Snozone Yorkshire – 3rd December 2022

Post Updated with pictures from the Books Signing event.

Post Updated With Pictures From the Books Signing.

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Wonderful to share ski joy and sign Ski A to Z books at Snozone Yorkshire. 

Lovely to chat about skiing and to hear people’s ski stories, ski holiday plans and always extra special when it is people’s first time ever skiing. I’m so pleased they can have the information and advice from Ski A to Z right from day one, and nice that people will be unwrapping Ski A to Z books on Christmas Day. 

Thank you to everyone, it was so great to meet you. Enjoy the books, prints and cards; and have a wonderful season. 

Thank you to Snozone Yorkshire, it’s magic that so many people can ski, slide and sled on real snow in Yorkshire. 

See my Shop for gifts and books in time for Christmas. 

Ski A to Z is published by @meyer_meyer_sport and thanks to @danskiegan for book endorsement.

Here’s the official announcement about my live event this coming Saturday… a great chance to buy ski and snowsport themed Christmas gifts for the skier in your life.

Ski Art Pop-up Shop This Saturday at Snozone Yorkshire

Get Christmas gifts for the skiers in your life at the Inspire by Kim Pop-up Shop at Snozone Yorkshire this Saturday (3rd December). 

Kimberley Kay, author of Ski A to Z – Illustrated Guide to Skiing, will be signing books and will have ski prints and greeting cards on sale. 

Kim has packed over 40 years of ski tips and advice in to Ski A to Z – to help make it easier to get into and to get on in the sport. Ski A to Z is a fun guide to skiing, for all ages. 

Kim created over 100 ski and snowsport illustrations for the Ski A to Z book. The favourite illustrations from the book are now available as stunning wall art prints. You can also send the joy of skiing to ski buddies with Kim’s ski and snowsport themed greeting cards. 

“Located at the Xscape centre Snozone Yorkshire is the UK’s leading snow centre for indoor skiing and snowboarding on real snow. Whether it’s your first time on skis or you’re an experienced snowboarder, Snozone has a range of indoor activities to suit all ages and abilities and you’re guaranteed an unforgettable experience.”

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Come along to meet Kim from 9:15 this Saturday (3rd December) at Snozone Yorkshire, Colorado Way, Castleford, WF10 4TA.

Find out more at www.inspirebykim.com or on social media @inspirebykim

If you’re not able to get along to Snozone Yorkshire view the shop here.

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Boston Snowbound Expo 2022

I thoroughly enjoyed Snowbound Expo in Boston USA. It was wonderful to see the reactions to Ski A to Z book, my ski art prints and fabric designs. Lovely to chat about the work and hear about the friends and relatives that they hoped the book would help to get into, and get on, in skiing and snowsports. I signed books for many people, including school libraries, newborns and those helping friends into the sport.

Inspire by Kim product range, Ski A to Z book, ski and snowsport themed fabric

“Please sign the book for all the children in our school, they will love it.”

Snowbound Expo Visitor

Boston you’re beautiful, love the architecture and how it’s juxtaposed so strikingly in this historic city. I also thoroughly enjoyed the live music at the Be Bop Bar, ideally placed next to Berklee College of Music. Had a great time and hope to visit again in the future.

Boston Architecture. Copy buildings and historic sights. Collage. Copyright Kim for all the images.

“I wish I’d had this book when I was learning to ski.”

Snowbound Expo Visitor
Display poster used at the event.

“I love your work. I have 350 ski books, this book will be added to my collection.”

Snowbound Expo Visitor

I hope that everyone enjoys their Ski A to Z books, the demand was huge, so much that we sold out on day 2. We hope that the additional online orders can be fulfilled in time for Christmas, and recommend ordering as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. For the links to buy the book head to the Ski A to Z page.

The book is also an ebook so you can enjoy it right now! Get the ebook here.

Please could you sign the book for our granddaughter, she was born this week. All our family ski.”

