@MusingMutley: Why you need to book a ski trip to the French Alps
Post-trip blues are for realz. That's right, realz with a 'z'.
I've just returned from a ski trip in the French Alps — hitting up both Club Med Peisey-Vallandry and Club Med Val Thorens — with other digital editors and influencers hailing from Singapore, Malaysia and Australia. And let me tell you, we had a blast.
Most of us didn't know each other before the trip. But after daily group ski lessons, sharing meals together (all you can eat!), and tumbling down slopes after drinking and dancing at a day-bar at the top of a mountain (La Folie Douce, what a winner); let's just say, Snapchatting each other senseless has become the norm. I'm missing the peerless blue skies and valleys of white powder, that's a given. (Check out the video above — lensed by Timothée Nalet of Peignée Verticale — of Jack Slade from Boss Hunting carving up the slopes.) But, to be honest, I'm probably missing those crazy cats more.
Which made me wonder: What did they enjoy most from our recent alpine adventure? Well, here are their responses, accompanied with a beautiful post from their addictive Instagrams. Scroll, read, follow.
Who: Eleanor Pendleton
What: Beauty editor based in Sydney, Australia
"There are too many wonderful memories to list from our trip to the French Alps with Club Med. However the highlights would have to be spending time with both existing and new friends; learning to ski for the first time; the food (oh, the food!) and dancing the snowy days away at La Folie Douce."
Who: Nazril (Nash) Idrus
What: Content producer, entrepreneur and TV host from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Where: Entrepreneur Success Asia
"The ski lessons at Peisey-Vallandy and Val Thorens made my experience super memorable as I learnt new superpowers. Club Med Peisey-Vallandry had breathtaking views and great energy. The chief of the village, Merlin Chelliah (who I will feature in my YouTube channel) really demonstrated what real leadership in hospitality is all about. On the other hand, Club Med Val Thorens impressed with its eclectic modernism, and the mountains were absolutely stunning."
Who: Ayla Dimitri
What: Content creator, fashion stylist, and editor based in Jakarta, Indonesia
"Definitely the chance to meet new people. Learning to ski was fun and a great experience, although it wasn't easy for me. But with amazing views, spectacular slopes, and a great Club Med resort to call home each night, it was a real fun week!"
Who: Tara Whiteman
What: Design creative and content producer from Sydney, Australia
"While I loved the entire experience, my favourite part was learning to ski with people I hadn't met before. Learning a new skill is a good way to bond with people quickly, as you help and guide each other in the process. And my favourite moment of the trip was the day we spend at La Folie Douce in Val Thorens. I can't think of anything better than dancing in snow boots in the middle of the day."
Who: Karen Kho
What: Fitness and travel vlogger from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
"That feeling when you're skiing down the mountain and breathing in the fresh Alpine air — that was my favourite part. I believe that life's not meant to be lived in one place, so I love travelling as much as I can. And with Club Med, you get to experience all these ski resort gems."
Who: Beck Wadworth
What: Director and designer for blog-brand, An Organised Life, based in Sydney, Australia
"The thing I loved the absolute most about our recent trip to the French Alps was the insane variety of nature and scenery. Every day was different. From skiing inbetween beautiful trees and watching the snow fall on our first night at Peisey-Vallandry, to enjoying a rosé at La Folie Douce with the girls at 2300m high after a day of skiing the uncountable slopes in Val Thorens! The trip was full of experiences and views that I will never forget."
Who: Jack Slade
What: Publisher of leading Australian men's lifestyle portal, Boss Hunting, but currently based in London, United Kingdom
"Favourite part of the trip would have to be the après ski chess and Aperol Spritz on the terrace at Peisey-Vallandry — the weather, the views, and the company — very hard to beat. The quality of chess? Not so hard to beat."
Who: Sazzy Falak
What: Fashionpreneur, actress and TV host based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
"The best part about the trip was constantly being surrounded by beautiful white snowy mountains and making amazing new friends. Also, there's something very magical and serene about skiing through snow-dusted pine trees with the gentle crackle of powder under your skis as the only audible sound."
Who: Melissa Celestine Koh
What: Fashion creative and wanderluster based in Singapore
"Who would ever think that champagne parties and skiing would go so well together? Here's one from La Folie Douce — a bar that is 2300m above sea level — with the best view of the mountains and great company to boot."
Who: James Want
What: Founder and editor of men's fashion and lifestyle platform, The Versatile Gent, based in Sydney, Australia
"Our third day skiing with the group in Club Med Peisey-Vallandry was probably my favourite part of the trip; descending down into Les Arcs village nestled high in the mountains. I normally snowboard. But learning to ski again, although a challenge, was very rewarding."
HOW TO GET THERE:
Both Club Med Peisey-Vallandry and Club Med Val Thorens are just a few hours drive from Geneva airport.
Air France flies once a day from Singapore to Charles de Gaulle Airport, Paris at 10:50pm, arriving at Paris at 6:10am (local time). From Paris, Air France flies to the Geneva International Airport daily with available departure times from 7:15am to 8:45pm.
To make a booking with Air France, click here.
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- Video: Timothée Nalet (Instagram: @peigneeverticale)
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