I’m in bed, cold, with 3 jumpers on, 3 pairs of socks and a tub of Vicks Vaporub on my chest, I think it’s safe to say that things ain’t pretty and I ain’t going anywhere. I had almost come to terms with the fact that I wasn’t going to see continental Europe’s slopes this side of Christmas, and that I should just give it up and knit my way and do sherry shots right through to Spring. Well, that is in fact until, I saw this…
I don’t know about you but in all my years of skiing and snowboarding there’s not been much talk of snow adventure destinations in the UK. My default setting is to check lastminute.com for some seasonal snow holidays, book one and away I go. I’m in Edinburgh at the moment and I’m starting to learn that the Scottish pistes are very much kept under wraps. Only a small percentage of folk know what kick-ass snowboarding there is to be had up here. From my sickbed i’ve had some time to look into it and it looks frikkin WILD!
In 2008, British Champion Snowboarder Lesley McKenna said “My favorite run in Scotland is’Aladdins Couloir’ on Cairngorm, which is a steep and narrow off-piste run to the west of the Head Wall. It is one of the best free-ride runs I have ever done if the snow is good. It was epic in March 2008. Proper powder face shots all the way! The snowpark on the Ptarmigan piste is a lot of fun as well” Checkout the full Guardian article here
The Nevis Range has a hell of a lot to offer by all accounts, it has 40 pistes and often severe weather conditions to contend with. Sometimes this means that certain pistes are closed, but those of you who are extreme-snowboarding-lovers will be pleased to hear that occasionally the powers that be and the locals decide to brave it. It is meant to be an ‘extreme’ sport after all. Check out the video below to see how much fun can be had up in them there hills.
Check out these sick fellas riding/flying the Nevis Range this year.
The more pictures I find and stories I hear, the more I want to jump in the car, brave the driving conditions and get my sorry ass up into that powder. If after seeing these photo’s you aren’t slamming foot to accelerator pedal to get up here then, me no likey.