Working full time as an independent guide organising and leading ski trips anywhere in the world I love what I do. Provided an area is safe and has mountains and snow, it should be visited. All countries skied in have given unforgettable experiences and many have deserved numerous return visits. I telemark and some trips can have up to half the team freeing the heel. The people I have the pleasure in skiing with come from all over the world with the majority being from the UK.
Trips have the same core ingredients, namely:
- Great people to share the experience with
- Beautiful mountains with memorable skiing
- Cultural interest
Brought up in Ballater in the south eastern Cairngorms of Scotland, I had my first contact with mountaineering through my primary school, my parents and the Scouts. I thought it wonderful being in the outdoors in those days and have yet to find anywhere better to spend my time. Indeed, the older I get the more I want to be in the mountains.
I have lived in France since 1994 and share my life with my wife Nathalie. We are in the process of adapting to a quieter home life as our three children grow and depart on their own adventures.
Jim, Thanks for a truly fantastic experience in the Lebanon. I really can’t imagine a better trip….
Ski Japan 2009
Jim, What a great trip. It took nearly two weeks to adjust to the jet lag, cereals and toast for breakfast and cold loo-seats! We will wait your suggestions for 2010 with eager anticipation. I suspect a long trip outside Europe two years running might be stretching domestic relations a little. But then we all know how important stretching is!
Not Crete 18
What a superb trip. Though it was disappointing at first not to get to Crete. It turned out into one of the best trips ever.
Dolomites Traverse 15
Of all the not-holidays I’ve been on with you, Jim, I’ve enjoyed none more than the Dolomites this last week. Thank you so very much.