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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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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The Snow Show 2022

Exciting news! I will be speaking at The National Snow Show 2022. The event is at the NEC Birmingham on 15th and 16th October.

I will also be exhibiting – signing first editions of Ski A to Z and offering products with ski/ snowsports themes.

Here is the full story:

Inspire by Kim and Ski A to Z at The National Snow Show 2022

Kimberley Kay, Author and Illustrator of Ski A to Z – Illustrated Guide To Skiing will be speaking at the National Snow Show 2022 and has pledged support to Snow Camp charity at the show. Kim will be on the Snow Skills stage speaking on the subject of ‘Beginners skiing – 5 things to know before you hit the slopes for the first time’. The Snow Skills Stage is sponsored by Crystal Ski Holidays. vents

Screen Shot from The Snow Show Website

Kim will also be exhibiting her snowsports art and signing first edition Ski A to Z books at The Snow Show 2022 and has pledged the profits of Ski A to Z books, sold in the first hour of each day of the show, to Snow Camp charity, for its work introducing young people to snowsports.

Kim explained, “I’m excited to be be speaking at the National Snow Show 2022 in October. I will also be exhibiting at the show – signing first editions of Ski A to Z and offering products which reflect the joy and emotion of snowsports. My work is intended to make snowsports more accessible by empowering people within information, so that they feel confident to try skiing. Ski A to Z can also help those already enjoying the sport to benefit from tips and advice gained over 40 years of skiing.”

Stephen Morgan, MD of The National Snow Show said, “We are delighted that Kim will be joining the lineup at The National Snow Show, sharing her top tips for beginners taking up skiing. Inspiring more people to take part in snowsports is a big part of what The National Snow Show is trying to do and Kim’s passion for sharing her love of the outdoors in a creative way will bring a great element to the programme. The show is shaping up to be an incredible day out for all the family with a fantastic speaker schedule planned across the two days, interactive features to keep everyone entertained and over 150 brands in attendance, the countdown is now well and truly on!”

Kim continued, “I’m keen to support the work of Snow Camp, conscious of the difference that snowsports have made in my family’s lives, I value their work helping youngsters, who wouldn’t otherwise have the opportunity to try the sport.”

Dan Keeley, Community & Partnerships Manager of Snow Camp, said, “Our sincere thanks to Kim and her game-changing Ski A to Z book on behalf of all the Snow Camp team. Kim’s generous support to donate a percentage of profits to Snow Camp at this year’s National Snow Show will have a direct impact on the young people support; namely funding more young people to join our two-day beginner First Tracks programmes in our 20th year. Not to mention the book itself inspiring our young people and opening their eyes to the wider world of snowsports beyond their experiences on our core Snow Camp programme journey. Kim, thank you; thank you for joining us for the journey to turn more young lives around with the power of snowsports.”

Kim’s book Ski A to Z – An Illustrated Introduction To Skiing was published in early 2022. The book, for all ages, intends to demystify skiing and make it more accessible. By providing information, advice and tips the book intends to help boost the confidence of new and novice skiers, and help keen skiers level up their enjoyment of the sport. Kim’s ski illustrations are intended to resonate with avid skiers and attract new people to the sport by demonstrating the exhilaration and joy of skiing.

In full colour hardback format and ebook, Ski A to Z is available to buy now with all online book retailers and through bookshops. More information about the book can be found at www.skiatoz.com. To see Kim’s range of ski themed products head to the Inspire by Kim Online Shop.

Selection of Snowsports Wall Art Prints by Kim

For free tickets to The National Snow Show 2022 use the code INSPIREBYKIM at check out before 7th September 2022. Tickets can be booked at the National Snow Show website.

Kimberley Kay has over 40 years of ski experience including racing and teaching, along with a career in travel public relations. After a career adjustment prompted by knee injury, Kim studied Art and Design and now promotes, writes and illustrates under the brand of Inspire by Kim. In late 2020 Kimberley created illustrations for Dan Egan and Eric Wilbur’s extreme skiing book 30 Years In a White Haze. Dan Egan will also be speaking at The Snow Show 2022. 

