• Caitlin Kennedy

The Monoski World Championships

Updated: Apr 1, 2019

As a sport that has suggestively been described as “one ski, more pleasure”, monoskiing truly deserves its spot in the limelight. Which is where the Monoski World Championships comes in. On this day 15 years ago, a pioneer decided to bring back something that lurked only in the misty depths of the memories of old French men.

His vision: to bring into the light the gift of flight aka the Monoski. The obstacles he faced: mockery, derision and the fact that the snowsports world had moved on from violent hip swinging. But his gusto (and boxed wine) won the day and now, every April, we honour his bravery and foresight in bringing Monoskiing to this town and beyond.

This man was Mark Beattie. Armed with nothing but a sea of neon, very un-waterproof ski wear, and a dream that refused to die, he organised the very first Monoski World Championships , a competition for the trojans of the ski world (read: literally anyone with a pair of ski boots). The day has gone from strength to strength and now takes pride of place on the official Monoski Wikipedia Page. We caught up with him to find out about its origins.