Meet the MadDogSki team
Pulling together like a team of huskies, here are the folk behind MadDogSki.
The MadDogSki team is based in the UK and in the Alps. We do sometimes have vacancies, so if you’re interested in joining us, as a blogger or resort researcher in the mountains or as a part of the UK team, drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org
Many people have contributed to MadDogSki over the years. Here are the old crew, or read on for the class of 2012/13.
In the UK
Kate is the founder and owner of Mad Dog Ski. After a career in the City she swapped commuting for chairlifts and spent two seasons in the Three Valleys in search of the perfect vin chaud. Mad Dog was born out of her passion for all things snowy and her desire to make the most of every minute on the mountain. Kate gets involved in as many aspects of Mad Dog as possible but, for some reason, particularly likes researching new resorts.
Liz joined the team in 2005 and is a new but enthusiastic convert to skiing. Liz looks after the office and our book warehouse. She also has the tough job of keeping us organised and for keeping maddogski.com up to date.
Hannah Engelkamp - Head of editorial
Hannah is the newest addition to the Mad Dog team, coming fresh from editing Fall-Line Skiing magazine. She is now getting her teeth into editing the website, coordinating the Mad Dog bloggers, writing the newsletters and sometimes getting all covered in snow. A snowboarder and skier, she thinks doing both has got to be best, except when it comes to paying for excess baggage. Hannah is currently on sabbatical enjoying some time with her www.seasidedonkey.co.uk.
Beth Alexander - Travel editor
Beth joined MadDogSki just before the 2012/13 ski season. At the time she hadn’t so much as tried on a pair of ski boots, but all that, of course, was set to change. She’ll be documenting the highs and lows of being a beginner skier and getting to know the slopes through regular blogs and articles. Beth also works on marketing and online editing for MadDogSki, and before arriving back in London in 2012, she’d been off gallivanting around the world with her laptop working on travel writing and marketing projects.
Matt Lumb - Video editor
Matt joined the team in 2013 after leaving the safety of a full-time job at an investment house to start up his own photography business, Plainview Media. His first skiing holiday was in Slovenia during the warmest winter for years which, understandably, wasn’t a great experience (the holiday motto was “There should be more snow than mud, right?”). Since then he’s skied all around Europe but is still scared of even the smallest jump. He can’t resist a raclette.
... and the team abroad
Andy Turner - Morzine
Andy joined the team in 2007 having spent the past three seasons in Morzine. With his partner Sylvie he runs a catered chalet company – Host Savoie Ltd. Prior to setting up the business in Morzine Andy skied several European resorts on various holidays, having learnt to ski in Scotland at a very young age. Some of his best ski days have been on the glaciers of Austria, with Hintertux a favourite summer ski spot. Away from skiing Andy is a dedicated supporter of Sheffield Wednesday and all ‘Alpen-Pop’ music – the cheesier the better!
Will Roberts, Megeve
My Name is Will Roberts I am the Director of the Megeve Branch of ‘British Alpine Ski Schools’ (BASS Megeve) We cover the whole of the Megeve Evasion ski area which includes Megeve, St Gervais, Combloux, and Les Contamines. I have been in Megeve for the past six years and I adore the Evasion ski area, it just has so much terrain to keep everyone entertained, including myself. I am often touring around the backcountry or skiing the steeps on Mt Joly. Our ski school runs lessons and courses for every level; we offer the highest quality of ski tuition to our clients and strive to be the best with innovative teaching sessions. I currently hold my BASI International Ski Teacher's Diploma, Alpine Development Coach Level 2, and Full French Equivalence ‘BEES 1er Degree ski alpin’ qualifications.
