By Paul Kay,Overseas Operations Manager
17 years ago I started my first winter season, I remember leaving completely amazed that somebody wanted to pay me to work in the mountains. Every second of that season was a privilege and I soon realised what a quality lifestyle you could have working in a ski resort.
When I went on my first ski season I had the life skills necessary to look after myself and perform my job. I would put this down to the fact that when I was growing up I would have had to do my share of everything – cooking, cleaning, maintenance etc. and if I wanted spending money (for clothes, socialising, or anything else) then I was told to go out and earn it. Unfortunantely I feel that those times have changed and the generation coming into the workforce now don’t possess the skills and experiences needed to look after themselves. They have noticeably less life skills than they had been back in the 90’s and some kids are lacking common sense when it comes to everyday living.
Personally I blame modern technology and computer games; I used to want to go outside just so I wouldn’t get roped into any more chores. Regardless of how you slice it, ‘doing a season’ gives people a broader outlook on life and a skillset which will take them wherever they want to go and I’ve been extremely fortunate to witness this first-hand. It teaches people those good-old-fashioned, pre-games-console values of what you put in directly correlates to what you get out of something. Running a chalet gives you life skills which will stay with you, skills which can be transferred, not just into any other career I can think of, but in the appreciation of life, relationships, and the variety of true possibilities they have in life. In truth it changes people, and invariably for the better.
Year after year we see people flourish; maybe its the mountain air, or it could be our infectious work ethic, but ones things for sure... your experience will be like no other!
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