My name is Kirsty, and this year my partner Adam and I will be moving to Alpe d’huez in the French Alps for five months to work the ski season there. We’ve both been 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.
So we’ve both landed jobs with the Hotel Plan group (www.workaseason.com), I’ll be working for Inghams as a Hotel assistant in the Hotel Les Cimes, and Adam will be doing Maintenance in both the Inghams and Esprit hotels in the town.
Adam and I have been skiing for about 6 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. We’re getting there slowly but surely, finally cracking onto the red runs, hopefully we’ll be awesome by the end of the season.
We’ve both had a snowboard lesson recently as well, so hope to improve on that in the Alps too!
I’ve had Type 1 Diabetes since I was 2 and a half (I’m now 28). Two 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 up to date with our goings on.
Of course, you can’t work a ski season without the odd pint, or ten…