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Thinking of Doing a Ski Season?

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If you love the snow like me and can’t get enough of the thrill of arriving at the top of a mountain, overlooking the vast valleys and forests covered in snow, only to whizz down on two skis, the wind in your hair, shredding up the powder… then why wouldn’t you go to a ski resort for a whole season (over three months) and get to do something you love, everyday? All while earning money. Sounds like a no brainer to me…

Reasons you should…

* The snow and the mountains aren’t going anywhere over the winter season so you can ski literally everyday, the only way it’s not too expensive is on a season.

* You get the opportunity of meeting new and exciting people who are there for exactly the same reason as you… you’re bound to get along.

* Experience a different world. The lands of ski resorts are truly magical places and as well as experiencing a different country, you also get to experience a new lifestyle.

* Explore a different career path. Whether it’s in instructing, chalet hosting, bar work or mountain help, the career opportunities at ski resorts are vast and there’s something for everyone.

Reasons you shouldn’t…

* Although while on a season you will be working, this isn’t the place to go if you’re planning on saving up money. Inevitably you will be spending what you earn on accommodation, food and the ever so famous après-ski.

* The hours are long. If you’re looking to escape from busy work life and relax in the mountains, that could be possible with a few of the jobs, however most involve long hours and as soon as you’ve got a minute off you’ll be busy skiing or drinking.

* Staff accommodation isn’t any four star hotel. If you’re looking for a homely home of luxury during your season then think again, staff accommodation is cheap and crowded, but loads and loads of fun.

Whistler

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For my ski season, I went to Whistler, Canada – the home of the winter Olympics last year and renowned for big downfalls of snow, and huge amounts of powder. Being from the UK, and growing up learning to ski in Europe, I wanted to try something different and experience a whole new world of skiing – and in Canada everything is so much bigger! The slopes are hugely wide and long, which makes time spent on lifts during the day so much shorter. The terrain suits anyone’s style, with huge pisted tracks, tricky tree runs, mogule race fields, terrain parks with jumps and boxes, there’s literally everything and more in the whistler ski resort and that’s not including the thousands and thousands of acres of back country and off piste to be explored.  Although there’s a no drinking on the slopes law, it doesn’t stop the après being wild, with hundreds of famous hang out bars at the bottom of the slopes, waiting for you to finish your day with a giant plate of nachos and a bar-side ski shot race. Whistler really was a whole new fantasy world to me, with the resort village coming to life at night, full of not only restaurants, bars and shops, but ice rinks, bungee jumps and fire shows on the slopes at night.

My time in Whistler was one of the best times of my life and I really don’t think the experience that I had would have been the same in any other resort.

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What a Christmas

My Christmas holiday was two weeks long but I can not believe that I am already back in Paris, where on earth did that time go!? What a Christmas it has been!!

Actual Christmas was very different this year for my family as it was my Grandpas 80th birthday on Christmas eve so he did what every other 80 year old does…throw a big house party to celebrate! So Christmas eve we all drove down to join in with the celebrations. This also meant that for the first Christmas ever we were able to spend it as a family, with my cousins and Auntie from Hong Kong, my other cousins from South Africa it was a big family get together.

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Around the Christmas table we had 27 people instead of our usual little 7. It was so much fun with so many people pulling crackers, singing, laughing and talking. We played so many games all day and by the evening everyone was happy and exhausted.
On boxing day we were back home and able to have some quiet family time as just us, we went for a lovely long boxing day walk before the most looked forward meal of the year – bubble and squeak!
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With no time to waste we were soon on our way to the airport for the next adventure of the holiday, our annual skiing trip to Whistler, Canada! After exploring all the different resorts in Europe, Canada has most definitely beaten all of them hands down. We stay in the beautiful Fairmont hotel a hop, skip and jump from the edge of the slope where the first lift is to take you straight up the mountain. As always this year did no disappoint, the weather was unbelievably beautiful clear blue skies and fresh snow for us on both Whistler mountain and Blackcomb mountain. Perfect!!

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Click below to shop my skiing outfit:

In the evenings we had booked all different restaurant to eat at in the village with each one being more amazing than then next its is always so difficult for us to say which one is the best.

Click on the links below to explore my top three restaurants to try in Whistler:

  1. Araxi – executive chef James Walt
  2. Rimrock Café – Whistlers place for fish and game
  3. Hy’s Steakhouse & Cocktail Bar

For New Years we attended the Fairmont’s New Year party as we have done every year. They decorate their largest ballroom which is covered in elaborately dressed tables and the most incredible buffet tables you will have ever seen. Just as a taster they had: lobster, crab, sushi, scallops, beef, lamb, pork, beef wellington, fish of all kinds, cheese, chocolate, macaroon…..

Just divine!

As well as this extensive array of food they also have a live band and singers that perform all night keeping the party alive and helping the countdown to 2015.

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Happy New Year!