The middle of the Lincolnshire country side, where there is hardly a hill let alone any mountains.
Learnt to ski:
First time I ever “skied” was in a snowdome in Leeds then got into ski racing from an early age. But I would say I actually learnt to ski with the British Ski Academy based in Les Houches in the Chamonix Valley.
Most likely to be skiing on:
Always have my trusted pair of Rossi Master Heros, but as soon as it puts down some snow you will probably see me on a pair of fat twin tips skiing around switch.
Favourite area for teaching:
Meribel for sure, has a great range of terrain for all levels from the one and only Altiport for your beginners to the Grand couloir for the more advanced clients.
Favourite area for off-piste adventures:
This is a hard one as there are so many great spots but I reckon when you consider the accessibility as well it’s got to be somewhere off the back of Mont Vallon.
Can most often be found after skiing:
Either at the Ronnie for a couple of vin chauds or later in the season when its warmed up down the valley climbing somewhere.
Preferred choice of Savoyarde speciality dish:
Can’t believe this is even a question. 100% Fondu!!!
Top 2 restaurants on the hill:
Got to say le Soucoupe if you’re after a good feed, food and wine there is unbelievable and its always a good vibe. Or if your after somewhere to kick back and listen so some music im always a fan of the Rond point in Meribel.
Favourite restaurant off the hill:
If you love cheese and I know we all do, it has to be La Fromagerie in Meribel. The smell that hits you as you open the doors is incredible. However don’t go if you’re planning on going for drinks later as you will most likely be too full to make it.
Local bar of choice:
La Copinia in Meribel. Beautiful cocktails, beautiful people.
Best view in the 3 Valleys:
The view down the valley towards Meribel especially as the sun is setting. Pretty special.
Best advice (skiing related):
I think it’s important to always try and push yourself no matter what level you are. If this means progressing from a green slope to a blue slope or skiing that couloir you have been eyeing up for a while. Most of the time the best feeling you get is when you improve, and the amazing thing about skiing is you can always improve.
Never spend a day on the hill without:
Emergency snacks. My go to is choc chip cereal bars