Screen Shot from The Snow Show Website

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Notes to Editors:

Ski A to Z is published by Meyer & Meyer Sport (UK) 2022 ISBN: 9781782552338

For further information or images see www.inspirebykim.com or contact Kim on 07850 453672 or email inspirebykim@outlook.com

ABOUT THE AUTHOR/ ILLUSTRATOR: KIMBERLEY KAY

  • Kim learned to ski age 5 at the dry slope at Ski Rossendale, Lancashire and in Mayrhofen, Austria.
  • Kimberley has over forty years of ski experience including racing, teaching, and heli-skiing, as well as ski holiday promotion during a 20 year career in travel PR, which included running the TUI UK press office.
  • Kim creates art and illustration under the brand of Inspire by Kim, further info at www.inspirebykim.com 

ABOUT SNOW CAMP CHARITY

Snow Camp are one of the UK’s most innovative charities dedicated to turning young lives around with the power of snowsports. Since 2003, Snow Camp’s award-winning programme journey (delivered at indoor slopes and the snow-capped peaks of the alps) has broken down barriers and broadened horizons for over 1000 disadvantaged young people year-on-year. By harnessing the power of skiing & snowboarding to developing life-skills, qualifications and vocational opportunities, and with tangible apprenticeship pathways or vocational opportunities available to every young person who completes the full programme journey, young people graduate with the famous Snow Camp blue jackets feeling confident & empowered to go onto any other positive destination in life on completion of the Snow Camp journey. As the charity approaches their 20th anniversary year in 2023, there’s never been a better time to get involved and support their work, so to find out more and get involved visit snow-camp.org.uk. Please also take the time to visit switch180.org.uk to learn more about the charities additional services to turn more young lives around.

ABOUT THE SKI A TO Z PUBLISHER: MEYER & MEYER SPORT

  • Meyer & Meyer Sport is Europe’s leading sports publishing house and isrenowned for delivering best content and professional expertise in the field of sports and health and fitness.
  • With a list of more than 2,000 titles, Meyer & Meyer’s range of products includes sports handbooks, practical how-to guides, self-improvement manuals, healthy-living guidebooks, nutritional bibles, through to biographies, the inspirational and the fun.
  • The publisher has made a string of recent UK-based author signings, as it continues to strongly focus on the international English-speaking marketplace.
  • Further information on Meyer & Meyer can be found at www.meyer-meyer-sport.co.uk 
  • Meyer & Meyer’s books are available worldwide.

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Manchester Book Signing

It was great to meet so many lovely people and sign Ski A to Z books at Chill Factore in Manchester on Monday.

The ski race event was the British Schools Indoor Open Championships organised by National Schools Snowsports Association supported by Snowsport England.

I was at the event to sign books and to raise awareness of Ski A to Z as an ideal resource for school ski trips. The book is informative and engaging on skiing, a great help to teachers, parents and pupils who are embarking on, or wanting to develop, their skiing.

It was fun to chat about skiing, and the feedback about my work was both heartwarming and inspiring.

Lovely to see some good ski friends not seen for years including Danny; we used to race together at Ski Rossendale and Rossendale Ski Club.

I used some of my ski fabric on my table and also customised my shirt sleeves. To see and buy my fabric designs click here.

If you are based in the UK and would like a signed first edition of Ski A to Z please email inspirebykim@outlook.com

Or to buy a book or ebook online visit the Ski A to Z page.

Th ski racing was exhilarating and the enthusiasm of the youngsters skiers was inspiring. The energy was high and I’m sure the youngsters were pleased to be skiing on a school day.

Some of the children arrived in their school uniforms carrying ski boots and ski helmets.

Here is one of the school ski trip themed illustrations I have been working on lately for an upcoming magazine article.

Ski A to Z is published by Meyer and Meyer Sport (UK) for more information and to order your copy click here.

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Franz Klammer with Ski A to Z!

A dream came true today! The legendary Franz Klammer now has a copy of Ski A to Z.

Thanks to Arnie Wilson for this picture and for introducing Franz to my book! This was Franz and Arnie at the Visit Austria golf day today.

Franz inspired me as the iconic ski racer as we were growing up. Having met Franz on a few occasions and been coached by him as a youngster, I’ve been keen for Franz to see my book.

I bumped into Franz at the Hannenkahm race whilst I was working in Austria teaching children to ski.

I can’t wait to see the film of Franz’s story Chasing The Line, which premiered in the UK last night.

