Ross grew up in the North East of Scotland and started skiing at the age of 7. Since then his skiing has morphed somewhat from resort skiing and slalom racing into ski mountaineering and Big Mountain skiing which remains his main passion to this day.
The ability to travel fast and light through the mountains on technical terrain really appeals to him as it requires the right mix of the mental, technical and physical abilities in order to achieve that long dreamt about project of skiing an aesthetic line on a big peak.
Ross has been skiing for 30 years and has 15 years of ski mountaineering experience. He loves freeriding powder but it is the challenging steep technical big lines that really inspire him. Skiing the Frendo Spur last year was a big psychological step for Ross, following in the tracks alpine legend Jean-Marc Boivin and steep skier Laurent Giacomini who first skied it in July 1977. Since then it has only had a handful of repeats, all by very talented skiers.
A very recent ski expedition to Baffin Island was described by Ross as ‘A mind blowing trip and to finally get there and be blessed with weather was fantastic”. Ross and girlfriend Michelle Blaydon also a Berghaus athlete spent a month on the remote island at temperatures reaching -35 degrees exploring steep new lines.