Louise Minchin fears for husband’s safety after ‘leaving him on mountain’ during ski trip

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Louise Minchin, 52, has been married her husband David for 23 years, but she remembered a specific point in their marriage where the dynamic changed for good after a ski trip. The BBC Breakfast host recalled the time she was left distraught when she realised he hadn’t made it down the mountain with her and began to panic that something terrible had happened.

Oh my gosh, where is he?

Louise Minchin

The pair, who share two daughters Mia and Scarlett together, have been on multiple ski holidays but Louise admitted he was much better at the sport than she was.

Chatting to Olympic skier & broadcaster Graham Bell on Decathalon’s podcast, she revealed she’s also a dab hand at the winter sport, too.

“I always go skiing with him [David] and I’m just trying to keep up with him,” she giggled.

“It was really hard because he’s very good, very fast, very safe.

“And then there was one point in our relationship when things changed and I’d been doing a lot of spinning,” she continued.

“I used to do spin classes and I came down a glacier and I said, ‘Oh my gosh, where is he?'”

The BBC star remembered her confusion suddenly led to panic as she worried if he had had an accident somewhere on the slopes.

“I was literally standing there for ages going, ‘Oh this is so bad. [Has there been] an accident? I’ve left him on the mountain!'”

But a wave of relief flooded over her as she spotted him making his way down the mountain.

“I asked him if something happened and he goes, ‘No, you’re just really fast!'” she remembered.

“And that was a day that our relationship on the mountain changed.”

Graham was impressed with the story, and from his advanced experience of the sport he encouraged her to look into ski touring, which involves skiing on unmarked or unpatrolled areas.

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Touring is typically done off-piste and outside of ski resorts, and may extend over a period of more than one day.

It is similar to backcountry skiing but excludes the use of a ski lift or transport.

“I mean, if you like your endurance but you’ve got to walk,” he noted, which wouldn’t be an issue for fitness fanatic Louise.

But she wasn’t entirely convinced it was for her.

“You have to give me the honest answer here, because you like going downhill very fast,” she said, referring to his olympic skills.

“How does that compare to sort of walking?”

Graham went on to explain the ins and outs of the off-piste challenge, and wondered whether it could be her next venture in the world of fitness.

BBC Breakfast airs weekdays at 6am on BBC One.

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