John Barr: 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.