It’s snow surprise to us: Team GB made us proud at Sochi

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Winter sports successes

Last month we told you about some of our snow sport stars who had been selected to compete for Great Britain at XXII Winter Olympic Games in Sochi. Now that the competition has come to an end, we thought it was time to look at how Team GB performed both on and off the slopes.

Last Thursday (20 February) the women’s curling team beat Switzerland in a tight game to secure the bronze and claim GB’s third medal of the winter games. Not only that, Perth-born Eve Muirhead‘s side also took the title of the youngest curling team to place in the competition. And David Murdoch‘s men proudly won silver in a nail-biting curling final against Canada on Friday.

Another success came from snowboarder Jenny Jones who took the bronze for women’s snowboarding slopestyle early in the competition. Jenny not only took the first medal of the 2014 Winter Games for Great Britain but she also made history by taking the first medal on the snow for the country since the games began.In other events, the nation beamed with pride as Lizzy Yarnold took gold in the skeleton on Friday 14 February.

We previously mentioned that snowboarder Ben Kilner, freestyle skier Murray Buchan, and cross country skiers Andrew Young, Andrew Musgrave and Rosamund ‘Posy’ Musgrave  would all be competing as part of the 56-strong team. On Tuesday 11 February, Ben, Andrew, Andrew and Posy all took part in events and achieved respectable positions.

It’s not surprising that a number of our snow sports competitors are Aberdeenshire born-and-bred, including Andrew, Posy and Ben. The region is home to two of Scotland’s six snow sports centres, Glenshee and The Lecht, as well as Huntly Nordic and Outdoor Centre where Andrew, Andrew and Posy train. CairnGorm Mountain, is also not far away and has been used in the past by both Ben and Bristol-based Jenny Jones.

Jamie’s on-piste charity challenge

And our Winter Olympic athletes are not the only ones whose efforts on the slopes will be followed in the coming months. At CairnGorm Mountain in March, Scottish ski instructor Jamie Stevenson will make his first run as part of his Guinness World Record attempt to ski in 20 countries in fewer than 31 days.

Jamie was keen to start on the familiar slopes of one of Scotland’s ski resorts in a challenge which will see him cover 6,500 miles in a month, visiting countries including Serbia, Slovakia and Estonia before finishing on Norway’s snowy pistes.

His efforts are expected to raise thousands of pounds for Disability Snowsport Scotland, which teaches people with disabilities to ski. You can find out more about his attempt at a dedicated website set up to document Jamie’s challenge.

Want to see more?

The Winter Olympic Games may now be over but there are still opportunities to watch thrilling live action on the ice. You could be rink side at the world championship ice hockey in Dumfries & Galloway in March or if you’ve been impressed by the success of the Scottish athletes, you can watch or even try curling.

Try snowsports for yourself

If all the buzz about winter sports has got you thinking about donning your salopettes and ski boots, or perhaps you’re keen to hit the slopes for the first time, then you don’t have to follow Team GB all the way to Russia or trace Jamie’s footsteps in the snow. Get planning a trip to one of Scotland’s beautiful mountain ski resorts now and enjoy some great skiing or snowboarding - recent snow conditions are even better than those of the 2009/10 season.

Take a look at our dedicated pages about on-piste winter sports where you’ll discover everything you need to know; from lift pass prices and equipment hire to family lessons.

You can keep up to date with the latest conditions at our ski centres and find out where to find the freshest powder by following Ski Scotland’s Snow Alerts.

And if you still need convincing, check out this video on skiing in Scotland – once you’ve watched it, you are bound to want to get onto our slopes!

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Amy Robertson

Amy is media executive at VisitScotland. Hailing from the west coast of Scotland, she's rather fond of music festivals, coastal walks, whisky and coal fires.