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Earl, Co-founder of Alpine Answers & Partner

Earl

  • Best Resort: Chamonix
  • Star sign: Pisces
  • Most wanted to be when grown up: Physicist
  • Favourite Sports: Skiing, Tennis & Golf
  • Skier / boarder: Skier
  • How many seasons:2
  • Where: Bardonecchia and Les Deux Alpes
  • Favourite ski terrain: Back country
  • Favourite subject at school: Economics
  • Favourite book: What they don't teach you at Harvard Business School

Having grown up around the world (father worked for an airline) there was only ever going to be one vocation for Earl - travel. After graduating in Economics, Earl began his career in travel working for a Japanese in-coming tour operator, before heading off to the Alps, obviously a lot more fun. On returning to the UK, more valuable experience was gained working in the ski industry with operators like Supertravel and Ski Solutions. Earl set up Alpine Answers in 1992 and the rest as they say is history.

Simon, Partner

Simon

  • Best thing done this year: Still waiting for something good to happen this year (2020)
  • Star sign: Leo
  • Most wanted to be when grown up: Fighter pilot
  • Favourite film: The Thomas Crown Affair (orig.)
  • Skier / boarder: Skier
  • How many seasons: 4
  • Where: Sauze d'Oulx, Meribel, St Anton & Klosters
  • Favourite ski terrain: Back country (preferably accessed by helicopter)
  • Best bit of advice anyone gave me: You can't buy happiness but you can buy a new bike.
  • Favourite subject at school: Geography
  • Got in to trouble at school for: Joy riding the grounds-man's tractor

After graduating from Exeter University Simon spent four years working in a London advertising agency before realising that skiing was a lot more fun. Four winter seasons later he headed back to London to start a career in the ski holiday industry. Valuable experience gained at Ski Solutions and Powder Byrne led Simon to Alpine Answers' door in 1995, becoming a partner soon after. Hobbies include: gym, cars, cooking and road cycling.

Sam, Head of Operations

Sam

  • Best thing happened this year: Skiing with my children and skiing with friends.
  • Star sign: Virgo
  • Most wanted to be when grown up: Racing driver
  • Best holiday destination: Any untried ski resort
  • Skier / boarder: Skier
  • How many seasons: 2
  • Where: Alpe d'Huez & Cervinia
  • Favourite skiing: Powder
  • Favourite book: The world atlas
  • Got in to trouble at school for: Falling asleep in Economics lessons

After graduating Sam decided he would rather go skiing than get a proper job, so he headed off for his first ski season and enjoyed it so much he ended up doing a second one. After that he wanted to settle back in the UK and joined the Alpine Answers team in 2001.

Charlie, Digital Marketing Manager & web developer

Charlie

  • Star sign: Capricorn
  • Favourite colour: Navy blue
  • Most wanted to be when grown up: Yachtsman
  • Favourite hobby: Sailing
  • Favourite city: London
  • Favourite holiday destination: Balaeric Islands
  • Skier / boarder: Skier
  • Favourite ski terrain: Anything so long as I am the first down the slopes in the morning.
  • Best advice given to me: Never stop learning
  • Favourite subject at school: Physics
  • Least favourite subject: English
  • Got in to trouble at school for: Who? Moi?
  • Favourite book: The last book I read

Charlie graduated from University of York and headed straight for the sea, working on the Isle of Wight for a year as a sailmaker and racing yachts out of Cowes in his spare time. An opportunity to project manage the world’s first Tidal Turbine Array installation lead to a move to London. As the project came to a conclusion the company direction moved away from consultation and towards web applications, enabling Charlie to pursue his passion for web design and development.

Lizzie, Digital Marketing

Lizzie

  • Star sign: Virgo
  • Favourite colour: Turquoise
  • Most wanted to be when grown up: Supermodel
  • Favourite hobby: Collecting cacti and succulents
  • Favourite city: Sydney
  • Favourite holiday destination: Scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef
  • Skier / boarder: Skier
  • Ski seasons: 1
  • Where: St Anton
  • Favourite ski terrain: The piste leading to the apres ski bar
  • Favourite book: A Song of Ice and Fire Series
  • Best advice given to me: This too shall pass
  • Favourite subject at school: Art
  • Least favourite subject: Languages
  • Got in to trouble at school for: Breaking all the uniform rules

Graduating from Winchester School of Art in 2018 with a degree in Fashion Marketing, Lizzie didn’t feel she was ready for London life. She spent the Winter 18/19 season in St Anton, Austria, and decided she preferred the ski industry to fashion. After a few months travelling South East Asia over the summer, Lizzie joined Alpine Answers September 2019.

David, Sales Manager

David

  • Star sign: Libra
  • Most wanted to be when grown up: The next Ryan Giggs or Nigel Mansell
  • Favourite hobby: Travelling or playing football
  • Favourite city: Sydney
  • Favourite holiday destination: Ibiza, Balearic Islands
  • Skier / boarder: Boarder - all the way!
  • How many seasons: 1
  • Where: Courchevel
  • Favourite ski terrain: An untracked couloir
  • Best advice anyone ever gave me: Do not assume that advice from other people is good advice
  • Favourite book: A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson
  • Favourite subject at school: P.E.
  • Least favourite subject: Drama

Graduating from the University of Gloucestershire in 2010 David decided not to pursue the London graduate job route and instead opted for a more adventurous path. Feeling compelled to see what the world had to offer, he embarked on a 3 month road trip along the coastline of Western Europe before doing a ski season in Courchevel. Returning from four years overseas which included a summer season in Ibiza, a year in Australia and a decent stint backpacking around South-East Asia he is now working at Alpine Answers.

Jess, Sales Consultant

Jess

  • Star sign: Cancer
  • Favourite colour: Blue
  • Most wanted to be when grown up: A unicorn
  • Favourite city: Venice, Italy
  • Favourite hobby: Building stand up paddle boards
  • Favourite holiday destination: Anywhere in Italy
  • Skier / boarder: Skier
  • How many seasons: 2
  • Where: Val d'Isere, France
  • Favourite ski terrain: First tracks on a powder day
  • Best advice given to me: Never run with scissors
  • Favourite book: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  • Most favourite subject at school: Art
  • Least favourite subject: Physics
  • Got in to trouble at school for: Storming out of the classroom too often.

After graduating from Leeds University with an Art degree, Jess went on to spend two seasons working in Val d'Isere during the winter months and designed and built paddle boards during the summer months. However, in time London called and she decided to pursue a career in the the ski industry starting as a sales consultant at Alpine Answers.

Minnie, Office Pooch

Minnie

  • Star sign: Pisces
  • Favourite colour: My master says I am colour blind but what does he know? My favourite colour is actually cerulean blue
  • Most wanted to be when grown up: A big dog
  • Favourite city: London
  • Favourite hobby: Finding sticks
  • Favourite holiday destination: South Park
  • Skier / boarder: Neither
  • Best advice given to me: Not sure about advice but people tell me to 'sit' a lot
  • Favourite book: I am still learning to read
  • Most favourite subject: Stick finding
  • Got in to trouble for: Chewing the wallpaper at home

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