Ruth Martin, Chamonix
I’m Ruth Martin, a massage therapist at www.chamofix.com and a part-time marketeer, based in Argentiere and Chamonix for four years. Somehow I inherited a cat here so it’s now my home. While I love riding the freshies of Flegere and the cruisy terrain of Le Tour, I’m really a Grands Montets girl at heart, for all the brilliant little challenges and fast lines. My relatively new career in massage has been hard work but very rewarding with amazing feedback from my array of clients. I love that my main form of income is helping people feel better! The IT band and gluteus muscles are Chamonix’s worst! I still manage various marketing projects, sponsorships and corporate events. I began snowboarding seven years ago after spontaneously buying a snowboard from an Edinburgh city centre shop window, maxing my credit card at the time. C’est la vie.
Vaness Fisher, UK & Europe
Vanessa has worked in the ski industry for over 16 years. She is a freelance Travel and Outdoor PR working over a range of clients both in the UK and in Europe - for example, the gorgeous Lake Annecy Ski Resorts region of France and in the Italian Dolomites, for Dolomite Mountains Ltd. Vanessa worked with the Ski Club of Great Britain as a PR for almost 15 years gaining a wealth of experience and unrivalled contacts in the winter sports industry. Vanessa has travelled extensively throughout the Alps and North America and spent a season, 1996-7 living, skiing and travelling, with her now husband, in and around Banff in Alberta, Canada. She has three young children and is loving seeing them get their own confidence on skis; this winter 2013-14, Vanessa will be skiing here in the UK, in France, Switzerland and Italy. Vanessa will be skiing the largest amateur ski race,the Inferno in Murren in January 2014 and once the season ends, will be walking a marathon to raise money for Action Against Cancer in May.
Amie Postings, Morzine
Amie lives in Morzine all year round, having relocated lock, stock and barrel in August 2009. She owns Snow Motion Chalets, a self catered ski chalet, sleeping 10 people in Montriond. When she's not keeping her Maddog blog up to date you'll find her snowboarding and (potentially) learning to ski around her favourite haunts in the Portes du Soleil.
Dave Burrows, Chatel
I’m a ski instructor based in the Portes du Soleil, a massive ski area that crosses the frontier between France and Switzerland. I live all year round in the village of Chatel and teach skiing in the Swiss village of Morgins. I’ve been skiing since I first went on my school’s ski trip when I was 14 and qualified as an instructor last summer.
This will be my second season of ski teaching and I had a great season last year despite the lack of snow. The snow HAS to be better this year and hopefully I’ll be blogging about another great season of ski teaching, skiing masses of pow and living life out here in the Alps.
Nora Mulcahy, Japan
I’m a physiotherapist based in a central London clinic with a particular penchant for ski seasons. A bit of a late bloomer, I only began snowboarding 5 years ago and skiing less than 2 years ago but I've since thrown myself in head first and even competed in snowboarding - mainly boardercross - and skiing events (Patrouille des Glaciers). I left the comfort of the European Alps in search of the infamous powder in Japan intending to return to Covent Garden Physio (the clinic that I normally work at in London) in April 2014 sometime. Apart from skiing and snowboarding injuries, I am a barefoot running coach & my other great love is rock climbing and all of its associated injuries. I specialize in dry needling and myofascial release / trigger point work and you can currently find me at Nesiko Physio in Hirafu village this winter.
Duncan Smith, St Anton
I'm 28 years old and have spent the five years since a politics degree working mostly in kitchens around the world as an easy way to travel and learn. There have been smatterings of employment in offices, on llama farms, in call centres, as an English teacher... the list goes on. My first season was mainly spent working for the mountain at Mt Hutt in New Zealand in 2005 which ended with a few snowboard turns and a shattered wrist. Season number 2 I worked for Ski Val in St Anton in Austria in winter 06/07 cooking in a chalet – a rubbish season for snow but brilliant for making friends. Season 3 was St Anton again in 07/08 to see how good the Alps are with a proper amount of snow. Season 4 I headed to Chamonix (08/09) and learnt a massive amount about snowboarding, glaciers and how to ski. Now in season 5, cooking in a chalet again in St Anton.
