By many accounts, Switzerland is the most expensive country in the world. It's also one of the most beautiful and offers superb skiing. It would be a shame to dismiss it entirely on grounds of cost.
Apart from the high-tech ski clothing draped over the backs of the wooden chairs, it's a timeless scene. There is no traffic noise and not a modern building in sight, only the schuss of passing skiers, twitching their noses at the glorious smells wafting out from the kitchen.
We're all for doing extreme sports, in fact we're just as happy to watch them but this, this isn't extreme, it's lunacy. This
Austria's Vorarlberg region is one of the world's leading winter sport destinations. The techniques employed on the mountains around Lech and Zürs in the early part of the 20th century became integrated into the Alpine skiing technique that would, in time, be taught in ski resorts around the globe.
I tend to listen to advice offered by friends. That said, I'm glad I ignored a well-meaning mate who told me early April was far too late in the season to go skiing in the French resort of Alpe d'Huez.
It's not often I get emotional about sport and even less so that I would be congratulatory to a mate without taking the piss first but... What the athletes and the background and coaching teams have achieved is truly inspiring. A great result despite the obvious challenges posed by UK sports funding.
To be fair, this is how we would cross the finish line in a cross-country ski race. If we'd even made it that far in the
With the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics firmly underway, we can't help but be impressed by all those fit athletes that look a
Now I find myself flying to Innsbruck, Austria to film a TV show competing in winter sports. Almost a full circle of sorts.... just without the dancing. Unless I can dance on skis, which would be incredibly difficult! But even having the opportunity to compete with a five-time Olympic Gold Medalist is pretty awesome.