Fact Files: Vicky

Vicky September 21st, 2011

Over the years we receive superb feedback on the knowledge,  passion and experience of the team here at Ski Independence. So we thought it would be an idea to give you a bit of an insight into who’s who..

Vicky, Ski Product Support

For the benefit of our readers could you explain your role at Ski Independence and what you’re responsible for?

I am part of the team that puts together the brochure and website and I stay in regular contact with our suppliers to make sure everything is kept up to date.  I look after the ski extras for Europe so for many of our destinations you can book your lift passes and ski hire before you set off on your holiday.  Importantly, I help to make sure the sales team has all the information they need and support the product managers to contract all the accommodation and extras that go into the ski holidays we sell.

Vicky, enjoying time off the piste in Chamoinx

Tell us a little bit about your background and how you came to work for Ski Independence?

The winter after finishing school I went to Méribel to find a job for the season, found a passion for the mountains, and I haven’t really looked back.  Studying French at university meant a year abroad in France, I managed to get a place in Grenoble meaning there was more time in the Alps for me!  More recently, I spent a few years living in Chamonix working in purchasing for a large tour operator, so I have good relationships with many of the suppliers in Europe – I think I must have visited over 40 of the French ski resorts!  Having returned to Edinburgh where I went to uni, I found my current position at Ski Independence and I’m now looking forward to the winter which is suddenly fast approaching!

What do you look forward to the most over the coming months?

Finding out more about all the resorts and accommodation that we sell, and hopefully getting to strap my snowboard to my feet at some of them too.  I’m also looking forward to my first winter with the company and plenty of feedback from happy customers.

What are some of your favourite Ski Independence destinations and do you have any top tips to share?

Montgenèvre – charming people combined with sunny, high altitude skiing – I love this place!

Méribel – endless skiing on immaculately groomed pistes, chocolate box pretty and great parties (avoid the Mutzig beer if you want to make the most of the next day on the mountain!).

Flaine – I love the architecture here (some people may think that’s crazy) and the pistes are superb – brilliant for families.

Zermatt – pure class, going to Zermatt is like being transported to another world.

And finally, what would be your ultimate ski holiday?

A trip to the big country, starting in Jackson Hole for some of the most epic snowboarding around and maybe I would get to meet a few cowboys and be shown around the mountain by local legend Travis Rice.  This would have to be followed up by a visit to Big Sky as Montana has always been on my list of “must do” places to visit.  To top it off, I would definitely have to travel between resorts in a Winnebago, for full effect!

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