Pippa Middleton Goes On Romantic Getaway With Beau, Talks About Grueling Ski Race For Charity

Pippa Middleton was all smiles for the cameras recently while preparing to tear up the slopes with boyfriend James Matthews during a romantic ski getaway.

Pippa has been keeping a lower profile than usual out of respect for her beau, seeing as previous relationships for Kate’s sister have reportedly crumbled due to privacy issues. However, Pippa had no problem beaming for paparazzi on this getaway.

Middleton was able to show off her athletic abilities alongside her boyfriend, and the two were easily able to keep up with one another on the slopes.

The Daily Mail shares about the outing the happy couple experienced.

“[Pippa] was all smiles as she slid down the white stuff in Verbier in Switzerland, before going for some drinks with friends at the resort. Complete in her bright blue snow jacket and black bottoms, she elegantly illustrated her talent on the skis, as well as laughing and joking with Mr Matthews on the Swiss Alps.”

It seems as though when it comes to anything athletic, Pippa and James are keen on the spotlight and welcome photography without hesitation. The two are no strangers to the slopes, often enjoying their pastime in either Switzerland or Norway. As the Daily Mail shares, recently the pair took part in a grueling cross-country ski race.

“Last month, the 32-year-old sister of the Duchess of Cambridge took park in the Birkebeiner Ski Race in Norway – a 54km cross-country course from Rena to Lillehammer. Again with boyfriend Mr Matthews, she was in her element as she eagerly waited for the race to begin, putting on an affectionate display with her City trader partner at the starting line.”

Pippa and James seemed ready to take on the race together and were happy to have each other there as support. They cuddled and kissed before the start of the race and did not look to be the slightest bit nervous or fearful about the tough go ahead of them.

Rules of the specific race made the test not only about skiing skills but about strength and endurance. The skiers were expected to carry a 3.5 kg backpack on them due to the story attached to the specific event.

The Daily Mail shares the history of the race.

“It originated in honour of the 1206 rescue of 18-month-old Prince Haakon Haakonsson – who was carried across the mountains to safety in Trondheim as an infant before he grew up to become the king and united Norway after 1000 years of civil war.”

Middleton spoke about the experience of the challenging race to reporters.

“As a lover of skiing, I hope to help individuals with a disability, experience the positive thrills and rewards that snow sports can offer by raising awareness of DSUK’s great work. I was nervous at the start, it’s a tough race with plenty of uphill and a strong headwind but I enjoyed every minute of it and the fine weather lifted everyone’s spirits. The course was beautiful and the atmosphere amazing between competitors and supporters along the way.”

LILLEHAMMER, NORWAY - MARCH 19: Pippa Middleton attends Birkenbeinerrennet ski race on March 19, 2016 in Lillehammer, Norway. (Photo by Ragnar Singsaas/Getty Images)

The sister to the Duchess of Cambridge shared about the cause she is supporting, which was her main reason for competing in the race.

“I am happy to have participated and most importantly crossed the finish line. Hopefully my involvement in this unique Norwegian skiing event will help shine a spotlight on Disability SnowSport UK, which is a cause close to my heart.”

Clearly, charity and advocacy are as important to her as they are to older sister Kate, who has been a fervent supporter and advocate for children’s mental health as well as for British children’s hospitals. As People shares, Kate was front and center to help open a Holt charity shop last week, with proceeds going to a local children’s hospice.

[Photo by Ragnar Singsaas/Getty Images]