We head to the local airport for the first flight to Geneva… it’s early but we’ve been waiting for this all year. The time is now.
On arrival at Geneva we are met by our driver for the quick private transfer to resort. Just over an hour later it’s still too early to check into the chalet so our hosts have set up a snow bar for welcome drinks next to the piste. The equipment partner is here as well and they get our whole team kitted out and ready to go. We’ve never gone from airport to ski lift faster!
A full afternoon on the slopes lets the team relax and work off the excitement of being back in the Alps. As the light draws in we call in the chalet chauffeur who meets us at the bottom of the run and takes us back to Chalet Sapphire – our luxury ski chalet and home for the next few days.
Back at the chalet and the fire is roaring. Our luggage is already waiting for us in our rooms, each of which is labelled up specifically for us. We’re two to each room but each in full-size singles beds. The rooms themselves are really spacious and with all the facilities here I doubt we’ll spend much time in them anyway to be honest. Not bad considering there are 16 of us. We all quickly change before convening to discuss the agenda with our business lead and the event host. The chalet manager soon appears with afternoon tea… and a few drinks as well.
With the objectives for the trip confirmed now we have some time for a little rest and relaxation. Some of the team have crept off for a nap but I head to the spa for a quick swim before taking in the views from the hot tub. The aroma of dinner is starting to infuse in the air. In that moment I know more than ever that the next few days of work are going to be tough. So tough.
NOT AS EARLY AS YESTERDAY…
Everyone is up for breakfast, some of the team have even been to the gym. Crikey is there a gym? The ski guides are here to discuss the day. The plan is to split into two groups based on experience and get in a couple of hours skiing before meeting for lunch. A private room has been booked because unfortunately, this isn’t just a jolly, and important decisions need to be taken with regard to next year’s business strategy.
ON THE SNOW
The skiing is incredible this morning. The guide has us worked out after just one run and is now pushing us a little. We’re having fun but working quite hard as well… it’s actually the best skiing I’ve done in years. We ask what experience they have? One went to the Olympics and the other trains the SAS in arctic navigation… no wonder they worked us out so quickly.
LUNCH AND BUSINESS
Our hopes of a long lazy lunch are mildly dashed by the sight of pens and paper… but at least there is a round of chocolate chaud to warm us up. Strategy done started… meal in progress. This is seriously good food…