VETERAN SKI INSTRUCTOR RECEIVES MBE IN NEW YEARS HONOURS
28th December 2019
Last modified on January 9th, 2020
The Scottish skiing legend, Ali Ross, has received the award for his life-long contribution to skiing. He’s one of two instructors recognised in the honours. UPDATED
The citation for Ali is simple:
Alasdair Anderson Ross, Skiing Instructor for services to Skiing (Ross and Cromarty)
And Ali’s first reaction on hearing the news:
“It’s now a few hours since the surprise, yes shock, news of the award of the MBE.
I have also been amazed at how many really kind and nice wishes we have received, l thank you all from the bottom of my heart, but this honour can not be for me alone, I have to thank Moira for years of support.
Thank you all again and I hope that the New year is kind to you all.”
And Ali’s second reaction on Wednesday 31st December:
“The shock of having been awarded an MBE for my life times work in skiing, it has been slowly sinking in, I feel truly honoured but what is most incredible is the response from people in skiing.
I am truly humbled by the genuine and really nice comments and congratulatory messages, to you all thank from the bottom of my heart.”
“His contribution can hardly be over-estimated from his involvement with the British Association of Snowsport Instructors in its early years, to his continuing teaching out in the Alps,” said the PlanetSKI editor, James Cove.
“He wrote several books and was a TV star back in the day as skiing was taken to the masses. He once told me when I visited him at his home in Scotland that he never wanted to race, run a large ski school or have any other job, just be out on the slopes, one-on-one with his clients helping them become better skiers.”
“His style of teaching was revolutionary and he was the fore-runner of many of the techniques now used. Back in the day every skier had their legs tightly together, Ali suggested moving them apart to create a more balanced platform and initiating a carving turn.”
“Legend is an over-used word, but Ali is a skiing legend and the award is highly deserved.”
See the video below to hear from the man himself:
Congratulations have been pouring in:
Martin Bell: “Congrats Ali! Couldn’t have happened to a nicer bloke!”
Stewart Woodward: “Congratulations Alasdair Ross on your MBE. Well deserved for your contribution to world wide skiing”.
Bernie Gray: “Congratulations on the MBE.”
Craig Frith Finlayson-McIntosh: “Very well deserved.”
Janis Bootle: “Taught me as a beginner 1967 for Frith ski school Decosse.”
Caroline Stuart Taylor: “Congratulations Ali. Very well deserved indeed.x”
Susan Holeyman: ” Absolutely fantastic. So well deserved. How you got us to ski the way we now do is nothing short of a miracle!! So thrilled for you and Moira. Whoop whoop!! See you soon xx Sue Liam and Mali
Peter Baker: “Congratulations Alasdair Ross great news my brother Michael baker and myself watched your .tv series in the 70,s and we have both taught aprox 40 winters totally inspired by your teachings , thrilled to bits for you.”
Ali Ross is not the only ski instructor to be honoured.
Chris Day, a leading adaptive ski instructor has been awarded a British Empire Medal (BEM).
A BEM is awarded for ‘hands-on’ service to the community.”Chris is a very modest man who has for many years ensure adaptive skiing opportunities are available at Gloucester and many other ski slopes across the country,” said PlanetSKI reader, David Morgan.
Congratulations have been posted on his Facebook page.”This man Chris Day is amazing. Many many congratulations. Am proud to know you ??” said Sue Coleman.
“Recognition which is so well deserved to reflect your long term commitment and wonderful skills. You are an inspiration,” said John Shaw.
“Congratulations Chris on your BEM fantastic news and well deserved,” said Suzanne Elizabeth Worthington.