"[I can hardly describe] the absolute horror with which I, and no doubt many of the other competitors, viewed the little string of flags which marked the course down what is, to all intents and purposes, a precipice."
- Letter to the editor of the Scottish Ski Club Journal followingthe Scottish Kandahar Ski Race, Beinn Ghlas, Scotland, 1936
IN THE 1930s, Beinn Ghlas in Highland Perthshire was the centre of the Scottish skiing universe, and some of the first ever Scottish ski races were held on its slopes. The construction of purpose-built ski resorts at Glencoe and Cairngorm in the 1950s caused the crowds to drift away, but now, thanks to a resurgence in the popularity of ski touring, the area is back onthe map. In the Spring of 2013, five friends set up camp at Beinn Ghlas and set out to ski some of its historic lines. This film tells their story - and the story of the people who skied there before them.
Mixing rarely-seen footage from the Scottish Screen Archive with stunning contemporary cinematography, The Beinn Ghlas Project shows how a mountain once packed with skiers wearing tweeds and plus fours is now becoming a playground for a whole new generation of backcountry enthusiasts.
The film includes:
*Interviews with award-winning ski historian and adventurer Myrtle Simpson and leading mountaineering guide Stuart Johnston
*Skiing from Jo Guest, Jonny Loney, Lou Sharp, Mark "Sparky" Stewart and Mike Guest
*Music from Iglomat and Dr Mango and the Chickpeas
*A Munro-bagging Jack Russell called Jeff.