Started at Ski Independence:
Skier or snowboarder:
Winter & Summer seasons in Vaujany
After studying French & German at Leeds University I headed to Vaujany in the French Alps as a resort rep. After years of watching Ski Sunday as a kid, the plan was to finally learn to ski whilst soaking up the alpine lifestyle until it was time to get a ‘proper job.’ With a new found love of the mountains, I headed to Scotland for 6 months, which turned into 14 years… and counting! Combining a passion for the mountains whilst working with the most luxurious properties in the Alps certainly keeps life interesting.
I didn’t start skiing until I was in my early 20s, but was absolutely adamant that I’d love it – purely based on being an avid Ski Sunday viewer with my Dad back in the ‘90s! So I signed up to work a ski season right after uni and never imagined I’d still be working in the ski industry all these years later.
What inspires you?
A bluebird day in the mountains does wonders for taking a step back from day-to-day life and seeing the bigger picture, particularly if it’s a weekday! There’s nothing like cruising on the slopes, surrounded by fantastic views and not being in the office (which despite what most people think, happens all too rarely!)
What's your favourite resort, and why?
This is a question I get asked frequently and it’s a tricky one. Ultimately I can have a brilliant time anywhere, as long as I’m with good people, but if you pushed me I’d have to say Val d’Isère. The combination of high altitude, great atmosphere both on and off the mountain, fantastic skiing and good quality accommodation and dining/après options in such incredible surroundings tick all the boxes for me.
My next trip:
I’d love to head back to the Grand Domaine ski area, whose resorts include Alpe d’Huez & Vaujany, and is where I learnt to ski. The Southern Alps are renowned for their sunny days and with some exciting new properties there, I can’t resist returning to see what’s changed.
Resorts skied in France:
Alpe d’Huez, Argentière, Avoriaz, Chamonix, Courchevel, Flaine, La Clusaz, La Plagne, La Rosière, La Tania, Les Arcs, Les Carroz, Les Deux Alpes, Les Gets, Les Menuires, Megève, Méribel, Morzine, St Martin de Belleville, Samoens, Serre Chevalier, Tignes, Val d’Isère, Val Thorens, Vallandry, Vaujany
Resorts skied in Switzerland:
Resorts skied in Austria:
Lech, Ischgl, Obergurgl, Saalbach, Sölden
Resorts skied in Italy:
Resorts skied in Scotland:
The Lecht, Cairngorm, Nevis Range, Glenshee