From the first moment on skis as an exchange student at the age of 17, I fell in love with the thrill of downhill skiing. At 20 I became an instructor in New Zealand, then using that qualification, travelled widely each winter, furthering my experience. The most memerable season was as a skipatrollman in Meribel, France. The ultimate goal for a British instructor is the BASI 1, this award is internationally recognised and respected. I sucessfully completed the course in Scotland in 1976, after a season of teaching in Norway. Over the next 21 years downhill skiing took a less prominent role in my life as work and family commitments dictated.

I had met my Scottish lass, Jeanne, in Norway, and we made a life together in Kent, England. In 1996, having built up my picture framing business over 11 years, we decided that a new adventure was in order. Our son, Tom, was now 6, so it was a perfect time to start afresh. We sold the house and business, put everything into storage and left for Norway in an old caravan. We had always intended to live near mountains, so when we drove down Gudbrandsdal valley and arrived at Lillehammer, with the impressive lake Mj°sa beyond, it was not a big decision to start looking for a house,. We now have a slower pace of life, and friends from the UK seem to unwind after only a few days here,

I fell into a job teaching skiing for the British military on a two year contract. I was expected to teach alpine at an advanced level, but also Telemark and cross country to beginners. It was the latter which peeked my interest because there seemed to be very little up to date information on how best to teach complete beginners. With a tireless supply of young soldiers as guinea pigs, I developed a programme which I have further refined as an independent teacher over the last 4 years. Teaching recreational cross country has become my niche, and with most of my customers comming to the sport 'late', I am very aware of the importance of building confidence and what can happen when it has gone. I am not involved with racing nor with the skating technique, I am happy to leave those to younger legs..

Early reaction to this book has been encouraging, and I look forward to hearing from more readers in due course.