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 email@example.com
Many people have contributed to MadDogSki over the years – here’s the current crew…
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. Fiona loves a few fast runs, a long lunch and her Dynastar Cham 97s. If you have any holiday or equipment deals that you would like to see posted on MadDogSki then please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kate has been involved in MadDogSki since the very beginning.
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. Some of the first MadDogSki resort guides were born out of her passion for all things snowy and her desire to make the most of every minute on the mountain.
Kate particularly likes researching new resorts.
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?”).
He can’t resist a raclette.
Jasia Warren – Website wizard
Jasia 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
For 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.
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 an outsider on her blog www.lefrancophoney.com or learn more about her professional writing skills at www.wendyhollands.com
Vanessa has worked in the ski industry for 20 years. She is a freelance Travel and Outdoor PR working over a range of clients in the UK and Europe. Vanessa has travelled extensively throughout the Alps, Pyrenees, Dolomites and North America and spent a season, 1996-7 living, skiing and travelling in and around Banff in Alberta, Canada. This winter, Vanessa is looking forward to spending the season opening weekend in December in St Martin de Belleville. In January & March she attempts a new challenge, the “Super 3”- a series of three amateur races in Belalp, Murren and Saas Fee (one of which is the Inferno, which she has skied before). She is taking her family (3 children & their Grandad!) back to Wengen in February, a resort she knows well and where her children learnt to ski. Her fitness challenge is set high for the season!
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.
All 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…
Daniel Elkan is a freelance ski, travel, science and environmental writer who has travelled to more than 50 ski resorts by train from the UK. He has written ski features for The Guardian, The Indpendent, The Telegraph, National Geographic Traveller, Food & Travel, Snow, InTheSnow, Ski+board and others. In 2009 Daniel founded a website, www.snowcarbon.co.uk, to help skiers find out how to travel to ski resorts by train. When not doing that he loves playing football, organising parties, activism of various kinds and getting out into nature.
Briony 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.
Tim Wilson, Les Arcs
Having 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.
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 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 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.