New to skiing? This book is all you need to have fun! Well...some skis may help too…
“Downhill skiing is the most fun to watch, especially if you’re one of those people who slows down to get a closer view of a car crash.”
“Moguls are big bumps in the snow. In the USA they are called, with admirable inventiveness, bumps.”
“Nobody looks too smart with just one ski on.”
David Allsop was introduced to skiing at the age of ﬁve on a rudimentary monoski down the slopes of a slag heap. He spent the next 30 years scrupulously avoiding anything to do with sliding downhill. After trial careers in occupations as diverse as growing beansprouts and working as a barrister, he found his niche amid the peaks and troughs of freelance journalism – adding ski-writing to his formidable portfolio of areas of professed expertise.
By dint of bluff and good luck he has managed to ski, at little cost to himself, in more than 300 resorts – with a style that was once described by a member of the Compagnie des Guides as ‘comme une vache espagnole’ (like a Spanish cow), which he chooses to regard as a rare example of French irony. The Alliance des Moniteurs de Ski du Canada knows better; it allowed him to qualify as a ski instructor in 2004. Curiously this does not seem to have made him any more attractive to the opposite sex.
Learn all you need to know about the history of the ultimate poseur’s pastime and the different types of ski terrain. Clue: moguls are not the preserve of Hollywood…