With 3 seasons under his belt, Richard is one of our ski experts who's had the ski bug since he was 22.
Ski during lunch time and take a late lunch with a snack to keep you going in the morning. That way you get some nice quiet slopes and no queues between 12 and 2!
Originally from New Zealand, I vaguely remember a day’s ‘skiing’ on Mt Ruapehu, an active volcano, aged 7!
Number of Seasons
3 – Kitzbuhel, Courchevel and Val Thorens
Apart from the odd day as a child I am relatively late to the game, learning when I was 22 on a family holiday to Wengen. But since then have never looked back, packing in as much as possible and my first season got me hooked for life! Now I’m London based I take any opportunity I get to head out to the Alps.
During one of my seasons, 4 of us decided to brave a whiteout on our day off and go over and ski Orelle’s legendary off-piste. Just as we dropped over into the valley at the far end of the 3 valleys the clouds began to part revealing perfect off-piste conditions. It stayed a white out in the Val Thorens valley and everyone stayed inside so we had perfect blue bird powder day to ourselves! Lunch was ignored. Skiing doesn’t get much better than this!
Tough choice – It all depends on the type of holiday you’re on but Ischgl has it all so certainly a top contender – unbeatable après, lots of great skiing and traditionally Austrian vibe! In France Val Thorens tops my list due to its height, nightlife and position in the world’s largest ski area!
Courchevel, Meribel, Val Thorens, Val D’Isere, Tignes, Kitzbuhel, Ischgl, Kaprun, Solden, Obergurgl, Wengen, Murren and Grindlewald