After three years working in luxury chalets and hotels in the Alps, I came back to the UK in search of a job that would keep me connected to travel. My undimmed thirst for mountains meant I found myself looking to Canada, and so decided to join Audley.
Prior to my ski seasons I went to university in Bangor, in Wales. Here, on weekends between lectures I'd often spend time on Anglesey's beaches or Snowdonia's hilltops. I also went on trips with my parents to the USA — and when time between work and university allowed — I spent two months backpacking around Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and Europe.
Since joining Audley, I've had the chance to explore the Rockies in Canada, where my highlight was coming across very different wildlife to the Alps, in the form of bears and moose.
I'll never forget when…
Often the best memories come from moments that couldn't have been booked or prepared for. During my stay at Echo Valley Ranch, I had the opportunity to go horse riding for the day. The wranglers, Steve and Maggie, were excellent and I had a great ride around the many acres of woodland that surround the ranch. At the end I offered to help take the horses back up the valley where they graze in the evenings. Steve and Maggie were grateful for the help, and asked if I could ride bareback. So the end of my day consisted of rounding up 20 horses and riding bareback through the ranch lands, back up the valley into the sunset.