Chill Factore training

A few weeks ago the Wales Ski Team ventured up to Manchester for a weekend of technical and gate training at the Chill Factore snow dome. The centre is one of the newest indoor training facilities in the UK, and … Continue reading

Team GB’s Paralympians snowed under by medals in Sochi

Today will be remembered as the day Team GB secured their first ever Paralympic Gold medal. Its been a long time coming, but it was definitely worth the wait. Kelly Gallagher and her guide Charlotte Evans won the historic medal … Continue reading

Snowboarder Q&A: Giorgia Rescigno

Giorgia Jayne Rescigno is a half-Welsh, half-Italian snowboarder who hopes to represent Great Britain at the next Winter Olympics in South Korea. The 20-year-old, who competes in Snowboard Cross, recently finished 12th at the World University Games in Trentino, and … Continue reading

Ted Ligety: NY Times

Whether you’re a ski racer or not, stop what you’re doing and take the next couple of minutes to enjoy this rather innovative piece of  journalism from the New York Times on Ted Ligety’s skiing technique. The article can be … Continue reading

‘Skiing isn’t Everything’

A great read for current and ex-racers, as well as their parents. Looking back on my days as a snow competitor you really do realise skiing isn’t everything and there are more important things in life. Still, that doesn’t mean I didn’t love it, and I would not swap those racing days for anything!


Ski races are not known to be the happiest places on earth. You’ve got a few different personalities in the crowd at a ski race, and this is how it usually breaks down.

You’ve got the winner. This guy is psyched. He just beat everyone there. The only thing he is trying to figure out is a good response to the question, “how’d it go?” “Oh, I won,” sounds too pompous, “I did pretty good,” too cavalier. Seriously, it’s an awkward question for the winner, but they’ll figure out that you beat them later so for now, a simple “great” usually does the trick.

Next you’ve got the guys who were close, literal and relative to skill/age. They like to keep that smile on their faces and congratulate those around them, which is usually genuine. They are content but not satisfied. At the back of their heads there is this incessant nagging…

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