Meet the MadDogSki team

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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 info@maddogski.com
Many people have contributed to MadDogSki over the years – here’s the current crew…

 

Kate Whittaker

Kate WhittakerKate is the founder and owner of MadDogSki. 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.

 

 

Beth Alexander – Head of editorial

Beth joined MadDogSki in 2012 and looks after all things editorial. She’s been 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 social media 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. She’s a big fan of Mayrhofen and is looking forward to exploring the high points of Switzerland this season.

 

 

 

fiona_profile_2Fiona Best – Website & PR manager

Fiona was Head of Marketing at the Ski Club of Great Britain for just under 9 years and in that time was privileged to work with a huge array of people across the ski industry, both in the UK and overseas. She mastered the shoulder shot having discovered it in Verbier, her second home during the Ski Club years. It is still a place she returns to frequently, though she is now tied to term times (sigh). She once sat next to Spielburg in the Off Shore cafe in Verbier. Fiona loves a few fast runs, a long lunch and her Dynastar Cham 97s.

 

 

Matt Lumb – Video editor

Matt enjoying a beer on the slopesMatt 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?”).

He can’t resist a raclette.

 

 

Jasia Warren – Website wizard

jasia3Jasia joined MadDogSki in 2015. Luckily it wasn’t her skills on-piste that were required but her knowledge of WordPress and websites. She seems to have managed to underplay her disastrous only time on the ski slopes which resulted in a disappointing trudge down the mountain in search of an errant ski. Sat at her desk looking at all of these beautiful snowy scenes on the website has piqued her interest – maybe there’s fun to be had in them there hills after all?

 

… and our bloggers

 

Rob Freeman – Freelance journalist

Massage.jpegFor many winters Rob Freeman has written about wintersports and ski resorts great and small. In a former life he was a senior journalist on the Daily Mail and now writes on travel for national newspapers, ski magazines, websites and flight magazines. He has had a book published on Austrian skiing. A qualified ski instructor, he is also deputy editor of The Skier and Snowboarder. When he learnt to ski, a cousin told him boots had to be so tight it took three grown men to force the clips into place each morning. It took three hours each evening for any feeling to return. His boots are much more comfortable now.

 

Hannah Engelkamp – freelance

Hannah EngelkampHannah worked with the MadDogSki team for many snowy years, but has recently taken a back seat in order to explore new pastures. 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.

 

 

Wendy Hollands, La Clusaz

Wendy Hollands – MadDogSki bloggerWendy 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

 

Vanessa Fisher

vanessablogpic_3Vanessa has worked in the ski industry for 18 years. She is a freelance Travel and Outdoor PR working over a range of clients both in the UK and in Europe. Vanessa has travelled extensively throughout the Alps and North America and spent a season, 1996-7 living, skiing and travelling in and around Banff in Alberta, Canada. She has three young children and loves seeing them zipping about the mountains. This winter, Vanessa is looking forward to skiing some French Pyrenean resorts which she hasn’t been to before, St Lary, Peyragudes, Piau Engaly and Val Louron and also took part in the 73rd Inferno in Murren in January. Her end of season is wide open, but she hopes to be able to do some day touring either in Chamonix or the Dolomites in fitness preparation for walking part of the South West Coastal Path in the UK as the season ends.

 

nicky_profileNicky Bannister

Nicky learnt to ski as a child with many years spent exploring the European resorts. Some of her favourite places to ski are Zurs-Lech, Wengen, Chamonix and Whistler. She now has 3 children who can sadly out-ski her on piste, so has branched out into off-piste, touring and heli-skiing wherever possible! Nicky works with leading tour operators and adventure travel companies around the world on a day to day basis and co-founded Bannister Blake public relations and marketing agency in 2008. One place she’s aways wanted to ski is Jackson Hole and she is hoping to take part in a 4 day Quadrathlon expedition in Norway very soon.

