Due to its location a lot
of the local children would also use skis to get around the area. On one
occasion we were invited to have a go at skiing ourselves down the road
through the village which was on a slight slope. Because we had taken a
shine to a couple of the girls, and they in turn were intrigued by the two
English boys, we gave it a go, but with some pretty awful results!
Many years later, when I
worked in the travel industry, I went with my great friend Graham Rye on a
winter sports holiday to the Austrian Voralberg. However, at the time,
although we paid next to nothing for the trip, thanks to it being a
special travel agents deal, we didn’t have enough money between us at
the time to actually afford to hire skis and give it a go!
It was not until 2006 at
the ripe old age of 54 that I did finally get to realise a desire to
actually ski properly, well sort of; and in the very area they had filmed
OHMSS. Before I go on though I think I should recap how this nearly
a lifetime’s ambition came to fruition.
For 27 years I have been
very happily married to my long-suffering wife Carole, who dislikes the
snow and cold weather and has always refused to go on a Winter Sports
holiday, despite my protests that it would not be as cold and miserable as
she thought it would. Instead, we would always go somewhere warm and sunny
like the Greek islands, which we in fact did several times and thoroughly
enjoyed, both before and after we had our children.