Snowbound Expo Visitor

It was exciting to show and chat about the range of fabric designs, pictured above as table coverings, a swatch book and brought together on the bunny character. Had some interesting conversations about commercial use and licensing the designs.

There are 25 designs in my Spoonflower print on demand shop, and I enjoyed seeing people inspired by the designs, we chatted about what project they may use the fabrics for. I and can’t wait to see what is made in the fabrics. More about my ski and snowsport inspired fabric designs here.

“My Mum is an interior designer and is ski mad, I’ll show her your fabric designs.”

Snowbound Expo Visitor

Having had great times chatting with Tim Meyer on his Ski Rex Media podcast it was fun to meet him in person and sign a Ski A to Z for him. Listen to our 2022 chat here.

Thank you to Kathy Brennan, CEO of CEO PSIA-AASI Eastern Division (Professional Ski Instructors of America) for including Ski A to Z in the talk on the Snow Skills Stage. Kathy is pictured here is with Snow Skills Stage hosts Brian and Mario of Ski Bum Podcast, who are as great in person as on their podcast. Listen to our latest chat on the podcast here.

As I previously created 22 illustrations for living legend Dan Egan‘s book 30 Years In A White Haze, Dan suggested that I attend attend Snowbound Expo in Boston.

Dan invited me to sign Ski A to Z books at his stall at the screening of the new Warren Miller film Daymaker at Berklee Performance Centre, and at the three day Snowbound Expo at Hynes Convention Centre. By the way, Daymaker is a great film, I highly recommend it.

After working on the White Haze project it was great to hear Dan share his extreme skiing stories on the Inspiration Stage at the Expo.

30 Years In A White Haze is now available as a hardback book. It’s a thing of beauty. It was good to chat to Dan’s ski clinic clients, friends from school, early ski instructors and one of his school teachers. Nice to meet you all.

Dan’s endorsement for Ski A to Z is on the back cover.

Thank you to Dan for his support for my work and for his stand hospitality.

So a grateful , “hello” to all the new followers from the show. Great to have you here. Do have a look around at the posts about the Ski A to Z journey and enjoy the sporty art.

It was a pleasure to meet so many people who are passionate about snowsports on the stands and see new products, ski resorts and ways to enjoy snow.

Well done Raccoon Media Group on a great Snowbound Expo.

Head across to my shop here or by clicking on the swinging sign. Thank you soooo much.

Ski A to Z is published by Meyer and Meyer Sport (UK) and distributed in the US by Cardinal Publishers Group.

See my mini gallery stand and account of the National Show Show 2022 here.

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Ski A to Z in Momtrends Holiday Gift Guide for Skiers and Riders

It’s Christmas gift buying season – so I’m delighted to see Ski A to Z in the 2022 Momtrends Holiday Gift Guide for Skiers and Riders.

Thanks to Nicole for including Ski A to Z, I’m so glad you like the book.

See the 2022 Holiday Gift Guide here.

Having helped my husband and stepchildren (then aged 5 and 8, to prepare and head onto the slopes I know it’s no mean feat to get non-skiers up and skiing, A fun, safe start in the sport, as a foundation for them to build on is what I hoped for. All this and over 40 years of skiing fed into the writing and illustrations of Ski A to Z

Ski A to Z is like an all knowing ski friend, it’s packed with information, advice and tips to save time, money and effort in your family’s skiing, more information and links to get your copy are here.

Ski A to Z is published by Meyer & Meyer Sport (UK).

For more ski related gifts head to my shop.

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Ski A to Z in School Snowsports Magazine

Schools: Please put Ski A to Z on your ski trip resources list so that families can benefit and fully enjoy this exciting new experience.

School Ski Tour Operators: Help your customers have their best start in skiing and let it be a great foundation in the sport with the support of Ski A to Z.