 

Rosie Barcroft

Rosie-Barcroft-thumb2All it took was a sunny day in Courchevel, a beautiful instructor called Séverine, a bright pink wedgease and Rosie (age four) was hooked. Since then, she’s been lucky enough to ski in multiple resorts across the Alps, along with Åre, Sweden and Whistler, Canada. When she left university, Rosie managed to land her dream job: working for Ski+board magazine. In 2014, Rosie left the magazine and turned to PR – Travel PR to be precise. Fortunately, she’s been able to stay close to her snowy roots and works with the La Plagne tourist board, amongst other clients. However, she’s never given up her press pass, and is looking forward to sharing her slope-side experiences and skiing adventures with the readers and writers of MadDogSki, however silly they may seem…

 

Briony Key

briony_profileBriony has led a varied life and worked for a range of titles, from her start on the Cornish Guardian (where she got hooked on surfing) to the Scotsman and Sunday Times. She also spent some years on the trade title, Travel Weekly – for which she credits her capacity to work and party! B’s also been a dresser with the Royal Shakespeare Company and a PR for the World Salsa Champions. She now writes for the ski press and conference titles, and spends the rest of her time holding down a day job in counter terrorism and crime prevention.

 

 

rachel_cocoran_profileRachel Corcoran

Rachel has been a journalist as long as she’s been skiing – since her early 20s. While for the main, she interviews celebrities when they have something to promote for national publications, she’ll head to the slopes at any opportunity. She’s parasailed off a mountain in Les Deux Alpes, done the bob-skeleton track in Whistler and conquered the Vallee Blanche, all in the name of a story. But, she’s most happy on the slopes of Chamonix where she’s visited countless times. For more of her writing visit www.rachelcorcoran.com www.rachelcorcoran.com

Tim Wilson, Les Arcs

tim_wilsonHaving done his first winter season in Whistler, Canada, Tim made his European debut in Val Thorens working for Erna Low. They were such a great company to work for that he couldn’t resist doing another season there before moving on to Avoriaz for two more, followed by a winter in Val d’Isere. Since then he’s been in Paradiski for eight winters and counting, starting in La Plagne and then moving on to Les Arcs, and still with Erna Low. Over this time he has gradually been converted from a snowboarder into a skier and now that he is good enough to ski in powder he is generally on two planks rather than one.

 

Amie Postings, Morzine

Amie postings

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.

 

 

Nora Mulcahy, Japan

Nora Mulcahy, our blogger in JapanNora is a physiotherapist based in London with a particular penchant for ski seasons. Whilst coming to snowboarding and then skiing quite late, she’s since thrown herself in head first and even competed in snowboarding – mainly boardercross – and skiing events (Patrouille des Glaciers). For her MadDogSki blogs, Nora left the comfort of the European Alps in search of the infamous powder in Japan. Apart from dealing with skiing and snowboarding injuries, Nora is a barefoot running coach and her other great love is rock climbing and all of its associated injuries.

 

John Barr, Tirol

John Barr, our blogger in the Kitzbuhel region of AustriaJohn joined the MadDogSki blogging team when I emigrated to St Johann in Tirol in 2009, from where he has 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 he is just one hour from Zell am See or Kaprun. 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

 

catherineCatherine Cooper

Catherine is a freelance travel journalist who has lived near the Pyrenees France since 2009 when she moved from London to be closer to the mountains (amongst other reasons). She first skied on a school trip aged 14, worked a season in Meribel in her 20s and forced her children onto skis when they could barely walk. She writes about skiing and travel for many national newspapers, magazines and websites, and is also author of Travelling with Children: A Parent’s Guide. You can see examples of her work at www.catherinecooper.net

 

Arnie Wilson – Freelance journalist

arnie_profile_1Arnie Wilson wandered through Fleet Street and Television, including ITN, Thames, Anglia, LWT News and Southern Television/TVS where he was an on-screen reporter for 10 years. Then skiing took over his life in the mid 80s when, completely unexpectedly, he became the Financial Times ski correspondent for the next 15 years. This included his great adventure – skiing every day for the whole of 1994, in 240 resorts in 13 countries, and into the Guinness Book of Records. Since then he’s completed a 30-year project to ski in all 38 “skiing states” in the USA. He’s had five ski books published, and edited the Ski Club of Great Britain’s magazine Ski+board for almost 13 years until 2014.

Alf Alderson – Freelance journalist

mds_alfalderson01Alf Alderson is an award-winning adventure sports and travel journalist and photographer based in Pembrokeshire and the Alps. He specialises in ski, surf and mountain sports journalism and his travel writing has appeared in a wide range of publications and websites including The Guardian, Daily Telegraph, Independent, Toronto Globe & Mail, South China Morning Post and Financial Times. He is also the editor of ‘Church of the Open Sky’ an Apple Newsstand magazine featuring ‘eclectic adventure travel’ stories and great imagery, also available on Facebook here, and the author of various surfing, skiing and travel guidebooks.