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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 at stand D76 signing first editions of Ski A to Z and offering snowsports art prints and greeting cards. Come along and get Christmas gifts sorted.
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
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.
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.
Notes to Editors:
Ski A to Z is published by Meyer & Meyer Sport (UK) 2022 ISBN: 9781782552338
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.
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.
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.
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