I joined the Mad Dog Ski blogging team when I emigrated to St Johann in Tirol in 2009, from where I have easy access to the large ski areas of Kitzbühel and the SkiWelt, as well as the smaller resorts of St Johann, Waidring, Fieberbrunn and Buchensteinwand in Pillersee. Leogang (giving access to the Saalbach-Hinterglemm ski circus) is only half an hour away, and I can be in Zell am See or Kaprun within an hour. With so much skiing and so little time, I quit my day job in 2012 and now focus on freelance writing to keep my bank manager happy. As well as writing for the Telegraph, “Mr. Bridge” magazine and a couple of web sites that specialise in high performance computing, I published the Kitzbühel Alps Ski guide in time for the 2013-14 ski season. Check it out at www.austriaskiguide.com
Daniel Scott, Zermatt
My name is Daniel Scott, I'm a snowboard instructor based in Zermatt. I’ve been doing seasons for the past ten years and have done every job going in order to stay in the mountains. I’ve slept in many a strange place and been skint for many a season. I’m proud to now say I stuck it out and it's worked well so far. I've been teaching in Zermatt for the past four seasons and now I’m a fully certified ISIA patent instructor. I'm working for a wicked little school called AER Snowboard school (WWW.AERZONE.CH).I'm trying to get into some freestyle coaching as my next venture and hope to head to the states or BC. I'm a level 2 freestyle development coach and see it as a good way to get the little’uns of England into the winter sports scene! Hope you like the blogging and I sound as interesting as everyone else on this page.
Jesse Howe, Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Since graduating from University in 2001, Jesse has spent every Northern Hemisphere winter in the American Rocky Mountains and Tetons (in addition to a few Southern Hemisphere winters in New Zealand and South America) chasing huge storms, hitting big jumps & cliffs, sliding large rails, and avoiding fatal avalanches. Jesse now resides in Jackson, Wyoming, where he runs the Next Generation Skiers (NGS) Program for Jackson Hole Ski & Snowboard Club, teaches Spanish at the Elementary level, and coaches Big Air Gymnastics classes.
Prior to coaching young shredders, Jesse worked several different jobs in the ski resort industry - F&B, Ski School, and as a liftie, and has searched for powder on four different continents. Regardless of how many drinks he had the night before, Jesse is happiest taking his two Newfoundland dogs backcountry skiing at whatever high altitude mountain pass happens to be closest.
Annabel Wilson, South Island, New Zealand
Having been taken to the slopes for the first time at 6 weeks old and sleeping in the A-frame hut at Treble Cone, NZ while her parents skied, Annabel has had the snow in her blood ever since. With an interest in the way that skis can be bridges into other cultures, she has spent the last 15 years living and working in resorts all over the world, exploring the mountains of the US, Canada, Europe, Japan and New Zealand. Her next destination is Gulmarg, Kashmir in the mighty Himalaya.
Mad Dog are chuffed to have Annabel blogging for us from wherever she happens to be. We'll have regular blogs from her on the site, and check out Annabel's personal blog too.
Kitrina Hrbinic, Pas de la Casa, Andorra
I was born in Quesnel, B.C., Canada, the heart of B.C's forestry industry. We had a ski hill within an hour's drive from town, and I made many trips out there with friends and family. I always loved it, and said to myself that on the slopes was right where I wanted to spend the rest of my days. Still, I didn't think that was possible, until I moved to Whistler. I've lived there the for the last nine years and haven't looked back. But it is also my dream to ride in my father's home country, Bosnia.
Wendy Hollands, La Clusaz
Wendy started falling over with plastic skis tied onto her tiny ski boots when she was three years old in Australia. She now falls over with telemark skis or a snowboard attached in the French Alps. She spent five seasons as a ski bum in Meribel before moving to La Clusaz in 2006. When she’s not hugging trees accidentally in fresh powder, she’s writing or travelling to other ski resorts to in the hope that a tree-free perfect powder run awaits her. You can also find her talking about life in France as seen by a outsider on her blog www.lefrancophoney.com
Tim Wilson, Sestriere, Italy
Having done my first winter season in Whistler, Canada, I made my European debut in Val Thorens working for Erna Low. They are such a great company that I couldn't resist doing another season in VT before moving to Avoriaz for 2 more, followed by a winter in Val d'Isere. Since then I've been in la Plagne for the last 4 winters, still with Erna Low! Over this time I have gradually been converted from a snowboarder to a skier and now that I am good enough to ski in powder I am generally on two planks rather than one
Gareth Edmundsum, briefly of Courchevel!
