Shout out to the seasonaire lifestyle.
I’ve decided to add a ski season component to my travel blog, as when I was researching about the job and seasons there really wasn't a lot out there. I wanted to know about the job, the seasonaire lifestyle, both the ups and downs; you know, stuff to make me excited about the whole experience but also information to help chill my nerves about embarking on this exciting adventure to the alps. Therefore, I will be posting my ski season blogs for the next few weeks, just incase theres anyone out there debating on taking up the seasonaire lifestyle.
How to survive a ski season
Well, what can I say, it’s definitely an experience.
I’ve found it really hard to describe the ski season lifestyle and put it into words, so I decided to ask some of the staff who I work with to sum it-up into one word. This is what they said:
Eventful, supreme, interesting, action packed, funny,
challenging (in every aspect),
gratifying (chosen because its hard work but rewarding),
mountainous (because it has its up’s and downs),
enlightening (because you're discovering new things about yourself).
My contribution is: fruit/ripe because its both fruitful and fruitless, a bit like a fruitless grape, however my room mate told me I can’t use it. Therefore, I’ve taken the executive decision and popped it in a different paragraph to keep both of us happy, see compromise, what you get when you share a room! (dyslexic thought process).
It’s most definitely taught me one thing, thats to adapt to a completely new lifestyle and live without things I’d considered a necessity before. I no longer take the simple things for granted, for example, sharing a room definitely takes away any alone time, and personal space just isn’t a thing anymore. Nonetheless, you do grow to love your room mates, you can talk to them all the time about absolutely anything, usually complete nonsense, and you end up creating a completely different relationship with them than everyone else, almost like a sisterly relationship without the sibling rivalry.
So what made me want to do a ski season? Well, the one thing my brother regrets is not doing one, so there we go, that made me want to do a ski season. It was either get myself a job to do with my degree and become an adult or carry on having fun. A ski season is just like being at university but sharing a kitchen with 16 people. I’ve heard ski seasons to be considered as a once in a lifetime experience, I concur, I would recommend it to anyone. Ski seasons tend to attract similar personalities, which means you are all generally going to get along. The common ground for seasonaires are outdoorsy, sociable, party goers with a get up and go attitude.
Working a ski season tests you in lots of different ways compared to the normal lifestyle back in the UK.
The biggest challenge we’ve all come across is working and living together in such close proximity. It’s very hard to create a work life balance, with both intruding on each other, causing several issues which can escalate quite quickly if they aren’t dealt with. The combination of little space and the same 10 faces for 5 months, working, living, socialising and partying together, I would say is the biggest hurdle.
Tip: Take everything with a pinch of salt, understanding that everyone is going to be weary and you’re going to witness people at their best and worst. Emotions will be running wild, seasons come with a rollercoaster of emotions; chocolate and wine may be the answer for this.
It takes minimal thought process out here, its actually mind numbingly easy, you almost need to take up a hobby to test your brain a little, which is exactly why I’ve decided to start blogging. You do the same thing everyday for 5 months, its almost like ground hog day on Saturdays (changeover day), then the week starts again with everyday repeating the previous days.
Food, I would’ve never considered this but i’m sick of it! We’re provided breakfast and dinner as part of our contracts, so essentially we eat the left overs. We generally get the left overs of kids tea and occasionally whats left of the adults tea. We serve the same menu every week, therefore you can imagine after about the 4th week it gets a bit tiresome, around week 10 its considered a means of food, and then by the end of the season, so around week 21 you never want to see any of it ever again. As for breakfast, we serve a continental breakfast everyday including chocolate and plain croissants, porridge and bacon and egg, with the egg changing everyday. Theres usually left over croissants everyday along with porridge, so yes you’ve guessed it! Imagine having a croissant everyday for 21 weeks, thats around 147 croissants! I don’t think I will ever be able to look at them the same way again.
My future ski season blogs will include ski season games, how to spend time off the slopes, what to do on white out days, tips of what to take and my best and worst moments of the season.