I started skiing a few years ago as my boyfriend has been going since he was young and I have been bitten by the bug, well and truly. I even spent a summer throwing myself down a carpeted dry ski slope in Runcorn, having lessons to ensure I could keep up. I was determined not to pizza slice everywhere and overcome my fear.

I have to admit it, it’s a strange feeling putting on these giant slippy things and throwing yourself down what feels like ridiculously steep slopes going at a speed where you feel like you have no control, but after the lessons I had and a good few tumbles you lose the fear. Plus in my head when I stand at the top of a steep slopes I can’t help but think… “well I can’t walk back up and I’m either going down on my arse or my skis so I may as well try and stay dry!”

There is nothing more stunning than a blue sky when you are on a plane, it really is the start of the adventure.

If I am being honest I have never stayed in an apartment or hotel when skiing because in my head after throwing myself down these slopes all day I want a slice of luxury. This luxury has to come in the form of a chalet and don’t be thinking I am a snob because as always I am after something affordable and within my budget. In order to do this we always use the chalets direct solutions room and I cannot begin to recommend it enough. For us we have the dates in mind that we’ve booked off and then post the dates and what we require (normally catered with a hot tub) and then go through and choose our favourite!


This year we settled on the village of Châtel which forms part of a skiing resort called Portes du Soleil. The storm (aptly named Eleanor) meant we couldn’t ski on one of the days but I was fine with eating melted cheese and relaxing in the hot tub. I definitely feel there needs to be a balance between skiing and relaxing/drinking.

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