Man receives first PHD in Snowboarding

Posted By: The Ski Channel on August 1, 2011 12:09 pm

If you didn’t think it was possible to receive a PHD in Snowboarding, think again. According to, Rev Neil Elliot who is a vicar has received his doctorate  ”in the sociology of religion involved analysing the relationship between spirituality and snowboarding in his thesis.” Now that’s what I call a good fusion.

Studying at Kingston University, Elliot researched the “Zen” feeling of being on the slopes. He does have the experience on both accounts. Besides being a vicar at Andrew’s Church in Trail, British Columbia, Elliot has been an active snowboarder for 15 years. In 2005, he actually moved to Canada so he could study the mountains more often.

“For some, riding becomes a meditation…they are present and not present, time stops, concerns, worries, even self-awareness fall away. They talk of moments of bliss,” said Elliot. I think we all know that Elliot is correct. The mountains bring bliss whether it be riding them or skiing them.

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