Zermatt Ultra: Alphorns, cowbells and sugary gels served with a hint of adventure

I often say I’m not really a runner but just last week I ran my first ultra mountain marathon. I’ve discovered a joy and freedom that longer distance brings and naturally I wanted to know what an ultra felt like. Now I know! In this case 45.5 kilometres of trails ascending almost 2000 metres upwards along … Read moreZermatt Ultra: Alphorns, cowbells and sugary gels served with a hint of adventure

Brexit: The Brits will need a whole new mindset if they wish to adopt the Swiss model

Those clever Swiss have been at it again! Today, August 1st marks Swiss National Day and this year there is much to celebrate. From the engineering triumph of the new Gotthard Base Tunnel providing a high-speed rail link under the Swiss Alps – to the pioneering achievements of the Solar Impulse round-the-world flight. More great accomplishments to celebrate this Birthday, whetting the appetite … Read moreBrexit: The Brits will need a whole new mindset if they wish to adopt the Swiss model

Off-piste dangers and rewards : changing the mindset of a new generation of skiers

Earlier this year, I was getting off a packed ski lift in the French resort of Tignes when I had one of those moments when I accepted that what had once appealed to me in downhill skiing was perhaps now not so. I‘d been wearing a helmet-mounted GoPro camera which had become lodged in the restraining … Read moreOff-piste dangers and rewards : changing the mindset of a new generation of skiers