Wednesday, September 20, 2017

The Future of Skiing

Courtesy of Style Altitude
I needed a crystal snowball for this assignment! What a challenging task: To put together forecasts and prognostications about as many aspects of the ski industry as possible in order to speculate about the future of wintersports for Style Altitude magazine! The mammoth project took me over a week to research and write and you can see the outcome at: . If you have anything to add on this subject, please send me your ideas at:

Wearing their logo on their sleeve: Courtesy of Aspen Skiing Company
It was actually a great, early start to ski season writing and blogging for me and a reminder of all the wintry fun ahead. Really got me back into mountain mode, especially when my son, who is living in Canmore, near Banff at the moment, told me they just had their first September snow!

Elaine Deed, Shreditor of Style Altitude
Look out for more articles from me for Style Altitude over the season - I'm one of the team now and you can see my bio at: . The magazine is all online, specializing in unique concepts and original commentary from an eclectic team of snow-mad editors and writers who all ski or snowboard. Some of them are even ski/ride swingers, including Shreditor, Elaine Deed who is a former fashion editor and director for the British Evening Standard newspaper, W Magazine, Cosmopolitan and Tatler. Follow her on Twitter at @Stylister. Elaine is also a fashion stylist - so if we ever meet, I think we will get on really well .... until I ransack her wardrobe, that is! The magazine is based in the French Alps for most of the year with contributors from all over the mountains. "Style Altitude is for all riders, aimed at both skiers and snowboarders," says Elaine. "And for cyclists in the mountains during the summer." It also spans every generation from 18-year-old Seasonaires (which I used to be) to 80-year-young Geezonaires (which I hope to become). As well as featuring piste, park, pipe, touring, slack, sidecountry and backcountry, Style Altitude focuses on gear that has both function and fashionable flair. 

First tracks at Telluride
I'm trip planning at the moment, kicking off with a mountain month in Canada starting mid December, when I hope to ski Lake Louise, Sunshine, Mt Norquay and Nakiska and also venture into British Columbia to the Powder Highway and maybe even further to Whistler Blackcomb. After that I'm traveling to tantalizing Telluride for the first time ever at the end of January, followed in Feb by a nostalgia trip to Tahoe, which I will be revisiting after a 26 year absence! I hope to ski a variety of resorts including Northstar, Heavenly, Squaw Valley, Diamond Peak, Homewood and also stay at Clear Creek

Waldorf Astoria Park City - suites are bigger than an apartment and there's a private gondola up to Canyons Village!
Hotel Jackson, Jackson Hole - modern, boutique luxury
In March, it's back to Utah when the wonderful Waldorf Astoria Park City is hopefully on the agenda, with great skiing from Canyons Village all around Park City and, just up the road, at Deer Valley and then on to Solitude. Next, it's the Hotel Jackson at Jackson Hole where I first went to do the incredible Elevate women-only ski camp - I'm taking hubby, Dr Simon Hudson, this time. He has never skied there and was totally jealous when I went last time! No idea where I will ski in April yet but I definitely intend to get some sensational spring skiing in. 

Me, in head-to-toe rental ski outfit at Nozawa Onsen - I know, I look like a boy! Now you can see why I favour fur hoods and belted jackets!
By the way, I forgot to mention this article which was published right at the end of last season in Eat Drink Travel mag, all about my Japanese skiing experience with Scout Ski. You can read it here: Word of warning: book early for Japan, it gets booked up a long time in advance!

As usual I am in the process of identifying new trends in the wintersport industry to pitch to various editors in the hope of some sizzling assignments. If you have any fun stories or anecdotes about people, places or products in the ski/board industry, drop me a line at: Also, please join me on social media in spreading the ski buzz: 

I've been working on articles for Calgary's Child and The Dallas Morning News, so look out for links to those as the season starts to kick off - you never know, your favourite resort could be featured. 

For planning your first tracks of the season, here are the latest proposed ski resort openings (if somewhere you love to ski isn't included, send me the date):

Oct 15 - Loveland
Oct 20 - Araphahoe Basin
Oct 27 - Mt Rose Tahoe
Oct 28 - Killington
Nov 3 - Wolf CreekMonarch
Nov 4 - Nakiska
Nov 8 - Mammoth
Nov 11 - Sipapu

Bring on the snow!!