This article in the School Snowsports magazine explains how Ski A to Z is ideal for pre-trip preparation for children and youngsters heading off on ski trips for the first time.

The article has tips and advice for new skiers, and tips to help group leaders who are planning ski trips.

The helpful information and advice packed into the 96 pages of Ski A to Z can reassure parents and help youngsters know what to expect, and to feel more comfortable and confident to embark on this exciting experience.

I wrote the article to inform schools about Ski A to Z and to encourage them to put Ski A to Z in their pre-trip prep advice and packing lists. The book is incredibly good value, snowsports are not cheap, but the price of the book compared to the cost of the trip makes it power up the experience and the reader will enjoy their trip and the investment in the holiday all the more, having read and consumed the book contents.

I hope the article will really help families where their child or youngster are going skiing for the first time. Getting your child ready for what may be not only their first snowsport holiday, but may be their first time away from home is a big thing and could feel overwhelming, “what do we need to buy”, “what should we pack”, “will they be safe”, are all concerns.

Ski A to Z complements on mountain learning and advocates learning with qualified instructors.

That first school ski trip can be the start of a wonderful journey in snowsports, and it’s important that the experience is as positive and enjoyable as possible.

Ski A to Z can help youngsters prepare for not only a ski holiday, but can help them get ready for an outing to an artificial ski facility whether it be an indoor snow slope or outdoor matting.

Ski A to Z can help ease anxieties and help the reader get to the fun of snowsports faster. With the help of Ski A to Z new skiers can get the most enjoyment of their time on the mountain, And don’t we all want to save time, and feel comfortable, when learning something new.

Ski A to Z can grow with the skier with advice that will benefit even experienced skiers.

The tips and info in the article are just some of the tips and gems of advice in Ski A to Z. Find out more and for info on where to buy the book head over here.

Thank you the National Schools Snowsports Association for this feature. Ski A to Z is published by Meyer & Meyer Sport (UK) Ltd.

I wrote the article and created brand new ski themed illustrations of youngsters in school uniforms escaping the classroom and enjoying the experience of skiing and snowsports.

If you are a school in South Yorkshire or Lancashire get in touch and I may be able to come along with Ski A to Z to your ski trip info evening. Email inspirebykim@outlook.com if this will help your students.

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Ski/Snowsport Shirt Designs

There’s enough time to order, sew and gift in time for the holidays/ Christmas. What would you make for that snowsports lover in your life?

Inspired by the conversations during my recent appearance on High Falutin Ski Bum Podcast I have mocked up shirts using my fabric designs.

Firstly two formal designs, great with jeans for home-working or days in the office.

This one with my Ski Tracks and Trees fabric, with inside collar on the Corduroy Snow stripe, Ski Goggle Reflections cuffs and snowflake buttons. The pocket is the Skiers from Above fabric design.

This second one was Brian’s suggestion (from the podcast), using the Ski Gondolas fabric, again with Corduroy Snow stripe inside the collar and cuffs, and Ski Tracks and Trees cuffs.

And for kicking back and fun times in the evenings and weekends there is this mock-up of a Hawaiian style shirt using the Ski Fun fabric design. Mocked up here with Contrado.

There’s enough time to order, sew and gift in time for the holidays/ Christmas. What would you make for that snowsports lover in your life?

I like the idea of the Goggle Reflections design for a T-shirt. Here’s a mock-up of how I envisage that will be.

I have 20+ ski, snowsports, winter designs in my Spoonflower shop bit.ly/3JRwG9R

Choose what type of fabric, from sheer to upholstery fabric, voiles to velvets, select the design and the quantity needed for your project (from 8 inch sample to yards or metres) and Spoonflower print the fabric on demand and ship it to you (from the US).

Note: Spoonflower presently have 30% off fabrics (at the time of publishing this post). Check the website for details of offers when you are reading this).

Brian and Mario are hosting a stage at Snowbound Expo in Boston next month. That will be great to see. You can listen to our 2022 conversation here and our 2021 podcast episode here. Thanks to Brian and Mario for the good chats on your show.

