Where we came from
Great-Grandmother Dorothy was one of the original British ski holiday-goers. Here she is tearing up the slopes in Adelboden, Switzerland. Can you imagine skiing in a skirt on 230cm wooden skis? Not in our day Dotty!
1914 – 1918
World War I
During World War I European troops learnt to ski to fight across the dangerous Dolomites.
Aged 7, Granny Penny and her brother Nigel and mother Dorothy dressed for the beach in Mürren, Switzerland.
1939 – 1945
World War II
Granny Penny aged 22 serving style on and off the slopes. Can we please get a pair of those glasses?
Granny Penny kept this menu for all these years – maybe they were the best Crêpes Suzette she ever had? Or perhaps it was from her first date with Grandpa Bevil who she met skiing in Mürren.
Grandpa Bevil racing in leather boots
“He wasn’t always a pro – Grandpa was often falling over, and I would be the one helping him up. Although he would never admit it!” - Granny Penny
Start’em young! Grandpa cut down an old pair of skis for the third generation of Mabey skiers.
The Mabeys make The Sunday Express “Five girls, bareheaded, and only one boy, in a gay wooly cap all began skiing at between two and three. They are possibly the most talented skiing family in the Swiss Alps.”
Back in the day when ski holidays cost £34(!), Nickie’s Dad and Auntie Noni strike a pose for the Inghams magazine.
Always one for breaking traditions
Auntie ‘Isy’ Isabel is selected by BUSC to be the first ever female racer in the Anglo-Swiss Race. Having previously competed for GB in the women’s slalom at the FIS World Cup in 1970, they would have been stupid not to...
Grandpa Bevil saves his pennies by using old summer photos for his son’s lift pass. Every little helps!
Nickie Mabey experiences snow for the first time in Valmorel, and the love affair begins.
Always wanting to help others, Granny Penny sets up the Penny Mabey Fund, sponsoring up-and-coming young British female skiers with dreams of reaching the Olympics.
At 82 years young
Daredevil Grandpa Bevil wins his age category in the McMillan Cup.
"Save the blood wagons for those who really need them." Grandpa Bevil, after dislocating his shoulder during race practice the following year.
Nickie joins the Oxford Brookes Snow Sports committee as social secretary where she starts organising ski trips for 400 students.
Following in her aunties' ski tracks, Nickie qualifies as a Level 2 Ski Instructor with SitCo in New Zealand.
Not long before the fifth generation of Mabey skiers arrive in Les Gets starting at aged 2.
2016 – 2020
Taking the ski passion to the next level, cousins Tash, Ana and Sophie Stocker take home numerous medals for the England Alpine Squad, each having their turn on the top of the podium.
Nickie Mabey establishes Mabey Ski
It had been there all along, at the back of her mind (and blood) and now the time was right to introduce a new style of ski holiday – the ski adventure. Inspired by generations of Mabey explorers, she followed in her family’s ski tracks trying out exhilarating new experiences and discovering destinations like a local, leading to some of the best moments of her life.