WINTER IT UP circa 2006
Back in 2006, Mark Frary who is the ski correspondent for the The Times (London) did an interesting list of the “who to know” in winter sports. You can see his original article HERE.
How does this still match up? A lot can change in a few years, as we’ve seen with technology (but that’s always how it is with technology). Also, this list has a European spin, but that makes sense his Mr. Frary is reporting from London. We got this article’s tip from one of the people on this list, Patrick Thorne.
Check out the quick list below which includes trainers, bar owners, bootfitters, instructors, etc from all around the world. Who would be on our U.S. heavy “who to know” list?
AMIN MOMEN, tailor made
Momen set up Momentum, one of Britain’s most successful tailor-made ski holiday firms, with Loredana Barindelli in 1996.
ARNIE WILSON, living ski database
Wilson’s book Ski the World came well before the current rash of travelogues.
DAX MOY, personal trainer
Moy, who runs a studio in Islington, North London, has a hundred private clients and is at the top of his game.
DIETMAR HURNAUS, bootfitter
On the outside, a pair of Strolz boots appears fairly ordinary. Inside, it’s a different story.
GREG WILLIS, ski instructor
Willis is head of the children’s ski programme in Beaver Creek in Colorado.
GUNNAR MUNTHE, bar manager
Some consider it to be the best bar in the Alps; others think St Anton’s Krazy Kanguruh is a vision of hell on earth, with its dancing on tables and bare-breasted antics.
HEINZ JULEN, artist and architect
Julen’s “Into the Hotel” project in Zermatt, which featured a hot tub that emerged through a glass roof, was considered the height of folly by some.
HENRY SCHNIEWIND, avalanche expert
Val d’Isère-based Schniewind, an expert on snow science and a qualified ski instructor, runs private and group talks and courses on avalanches.
PETE SLADE, bar manager
It takes a lot to stir up Chamonix, but the Clubhouse, where Art Deco meets urban chic, has done just that.
JAMIE YOUNG, snowboard expert
Conspiracy in St Albans, Hertfordshire, is a classic independent retailer that started life as a skateboard area at the back of the motorcycle shop.
DR MIKE LANGRAN, injury expert
Langran is Britain’s leading authority on ski injuries and as well as being a full-time GP in Aviemore manages to write, lecture and run a website on the subject.
JULIA SUMMERS, organiser
Descent, the upmarket chalet company, has a demanding clientele.
NICK PARKS, mountain guide
When it comes to tracking down the best snow conditions around the world, particularly around Mont Blanc, turn to Nick Parks, below, founder of Chamonix- based Mountain Tracks.
PATRICK THORNE, green skiing evangelist
Thorne’s Save Our Snow site has become a must-read resource for anyone wanting to ski green.
PATRICK ZIMMER, ski instructor
Zimmer founded France’s first independent ski school, Topski, in Val d’Isère 30 years ago and still runs what is arguably the best ski school in the Alps.
SEAN McCARTHY, rep
The 43-year-old McCarthy, a Zermatt regular, is famed as much for his Elvis air-guitar sessions on the roof of the Fluhalp restaurant as for his knowledge of the Stockhorn.
STÉPHANE FROIDEVAUX, chef
Froidevaux’s restaurant, L’Antidote, in Serre Chevalier, is winning a legion of devoted diners.
ZIGI DAVENPORT, property expert
Davenport, a former stewardess and restaurateur, set up Alpine Apartments Agency with her farmer husband Peter more than 20 years ago.
FLORIAN WERNER, hotelier/restaurateur
The Hospiz Alm in St Christoph, Austria, has one of the largest cellars of bordeaux in the world, with about 65,000 bottles.
The person at the front of the lift queue
If you have ever queued for the Grands-Montets in Argentière, you will know the value of being in with the person just about to get on to the next lift. Forget etiquette; just barge in saying: “Hi, Simon, thanks for keeping my place.”