Murray Buchan first started skiing aged eight at his local dryslope in Edinburgh, when his dad, an avid skier, introduced him to the sport.
His potential was obvious from a young age, when at just 14 he competed in his first British Championships in France, and won all four events in the under 16 category: Slopestyle, Ski Cross, Big Air and Halfpipe. In fact, for the next couple of years he repeated the same successes, and backed up his impressive junior career by third place finishes (Big Air and Slopestyle) in his first adult British Championships.
In 2008 Buchan won his first British Championships in Halfpipe, which prompted him to start placing a larger focus on this particular discipline; starting to compete on the World Cup European events. However in 2009, he incurred a major setback when he dislocating his elbow, causing him to miss the rest of the season. He didn’t win another British Championships until 2013.