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Ski A to Z Book Signing/ Meet The Author

I’m looking forward to my next Ski A to Z book signing appearance on Monday 20th June at the British Schools Indoor Open Championships at Chill Factore (indoor snow slope) in Manchester.

“The National Schools Snowsports Association (NSSA) is holding the British Schools Indoor Open Championships – supported by Snowsport England. The event is open to individuals and teams from junior and senior schools across the UK.” Source eola.co

I will be there signing books and chatting to schools about how Ski A to Z can help pupils, parents and teachers to prepare for ski trips with school, and to have a great foundation in skiing.

I’ll have Ski A to Z books available, special bookmarks created especially for this event and more. If you’ve already bought a copy of Ski A to Z then bring it along for signing.

Here’s a picture from my first book signing at Ski Rossendale in Lancashire, UK, the artificial ski slope where my ski story began.

Ski A to Z is an illustrated introduction to skiing suitable for all ages. Ski A to Z is packed with information and tips for skiers of all ages.

For information, testimonials and sample spreads from the book click here. Ski A to Z is published by Meyer & Meyer Sport (UK).

Click here for more information about the organisations – National Schools Snowsports Association, Snowsport England and Chill Factore.

Here’s to a great future for new generations of skiers.

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Father’s Day – SKI GIFT IDEAS

Thanks to Dad!

With Father’s Day coming up here are some snowsport themed gift suggestions to show your appreciation for your ski loving dad, stepdad, uncle and grandpa.

Return the favour of the help with skiing from ‘dad’ whether it be for sorting out ski kit, ski teaching, carrying, driving, guiding, picking up the children and/or helping navigate.

Ski Prints – Order ‘pappy’ ski themed art prints to remind him of great times on the slopes. A range of great quality prints are available on a print on demand basis in the UK, see the all the art prints options at Inspire by Kim shop.

New book Ski A to Z will help the father figure in your life to maximise his enjoyment of skiing with tips and info that will be new, even to him!

Ski A to Z is a fun illustrated introduction to skiing suitable for all ages.

For more information and links to order click here.

Signed Ski A to Z – If you’re in the UK then for a limited time you can order a signed copy of Ski A to Z with a bespoke message to your dad. Email inspirebykim@outlook.com to order. Don’t delay, to have the book in time for Father’s Day.

Here’s a picture with legendary ski coach John Shedden at a recent book signing. I was fortunate to be coached by John as a youngster skiing at Ski Rossendale.

Ski Fabrics – If you are crafty or keen to sew you could make a bespoke gift for your ‘pop’. Choose from 18 bright, cheery ski themed designs printed on a fabric of your choice.

Gift ideas of what your could make are: pyjamas, a fleecy neckwarmer, a Hawaiian style shirt, a stretchy goggle protector cover, a cushion for his favourite chair, a bow or necktie. The possibilities are endless. See all the designs and order at my Spoonflower shop here.

‘White Haze’ – For a great summer read get a copy of Dan Egan and Eric Wilbur’s book 30 Years In A White Haze. A rollercoaster story of Dan’s life in the context of an exciting time in the evolution of skiing.

I created 22 illustrations for the book. You can order it here.

Ski-shirts – If your ‘pa’ already has a copy of Ski A to Z then my final ski gift idea is the t-shirt I designed for Fall-Line magazine. 100% organic cotton and great quality, available in colours including blue, red, white, black its a great gift. You can order here.

Thanks Dad! This feels like a fitting time to give a shout out to my Dad for all his help with skiing over the past 40+ years. Help which made our skiing and this work possible.

Here’s a pic a took when we skied in Val Thorens in March 2022.

Have a great time celebrating your ski ‘dad’. Happy skiing!

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Southern Hemisphere Skiing with Ski A to Z

New book aims to demystify skiing from A to Z.

This informative and fun introduction to skiing is a great resource, and an ideal gift, for anyone interested in skiing, or who is considering trying.

New book Ski A to Z is a fun, practical, fully illustrated introduction to Alpine skiing, intended to answer all the questions new skiers may have and to help prepare them for mountain experiences.

“An entertaining insight into the world of skiing, ideal for anyone new to the sport.” 

Dan Egan, Author and Extreme Skier, U.S. Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame.

