Abi Kernaham worked as Chalet Host in Chalet Le Christophe for the winter 07-08. Abi graduated last June with a degree in Biological Sciences before deciding to come to the Alps for the winter, here Abi tells of her ‘Fish and Pips’ experience. Abi has returned to the world of science for the summer months but looks forward to returning to us at Fish and Pips in December to continue hosting in Chalet Le Christophe for the 08-09 winter.
On the 3rd of December last year Jen, Nick, Hans and I flew out to Geneva where Philippa, Holly, Tom and the Fish & Pips Mobile were waiting. We wound our way up the mountains reaching Meribel in darkness and…. already covered in about a foot of snow! This made an exciting to start to some of the most enjoyable few months of my life!
We spent the next week deep cleaning the chalets, preparing them for our first guests, eating delicious 3-course test dinners and even a spot of wine tasting!
The lifts opened on the 14th and we were straight up there exploring the vast skiing area that Meribel and the other two valleys have to offer.
Our first guests arrived and Nick and I greeted them with excitement and a few nerves, but we soon settled into our roles and Nick never failed to cook fantastic food whilst remaining very relaxed in typical Australian style! We had some brilliant guests, several of whom I’m looking forward to seeing again this winter.
Most days I skied and skied – I found that even after a several months the novelty of having the slopes just metres from the door was such a draw that I could not resist going up the mountains. We were also spoilt with the amount of snow and sunshine we got!
On the odd lazy day we would peruse the shops, chill out and watch a film or even go to the Spa (the health one not the supermarket!) which made you feel very pampered.
Meribel is a fantastic place to go on holiday, ski, work, live and just generally have fun….. And I can’t wait to get back there in December!