Sharing the dream!

Now, a few years later, (I won’t tell you exactly how many) I am married to a Frenchman (not from the mountains but no-one is perfect) who thankfully shares my passion for skiing and snowboarding. We are now experiencing the pleasure of passing on this love of all things cold and white to our 2 children. Having experienced some crazy times as a chalet girl, some totally unforgettable ski holidays with friends and now, more recently, family ski holidays, I really cannot say which is the best ! All I can say is that I hope for everyone, including my children, that they get to experience what I have experienced in my « ski life » !

After skiing for the first part of my « ski life », I then discovered the joys of snowboarding. After one week of falls and frustration, I finally got the hang of it and didn’t look back until my kids started learning to ski! Don’t ever try to hold a 3 year old on skis between your legs when you’re snowboarding – it very obviously doesn’t work ! So now I have rediscovered the joys of skiing and often hang back to help out a stranded snowboarder on one of those fatal flat roads !!

Considering it is almost impossible to ski ALL year round, I did the next best thing! Work in the ski business! Having worked for a large online tour operator for several years, I am now proud to say that I am responsible for the website, in particularly our fantastic blog! The team is growing and you will see we have been joined by Gareth another avid skiing loon!

As I now live in France, I am lucky enough to be able to visit French ski resorts very easily – some within only a two and a half hour drive - Vars, Risoul and Serre Chevalier are among my favourites in the South. This means I manage to stay up to date with what’s happening on the slopes all through the season.

I hope you enjoy reading my articles and don’t hesitate to leave comments to let me know what you think !

Last 5 articles by Nikki

18 February from Nikki in 'General''

Whether your teenage children have recently become snowboarding fanatics and you felt like you just spent your recent ski holiday with 2 foreigners who speak an incomprehensible language, or you just fancy changing snow sport next year and you don’t want to sound like a complete idiot as well as look like one, we’ve put together a list of snowboarding jargon to help you in either situation… If you were ever a skateboarder in your younger years, or have skateboarding fans around the house, then some of this terminology will sound quite familiar. If not, then read on to decipher this intriguing language… Read more ›

1 February from Nikki in 'Destinations''

The tiny, unpretentious ski resort of Orelle in the beautiful Maurienne mountain range in Savoie, France, is not for those who like to eat in stylish restaurants and be seen in a different trendy bar every night. This low-key ski resort is for serious skiers who don’t want to pay the high prices in the neighbouring world-famous ski resorts or change for dinner every night, but who do want to have access to the endless ski slopes in the world’s largest ski area! Read more ›

2 November from Nikki in 'General''

While counting down the days to ski season, I decided to do some serious research into funny ski run names! When skiing in French, Austrian, Italian and Swiss ski resorts, we very often find it hard to pronounce the names of the ski lifts and ski runs, but these names rarely make us chuckle. For a bit of light-hearted, tongue-in-cheek fun, you have to cross the Big Pond and venture to ski resorts in North America and Canada. I’ve made a selection of funny and unusual ski run names from the best of the American and Canadian ski resorts featured on Snowplaza. Read more ›

19 October from Nikki in 'Family/Children''

Small babies on summer holidays can sit and gurgle for hours in their buggy wearing simply a nappy and watching the world go by or playing happily in the sand under a sun shade! The mountains are a whole different ball game and it’s vital to take the cold seriously when taking the younger members of the family on a ski holiday. From weather conditions to childcare, there are many issues that need to be taken into account to make sure that every member of the family is happy and safe on their ski holiday. Read more ›

1 October from Nikki in 'General''

Having once held the job title of chalet girl, a few years back now, I decided to find out what has changed and what has not since those rather hazy days working for a well-known low cost ski holiday tour operator in Val d’Isère! Apparently not much has changed apart from the size of the skis you use AND the tips you get! Read on to find out more about life as a chalet girl – whether you’re mother of one or would like to be one in the future, you’ll find out everything you wanted (or not) to know… To be taken with a pinch of salt of course – just like Tequilla you’ll be downing every night... Read more ›