As well as being a cyclist, I am a keen skier. Skiing is actually the original reason that I took up cycling again after many years off the bike. I started skiing when I was about 30 when a friend invited my up to Glenshee to ski for a day. Never having skied before, and not believing that I would be capable of it I refused. After some persuasion I agreed to go and I spent the days falling over and rolling around in the snow. I soon got the bug and got well and truly hooked on skiing.
Just outside Edinburgh is Midlothian Snow-sport Centre, the largest dry ski slope in Europe. I spent the next 4 or 5 years going there once or twice a week to learn. It took me a very long time to get my balance on the slopes but I was absolutely determined that I wanted to be able to ski. I used to come home black and blue from falling on the mat and even ended up at A&E once for stitches in my elbow. I eventually got a little bit better and in 2002 made my first ski trip to Tignes in the French Alps.
Since then I have made several trips to France, twice to Tignes and four time to The 3 Valleys. I have been lucky enough to make some lovely friends with people who have a chalet company in the 3 Valleys called Ski Hame. I have spent 4 holidays with then now and always have a fantastic time. I am looking forward to my next trip to ski with them again.