It's that time of year again. The white stuff has started to fall on the pistes of Canada and Europe... yes, of course I meant snow.

I became a fan of snowboarding whilst working for a production company on a job for Skype. It was to film and edit a couple of videos (below) at the X-Games in Aspen, Colorado. Being around the X-Games lit a flame in me that led me to learning how to navigate (safely) the pow on a board.

Last year, me and my girlfriend, Debbie, travelled to the resort of Courmayeur in Italy for our very first snowboarding trip away. It was great and we were very fortunate. Europe was experiencing a dry winter over the Christmas holidays and we were travelling out on the first week of January. It looked like we were going to a resort without snow. However, the gods of snow dumped a large amount of the white flakes upon Courmayeur and the surrounding areas the day before our arrival. Huzzah!

During our week in Courmayeur, I filmed a short film with Debbie. It's about a writer escaping to the snowy mountains to find inspiration and complete her novel.

We booked our holiday with Crystal Ski. The reps, who were absolutely wonderful the entire trip, meet you at the airport when you arrive and take you to your accommodation. They will also be there to help you with things such as lessons, days out, local restaurants etc throughout your stay.

We decided on Italy and staying at a self service hotel (with your own kitchen) as Debbie has coeliac disease. Italy is very good with understanding coeliacs and cross contamination. There were a couple of restaurants that catered for gluten free, and we were able to buy gluten free food from the local stores. Although the choice was limited. Always check with the company you book with about dietary requirements in the area you're staying in. Or check on tripadviser or blogs for places people with the same dietary requirements recommend. The only downside to our trip was our accommodation; the walls were thin and we had an uncomfortable sofa bed. Other than that it was a most excellent holiday.

We're still beginner snowboarders but have had a number of lessons at The Snow Centre in Hemel Hempstead. Due to the lack of snow in the UK, there are a small number of great indoor ski and snowboarding centres dotted around the country where you can learn or brush up on your skills before heading to the slopes. I fully recommend doing so. Preparation is always key.

With any sport it can be pricey. I recommend joining a club that offers discounts and has a community for discussions. For snowboarders, (this is the club I joined) I recommend Snowboard Club UK (it's part of Action Sports Club - a smorgasbord of action sports clubs) who offer a number of discounts on clothing, equipment, accessories, and also discounts on membership for indoor snow centres. It's only £15 a year to join! And you also get a sweet 55% discount off The Snow Centre at Hemel Hempstead membership!

Remember, have fun and stay safe.

And if you'd like to get in touch about video production for ski/ snowboard or any type of videos, my contact details are in the contacts section at the bottom of the page.

Alec