I grew up in Northern Ireland and learned to ski at a young age on a tiny little dry ski slope near my family home. That dry slope is now a car park, but the love of skiing that it instilled in at least one little guy is still going strong.
I moved on from that small patch of plastic and joined a local race club, where skiing quickly became a pretty big part of my life. I raced for years and got to experience some pretty cool places and things, and even got to represent my country at the Youth Olympics and World Championships.
I eventually told myself I needed to go back to the real world, grabbed myself a degree in History and a post grad in Sports Management, but when I did settle into office life, it didn’t quite live up to the thrills of being in the mountains. Fast forward a few years and the office job is long gone, instead you can find me in Zermatt, working for Summit!
BASI (British Association of Snowsports Instructors)
I head back to Edinburgh, where I get my skis out again and spend the summer coaching the next generation of young rippers at Lothian Ski Racing (LSR). I’m kept pretty busy travelling around the artificial race circuit and getting a few trips to indoor snow centers for training camps and races, as well as working with a number of schools around the Edinburgh area, coaching their race teams.
When I get the chance, I try to get out on my bike as much as possible, making use of the great terrain and trail centers around Scotland. I’m also a pretty big rugby fan, so you can generally find me glued to a TV with a beer in hand at some point over the weekend!