Nick Laver

Product Manager

Nick Laver
Started at Ski Independence:

August 1994

Skier or snowboarder:

Skier

Skied since:

July 1967

Past seasons & qualifications:

4 seasons 1985, 86, 87 & 88. BASI

Get in touch:
Call me:
0131 243 8097

My first taste of skiing was at Hillend dry ski slope in Edinburgh at the age of 7 using leather boots and big long skis with cable bindings – no, really. Amazingly I was hooked from that day, and skiing has become a life-long passion. After college I completed 4 back-to-back seasons in France and Switzerland and qualified as a BASI instructor. I've now worked in the ski industry for 33 years (24 of those with Ski Independence!) and still get the same buzz out of skiing and being in the mountains as I did when I started.

Interesting fact(s):

I once mono-skied a full circuit of the Portes du Soleil including the infamous Swiss Wall, icy T-bar tracks, monster bumps, fast downhills and tight trees to the complete amusement and thorough disdain of my peers, without crying.

In 2007 together with my brother Mike (who had just been diagnosed with MS), I raised over £25K in sponsorship for Multiple Sclerosis charities by skiing over 30,000 vertical feet every day for 6 consecutive days in 6 different resorts throughout the Canadian Rockies – this became known as ‘MonsterSki’, and a shorter format is still used as a fundraising ski event today for the MS Trust.

What inspires you?

My original inspiration to start skiing was watching the peerless Ingemar Stenmark – who became the greatest slalom and giant slalom ski racer of all time – take on the existing ski establishment in the 1970’s and 80’s on Ski Sunday. His record of 86 World Cup victories still stands today.

What's your favourite resort, and why?

My current favourite resort is Revelstoke in BC, Canada. With the biggest vertical in the whole of North America, world-class terrain, a massive snow record, heli-skiing on its doorstep and a funky town with an independent spirit plus a vibe reminiscent of the early days in Whistler, Revelstoke is definitely going to be the ‘next big thing’ in Canadian skiing. Watch this space!

My next trip:

I have a dream job which regularly allows me to ski in the USA, Canada and Japan. It’s a tough job… Over the last few years I’ve been trying to slowly tick off all the big European resorts. At some future point I plan to head off on a massive European ski resort road trip, possibly to better the current Guinness World Record set by my ex-colleague Jamie Stevenson to ski the most amount of countries in a calendar month on his own by car.

Resorts skied in Scotland:

The Lecht, Cairngorm, Glen Coe, Nevis Range, Glenshee

Resorts skied in Italy:

La Thuile, Pila, Fai della Paganella, Courmayeur, Gressoney St Jean, Gressoney la Trinite, Stafal (Tschaval), Alagna, Frachey, Champoluc

Resorts skied in Austria:

Hochgurgl, Obergurgl, Solden

Resorts skied in Bulgaria:

Pamporovo

Resorts skied in Switzerland:

Villars, Les Diablerets, Torgon, Morgins, Champoussin, Les Crosets, Champery, Verbier, Thyon 2000, Haute Nendaz, Nendaz

Resorts skied in France:

Le Tour, Argentière, Chamonix, Châtel, Abondance, La Chapelle d’Abondance, St Jean d’Aulps, Montriond, Les Gets, Morzine, Avoriaz, Val d’Isère, Tignes, Puy St Vincent, Les Houches, La Rosière

Resorts skied in USA:

Killington, Breckenridge, Keystone, Copper, Winter Park, Berthoud Pass, Steamboat, Vail, Beaver Creek, Arrowhead, Bachelor Gulch, Aspen, Snowmass, Crested Butte, Telluride, Park City, Deer Valley, Canyons, Solitude, Alta, Snowbird, Jackson Hole, Grand Targhee, Big Sky, Bridger Bowl, Terry Peak, Whitefish, Sun Valley, Heavenly, Kirkwood, Squaw Valley, Northstar, Mammoth, Sunday River

Resorts skied in Canada:

Tremblant, Banff Mt Norquay, Sunshine, Lake Louise, Marmot Basin, Panorama, Fernie, Big White, Silver Star, Sun Peaks, Whistler, Grouse Mountain, Revelstoke