First off I should admit that I am a self-confessed ski addict. I learnt to ski as soon as I could walk and I’ve loved it ever since. Admittedly, it’s much easier to learn when you’re only a foot tall because you’re so close to the ground that you can’t really fall over.
Skiing is the adrenaline of flying down the piste, it’s the fresh mountain air, the spectacular views, the hot chocolate, the food and, of course, the après ski.
I find it incredibly unfair that my all-time favourite sport EVER is something I only get to do once a year. So whenever I get the chance to do something remotely ski-related in the UK, I’m there.
Telegraph Ski & Snowboard Show
Recently, the team from Ski Total got in touch to see if I’d like to pop along to meet them at the Telegraph Ski & Snowboard Show in London. The show involves a huge showcase of ski/snowboard brands and companies, from holiday providers to bobble-hat sellers. The show also boasts excellent food, a bar, a comedy tent, fashion shows and a giant snow jump where the professionals show us how it’s supposed to be done.
Hosted in the heart of Battersea Park this year, it was a beautiful setting. Although admittedly the weather wasn’t quite so pretty.
When we arrived we headed straight to the food stalls. Here we were met with an array of Michelin star authentic Alpine food. The problem was choosing which one to go with. We dithered between them until settling for wild boar and veal meatballs in a rich tomato and smoked chipotle sauce with penne pasta. The tastiest, heartiest dish you could ever hope for!
^ On a side note, I’m in love with this knitted polo neck poncho from Warehouse. It’s super cosy and I love the rich Autumn colour.
With our bellies full of food, we wandered inside for a stroll around the stalls underneath a twinkling sky.
^ Q&A session with the professionals
We had a chat with the team from Ski Total and picked up one of their brochures. Ski Total are ski chalet specialists with some beautiful chalets on offer in a great range of resorts.
They’ve really got something for everyone so it’s worth checking out their website at www.skitotal.com if you’re looking for a chalet to book this season.
After taking in everything on offer – and managing to resist buying absolutely everything that we walked past – we headed outside for a drink at the bar and to marvel at the jumps and flips that adorned the ski jump.
Here is a quick video of the action with a wonderfully enthusiastic commentator!
As the skies darkened, the place started to come alive. Drinkers flocked to the bar and the music blared – and so begun the après!
Several hours since we’d indulged in those delicious meatballs, our tummies started to rumble again. The perfect excuse to try something else from those tempting food stalls! This time we opted for traditional pizza, freshly made and cooked on site in a giant pizza oven. The result was mouth-watering.
With our bellies full once again, we headed back home, stopping only to take in the beauty of London at night. The lights on the bridge turning the clouds golden over the River Thames.
Finally, I’ll leave you with this not-at-all-photoshopped picture of the likely outcome if I were to attempt snowboarding.
I’ll stick to skiing thanks.