My name is Kirsty, and this year my partner Adam and I will be moving to Courchevel in the French Alps for six months to work the ski season there. This is our second season having worked in Alpe d’huez last year after being in a rut job wise, and we decided that it was time to get away and have some time to think while also doing something we both love – skiing.
This is our second season with the Hotel Plan group (www.workaseason.com), I’ll be working for Inghams as a Shift Supervisor in the Hotel Les Anenomes, and Adam will be Maintenance Supervisor , supervising the maintenance operations in France.
Adam and I have been skiing for about 7 years in total. I had my first lessons in Saariselka in Lapland in 2010, and Adam learnt in Glencoe in Scotland – we’ve since traveled back to Glencoe a few times, as well as Val Thorens in France. Last year really helped us progress, and we managed to get comfortable on black runs by the end of season.
We’ve both been snowboarding for about 2 years now too, and confidence is growing quickly. Boards are so damn fun!
I’ve had Type 1 Diabetes since I was 2 and a half (I’m now 29). Three and a half years ago I was finally give an insulin pump, and it’s been SO GOOD. My control isn’t perfect but it’s a hell of a lot better, and I feel a lot better too. I’m on a Medtronic Paradigm pump.
When we started out planning this adventure, I tried to find any information on the internet about anyone who had done either a season abroad, or done a gap year with an insulin pump, but found very very little. This led to some anxiety on my part, and so after getting over that, I thought that I could maybe help any other diabetics or people with other chronic illness, as well as keep my friends and family (and anyone else) up to date with our goings on.
Of course, you can’t work a ski season without the odd pint, or ten…not to mention CHARTREUSE!