Gareth is a novice; he has very little idea on the finer technical points of skiing but, so far, hasn’t let any of that get in the way of throwing himself down mountains and from loving skiing. However, as an absolute beginner, he might be in a better place to relate to fellow beginners. He understands what it is like to stand at the top of a slope, look down and develop a nagging feeling that "things might not work out as you'd hoped." A feeling that Phillipe, your rather tanned, swish and immaculately turned out instructor might not quite understand. Just like week one on Strictly Come Dancing, Gareth is on a journey, if he can do it, you can too.
Duncan & Alison, Serre Chevalier, France
Duncan Newbury and Alison Dickie run Chez Serre Chevalier, a boutique UK tour operator offering tailor made ski, snowboard and summer mountain holidays to the Serre Chevalier Valley in France. Duncan has grown up with a love of hiking and skiing, and has been part of the outdoors and snowsports industries since 2005. Before setting up Chez, he has worked in the French Alps as a Resort Rep and then in London with The Outdoors Show, The Ski & Snowboard Show and The London Bike Show. Following a professional career in London, in 2010 Alison decided to swap the city for the mountains, working as a resort rep in Serre Chevalier and then going on to establish Chez with Duncan. Read a bit more about them here...
Jo Clinch, Les Gets, France
Jo has been skiing and snowboarding since she was 10, and first visited Les Gets on a family ski holiday aged 15. Returning every winter since – either for a holiday or to work – Jo now works for an independent ski company. Despite having visited many other resorts in the French Alps, Les Gets is still top of her list - for the fresh powder you get on Mont Chéry, especially if you are lucky enough to have empty slopes and also for one of the nicest resort mountain restaurants – la Grande Ourse with stunning views over the Mont Blanc range!
Emma Whittaker, La Rosiere, France
Emma is enjoying her second season working as a chalet host in La Rosiere and loving every minute of it. After completing a degree in the UK in the summer of 2011 a year out seemed like the way forward and the opportunity to work a season was a long awaited dream which just couldn’t be ignored anymore. The lure must have been good to get her back for a second year. The slopes in La Rosiere, and La Thuile just over an hour’s ski away, are awesome and she gets out on the slopes as much as possible to take advantage of the quiet slopes and deep powder – on and off piste.
Charlotte Maddrell, Courchevel, France
I've skied for longer than I can remember, ever since I was first dropped off in piou piou in Chamonix at the tender age of 4. Far too much of my childhood and teens was spent perfecting stem-christies in what seems like every resort in the Alps, Canada and the US and even once in Bulgaria (way back in the 90s before it got cool). Sadly as a one week a year skier I was never going to rival Chemmy so at the tender age of 31 I'm having a 'Gap Winter' in Courchevel. I work behind the desk at New Generation Ski and Snowboard School looking after the instructors, and generally having a lovely time both on and off the snow. I've also developed an unhealthy habit of spending far too much on ski kit, though at least now I own two pairs of skis I finally feel like a proper skier!
Emily Mayne, Meribel
Having lived in London for the past 18 months trying to tackle serious questions about my future, I have put my Philosophy degree to good use and determined that as life is the longest thing you'll ever do, you might as well do something that makes you happy. With this in mind, I am returning to scrub porcelain thrones and pour far too much wine for the lovely guests at Fish & Pips in Meribel. Priorities this year include getting better technique off piste, putting aside some proper time for snowboarding and keeping my bar tab less than my wages. I'll keep you posted....
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