#GradSki2K14 – A week so good it wholly deserves its own hashtag

Every graduate has different reasons for applying to work for TUI, but there is one which we certainly all share and that is our personal love for travel.

We’ll take every opportunity to head overseas, and for our first week off together some of us decided to head to the mountains. A few weeks ago, twelve excitable grads from both the 2012 and 2013 schemes hopped on a Thomson Airways flight to start our ski trip to Val Thorens, France.

2012 grads on the snow

We landed in Geneva and were greeted by the lovely reps of our specialist and activity brand Crystal Ski. From there we took a transfer to resort, settled into our accommodation, and collected our ski hire. Then it was time to head out and see what the resort had to offer…

Aside from being settled amongst 600km of incredible ski area, Val Thorens is known for having a wide range of activities from pampering in the spa, to competitive fun in the bowling alley and lots of opportunity to shop. It is also one of the best destinations for après ski – claiming the highest pub in Europe, The Frog and Roast Beef and the biggest nightclub in the Alps, Malaysia. So we threw ourselves whole heartedly into the spirit of all that Val Thorens has to offer.

Lovely snowy off-piste scenery

Skiing as often as possible was the ultimate aim of the trip however, so we were up bright and early for our first day and that theme continued. Our grad ski/snowboard ability varied massively – from casual back-flippers, to wobbly beginners, to off-piste powder seekers, and those who just liked to chill. It was quite a task coordinating, so we quickly found ‘let’s separate and meet for lunch’ was a much better option.

While we’re on the subject of group activities – of those there were plenty. We spent a night partying with Afrojack in Malaysia; a few afternoons dancing on the top of the world in après ski bar La Folie Douce. We sat down (for once) for a group meal of Raclette and pizza – ridiculous amounts of cheese; and we spent a day and night dressed up as zoo animals, as you do.

Animals at 360

The trip has left us with so many fantastic memories, I could go on for hours– a first off-piste experience, an exquisite Victoria Sponge, crowd-surfing in Folie, throwing some tricks on the Big Air…

It was an incredible week and we’re already planning the next one – want to join us? Apply for our Finance or IT schemes now – bring on #GradSki2K15.

Liza Stevenson (TUI UK&I Commercial Graduate)

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