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Holly Nisbet recently jetted off for the ski slopes of Val d’Isère in France. Here’s a wee recap from Holly of her first few months.

After leaving Colonsay a week before my flight was due, due to the unpredictable ferry sailings, I began the first leg of my ski season in Val d’Isere, one of France’s most popular ski resorts notorious for its great ski runs and home of Dicks Tea Bar and La Folie Douce. It’s no lie when people say Colonsay is a small place but it’s also no lie when they say ‘it’s a small world’. Working for a company with only 14 members of staff I coincidentally met one of my colleagues already and  had gone to play group with another before my Colonsay time. I have, since being here met many people that I have met before or people who I have many mutual friends with.


My job for Mountain Rooms and Chalets involved cleaning chalets and apartments and serving guests breakfast daily and occasionally helping out with dinner.

The 6:45 morning starts are interesting especially when we have been testing out the multiple clubs and bars until the early hours of the morning which resulted in two of the staff members being three hours late for our first day of work! Needless to say I am enjoying it although it is becoming quite hard work. Our ski time is between 11 and 4 so a good five hours off of work a day is there for us. When we originally arrived in Val it was pouring with rain and I had to question whether I was still in Scotland or not, however the following morning we woke up to multiple-feet deep snow and couldn’t wait to test the slopes! Hopefully there will be many stories to tell on my arrival back to Scotland on the 5th of May!

Thanks to Holly for this insight into the chic ski resort life! Enjoy your last couple of months.

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