Travel

Life of a Ski Seasonnaire

A ski season has been in my life plan since I was about 13. The highlight of my year; the annual family ski trip never disappointed me. Beautiful snow capped trees, fresh air, one of the few sports I’m half decent at. I couldn’t imagine anything more fun than skiing all winter long, working to sustain the lifestyle whilst meeting some powerful and interesting powder-seekers. I decided at 17 that if I failed to get accepted by my university of choice I would do a season then, re-applying for the course the following year. However when I did get in first time round, the idea of a season did not fade but was filed into another chapter of my life. Post graduation.

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I left early December 2013 for Meribel, France where I planned to spend the next five months. This was equally thrilling and nerve-wracking and as I met a surprising array of colleagues from an ex-Eton student to a caveman-esque lout, and got used to how hard it was really going to be. Living under a mid-sized hotel sleeping 100 guests with the 29 other staff members and me in bunk beds had its highs and lows. Dancing at The Pub in snow boots to classic rock and shooting jaegerbombs at The Rond Point during après ski was great, as was table dancing at infamous mountain bar Folie Douche to world famous DJs like Martin Garixx. These, along with group skiing in the sunshine are the moments that are photographed, instagrammed and envied by those you left at home. However on a daily basis, real season life is not so carefree.

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I left early December 2013 for Meribel, France where I planned to spend the next five months. This was equally thrilling and nerve-wracking and as I met a surprising array of colleagues from an ex-Eton student to a caveman-esque lout, and got used to how hard it was really going to be. Living under a mid-sized hotel sleeping 100 guests with the 29 other staff members and me in bunk beds had its highs and lows. Dancing at The Pub in snow boots to classic rock and shooting jaegerbombs at The Rond Point during après ski was great, as was table dancing at infamous mountain bar Folie Douche to world famous DJs like Martin Garixx. These, along with group skiing in the sunshine are the moments that are photographed, instagrammed and envied by those you left at home. However on a daily basis, real season life is not so carefree.

 

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