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The GB Winter Olympic bronze medalist Billy Morgan was visiting some of Scotland's ski resorts last weekend. UPDATED





He was at SnowFest, Ski-Scotland's popular snow fun festival and the festival's timings were tweaked to fit with Billy's tight-packed competition and training schedule.

Billy flew in to Scotland from the Alps just for SnowFest and returned to Switzerland immediately afterwards.

Before flying back to Switzerland on Monday, Billy said: "I've really enjoyed my few hours in Scotland's snowy mountains. The views were amazing, particularly from Nevis Range down to sea level. And I couldn't believe how excited the kids were to learn a few tips from me. However, on Saturday evening, these Coe Cup competitors were certainly good natured, but I couldn't understand a word they were saying!"

Billy Morgan at Glencoe, photo c/o Michael MacdonaldBilly Morgan at Glencoe, photo c/o Michael Macdonald














Billy Morgan inspiring the kids at Glencoe, photo c/o Michael MacdonaldBilly Morgan inspiring the kids at Glencoe, photo c/o Michael Macdonald















"It was brilliant that Billy managed to visit Scotland during this great season, giving a tremendous boost to our up-and-coming young athletes and raising the profile of Scottish skiing and snowboarding. We do hope he'll return any time he can fit a visit into his schedule. Haste ye back, Billy, or in translation, come back soon!" said the Chair of Ski-Scotland and owner of Glencoe Mountain Resort, Andy Meldrum.

On Sunday morning he was at Glencoe.

Billy Morgan at GlencoeBilly Morgan at Glencoe
















Billy Morgan at GlencoeBilly Morgan at Glencoe
















Billy Morgan at GlencoeBilly Morgan at Glencoe
















Billy visited the Glencoe Mountain café on Saturday evening for a Q&A session.

Then he returned on Sunday morning to have fun on the terrain park with some of Scotland's young snowboarders before moving on to Nevis Range for the afternoon.

At the Nevis Range he joinedone of the instructors delivering a snowboard session for local youngsters.

Then he led the traditional SnowFest mass descent of the hill.

Heading up for the mass descentHeading up for the mass descent
















Billy Morgan mixing with the localsBilly Morgan mixing with the locals




















It was followed by a short Q&A and autograph session afterwards in the Snow Goose restaurant at the gondola top station.

Ski-Scotland is currently focusing its marketing on 'staycation snowsports', encouraging people in Scotland's Central Belt and the North, Midlands and South East of England to enjoy this winter's abundant Scottish snow.

"Welcoming Billy Morgan to this year's Ski-Scotland SnowFest is an amazing opportunity to shine the spotlight on Scotland as a destination for snowsports," said the VisitScotland Marketing Manager, Steve Duncan.

"Not only does Scotland offer the best outdoor skiing and snowboarding in the UK, but the resorts are all easily accessible and boast some of Europe's most breath-taking scenery."

"We are delighted to support Ski-Scotland's exciting new campaign and we are sure that Billy Morgan's arrival will help encourage snowsports enthusiasts to visit Scotland's stunning mountain centres in the coming months and years."

Billy Morgan learnt his skills on an artificial ski slope in Southampton.

See below for PlanetSKI's report on his 2018 bronze medal in Snowboard Big Air.

Billy Morgan Billy Morgan at the 2018 Olympics













He became the first snowboard athlete to land the Quad Cork in 2015, to then in 2016 he become the first male British athlete to win an X Games medal.

Billy MorganBilly Morgan, Olympic medallist














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