Olympian Ski Coach
Martin Bell was one of the best British World Cup alpine ski racers in history. A prolific speed event skier, Martin is a 14-year veteran of the Ski World Cup, a 4X Olympian. represented Britain in 5 World Championships, won 4 British Championships, competed in an astounding 160 World Cup ski races, with 7 top finishes and was 8th in the Downhill at the 1988 Olympic Winter Games. He was born on an AFB in Cyprus, educated at George Watson’s College in Edinburgh and developed his ski racing acumen at the famed Stams Ski Gymnasium in Austria. Martin also won the Jeep “King of the Mountain” professional downhill series team event along with Australian Olympian, Steven Lee. In 1998, Martin teamed up with his brother Graham to race the “24 Hours of Aspen,” where he set a record for the fastest lap. A talented writer, Martin has written for The Guardian, The Observer, The Sunday Times, Country Life, Rock Mountain News, Vail Beaver Creek Magazine, The Vail Daily, Taos News, The Big Sky Weekly and the Big Sky Seasons. He was also a commentator for the BBC, Eurosport, ESPN with the late Bob Beattie and Channel Four Skiing w/Nick Fellows. As with many veteran ski racers, Martin went on to become an accomplished ski coach, working for Big Sky Ski Educational Foundation, Big Sky Resort, Yellowstone Club and now Ski Club Vail. He has run ski technique clinics in Tignes, FRA, Kitzbuhel, Saalbach, Hintertux, AUT and Davos, SUI. Martin resides near Vail, Colorado and is married to Laura Bell, who have two ski racing daughters, Reece and Imogen.