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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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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Book Signing at Pendle Ski Club

Wonderful day at Pendle Ski Club annual Open Day. Great to talk skiing and magic to meet so many people who were experiencing their first time skiing.

The club is fabulous volunteer run facility on Pendle Hill in Lancashire where people can learn to ski, race and enjoy the sport.

I hope everyone will enjoy their Ski A to Z books. It was great to talk to so many people who are getting ready for their first ski holiday this winter, it’s a huge step and so it was nice to help out with all the info, tips and advice packed into Ski A to Z.

“This is just what we need, “We’re going to read this as a family, it will help us all” “This is a great book.” Were just some of the comments.

Thanks to all at Pendle Ski Club for the warm welcome on such a stunning day.

More information about Ski A to Z is here and about Pendle Ski Club at https://www.pendleskiclub.org

Ski A to Z is published by Meyer & Meyer Sport.

Next stop National Snow Show 2022 at NEC Birmingham on 15/16th October. More about my shoe stand and speaker slot here.

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Snow Industry News – Snow Show Coverage

Thanks to Snow Industry News for coverage of my National Snow Show story.

See the media article here…

See the full press release on my activity at The National Snow Show here.

https://www.snowindustrynews.com/articles/2022/august/kimberley-kay-author-illustrator-of-ski-a-to-z-illustrated-guide-to-speak-at-national-snow-show-pledges-support-to-snow-camp/

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Ski Guru Review Of Ski A to Z

Thank you to The Ski Guru for this review of Ski A to Z.

The Ski Guru, Martina, writes, “This is a lovely book to gift to anyone, of all ages, wanting to start skiing or boarding (or any winter sports ), and not sure where to start.”

Read the full review here.

To order a signed copy of the book email me at inspirebykim@outlook.com or buy the ebook here. More information about Ski A to Z is here.

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

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Ski Resort Marketing

If you’re looking for snowsports themed visuals for your marketing materials check out my project portfolio or email inspirebykim@outlook.com.

I have heaps of snowsports themed art available for licensing. Alternatively I can create bespoke art for your brief.

Snowsports visuals applied to marketing and customer materials for a fictional ski resort, Snow Dreams. Mock up of a magazine advertisement, neckwarmer example of merchandise, ski lift decals, map and lift pass. All using my ‘Ski Goggle Reflections’ design.

I have a background in PR so I bring this experience to my client work.

Thanks for popping by, email inspirebykim@outlook.com to connect.

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Gold Medal Winning Skiers In Queen’s Birthday Honours List

Gold medal winners Neil Simpson and Andrew Simpson (Banchory, Kincardineshire), receive MBEs for services to skiing in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

On a recent trip to Scotland my parents were delighted to meet Neil and Andrew Simpson, gold medal winners in Super-G (Super Giant Slalom) at the Paralympics in 2022.

It was a lovely surprise when Mum sent me these photos. Mutual ski friends introduced my Mum and Dad to the Simpson brothers. Mum showed Neil and Andrew Ski A to Z, and they signed Mum’s copy of the book.

Congratulations Neil and Andrew on the gold medals in Beijing and receiving honours in such a special landmark year – you’re an inspiring team.

Here are Neil and Andrew’s profiles on GB Snowsport.

Scotland is part of the skiing foundation of Ski A to Z and skiing there helped make me a hardy skier. Our parents often took my brother and I to race in Scotland when we were young, both on snow at Glen Shee and Aviemore, and the awesome dry slope at Hillend, Edinburgh. I also trained in Austria with the Dolphin Ski Club. I hope to get up to Scotland to ski in Scotland this coming winter and to meet more skiers to share Ski A to Z with.

For more information about Ski A to Z and to order your copies follow this link.

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Yorkshire Life Feature

Yorkshire Life magazine feature. Aghast to see this double page spread in the April edition of the magazine.

The magazine is out now with questions and answers all about my life in Yorkshire. Thank you to my publisher Meyer and Meyer Sport for setting up this feature.

Thank you to Yorkshire Life magazine, great to be reminded of what was definitely our run of the season.

The article uses the picture Tim took with the frozen waterfall when we skied the Lagazuoi hidden valley in Italy in January.

To quote the Lagazuoi website,”The 8,5 km long Armentarola is without doubt the most famous slope in the Dolomites and one of the most beautiful ski runs in the world… an enchanting fairy-tale valley surrounded by craggy mountain faces and steep frozen waterfalls.“

In a charming end to the experience horse drawn sleighs await to pull skiers over the snow along the final, flatter stretch of the route.

Thanks to my husband Tim for all of his support while I’ve been working on Ski A to Z including his great photography.

The information about Ski A to Z, sample spread from the book, and testimonials, are here

What is your run of the season?

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