Words by Arnie Wilson
I thought Heston Blumenthal was a chef, not a ski racer, but I’m on his tail right now on Bivouac – the steepest groomer in the macho ski resort of Jackson Hole, Wyoming – and I can hardly keep up with him. How did he get so good?
Well of course it’s one thing to ski fast and another to become a true ski racer. “It takes years to become a chef and the same goes for ski racing,” says Heston. “It means dedicating yourself to hours and hours of practice on the slopes from an early age. Even if it were ever possible to put that much time into skiing, I’m still not sure I’d ever get really good at it. No chance now for me to reach skiing super-stardom!”
“When I opened the Fat Duck, all exercise stopped…”
In his earlier skiing “comeback” years after almost two decades of “ski starvation” when he was building up the Blumenthal/Fat Duck brand he got some valuable tuition during the annual City Ski Championships from the celebrated former British downhill racer Konrad Bartelski. Now it’s down to his Jackson Hole ski instructor Alex Duret, from Argentina.