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Bah Humbug

Yes yes, I know you’re all out there surruptitiously ticking off the days on your desk calendar and posting excitedly on snowHeads about ‘how many sleeps’ (Honestly, how old are you, six and a half? Get a grip.) until you … Continue reading

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To drive or not to drive …

Much agonised discussion recently on the resort worker forums regarding cars – to bring one or not? To which my answer would be emphatically yes, despite all the dire warnings they gave you in interview about the inevitability of your … Continue reading

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Hi, I’m your resort rep and I’m a gormless numpty

Having emptied the ISA of your annual savings in order to take the family skiing for a week over Christmas, no doubt you’re looking forward to the sort of thing you see in all those Sunday supplements – blue skies … Continue reading

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Welcome to the Alps!

Good morning everyone, welcome to Grenoble/Lyon/Chambery/Geneva (or in the event of spectacularly bad weather quite possibly Nice or Nantes, but I really really hope not). I hope you had a good flight, although I fully appreciate that spending the weekend … Continue reading

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Zookeeping for beginners

Seasoned ski bums and habitual alpine wasters may find themselves subject to angsty self-doubt regarding their failure to hold down a ‘proper’ job and service an alarming mortgage on a mouldy bedsit in a bid to ‘get on the housing … Continue reading

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Will clean toilets for food and lift pass

December looms and the final scramble for resort jobs commences, made more dog eat dog than usual by rising unemployment, lack of graduate opportunity, Tory Cuts and general grim-oop-northness. The whole thing is looking like a nightmarish rerun of the … Continue reading

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Mickey Mouse on ice

Bad news today for those snowsport addicts amongst you who got into the whole thing for the mountain ambience, taste-of-the-wilderness, man-against-the-elements sort of thing. Le Dauphiné reveals that corporate bigwigs at the Compagnie des Alpes, owners of practically everywhere you … Continue reading

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Life in the Tower of Babel

According to biblical myth Yahweh got a tad disgruntled with the builders of the tower of Babel on the grounds that “They are one people and have one language, and nothing will be withholden from them which they purpose to … Continue reading

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Sitting in a hut for a living – summer in the Alps

My move from Marché U into lift ticket sales was generally seen by most of my acquaintance as a sign that I was going up in the world. I’m not entirely sure why, since both jobs are that of caissiere … Continue reading

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Speaking French like a Spanish cow

The British like to beat themselves up about their ignorance of foreign languages – ooh it’s so rude, they tell you, usually looking not particularly ashamed of themselves, it has to be said. Actually it’s not that rude at all … Continue reading

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