Hugh tells us about highlights going off the beaten track and the wacky things he’s done up in the mountains.
“Writing about adventure travel affords some phenomenal experiences around the globe, especially when it comes to mountain adventures. The past few seasons have been a whirlwind of ski-infused journeys. In March 2016, I took part in the IGO Adventures Norwegian Challenge, which included ski-touring and cross-country skiing through the same mountains that Robert Falcon Scott used to train in for his Terra Nova Expedition; it was an incredible experience Other adventures include a road trip through the Canadian Rockies, touring the Tyrol Mountains in Austria, and joining former British No.1 Freeride skier, Jamie Strachan, on a meditation and mindfulness ski trip in Chamonix with Hip Chalets.”
We are honoured to feature Hugh with a quick fire 60 second interview about his travels, ski adventures and essential perfect moment skiwear and ski gear.
Favourite ski resort?
“Grand Montets, Chamonix. For European based skiing, the Chamonix basin is unrivalled for diversity and good quality snow.”
First ski memory?
“I came late to skiing, and first skied in the Dolomites at 15 years old. After only 4 hours on skis, I threw myself down a black run, crashed, and partially tore my ACL. Although it was a painful time, I fell so in love with the speed, the adrenaline rush, and the mountains, that I was completely hooked.”
Image: Captured on the Canadian Rocky road trip. This was taken just south of Saskatchewan Crossing, on the Ice Fields Parkway, between Jasper and Banff.
What are your ski essentials?
“I’ve just returned from Laax in the Swiss Alps, where I wore these Perfect Moment pieces. They performed incredibly well.”
Jacket: Chatel Jacket
Pants: Chamonix Pants
Sweater: Tuktu Sweater
Best epic ski adventure?
“Earlier this year I embarked on a 1,000 mile road trip through the Canadian Rocky Mountains, from Jasper to Banff. This was the first time I’d skied in Canada, and I was utterly blown away. The conditions were otherworldly. The skies were crystal clear, yet it dumped up to 50cm at night; perfect in every way.
Driving through the Rockies, you get to experience vastly different terrains, from the intimate resort of Marmot Basin, to the enormity of Sunshine Village. Needless to say, the backcountry possibilities in the Rockies is almost unrivalled. I would urge any keen skier to invest in a trip to Canada, it truly boasts some of the best skiing in the world.”
Where are you dying to ski?
“Iceland. I’ve heard that when the conditions are right, Iceland is the place to ski, especially if you’re into touring and heli-skiing. I’ll be heading out on a ski-touring and mountaineering expedition to northern Iceland next March, which should be incredible.”
Hugh is a freelance writer specialising in adventure, motoring and luxury lifestyle
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image: A lone skier struggles up Marmot Mountain, near Jasper, Canada. It was a perfect powder day.
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