Sam Baldwin is a freelance writer specialising in travel and winter sports.
He is also the editor and founder of SnowSphere.com - the magazine for
snow travellers.

Newspapers
Sam's work has appeared in national papers including the Scotsman,
the Guardian, the Independent, the Times and the Telegraph as well
as dozens of regional titles.

Books
Sam has contributed to various books including: Snow-search Japan,
1001 Escapes, The World Snowboard Guide and Skiing Europe.

Magazines
Sam has contributed to a number of UK, North American and European
publications including: Ski & Board, Fall Line Skiing, Snowboard UK,
Student Traveller, Cross Country Skier, White Lines and Tribe
Snowsports. He has also had his articles translated and published in
the Czech magazines: Snow and NordicMag.

Bio
Sam's enthusiasm for exploring the more remote and unusual ski
resorts of the world has led to him becoming an established
expert on far flung winter sports destinations.

A two year stint in the backwater haven of Ono, Fukui, Japan
has led to a life long love for the land of sumo and sushi,
which he continues to foster as editor of the Japan Society
of Scotland newsletter.

His favourite places in the world are Slovenia, Japan and
anywhere with mountains and snow.

Commissions
Sam and the SnowSphere team are available for all travel,
Japan and winter sports commissions for magazines, websites
and guide books.

Please contact editor@snowsphere.com for more information.

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permissions allow).

Note: this is a selection, rather than a complete collection of
Sam's published work.

SnowSphere.com, December 2005 – present.
Founder and Editor

The travel magazine for skiers and snowboarders
Features articles about ‘off the beaten piste’ locations, from India to Iceland, China to Chile.

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TimesOnline, December 2009.

10 Underrated Ski Resorts – a selection of slopes that tend to go overlooked by Brits

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Snow-search Japan: Japan Ski Guide, WSG Media, October 2009.

Working a season in Japan section – plus top tips

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TimesOnline, October 2009.

Slovenia's Igloo Village – a night in Slovenia's coolest hotel

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1001 Escapes, Octopus Books, September 2009.

Dal Lake, Kashmir – stay on a houseboat

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Men's Health, May 2009.

Ask Men's Health – Sam appeared as travel expert on MH panel.

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Snowboard UK, All issues of Winter 08/09 season

A Line Less Ordinary – a series of columns exploring off the beaten piste snowboard destinations.

Dirty Weekends – Borovets, Bulgaria (March 09 issue).

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Tribe Snow Sports Magazine, Spring 2009.

Road Tripping the Republic: Snowboarding Slovenia – feature article with pictures detailing a snowboarding trip around Slovenia.

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Japan Society of Scotland Newsletter, Spring 2009.
Editor

JSofS Newsletter – the biannual publication of a society that strives to promote cultural and commercial exchange between Japan and Scotland.

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Ski and Board, February/March 2009.

Downhill to danger – slopes around the world where bombs or bullets are more of a danger than avalanches. Feature article.

Grim Fairy Tales – skiing and snowboarding in fantasy worlds.

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NordicMag, January 2009.

Cross Country in Kashmir – account of a ski and snowboard trip to Gulmarg, Kashmir (translated into Czech)

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The Guardian, January 2009.

Snow and the City – 10 suburban ski resorts.

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Skiing Europe, (Footprint Guides) November 2008.

Overview and intro to Bulgaria & Slovenia – plus full review of Borovets.

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The Guardian, November 2008.

Getting piste on the cheap – with recession woes and a strong euro, if you want to ski on the cheap this season, you'll need to look beyond the eurozone.

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SNOW, October 2008 - March 2009

SNB World – a series of columns exploring off the beaten track snowboarding destinations (translated into Czech).

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Tribe Snow Sports Magazine, Autumn 2008.

Monkeys and Machine Guns: Snowboarding Kashmir – feature article with pictures detailing a snowboarding trip to the Kashmiri Himalaya.

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i-on Edinburgh & Glasgow, September 2008.

Life in the SLO lane – buying property in secret Slovenia.

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Japan Society of Scotland Newsletter, Summer/Autumn 2008.
Editor

JSofS Newsletter – the biannual publication of a society that strives to promote cultural and commercial exchange between Japan and Scotland.

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WSGN.com, February 2008.

