Skiing is a passion and a way of life. 

If it's got snow on it, it's skiable - not necessarily sensible, but skiable.

I'd rather be on the mountain thinking about science than in the lab thinking about skiing

In professional life, I'm a scientist, academic and entrepreneur. But my passion is skiing, and each winter season brings its own special adventures. To see what I'm up to, keep track, or to engage with others, follow me on Twitter @couloirjunkie

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The Giraffe at Andermatt from the bottom

In St Anton chutes.

Chute 5.

Chute 3

Hiking (briefly) to 'king Marley's Chute on a bluebird day to steal powder.

Schindlergrat chute 5 from the bottom. A leg burning run to be raced down.

Val D'Arpette, looking towards Verbier

The Val D'Arpette from the Col Des Ecandies having climbed the former before descending the latter.

The Aiguille du Midi, Chamonix

After walking down to ridge, putting skis on to go across the Glacier to Courmeyeur

The Matterhorn

From Cervinia on the Italian Side

Schindlergrat, St Anton

East face, the other side from the chutes

Parc Vanoise

At the bottom of the Couloir above Plan du Lac

David Bates

Last edited, 2/4/2018