On Saturday, we had team induction and orientation. This was a heavy day, going through policies and procedures, company goals and objectives and service delivery. Admin and personnel is never fun, but essential all the same. We have fantastic team dynamics, good banter and a great range of skills to work with this season.
On Sunday morning, we had the first ski of the season. Although the light wasn't great at times, the sun tried to break through the clouds on the Solaise ski area and the effect was stunning. The pistes were beautifully groomed and the slopes were quiet.
We checked out the new magic carpets at the top of Solaise. These are part of a huge redevelopment project which is taking place over the next two years. The project has been designed to minimise environmental impact, with many new trees being planted and noise pollution reduced. The magic carpets have replaced the rope pull and drag on the top of the ski area, with double carpets (slow and fast) replacing the short lac chair lift that brings you back to the summit.
On Sunday afternoon, we had our first team training session. We have these every week of the season, to allow us to skill share, brainstrom and improve our techniques. On Sunday we had massage training. Although we are all already trained and highly skilled in a variety of massage techniques, we spent three hours going through our skills and practicing on each other. Needless to say, by the end of the session we were all very relaxed and ready for a nap!
Monday was my beautiful little girls second birthday. She spent the morning with her friends in Crèche and then celebrated in the afternoon. She was particularly excited by her present from her Grandparents......her very first pair of ski's!
The rest of this week has been busy with patients, meetings and social time in the evenings. Thank you to the chalet companies that have invited us to drinks and dinners this past week. We have been giving presentations and talks to chalet staff and ski instructors, with more lined up next week. We have been delivering presentations on injury prevention during a ski season, covering topics such as strength and fitness, nutrition, hydration and fatigue. Fatigue is probably the largest contributor to injuries occurring. It is all too easy to burn the candle at both ends during a ski season, and getting a work-life balance is essential to staying fit and healthy.
My team have been making the most of this quieter time by getting up the hill most days. They have already had ski lessons and are enjoying great conditions on the pistes. Fingers crossed for more snow this weekend.
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