Mountain Lets' Resort Rep, Emily Brabbs, took some time out of herusy mountain schedule to let us know why she came to Morzine.
It's my first season in the Portes du Soleil region and I'm blown away by how much skiing is available. I came to Morzine precisely because of this extensive terrain and I have not been disappointed! This is my first season in Europe, having previously spent winters teaching skiing and snowboarding in Niseko, Japan and Banff, Canada. Even with a slow start to the season the resorts have worked hard to keep as much open as possible, and there hasn't been a day when I've not enjoyed being on my skis or board. The snow has now officially arrived - it's been snowing almost non-stop for the past week and there are lots of people coming off the mountain looking very snowy with big grins on their faces! Powder off piste, and hero snow on piste makes for some fantastic skiing for all levels.
I'm spending this season in Morzine working towards my BASI level 3 ski instructor qualification. There are eight sections that I need to pass in order to achieve it. I've already completed four of these and am working towards the remaining four. This season I'm focusing on my technical skiing ability, my teaching techniques and my mountain navigation and avalanche awareness. The standard expected is quite high so I've got some work to do! The level 3 doesn't qualify me to teach in France but it is an internationally recognised qualification that will make it much easier for me to get visas and jobs in almost any other country worldwide. All of the instructors working in France have to have passed their level 4, the highest qualification in the British system (or a French equivalent). This means that the quality of instruction in France is generally very high with very experienced and knowledgeable instructors.
Working just weekends with Mountain Lets gives me plenty of opportunities to go skiing during the week and work on my skiing in preparation for my exams at the end of the season. Morzine and the Portes du Soleil region is one of the few areas in the Alps that have been selected to run these exams. I train between two and five days a week on snow with the British Alpine Ski School (BASS) in Morzine. We train our skiing in various conditions; piste, bumps, variables and steeps. With all the snow we've been getting we've been enjoying skiing in variable conditions, from deep powder to chopped up bumps. It’s been pretty challenging but fantastic fun! Whenever I don't have training sessions with the ski school I'm on the mountain trying to practise the techniques that I've learned in order to continuously improve my skiing.
One of the main things I love about teaching snowsports is introducing people to the mountains and the fantastic sports of skiing and snowboarding. Working with Mountain Lets I get to meet people every week that are excited about learning a new sport in the mountains (that they'll undoubtedly get hooked on!) or that are looking forward to getting back on the snow on their skis or board in the Portes du Soleil for another year