Firstly, on the technical point of what SCGB snow depths actually mean, the words "an indication" (see pasted quote above) clearly suggest something different to "a measurement". The Club stresses that the stated depths are "representative", rather than necessarily actual (i.e. measured). However, without getting too bogged down in the semantics of this, I'd argue that the indicator on a car is an unequivocal statement of truth (unless the driver turns left when indicating right). Likewise, a piece of litmus paper or a thermometer are indicators of actuality ... as are calibrated measurement poles for measuring snow depths. One assumes that where large numbers of competing ski resorts are submitting daily snow depth figures, that the pooled information (e.g. from France, Switzerland or Austria) is measured rather than 'indicated'. If there isn't some agreed basis of calibration, the resorts would surely be permanently at war over their rival figures.
Frank McCusker, the new Scottish CEO of the SCGB ...
... is profiled in this month's Ski+Board (the Club's magazine). Amusingly, the piece (by the magazine's editor Arnie Wilson) is illustrated with a photo of Frank and Franz (Klammer) at a recent golfing jolly for the British ski travel trade. McKlammer is wearing a kilt (what does an Austrian wear under his?), whereas Frank is trousered. The photo was taken at Hendon Golf Club in north London - where obviously any Austrian ex-downhill ski champion would wish to be kilted! - and is of no consequence at all [So I don't really know why I've mentioned it.]
What IS interesting is that Frank mentions his skiing career starting in Andorra in his mid twenties, followed by the French Alps (Meribel's mentioned) and British Columbia (Whistler). Clearly an upwardly mobile skier! [he's also a qualified rugby coach]
Frank's skiing ability is neither here nor there, as far as I can see (in terms of competence to turn around the Ski Club's fortunes) but Arnie links it to mountains 500 miles north of Hendon. He writes ...
"So what sort of skier is he? I suggest that the Americans tend to overstate their skills while the British usually underplay theirs. "So would you like my answer to be from a Scotsman's perspective?" he asks, with a twinkle in his eye."
"Well, they say this if you learnt to ski in Scotland, you can ski anywhere, I remind him ... "
Now, there's some ambiguity in those words. Is Frank saying that his "Scotsman's perspective" was forged on the uncompromising terrain of Glencoe, Nevis, Cairngorm, Glenshee or ... err ... The Lecht? Does Arnie's comment confirm that Frank actually learned his skills on these slopes?
I'll leave everyone to form their own judgement until we learn more!
Meanwhile, if you'd like to hear Frank's friendly voice, he's 04:00 minutes into this Snowcast video ...
Edited 2 times. Last edit at 17.54hrs Sun 4 Nov 12 by David Goldsmith.