Marie, who is now based in the North of England after moving from London to be much closer to the hills, strapped on a pair of ski boots 11 years ago after deciding to learn to ski as an adult. “Skiing was not something that I grew up with, so I’ve always been massively keen to try it out”. She has been lucky enough to ski in Europe, North America, Japan, Canada and also closer to home in Scotland. In the past few years she’s started taking a much bigger interest to learn and develop her skills ski touring with an aim of climbing up Mt Blanc and skiing back down one day!
“The outdoor sports world has typically struggled with diversity and it’s been great to see some moves in a positive direction to redress the balance.” She has been working with a team of others from @kitcollective, who are all also passionate to be working on initiatives to help to reduce some of the barriers facing people from black and minority ethnic backgrounds getting into the outdoors. She says that “it would be really great to see the snowsports industry following in the footsteps of some of the outdoor brands and helping to encourage and look at ways of opening up skiing and snowboarding to a more diverse range of people”.
When not in the hills or on a ski slope, Marie also runs a start up travel expedition business @threepeaksadventures which she started a few years alongside her day job as a consultant, which takes groups of people to climb various mountains across the world.