ACTIVE SPORT REPORT: Cool Kashmir; Skiing Gulmarg – Report for world's leading trend analysis magazine on the future of Kashmir and its place in the world of winter sports.

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Japan Society of Scotland Newsletter, Winter/Spring 2008.
Editor

JSofS Newsletter – the biannual publication of a society that strives to promote cultural and commercial exchange between Japan and Scotland.

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Tribe Snow Sports Magazine, January 2008.

Goodbye Backcountry, Hello Cross Country – feature article with pictures extolling the virtues of the father of all snowsports: cross country skiing.

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Cross Country Skier, Jan/Feb 2008.

Cross Country Skiing Around the World – Feature article exploring the cross country skiing options in far flung resorts of the world.

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Untracked Guide To Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding 2008

Holy Sh*t – A Snowboarding Pilgrimage on Japan's Sacred Mountain.

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Fall-Line Skiing, December 2007.

Come to Snowy...Kazakhstan – monthly column exploring the more mysterious peaks of the planet.

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Fall-Line Skiing, November 2007.

Come to Snowy...Lebanon – monthly column exploring the more mysterious peaks of the planet.

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Snowboard UK, November 2007.

A Line Less Ordinary: Hawaii – monthly column exploring the more mysterious peaks of the planet.

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Fall-Line Skiing, October 2007.

Come to Snowy...India – monthly column exploring the more mysterious peaks of the planet.

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Ski and Board, October 2007.

Poles Apart? – is the skier vs snowboarder saga finally coming to an end? Feature article.

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Snowboard UK, October 2007.

A Line Less Ordinary: Australia – monthly column exploring the more mysterious peaks of the planet.

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White Lines Snowboarding Magazine, October 2007.

Of Rails and Rice Paddies: a Season in Japan – feature article and pictures about an incredible winter spent exploring the snow-laden paradise of Fukui, Japan, a forgotten land where locals rule.

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Tribe Snow Sports Magazine, Autumn 2007.

Of Lochs and Lines – feature article with pictures detailing two very different snowboarding experiences in the Scottish Highlands.

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Japan Society of Scotland Newsletter, Summer 2007.
Editor

JSofS Newsletter – the biannual publication of a society that strives to promote cultural and commercial exchange between Japan and Scotland.

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Snowboard UK, Spring 2007.

A Line Less Ordinary: Israel – monthly column exploring the more mysterious peaks of the planet.

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Snowboard UK, March 2007.

A Line Less Ordinary: Slovakia – monthly column exploring the more mysterious peaks of the planet.

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Snowshoe Magazine, March 2007

Snowshoes and Sushi; Roaming the Rice Paddies of Japan – Feature article with pictures about showshoeing through bamboo forests, over rice paddies and around the ancient temples of Japan.

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OnSnow.co.uk, Winter 06/07

20 articles on various aspects of snowboarding and other snow sports for new winter sports website.

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Snowboard UK, February 2007.

A Line Less Ordinary: Iceland – monthly column exploring the more mysterious peaks of the planet.

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Weatherwise, January/February 2007.

Weathering Our Emotions – a look at the way in which humans experience weather not only as a regulator of their surroundings, but also as a regulator of their emotions and sensitivities.

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Snowboard UK, January 2007.

A Line Less Ordinary: South Africa – monthly column exploring the more mysterious peaks of the planet.

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Tribe Snow Sports Magazine, Winter 2007.

Big In Japan – feature article with pictures detailing the Japanese snow experience, and the life of a seasonaire in Fukui, Japan.

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Asian Gourmet, Winter 2007.

Japan's Tucker Tourists – feature article with pictures exploring the regional food specialities in Japan, and the Japanese food tourism industry. Fried bee larvae anyone?

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The Scotsman, 22nd Dec 2006.

Over the Alps? Head out to the Highlands – round-up of the opportunities for winter sports in Scotland, appeared in the Sporting Scotland supplement of this national British paper.

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Snowboard UK, December 2006.

A Line Less Ordinary: Kazakhstan – monthly column exploring the more mysterious peaks of the planet.

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Snowboard Journal, Issue 12, Early Winter 2006.

Of Rails and Rice Paddies – Feature article and pictures about an incredible winter spent exploring the snow-laden paradise of Fukui, Japan, a forgotten land where locals rule.