Written and illustrated by debut author Kimberley Kay and published by Europe’s leading sports publisher, Meyer & Meyer Sport, Ski A to Z provides information, tips and insights to help novice skiers of all ages grasp the sport. 

Many people may be put off beginning the sport as they simply haven’t a clue where to start, what questions to ask – or even the confidence to ask those questions. Ski A to Z removes that barrier, giving all newbies access to the information they need to venture into the sport and opens the door to experiencing the wonder of skiing. 

Sample Spread from Ski A to Z

The accompanying illustrations are intended to resonate with avid skiers as well as new, demonstrating the exhilaration and joy of skiing. The book is ideal for anyone interested in skiing. Ski A to Z is a guide for those wanting to refresh their knowledge of skiing after time unable to be on the slopes in recent years. The book can help families where a child has the opportunity of a school ski trip, where a group of established skiers want to help a friend to get into the sport, or for grandparents keen to engage their new generation on to the slopes.

In full colour and hardback format, Ski A to Z is available to order now. 

About the author:

Since starting skiing aged five Kimberley has over forty years of ski experience including racing, teaching, and heli-skiing, as well as ski holiday promotion during a 20 year career in travel PR.

Kimberley Kay said, “It is hoped that Ski A to Z will make the sport increasingly accessible to a more diverse audience by helping people to feel that they have adequate information to give skiing a try.”

Liz Evans of Meyer & Meyer Sport, said, “As Ski A to Z is written and illustrated in the classic style of A – Z books the format gives readers the option to read cover to cover, or to dip into the book for definitions or to answer queries. Kim’s passion for skiing, and enthusiasm for sharing helpful insights shines through her writing and illustrations. We hope that Ski A to Z will give people the inspiration and confidence to try the sport.”

Kimberley said, “People may start skiing through friends and relatives who ski, or they may try skiing with school or at a local ski facility (artificial or snow); but they may not have any of these connections – the book is like an all knowing ski friend and shares things it can take years to learn otherwise. There is information from artificial slopes, through to powder skiing, explanation of how boots and bindings work through to advice on what to wear and safety tips. 

“I’m delighted that Meyer & Meyer Sport are publishing the book, allowing it to reach and empower more people to experience the joy of skiing and mountain environments.”

Ski A to Z is available to order now through any good book store or online retailer. Further information can be found here and on the Meyer & Meyer website. 

Ski A to Z is available to order here and in all good book shops. 

“Congratulations Kimberley Kay on producing an informative and memorably  illustrated book to introduce newcomers to Alpine skiing and learn the unique terms and movements in a straightforward way.”

Sarah Lewis OBE OLY 

Global Sports Leader, and Secretary General of FIS International Ski Federation 2000-2020 

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The author is available for interview, comment, and has considerable broadcast experience. Review copies, book extracts and some editorial illustrations can be provided. 

Further media information

ISBN: 9781782552338

Kimberley Kay – email: inspirebykim@outlook.com 

ABOUT THE PUBLISHER: MEYER & MEYER SPORT

  • Meyer & Meyer Sport is Europe’s leading sports publishing house and isrenowned for delivering best content and professional expertise in the field of sports and health and fitness.
  • With a list of more than 2,000 titles, Meyer & Meyer’s range of products includes sports handbooks, practical how-to guides, self-improvement manuals, healthy-living guidebooks, nutritional bibles, through to biographies, the inspirational and the fun.
  • The publisher has made a string of recent UK-based author signings, as it continues to strongly focus on the international English-speaking marketplace.
  • Further information on Meyer & Meyer can be found at www.meyer-meyer-sport.co.uk 
  • Meyer & Meyer’s books are available worldwide.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR/ ILLUSTRATOR: KIMBERLEY KAY 

  • Kimberley has over forty years of ski experience including racing, teaching, and heli-skiing, as well as ski holiday promotion during a 20 year career in travel PR. 
  • Kim learned to ski age 5 at the dry slope at Ski Rossendale, Lancashire, UK and in  Mayrhofen, Austria.
  • Now based in Yorkshire, Kim creates art and illustration under the brand of Inspire by Kim, further information can be found at www.inspirebykim.com 
  • In late 2020 Kimberley created illustrations for Dan Egan and Eric Wilbur’s extreme skiing book 30 Years In a White Haze.

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