In-line with the start of Winter Olympics, Club Med has collaborated with Graham Bell to bring you top tips and expert skiing advice to ensure you get the most out of your skiing holiday. Many avid skiers and Olympic enthusiasts will be aware of Graham Bell’s successful sporting career, but for those of you who need a recap, here are the facts.
5-time Olympic Skier
Not only has Graham represented Great Britain in the Olympics no less than five times, but he is often considered to be the finest skier to ever come out of the UK. From as young as five, he and his brother Martin were careering across the Scottish mountains in the Cairngorms, where his family went skiing for the first time. Having caught the bug, he’s been traversing snow-covered highlands ever since, earning the title of Ski Champion of Britain on eight different occasions.
Graham and his wife Sarah, have two children, Louis and Lottie, who have both been skiing from the tender age of two. As a strong believer of getting the kids on the slopes from a young age, Graham feels that Club Med have the right idea when it comes to the little ones:
‘Ski schools in France are from five years old, and ski schools in Austria are from four years old. It’s great that Club Med offer the opportunity for children to start skiing from three years old.’
Nevertheless, he acknowledges that when on piste, parents’ main concern is for the safety of their children. Graham recommends that holidaymakers ‘choose a family-friendly resort that has a good selection of nursery slopes available – some resorts don’t have these, and you don’t really want to be teaching your kids to ski for the first time on a busy run with other skiers whizzing by.’
Having retired from ski racing in 1998, Graham has done a lot of presenting. As well as being a commentator on the Winter Olympics, Graham has presented some high-profile BBC series’, including the BBC’s longest running sports programme, ‘Ski Sunday’, and ‘High Altitude’.
Graham has also starred in the recent Channel 4 programme, ‘The Jump’, which involved challenging a number of celebrities on the slopes, as they attempted some of the most treacherous alpine sports.
Having recently returned from a family ski holiday at Club Med’s Val d’Isére resort, Graham has revisited the slopes for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, where he is he is commentating on the winter Olympics and providing regular updates on the performance of team GB.
Graham Bell Week (10th – 16th February)
Could you use some expert skiing advice? Keep an eye on our blog throughout ‘Graham Bell Week’ to learn all you need to know about nutrition, ski safety, fitness and family fun on the slopes – all the best tips from Graham Bell himself.