“It is a layered short piece, covering the story of Lesley, the snow community in the Cairngorms, her grandad Chics amazing super8 footage, ChunkyKnit snowboard films (20years old in 2024!), Scotland, climate change, resilience, thrawnness… making the best of what we have. Oh and the pure enjoyment of snowboarding/splitboarding. Those diamond days in Scotland are what fuel us!”

When you think of European ski destinations, Scotland most likely doesn’t come to mind but there’s snow in the highlands and the riding looks surprisingly good. The following film follows professional snowboarder’s Lesley McKenna upbringing in the Cairngorms and how she embodies thrawn (meaning stubborn but in a good way) as she makes the most of what’s available to her.

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