Nick Robinson, founder and CEO of Maison Sport, the online platform for booking qualified and professional ski instructors in France, Italy and Switzerland, has written a book for children to help prepare them for their first skiing holiday. We have ten copies to give away in a MadDogSki prize draw.

The beautifully illustrated book is aimed at children aged four to eight and tells the story of Jacob, who is about to embark on his first ski adventure. Nick has been careful to balance the fun and excitement of a ski holiday with reassurance and explanation of what Jacob will experience on his trip – as a parent of a young child himself, Nick knows that skiing for the first time can be daunting.

Jacob’s First Ski Holiday follows Jacob’s journey through excitement and nervousness about his upcoming trip, to his pride at mastering his first turns and elation at the feeling of skiing down the piste. It also contains some handy tips that will help readers in their first lessons.

Nick’s venture into creative writing follows a desire to share his passion for skiing with his daughter and his frustration that he couldn’t find a children’s book to read to her to help her catch the ‘skiing bug’. For several years Nick’s daughter heard the story of Jacob at bedtime and he has now put pen to paper to share the story with children set to take to the slopes for the first time this winter.

Nick explains more: “The memory of my first skiing holiday with my family has remained with me for many years – I can still remember my excitement the first time I saw the mountains and the snow and how happy I was whizzing through the trees down the slopes. As a ski instructor, it was really important to me that my daughter had the chance to experience this same feeling and Jacob’s adventures did a fantastic job of preparing her for her first season on the slopes. I’m thrilled that Jacob will now be able to help the next generation of skiers prepare for their first snow holiday.”

The book has had great feedback from those asked to preview it. Ski instructor and mum, Patsy Duncan, says: “This is a magical book. The illustrations are beautiful and the story fantastic. So often, children turn up to their first skiing lesson with no idea about what to expect – Jacob’s story helps them overcome any nervousness and make the most of their first hours on the ski slopes.”

Jacob’s First Ski Holiday is available for purchase on and costs £8.99.

Enter our prize draw before midnight on 3 April for a chance to win a copy.


Prize draw - Jacob's first ski holiday


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