We're currently seeking a MARKETING ASSISTANT to join the UK team in our Putney office. This is a permanent, full time position.
This could be a ‘dream job’ for the right candidate. It is a fantastic opportunity to work within Luxury Travel as part of a small but inspirational team, who are passionate about their brand, have an ambitious growth plan and the desire to achieve it.
The successful applicant will be working alongside the Marketing Manager, in this ‘hands on’ role covering all areas of Sales & Marketing. All you`ll really need is a creative and pro-active approach; a desire to get involved at all levels and willing to take ownership of certain projects.
We’re a friendly bunch, but this role is not a walk in the park, you`ll need a keen interest in skiing, dedication, a desire to learn and a genuine love of all things snow. You’ll need to get the details right through strong communication skills and excellent attention to detail. You’ll fly high above the competition by demonstrating a creative streak and an ability to think outside the box.
...to chalets in Val d’Isere on the 2nd December. How time flies! 21 weeks and thousands of afternoon teas, hot chocolates, cooked breakfasts, bottles of champagne and canapes later we can hardly believe we’ll soon be waving goodbye to our last guests of the winter next week.
And what a winter it's been
Although we didn’t quite see a return of the biblical conditions of 2017/18, whereby resorts were closed and staff accommodation put on lockdown due to the avalanche risk, the elements treated us to some of the finest skiing in recent memory. Just when we thought conditions were getting a little icy the clouds would reappear and obligingly sprinkle a good dusting of powder over the French and Austrian Alps. Add plenty of sunshine to the mix and it was, you could say, perfect.
Celebrate good times
We helped to celebrate plenty of special occasions over the season. There was an engagement and a wedding in the overseas team - yet more couples to add to the growing roster of VIP marriages over the years. We helped with plenty of surprises: from unexpected family reunions to parents who wanted to keep their arrival a secret from our hosting team. Hardly a week goes by without a wedding anniversary or a birthday celebration. Our favourite request of the season was for a cake baked specifically in the shape of a cow. We’d love to know the story behind that one…
Avoriaz: one to watch out for
The four new chalets in Avoriaz were a hit with both new and returning guests. Chalet Kakisa even made headlines with a feature in the Daily Mail, a level of notoriety which the whole UK team can only aspire to. We’re building again over the summer to bring our chalet collection up to 11 in Avoriaz, making it our second largest resort behind Val d’Isere.
We all fall down (sometimes)
The season wasn’t without its challenges. It’s never nice to answer the phone to reports of injuries from the slopes but sadly the inevitable did occasionally happen. Our resort teams swiftly handle the logistical challenge of guest repatriation with a broken leg, knee, collarbone, arm (the list goes on) and we wish everyone a very speedy recovery back in blighty.
Onwards and upwards
There’s been plenty of laughs to keep us going through the busy winter months. In the UK we’ve been surprised by unexpected Jack Russells, the popularity of the Love-Island themed office calendar and two colleagues’ particular predilection for night-time maritime activities. The hard work doesn’t stop over summer, and we’re kicking off with an exciting research trip to visit our new base in Val d’Isere: Aspen House.
You can find our Easter office hours below, and we’ll respond to all enquiries just as soon as we can.
Good Friday: Open 10am – 4pm Saturday 20 April: Open 10am – 2pm Sunday 21 April: CLOSED Easter Monday: CLOSED Tuesday 23 April: Open 8.30am – 11am Wednesday 24 April: CLOSED Thursday 25 April: CLOSED Friday 26 April: Open 10am – 4pm Saturday 27 April: CLOSED Sunday 28 April: CLOSED Monday 29 April: Normal office hours resume
It’s only 33 weeks until the next season and, as far as we’re concerned, it’s all downhill ‘til then.
Today we’re sharing the last in our Get Fit for Skiing series, showcasing exercises devised by Mark Zawadski of Peak Condition to help you get in shape for your ski holiday. Hopefully by now you’ve all lunged, squatted, cable-pulled and swiss-balled your way to full fitness and will be able to hit the slopes with confidence this winter. We’re tired just thinking about it!
You spin me right round, baby, right round
Today’s ski exercise focuses on the muscles required to execute perfect parallel turns by strengthening the “inner unit” – the deep muscles of the core which stabilise the spine and saoriliac joint. You might be surprised to know that the core extends far beyond the abdominals and actually encompasses the muscles around the spine, pelvis and shoulders too. These muscles are often neglected in the quest for abs of steel but are integral for core stability.
Turns are pretty vital for skiing – you’d come to a very sticky end in no time if you tried to head straight down the mountain without putting in some parallels. You’ll need a swiss ball and access to a cable-pull machine to give today’s exercise a go. Here’s what Mark had to say about it:
"This tiling reflex exercise helps you stabilise your “inner unit” while learning to integrate anterior oblique sling strength. The ski turns - requiring strength and stability in the core, shoulders and legs - will improve as a result. Even balancing on the ball without the addition of the cable pull will help to create better turns."
There’s still time to squeeze in a late-season chalet holiday before winter comes to an end. Spring skiing is characterised by blue skies, warm afternoons and longer evenings to enjoy the spectacular alpine sunsets. Throw in a bit of prep by following Mark’s exercise programme (follow the links for Episodes One, Two, Three & Four) in the weeks leading up to your holiday and we guarantee that you’ll finish the week feeling as fresh as you started.
Today’s ski exercise requires a keen sense of balance and will work to engage the core muscles. If you can’t feel the burn, then you aren’t doing it correctly! You’ll need use of a swiss ball to provide the unstable surface which makes the exercise so effective. You can pick one up cheaply online or in most department stores, or find one in your local gym. Once you’ve gotten your hands on one the possibilities become endless and you’re guaranteed to see a real improvement in your ski technique and endurance whilst on the slopes.
Mark, head coach at Peak Condition, explains exactly how this exercise relates to skiing:
“This Swiss Ball lateral flexion is a simple but effective way to create lower and upper body dissociation, which will help you to generate better hip angles when creating a ski turn. With this exercise you are conditioning, and creating balance in the internal obliques and external obliques (Which generate rotational and side flexion force) and the quadratus lumborum (which stabilises the ribcage, lumbar spine and pelvis).”
Exercise 4 - Swiss Ball Lateral Flexion
Give it a go in the lead up to your next ski holiday for abs of steel. You never know, it could make the difference between a close shave and an embarrassing wipe-out in front of your friends! Put in the work before your holiday and then travel safe in the knowledge that you can enjoy double portions of delicious VIP SKI chalet catering.
Take it one step further...
If you’re interested in making the most of Mark’s expertise, then he has offered a complimentary 60-minute ski conditioning consultation and assessment for VIP SKI customers. Simply visit www.peakcondition.org or click here to book in for a full evaluation.
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