Verbier is full of drama – from spectacular scenery to banjaxed knees

Two years ago Catherine Murphy had to be airlifted off a Swiss mountain after suffering a bad knee injury while skiing. She recently returned, determined to ski again

Catherine Murphy was hurt on the slopes in Verbier, Switzerland, but knew she had to ski once more. Picture by Yves Garneau

Catherine Murphy

For more than 30 years, skiing has been my passion. Both the sport and mountain lifestyle have become so important to me that, if it’s not too corny to say, they have changed the course of my life. I have skied as often as possible and in as many places as possible, often throwing caution to the financial wind to feed my need.