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Meet our team...
We're a close-knit bunch in a small company so we can offer a very personal service. Combined, we've had more ski days than you can shake a stick at and we all love to get on the slopes to become big kids again. You never know, you may even catch us out there!
During my time at flexiski I've had some wonderful experiences and met some exceptional people (both staff and customers).
In terms of the some of the more memorable times, these range from walking through the arrivals in full ski kit plus skis after getting dropped off by a helicopter transfer straight from the piste, to enjoying a week of Michelin star dining across the Three Valleys. I have loved every minute of it and am so lucky to say that for a few weeks in the winter I have the best office in the world.
I used to be able to ski a bit, but as abilities and bodies slow down one thing that doesn’t change is the pure, unfiltered excitement that comes from getting onto the first lift and feeling the skis flex on that first turn. It really does transport you back to an almost childlike sense of fun. I felt this from day one in Val d'Isere and am totally sure this will continue all the way through to my last day on the mountain. It is purely the best adventure you can have with friends and family and seeing people experience this for the first time really can't be equalled.
- Years skiing: 15
- Favourite resort: Bit of a cheat but 3 Vallées, it's just impressive
- Lunch favourite: Sainsbury's Christmas Triple Sarnie
I've skied since my teens, learning in Chamonix before really finding my ski legs in Meribel. It’s still my favourite resort 13 years later.
Constantly on the hunt for bargains, I would find my way to a good deal even if it meant braving King Minos' labyrinth. I’ll spend hours searching in my quest to save a few pounds!
As an avid piste skier, you can't beat cranking up a decent daily mileage so I love a large ski area. Somewhere like the 3 Vallées is perfect for travelling for miles without having to repeat a slope. I feel at home in the Three Valleys. Forget the piste map, get lost and race back for that last lift. Don’t put any moguls in my way, I’ll just give up.
- Years skiing: 13
- Favourite resort: Meribel
- Favourite après: Hot chocolate and a warm fire (with cake)
Joining flexiski fresh from a season completing a ski instructor course, I'm your go-to man for Banff and Lake Louise - both the skiing and the après!
I grew up as a sport-loving kid, so learning the ropes on skis wasn't too different. I learnt relatively late compared to others, but this means nothing - I was always the kid veering off the side of the piste to discover crazy tree runs or bumps... usually culminating in a crash. However, no pain, no gain.
My funniest moment was trying to teach my parents when they visited me in Canada on my ski instructor course - they always thought they knew better when it came to getting down the mountain, but after a few discussions they finally understood they should probably listen to what I had to say!
- Years skiing: 7
- Favourite resort: Banff and Lake Louise
- Favourite après: Toffee vodka
I lived in Austria for a few years when I was younger, which is where my family and I fell in love with skiing.
Being able to drive to the ski slopes, ski just for the day and then return home was absolutely phenomenal. My favourite memory from living in Austria would be going to Stuhleck every Christmas eve, less than an hour from our house, and spending the whole day skiing before heading home in the evening. As Christmas is celebrated on the 24th in Austria, it always felt like we got two Christmas’ as people would be on the slopes celebrating.
As I got older my love for skiing (and Après) grew, my family and I try and head out whenever we can, we especially love Meribel, however, Austria will always be my favourite ski destination.
- Years skiing: 15
- Favourite resort: Anywhere Austrian
- Favourite après: Straight off the slopes and into the spa
I first hit the slopes 4 years ago and "the fear" is still very real. Does it ever go away? My expertise still lies firmly in après
By some stroke of luck, I was sent to the Canadian Rockies within 3 months of joining flexiski. I spent most of the time completely baffled by how everyone managed to make it look so easy, when I could barely stand up on the flats - that said, learning to ski in the beautiful Sunshine Village at the age of 27 was certainly an experience I'll never forget.
I've been numerous times since and whilst I'm certainly no pro, I have finally started to enjoy it...!
My advice? It's never too late to learn so just book it and get out there!
- Years skiing: 4
- Favourite resort: Rusutsu, Disneyland in the snow
- Favourite après: Prosecco, always prosecco
I started skiing aged 18 in order to impress my (now ex) boyfriend. Little did I know, I’d discovered a lifelong love for the mountains.
I’d never been much of an athlete, so it was much to my surprise that skiing struck a chord with me on my first uni ski trip back in 2013. Starting off with an unhealthy amount of self-confidence - partly due to the copious amounts of alcohol we’d consumed on the 26-hour coach to France - I quickly discovered that I wasn’t, in fact, a natural skiing expert. Five weeks of technique improvement later though, and I’m starting to feel at home on the slopes. There’s nothing quite like the feeling of successfully making it down a black run in one piece. There’s also nothing quite like a hot chocolate with a double shot of Baileys to calm the nerves.
- Years skiing: 6
- Favourite resort: Meribel
- Favourite après: Aperol Spritz
The plan was to just do one season in Austria after uni - that was 14 years ago and I'm still here! Some may say I'm living the dream - I agree.
Grew up skiing every season in Aviemore, Scotland with the family, then did a season in St Anton as a resort rep. So many memories, including having competitions on who could do the most embarrassing wipeout infront of each others' guide groups! Loved it so much here that I never left.
My favourite experience so far would have to be heliskiing in the Arlberg in 2016 - nothing beats the exhilaration of jumping out of a helicopter and into fresh powder!
- Years skiing: 30
- Favourite Resort: Ischgl
- Favourite après: Schnapps
If you spot a set of tracks where someone has been crazy enough to ski, those are probably mine.
I’ve been skiing since I was 4 years old, mainly in France. I did my first winter season in Whistler when I was 17 and I managed to clock up 137 days of first chair, last call on the mountain in that season alone. After that, I stayed on to mountain bike in the summer season. If you want to know anything Whistler, I’m your guy.
- Years skiing: 21
- Favourite resort: Whistler
- Favourite drink: A cold can of Rockstar on the first morning lift
The tree-lined pistes of Whistler will always feel like home to me. You can’t beat Whistler’s wide, cruisy slopes and epic mountain views.
I started snowboarding seven years ago and ever since then I've been hooked. Give me a snow-covered mountain and a roaring fire over a piña colada on the beach, any day. If I’m not on the board making my way down the mountains, then you’ll probably find me with my camera in hand, snapping pictures of the slopes.
- Years boarding: 7
- Favourite resort: Whistler
- Favourite après: Old Fashioned or Cuba Libre
My season in the Amalien Haus gave me a soft spot for St Anton. Silent discos at Murrmel and tobogganing in Nasserein made it a season to remember.
After working at flexiski head office for a year, I headed to St Anton to eat, ski, rave, repeat on a season in the Amalien Haus. Once I’d spent six months in the snow, indulging in all the food and wine available to me, I eventually realised that there was no better job than Ski Sales Specialist and headed back to work for flexiski in the UK.
Austrians know how to enjoy themselves and I picked that up during my season. I’ll always be the one to suggest stopping for a mid-morning hot chocolate before spending an hour in the sun for lunch, enjoying a leisurely afternoon ski, then going all out at après. Top that off with a pre-dinner nap, a hearty dinner and a bottle of wine, and you’ve got yourself a perfect day.
- Years skiing: 19
- Favourite resort: St Anton, duh.
- Favourite après: A hot chocolate or a blue Long Island Iced Tea
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