James Rivers

Account Manager



I was brought up in Aberdeen, so my first skiing experience was on a dry ski slope in Alford between November - February. I then mastered the ice fields of The Lecht (in the Cairngorms), so by the time I got on my first alpine holiday, the slopes of Méribel were easy. Needless to say, I got the bug, and after University, I went to Meribel, and after numerous frozen margaritas, I got my first job as a ski guide. I’ve been working for ski tour operators ever since and have had some fantastic experiences in over 70 resorts throughout the USA, Canada, Scandinavia and The Alps.


Number of Seasons

Five seasons.

 Two in Méribel as a resort manager and ski guide. This was followed by a position as a resort manager in New England (Loon, Cannon Mountain, Bretton Woods, Sunday River and Sugarloaf). I then took on a similar role in Utah with ski passes for Park City, Deer Valley, Canyons, Solitude and Snowbird. In my final season, I headed back to Méribel to manage a chalet hotel. 


Skiing Wisdom

Top Tip

Head over to ski North America at Easter. Enjoy low season prices, no lift queues, and awesome snow conditions. Then add a bit of adventure with a road trip to the Grand Canyon!

Favourite Hotel

The Edgewood in Heavenly – sublime luxury with amazing views across Lake Tahoe.


My Favourite Resorts


I have had so many amazing days in Utah, skiing through the trees. It’s famous for having the lightest, driest powder in the world and needs to be skied to be believed.



I first discovered a love for skiing aged seventeen in Méribel.  From this, I did a couple of ski holidays and blagged my first ski guiding job after university.  




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