The name's Terry, Terry of the mountains

Related Topics

I'm in the French Alps, skiing in a small British village called Val d'Isère. I suppose that technically it's French but you wouldn't know it. The place is packed with Ruperts and Tobys teaching their broods to ski so that they might better be able to network once they get their first job in banking. French is spoken here, but only if absolutely necessary and is definitely frowned upon.

Stacey and I decided that our kids should learn to snowboard, as opposed to skiing, like us. This decision was mainly based around the different types of boots. Snowboarders have boots that are as comfortable as Uggs, whereas we skiers still have to squeeze our feet into medieval torture machines. I do find it astonishing that we can put a man on the moon but still can't invent comfortable ski boots. Perhaps designers can hold off on the unnecessary, but inevitable, iPhone 6 and concentrate on an iBoot?

Regular readers will know that I was very early on the "onesie" fashion curve, and I have taken this to the slopes by sporting a very snazzy one-piece ski suit. For some reason that I have yet to fathom, the suit has a Velcro patch on the front with the word "Terry" on it. This is not the maker's name, but it does mean that, to the amusement of my family, my "mountain" name is now Terry.

Last week, I slipped away from the pack and was skiing on my own when I witnessed a woman do a spectacular wipeout. She lost both skis and went head over heels down the mountain, unable to stop herself for about 200 yards. She was screaming in agony when she finally came to rest and, as I was quite near her, I skied over and did what I could. She had hurt her back, and so I tried to make sure that she didn't move as I waved down a passing ski instructor and asked him to radio for assistance.

The injured woman was English and spoke no French so she used me for translation purposes. After a while she kept thanking me and calling me "Terry". I didn't think that this was the time to explain that this was not my name so I rolled with it. I had a balaclava on, and was loath to take this off lest she happen to recognise me and become ever further confused, and start to worry that she might be in some complicated hidden camera scenario.

I stayed with her for about 20 minutes, until help arrived, and she was taken down the mountain on a stretcher. Her last words were, "Thank you, Terry. I'm so grateful."

That evening, at supper, everyone was discussing the incident and joking that the woman might be an über-rich heiress (not uncommon out here) who would now be looking to thank her ski-slope assistant with a small gift of a super yacht or a place in Mustique.

They suggested that I should scan the pages of the local paper to see if someone was "looking for Terry". I imagined trying to explain that I was indeed "Terry" although not … it was too complicated, and I fear that Mustique shall never be mine. If she is reading this, however, a comfy pair of ski boots would be nice.

React Now

Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Year 5 Teacher

£80 - £140 per day: Randstad Education Leeds: Year 5 Teacher KS2 teaching job...

Software Developer

£35000 - £45000 Per Annum Pensions Scheme After 6 Months: Clearwater People So...

Systems Analyst / Business Analyst - Central London

£35000 - £37000 per annum + Benefits: Ashdown Group: Systems Analyst / Busines...

Senior Change Engineer (Network, Cisco, Juniper) £30k

£30000 - £35000 per annum + Benefits: Ampersand Consulting LLP: Senior Change ...

Day In a Page

Read Next

i Editor's Letter: A huge step forward in medical science, but we're not all the way there yet

Oliver Duff Oliver Duff
David Cameron has painted a scary picture of what life would be like under a Labour government  

You want constitutional change? Fixed-term parliaments have already done the job

Steve Richards
Two super-sized ships have cruised into British waters, but how big can these behemoths get?

Super-sized ships: How big can they get?

Two of the largest vessels in the world cruised into UK waters last week
British doctors on brink of 'cure' for paralysis with spinal cord treatment

British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

Sufferers can now be offered the possibility of cure thanks to a revolutionary implant of regenerative cells
Ranked seventh in world’s best tourist cities - not London, or Edinburgh, but Salisbury

Salisbury ranked seventh in world’s best tourist cities

The city is home to one of the four surviving copies of the Magna Carta, along with the world’s oldest mechanical clock
Let's talk about loss

We need to talk about loss

Secrecy and silence surround stillbirth
Will there be an all-female mission to Mars?

Will there be an all-female mission to Mars?

Women may be better suited to space travel than men are
Oscar Pistorius sentencing: The athlete's wealth and notoriety have provoked a long overdue debate on South African prisons

'They poured water on, then electrified me...'

If Oscar Pistorius is sent to jail, his experience will not be that of other inmates
James Wharton: The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

Life after the Army has brought new battles for the LGBT activist James Wharton
Ebola in the US: Panic over the virus threatens to infect President Obama's midterms

Panic over Ebola threatens to infect the midterms

Just one person has died, yet November's elections may be affected by what Republicans call 'Obama's Katrina', says Rupert Cornwell
Premier League coaches join the RSC to swap the tricks of their trades

Darling, you were fabulous! But offside...

Premier League coaches are joining the RSC to learn acting skills, and in turn they will teach its actors to play football. Nick Clark finds out why
How to dress with authority: Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear

How to dress with authority

Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear
New book on Joy Division's Ian Curtis sheds new light on the life of the late singer

New book on Ian Curtis sheds fresh light on the life of the late singer

'Joy Division were making art... Ian was for real' says author Jon Savage
Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

The Bafta-winner talks Hollywood, being branded a psycho, and how Barbra Streisand is his true inspiration
Tim Minchin, interview: The musician, comedian and world's favourite ginger is on scorching form

Tim Minchin interview

For a no-holds-barred comedian who is scathing about woolly thinking and oppressive religiosity, he is surprisingly gentle in person
Boris Johnson's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Boris's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Many of us Brits still disapprove of conspicuous consumption – it's the way we were raised, says DJ Taylor
Ash frontman Tim Wheeler reveals how he came to terms with his father's dementia

Tim Wheeler: Alzheimer's, memories and my dad

Wheeler's dad suffered from Alzheimer's for three years. When he died, there was only one way the Ash frontman knew how to respond: with a heartfelt solo album