So last year I was lucky enough to be a part of the intro for BBC Ski Sunday's intro to every episode. I think it is being used over the next few years which is great for me as I am honoured to be a part of it! It has weekly viewing figures of roughly 3 million so it is some great coverage for me to get my face out there a bit! I hope you enjoy watching it as much as I enjoyed filming it!
BBC Sport Ski Sunday 2015 Titles from Intro on Vimeo.
Friday, 7 October 2016
Thursday, 29 September 2016
Sorry for not posting in a while. It has been a fairly quiet summer. I have just been working at Freeze Pro Shop in the warehouse trying to save some money for the upcoming winter. It is going to be a big one as the Olympic qualification starts in December! I want to give myself the best chance possible to make it to Korea and be able to compete at the highest possible level. So the more financial support I can get the better.
At the moment I am currently in Wanaka, NZ skiing at Cardona daily. So far so good. But I have a feeling it is about to get a lot worse quite quickly. The first week was a bit of a struggle for me. I caught a bit of the cold on the plane on the long flight over. So battling with that as well as jetlag and still trying to get some stuff done on my skis wasn't easy. But it has gone surprisingly well. The weather was brilliant and the halfpipe was close to perfect. I was managing to get some of my lower level tricks down such as right 5's and switch 5's. So it was great. But unfortunately all this warm weather has caused some problems. The halfpipe isn't freezing. Meaning it is too slushy to get a pipe cutter/piste basher through the middle. Therefore it isn't getting shaped. And because it is now not getting shaped. It isn't getting opened. And to make matters slightly worse. It is forecast to rain for the next 2 days. So everyone that is staying for Spring Camp(airbag camp for 2 weeks at the end of the season) is praying that the snow holds.
I have had a few opportunities to do some cool stuff while I have been here so far! The first day I arrived Jamie Matthew and myself went on a 5 hour round trip hike to the top of Mt. Roy! It was a bit more than we anticipated as it was slightly bigger than we originally thought. It turned out to be 1578m. But fairly steep. So as a non walker it had its challenges. Some of the views were incredible and it was definitely worth the slog up. But coming back down was the hardest part on the legs. It was a good warm up for going skiing the next day.
After a big day riding, Jamie and I also got incredibly lucky! A friend of ours knows a pilot out here and suggested that we fly around Milford Sound which is a big fjord on the west coast of NZ. It was an opportunity to do something very few people get to do. It was expensive but very worth it! Some of the views along the coast were incredible and I would recommend it to anyone thinking about going for a scenic flight. We were in a 4 seater plane and there was absolutely no room at all. It was a rickety old thing but it seemed to do the job just fine. We went along lake Wanaka and then up over the mountains past Rob Roy's Glacier and Mt. Aspiring. It was beautiful.
Now that a storm has rolled in it is a bit of a waiting game. Waiting to see when the weather gets better and also waiting to see if there is a halfpipe left once the rain goes. I will just have to see what happens. Unfortunately there is nothing I can do about the weather. But there are things I can be doing when I am on my skis. So I will just focus on that and not worry about the things I can't control.
Wednesday, 30 March 2016
Tuesday, 29 March 2016
After my disastrous time in Laax I had a short break at home before heading to Tignes for the WC. I have to be honest and say Tignes is not my favourite place but this time it was a great trip. I went out a day early to spend a day skiing with my girlfriend before having the official World Cup training. I hadn't had a full days piste bashing in about 5 years and it was amazing fun.
The WC practice didn't go very well for me. I was struggling a bit with motivation. The first day the halfpipe wasn't very good. There was a ridge down the right hand wall and the left wall was slightly over vert. It made it difficult for me to do any of my tricks. As a result of the difficult conditions on the first day I felt the pressure on the second. Because I felt like I had to do my tricks I overthought everything and it had the total opposite effect.
I was very nervous going into the contest. It wasn't a big field but there was a lot of big names, the majority being the Americans. I knew I needed a good result as my seasons hadn't gone quite the way I wanted thus far. Thankfully in the build up everything went my way. I had put in the work earlier on in the year and it must have paid off. I ended up landed both my runs with the highest scores I have had all season. I put in my switch 900 and my double and I got rewarded for them. I finished in 13th place. 10 made it through to finals and I was on the bubble until the last 3 people had to drop. It was pretty gutting being so close to making it to my first ever finals. But I was happy with everything!
After Tignes I went home and managed to get a few turns in up north. I went to Glenshee with my dad. When I was younger I used to go up every winter as he learnt to ski there and also worked for the mountain rescue. At first I hated going up but now it is very familiar. It was possibly one of the best days skiing I have had up north. No wind, no queues and hardly any clouds. It was nice to put some turns in with my dad again as it had been too long. He has still got it, even if a little bit slower than he used to.
Next up it was back to Laax. I am currently here just now and it has been amazing so far! Weather has been inconsistent but most of the time it has been manageable. My time has been split between filming for Animal and getting some new tricks prepped for the upcoming trip to Mammoth.
Paddy Graham from Legs of Steel has been out a bit. He taught me the majority of my tricks and it has been nice to ski with him again.
Hopefully it is a good trips and the Brits goes well next week. I will keep my blog updated with some more photos and possibly videos.