Please share pics of what you make, I’d love to see. Thanks so much.

Kim x

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Gallery Space At National Snow Show

The National Snow Show at Birmingham NEC in October 2022 was a wonderful event. It was great to meet so many lovely people, to show them the work, to hear and see their reactions, and to make it possible for them to own, art prints, greeting cards and signed first editions of Ski A to Z.

The National Snow Show was my first event doing every aspect of a show. I’ve worked at exhibition events before but always after the planning and set up. It was a busy time prepping for the show, determine the products, display, pricing and signage, but the long hours before the show were well worth it.

My mini art gallery space displayed high quality art prints, giclée archival inks printed on 100% cotton paper. Printing so good that the have been tested to not fade for 300-400 years! And yes that is possible top test by firing intense UV light in a controlled environment to simulate time passing! The art prints are mounted in conservation grade mount board, in glacier white colour in a range of sizes.

The prints were popular for those buying for themselves, for ski chalets/ themed rooms or gifts for friends who enjoy skiing and snowsports. To see all the range of prints click here.

Brand new for the show, in addition to the art prints were professionally printed greeting cards with ski and snowsport themes. I am offering bundles of these cards in my shop here.

The cards are blank for your message so they can be sent as birthday, Christmas, or notecards. The cards are high quality so they also look lovely framed.

It was magic when people brought their Ski A to Z books with them to be signed, and when one person said they had gone to the show to seek out my work. That means so much.

This was my latest event presence to date for Inspire by Kim, so I’m pleased the products proved popular. Wonderful to see all the work together and hear the reactions of so many lovely people.

“Wow”, “This is great”, “No one else is doing this.” “Amazing’”, just some of the many comments on the Inspire by Kim stand.

Great to see lifetime ski friends there and to also make new friends.

Thanks to everyone for the feedback, and sharing the ski stories. Here’s to growing the awareness of the joy of skiing and snowsports to attract more people to our sports. The slopes await. I was speaking at the show, to make it easier for new skiers to get into the sport. More about this later.

Thanks to the Ski A to Z publisher Meyer & Meyer Sport (UK) Ltd to Inframe Gallery for fine art printing/mounting, Killaprint for brand panel printing, Inframe for fine art printing and Sixprint for greeting card printing.

More about National Snow Show is here. To visit my shop click here.

Have a great season all!

Kim x

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Ski Bum Podcast Appearance – October 2022

Great time chatting skiing on the @skibumpodcast, which is now live.

Listen 🎧 and get into the ski season vibe here

In this one we talked about the coming season, ski fabrics, Ski A to Z, Boston Ski and Snowboard Expo and The National Snow Show.

This was my second appearance on the Ski Bum podcast, so it was great to catch up on what has happened in the incredible past year and look forward to what is coming up. As we chatted we both had copies of Ski A to Z to hand and were able to reference the work and tips there, that was a nice twist on a conversation that spanned that Atlantic. (Click on the pic for the podcast episode from 2021.)

Pic from Ski Bum Podcast in 2021

Thanks so much Brian and Mario. Awesome news is that they will be hosting at Boston Snowbound Expo next month. Congratulations guys, great recognition for the Ski Bum Podcast.

Brian asked for episode art, so I created a new variation of my ‘Ski Goggles’ fabric/ wallpaper design on Spoonflower to represent three people. See my 20+ designs at my Spoonflower shop.

Back to the prep now for The National Snow Show. Lots to do to get ready, can’t wait!! Come meet me and check out my work at stand D76, by Red Bull and the SnowDome ski slope and on the Crystal Snow Skills stage on Sunday afternoon when I will be sharing my top tips for beginner skiers with illustrations from Ski A to Z on the big screen for the first time!! Ski A to Z is published by Meyer & Meyer Sport (UK). More about the show here.