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Cross Country Skier, November 2006.

Going Nordic In Nippon – Feature article and pictures introducing the joys of cross country skiing in Japan.

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World Snowboard Guide (11th Edition), November 2006.

Written and photographic content for Japan chapter, (introduction to section, review for Katsuyama Ski Jam and other Japanese resorts), plus updates for Livigno, Italy.

Print and online.
Weatherwise, November/December 2006.

Japan's Winter Weather Exposed – feature article detailing the incredible record breaking snow storms that hit the land of sumo and sushi last winter.

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Snowboard UK, November 2006.

A Line Less Ordinary: South Korea – new monthly column exploring the more mysterious peaks of the planet.

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The Snowboarder's Handbook, September 2006.

Making the best of any snow condition – two page article on how best to ride, whatever the weather.

Appeared in print as part of a 150 page limited edition guide, published by Future Snowboarding Magazine.
GoNomad.com, July 2006.

Hokkaido, Japan; crystal clear lakes, smouldering volcanoes – a camping road trip turns into a boat trip, from Honshu to Hokkaido, featuring Fuji Rock Festival and a burst radiator.

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AdventureJourney.net, June 2006.

Backcountry Boarding on Japan's Holy Hakusan – two gaijin follow their Japanese guide in a snowboard mountaineering expedition up Japan's third most sacred peak, which leads to beers, tears and intestines...

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The Funky Drummer, October 2005 – August 2006.

Photo-journal documenting two years of adventures whilst living and working in rural Japan. Snowboarding on holy mountains, kayaking on deserted lakes, and snakes in school. Not to mention the sumo, sushi and sake.

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The World Snowboard Guide, May 2006.

Introduction to Japan chapter, review for Katsuyama Ski Jam and updates for Livigno, Italy.

Currently online and will be published in print in the new 2007 World Snowboard Guide book.
SnowJapan.com, April 2006.

The Fukui Fellowship – eating cow intestines atop holy mountains, knee deep powder on deserted slopes and an interview with a Japanese ski and snowboard posse.

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White Lines Snowboarding Magazine, March 2006.

World’s Longest Rail? – short piece with photo about the world’s longest rail in Japan.

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SnowSphere.com, February 2006.

Snowboarders V Skiers; The Dying Feud – it’s been a long fought battle, but have we finally reached peace on piste?

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Student Traveler, February 2006.

24 Hour Pod People – two page full colour cartoon strip collaboration with illustrator Neil Wade, showcasing the Japanese Capsule Hotel experience.

Published in print and online.
White Lines Snowboarding Magazine, January 2006.

Japan’s Micro Resorts – like their cars, cameras and computers, the Japanese have done with many of their ski resorts, the thing they do best; miniaturise.

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White Lines Snowboarding Magazine, January 2006.

Turns and Conditions – a four page guide to getting the best out of the slopes when the bluebird powder day has gone A.W.O.L.

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The Fukui Ski and Snowboard Guide, December 2005.

Comprehensive guide to the ski resorts of the Fukui area of Japan, including pictures, prices and backcountry trip reports. Written and compiled for the Fukui Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme(FJET).

Published partly in print, with full version online.
FishingMagic.com, October 2005.

Fishing, Sushi Style – it’s fishing Jim, but not as we know it. A trout fishing trip in Japan turns out to be not quite what I expected.

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Student Traveler, August 2005.

The JET set and Beyond – teaching English in Japan; a guide on how to do it and a flavour of life from the land of sumo and sushi.

Published in print and online.
Step-On.co.uk, May 2005.

Snowboarding Sushi Style – the joys of snowboarding in the land of the sumo; one man powder days and beer from slope side vending machines.

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JETfuel, May 2005 – May 2006.
Co-editor

Magazine for English speakers in the Fukui area of Japan. Publishes travel, humour, interviews, music and movie reviews, plus general interest.

Print and online.
Step-On.co.uk, March 2005.

Resort Review; Livigno, Italy – tired of paying 5 plus, for a post boarding beer? Try Livigno...

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WillSpin.com, March 2005.

Break Beat and Enter – a British drum and bass DJ is attacked in his own home by crazed Japanese man.

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