Travel Stories

Confessions of a Chalet Boy – Part 4

Part 4 – A Christmas Turkey

Christmas and New Year are always stressful and demanding when you work in a chalet. Especially ours. We are the biggest in the company and they always seem to fill ours first. You end up being pretty down about the whole thing. Christmas is not really enjoyable when you spend all day in a kitchen preparing to give a slap up meal to other people. You’re usually too tired to bother eating it yourself. Thank fuck Faith was here to lighten the mood. Me and Patch struggled through it as best we could, being unwell and run down, the ridiculous work load taking its toll. Her lack of cynicism carried the day, but then it is the first time she has done a season. Wait till next year… No doubt she will be bitter and twisted like the rest of us!

The usual bout of alcohol, tiredness and stress induced illness is doing the rounds. Normally I get away with it as I don’t really drink that much. Not this time. I have been partying hard and not sleeping, eating or drinking enough water. A dangerous combination and one that cannot continue. A distinct lack of pow days has meant
I’ve slipped into the drinking culture far too easily and made a twat of myself already in the process. It has got to stop in January for sure.

New Year. Amazing… Such a good laugh. I wasn’t going to go out at all but a friend of a friend, Celia, convinced me to at least go out for the The Bells… Holy fuck I got ballistically hammered. Jaeger Bombs, the whole nine yards and plenty of cheesy dancing till I eventually staggered home at gone four. Back to work three hours later… Happy Days.

Finally had a good day’s riding too. Me and three of the boys dusted off our transceivers and did some backcountry in the Valley Les Avals round the back of Courchevel 1650. Some fresh lines were had by all. A top day finished off with a hike back out and a few beers in The Bubble Bar. Now that’s what it’s all about. The reason we all come out here and work for peanuts. Let’s hope conditions improve because we really need some snow.

That’s all for this week. Ciao for now.


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