Enjoy a Scottish Winter Snow Sports Break

As anyone brought up on Scottish ski slopes would tell you, weather conditions are somewhat changeable in the Cairngorm Mountains. Skiing or snowboarding in Scotland has a number of challenges, with the unpredictable nature of the winter season being the primary issue. Scotland can be very cold, very wet, very windy and even very snowy but the problem is often that the weather can be all of these things in the space of a few hours. For skiers and snowboarders, the drastically varying temperatures can be a problem. One minute the slopes will be enjoying a good coating of fresh snow, the next minute will see a rise in temperature provoking a change to rain and a washing away of all the white stuff.

As such the winter sports centres in Scotland are at the mercy of the weather Gods. The 21st Century saw a string of poor snow seasons and things were looking tricky for many of the operating companies on Scotland’s mountains. However, the last couple of seasons has seen an upsurge in the fortunes of the Scottish snow sports resorts.

Both 2010 and 2011 brought very cold weather to Scotland over the winter months. Whilst much of the UK experienced disruption as the snow and cold weather stopped many from leaving their homes, in the mountains of Scotland the skiing and snowboarding communities were jumping with joy – the cold weather meant the exciting prospect of an extended sliding season. Furthermore, whilst politicians worried that economic recession would be exacerbated by the cold snap, in and around areas such as Aviemore and Glenshee the opposite was occurring – record numbers were taking to the slopes and purchasing lift passes in order to enjoy the snow.

When Scotland’s mountains are clothed in fresh powder there is some fantastic skiing and snowboarding to be done. Good snow in Scotland provides the area with a charm that is quite different to that of the Alps. Perhaps it is because Scotland is not snow sure that when there is good conditions, skiers and riders will really appreciate it. In addition, there is a real sense of being in the wild in Scotland as the ski centres are located in some of the most ruggedly beautiful and least populated areas in the UK.

The more adventurous can also get touring and hike up some munros during the winter in order to find lines to ski and board that are off the beaten track. Whilst taking part in expeditions such as these, group members will have a high chance of seeing some fascinating wildlife, including Ptarmigan and wild hare. Just remember to take full avalanche precautions just as you would in the world’s bigger mountain ranges – Scotland in the winter can pose the same dangers as anywhere else with regards to unstable snow pack.

Season 2012 is predicted to be another cold one in Scotland – if the snow does materialise, perhaps this year you may want to experiment – try a spot of skiing or snowboarding in Scotland.

Chiswick Lays Claim To Numerous Sporting Notables

It might only be a small suburb of West London, but Chiswick W4 is a hotbed of sporting activity and success.

From double Olympic Champion and adventurer, James Cracknel, to the late Formula One World Champion Jim Clarke, a host of elite-level athletes and sportsmen have called Chiswick home.

And as the London 2012 Olympics loom, Chiswick’s natural geography could be the secret to gold-medal success in one particular sport.

Nestled on the banks of the River Thames six miles from central London, Chiswick lies at the heart of the British rowing community. Not only does the Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race finish at Chiswick Bridge each year, but dozens of international athletes are living and training in the area as the build up to next year’s Olympics intensifies.

Most notably, two of the World’s quickest oarsman can be seen on the famous stretch of river in their bid for solo-glory in the single sculling event. Britain’s best, Alan Campbell and triple World Champion, Mahe Drysdale of New Zealand are both based at Tideway Scullers School in Duke’s Meadows.

Half a mile away elite athletes are hard in training at Thames Tradesmen’s Rowing Club, former club of five-time Olympic champion, Sir Steve Redgrave.

A swelling number of local rugby teams include Chiswick RFC (formerly Old Meadonians RFC). With the side climbing the leagues, they only stand six rungs short of the Guinness Premiership.

Even motor racing has formed an important part of Chiswick’s sporting fabric. One of the country’s last great privateer racing teams, Chequered Flag racing, was based in the area providing drives to Tony Pond and Russell Brookes in the iconic Lancia Stratos. Earlier Jim Clarke began his career in the junior formulas racing for the Chiswick team.

Away from the elite-level, the area boasts a growing number of recreational sports facilities including the Rocks Lane multi-sports centre with tennis, netball and football facilities. Top Tennis stars including Tim Henman can often be seen on the courts and par 3 golf course of Dukes Meadows; while the Esporta Riverside Centre recently underwent a major refurbishment. The New Chiswick Pool and Brentford’s Fountain Leisure Centre are both within easy reach of the centre of Chiswick.

Away from sport, Chiswick has a thriving arts and cultural scene. At its heart lies the Watermans Centre on the banks of The Thames by Kew Bridge. Its exhibitions have drawn an international reputation, particularly for Asian and New Media arts, while local artists often display their work at the centre.

Many West End stars have called Chiswick home, most notably The Redgrave Dynasty. But perhaps the most famous cultural figure to have resided in the area is seminal 18th Century painter and Satirist, William Hogarth. Hogarth’s House in Chiswick park is undergoing restoration but will reopen to the public later this summer featuring an exhibition of some of his work.

The Use Of Sports Bottles As Promotional Gifts

Promotional sports bottles can be an effective aid to marketing your brand as they are a useful product and are not as common as other promotional gifts. They come in a variety of materials and designs and can be printed to your specification.

More and more people are taking up cycling both as a means of getting fit and as a response to the environmental damage done by motorised transport. When undertaking strenuous exercise of this nature it is important for them to carry a supply of liquid refreshment to avoid dehydration. Sports bottles which are specifically designed to fit bottle cages on bicycles are now available in a range of colours making them ideal for getting your printed logo out on the streets. There are even bottles made from biodegradable corn starch making them even more environmental friendly. As a promotion for cycle retailers and distributors, sports bottles make excellent sense as they display their branding on the cycles that they supply.

Sports centres and gym complexes are also places where people need to rehydrate on a regular basis and providing your clients with water bottles emblazoned with your logo and company details will help to promote your brand at these fairly exclusive venues. Golf courses and other sporting events are also places where these bottles will be seen. The companies that run the venues themselves may also find it useful to supply their members with custom printed sports bottles to engender loyalty. In addition to the everyday plastic sports bottles there are bottles made from seamless aluminium which can be printed in full colour to create a stunning effect.

As you can see sports bottles offer an excellent alternative to the usual run of the mill promotional items that are used to create brand awareness and loyalty and they are made from durable materials that will keep your brand in the public eye for a longer period than most. There are many on-line stores which supply personalised sports bottle and it is worth taking a little time to compare prices as these can vary widely. The best suppliers will provide you with samples so that you can also assess the quality and design before you place an order. Prices will vary depending on the type of material used, the number of print colours and the quantity required and you should always ensure you are comparing like for like products.