In Sussex circa 1985, slaloming around moonboots

The original More Than Skiing started life as a little tour operator, set up shortly before the millennium by my sister, Teresa, and me, Yolanda, both ski fanatics since the age of three, former instructors and particular fans of Austria and Switzerland.

Dressed in dirndls at the Olympia Ski Show more than a decade ago we endeavoured to persuade punters to come on our group holidays to the Tyrolean village of Obergurgl. Not only would we show them the slopes, we’d ensure they held their own apres-skiing – dancing on tables at the jolly Nederhuette, snowshoeing and floodlit night skiing.

Indeed that winter we did take a handful of happy Brits there. But only a handful, and one season was enough to prove the travel business wasn’t for us. Teresa married, had two lovely kids and is now a fitness instructor; I became a journalist, specialising in horse sports, wintersports and sub-editing.

My skis in 1988, from Le Bate chair, Anzere, Switzerland

Since then I’ve worked at Horse & Hound, Polo Times and the Daily and Sunday Telegraph, respectively as news editor, editor and sub-editor/writer. Lately my ski pieces have appeared in the Daily and Sunday Telegraph, Audi Magazine, Country Life and Fall-Line. Go to the Published Work tab to read my recent articles.

Now that I’m freelance, and spending more time in the mountains, I’ve revived More Than Skiing with a fresh purpose. Not to bring you snow reports, forecasts or resort assessments; instead, you’ll find fun stuff, mostly away from the mainstream, that I hope will inspire you to get more out of your own winter adventures.

You can discover, for example, what it’s like to join the Continentals in their crazy amateur races, learn what to do if you find yourself sharing a slope with a moose, and read about setting off, armed with rucksack, head-torch and Compeed, on a hut-to-hut ski tour.

In 2011, during Inferno Week in Muerren (jumper circa 1989)

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Yolanda Carslaw, December 2010


8 responses to “About

  1. Styve

    I had the same skis as you in 1988 :o)

  2. Caroline

    I love this page yolanda!!!!!!! so cool!
    see you next week!! caroline

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  4. Steve Prince

    Good for you Yolanda, pleased to see that you are still professionally involved with skiing. You may recall that I saw you in your dirndl at the Ski Show and of course was in Obergurgl with you. Would be nice to hear from you if you have time.
    PS Sally is getting married this summer!

    • Hi Steve, Great to hear from you and I did think of you last December as I was back in Obergurgl and recalling those days of yore and yellow-and-blue jackets. Glad to hear Sally is getting married. So am I! Best way to contact me is through FB or Linkedin. Would be great to hear your news. V best wishes, Yolanda

  5. Steve Prince

    Hi Yolanda, thanks for your reply. I have sent you a friend request on FB. Regards

  6. James

    Hi Yolanda, James here. Thank you for your superb initial reaction to my injury in Napusk; it was most reassuring. I snapped my mcl, pcl, acl,, plc and calf ligament! A severe injury, I am recovering from the first operation to reconstruct my knee. Might be back to work in 6 months though my serious skiing days are over! 😦

    • Hi James, Really nice to hear from you but that’s absolutely terrible! What an awful list of CLs. You poor thing… incredibly bad luck. I hope you are being well looked after with lots of sympathy and attention, delicious food, multiple cups of tea or stiff drinks. I do ‘know people who know people’ who have skied again after ligament destruction. Maybe even if you can’t do the serious stuff you’d like to, you could become a cruisey connoisseur of mountain restaurants, views, apres-ski, sun-loungers, etc, and the nice (but rare) guy who patiently accompanies the slower members of their party down blues and greens… I hope the next ops go well – keep us posted. best wishes, Yolanda

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