Here’s to a great weekend!!

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Ski Rex Media Podcast – Second Appearance

Had a great time chatting to Tim on the @skirexmedia podcast. All about the upcoming National Snow Show, ski season and fun on the slopes.

Listen 🎧 at this link. It’s a great podcast and it’s fun to follow Tim and his ski experiences.

This was the second time of talking to Tim for the Ski Rex Media podcast, we first spoke in November 2021. When we looked at Dan Egan’s book 30 years In a White Haze and chatted about Ski A to Z.

Tim Meyer and Kim chatting for the Ski Rex podcast in November 2021

We talked about the National Snow Show and that I will be signing Ski A to Z books there and will be selling high quality art prints at my stand D76.

Just a reminder that prints are available for Pre-Order (to avoid disappointment and potential shipping charges when we run out of stock at the event.) See my Shop to Pre-Order (last few days to do this are now!)

I’m looking forward to speaking at the National Snow Show on 15th and 16th October at Birmingham NEC, UK. Come along on Sunday 16th when I’ll be sharing ski tips and advice. Tim Meyer will be at Boston Expo in November.

I also talk about how I will be donating some Ski A to Z book sales proceeds from each day of the show to Snow Camp charity to help youngsters, who wouldn’t otherwise have the opportunity, to try the sport.

The National Snow Show is at Birmingham NEC on October 15th/16th 2022. More information here. I’m so looking forward to seeing everyone at the show!

Ski A to Z is published by Meyer & Meyer Sport, more information about the book is here.

Thank you so much Tim, great to talk, and connect for the podcast. It was fun to do the recording and I’ve enjoyed listening again.

Best wishes

Kim

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Book Signing At Pendle Ski Club Open Day

Pendle Ski Club drone image.

I’ll be at the annual Pendle Ski Club Open Day on Sunday 2nd October signing Ski A to Z first editions.

Pendle Ski Club Open Day offers free 30 minute fully instructed trial ski sessions from 10am until 4pm (arrive at 3pm for the last session). This is a great opportunity to get a taste for skiing and try the sport.

Pendle Ski Club is a member owned ski club in the Ribble Valley of Lancashire, home of Dave, ‘The Rocket’ Ryding, four times Olympian and Kitzbuehel Champion.

Follow in Dave Ryding’s ski tracks at Pendle Ski Club – Source: GBSnowsport.com

Looking forward to meeting lots of people at Pendle and helping to demystify skiing for those who are new to the sport with the tips, information and advice packed into the Ski A to Z book.

My Pendle BackStory

I always enjoyed racing and race training at Pendle, it is a well maintained slope fabulously situated for incredible far-reaching views, and of course the added mystique of the stories of the ‘Lancashire witches’ in that area.

Kim slalom racing at Pendle Ski Club, back in the day.
Kim slalom racing at Pendle Ski Club, back in the day.

Our school ski team won the North-West Ski Federation School’s Championship four years out of five at Pendle Ski Club which is probably a factor in my fondness for the slope.

Rossendale Free Press coverage of our third team win. We were two sibling pairs, the Harwoods and the Kays.

I remember good times skiing with friends there, and in particular a weekend training camp when it rained constantly both days, great conditions for artificial slope skiing, but we were drenched, so it was comforting to have the cosy club house to get warm during our breaks.

Ski A to Z is an illustrated introduction to skiing published by Meyer and Meyer Sport (UK).

For more information about the event and Pendle Ski Club, click here.

national Snow Show 2022

If you’re not able to get along to Pendle come along to the National Snow Show at NEC Birmingham on 15th and 16th October. I will have art prints, greeting cards and will be signing copies of Ski A to Z at stand D76, next to the Red Bull VIP Lounge.

If you would like to pre-order wall art prints and signed copies of Ski A to Z, to avoid potential disappointment and postage charges, complete the quick form here.

More information about my activity at National Snow Show is here.

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