Sauze d’Oulx (namely as it had a thriving English tourist industry) and so off we went on the 25th November 1993. It turned out to be one of THE best times of my life, and indeed, the addiction was fuelled by a second season (94-95). I love skiing and a HUGE thanks must go to Mum and Dad for taking Rachel and I skiing from the word go (well, 4 years old). In fact, we even went to Sauze when I was 6 and have the photos to prove it!
I went this year to Cervinia in Italy (spectacular setting under the Matterhorn), and that was the first time for three years (due to other commitments and a buggered shoulder which happened at Cervinia, and even worse, after 2 hours of skiing!). I hope to go this season and really fancy Heavenly on Lake Tahoe 🙂 We will have to see what funds are like.
One of the things we used to do, is watch ski videos, both before we went out to the resort and whilst we were there. One of my all time faves is The Blizzard of Oz starring Glen Plake, Scott Schmidt and Mike Hattrup – these guys were the pioneers when it came to Extreme skiing. Great music too ….. Seal provided the soundtrack to one of the later films (from the same director, Greg Stump) which was called Groove Requiem in the Key of Ski 🙂
Here’s a pic of Mike Hattrup, still going strong and still working for K2!