‘I worked at a ski resort – we got £800 tips and prizes for sleeping around’

An anonymous ski instructor has revealed the secrets of the slopes – from one night stands to £800 tips.

The young woman spent a gap year in the mountains teaching skiing when she was just 18 years old.

She claims the experience was pretty wild and “chaotic”, but lots of fun.

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The ski instructor revealed: “I was living in an apartment with seven other instructors.

“It was quite a tight squeeze but we were bang smack in the middle of the resort next to the slopes, could even ski in/ski out with enough snow.

“We had a tiny kitchen between eight which was chaotic, rarely did we cook proper meals all together instead we lived off sandwiches from a stall right next to the lift station.”

Despite the chaos of the lifestyle, the ski instructor claims to have loved the “bubble” of the ski resort.

She explained: “On the whole everyone becomes friends with everyone, and it becomes a very close knit family.

“Lots of hooking up – one-night stands were a regular occurrence in my flat, more with the seasonaires rather than the tourists.

“We even had a chart documenting what everyone was doing, with prizes for the most people kissed or slept with.

“Some people get into relationships, but not so much in my experience.”

She added: “My favourite part was how busy I was all the time.

“I had gone from school and was suddenly dropped into this little alpine bubble full of exciting new people, and so much to explore.

“As seasonaires we got a lot of discounts in pubs and restaurants and also because everyone knew everyone in Verbier outside of all the tourists, we were all friends all going to the same pubs and creating all our own fun.

‘It was so far away from my normal life.”

Plus, it seems the families that stay at the resort are extraordinary too!

The ski instructor noted: “I got some cash tips but nothing ever that huge, mainly around 50 CHF.

“However, a friend of mine got given a 1000 CHF note (£883) once, if you haven't seen one before they are absolutely huge, like at A5 piece of paper.”

Plus she added that a rumour went around the ski resort of a “ery rich, maybe royal family from the Middle East who had rented out a block of one of the major hotels in Verbier”.

The ski teacher added: “They were all driven up the mountain from Geneva in blacked out Land Rovers, and by the end of their week in the resort, they gifted each ski instructor a car to use for the rest of the season.”

She also said: “Having the mountain practically to yourself in the off-periods whilst everyone is at school or workings, is pretty magical…”

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