Are you worried about making a move to the mountains alone?
Worried that you won't make friends, or be out of your depth and on your own? If so - you’re completely normal. Even the most confident, independent, seasoned travellers have moments of self doubt. It’s natural to feel nervous - you are potentially taking on a completely new job, with a new employer, in a new country after all! Here are a few things you can do to help ease your mind before you jet off:
Connect with other staff before you leave
Add them as Facebook friends if you use Facebook, find out who else is going on their own. You never know, you might be living nearby and could meet up before the season starts. There are bound to be other solo travellers in the company, and if not, then there certainly will be in resort.
Don’t be put off by the couples
They want to hang out with people too! A lot of chalet companies hire chef/host couples, (two birds with one stone I guess, plus it pretty much guarantees they’re going to get on with each other) but most couples don’t want to spend ALL of their time together. If you’re travelling on your own, don’t forget that couples often want to make friends just as much as you do.
Resort, resort, resort
Consider your own interests, the type of person you are and the reason you want to work a ski season. I can only speak from my own personal experience, but I prefer a small resort. There are still plenty of other people there to hang out with, but less of a party scene to get caught up in. Given my personality, I would probably feel more lonely in a large party resort than a small village resort. If your aim of a ski season is to have a mad one, make 20+ mates to hit Folie Douce with and spend days off in bed with pizza and a hangover, then great, there are loads of other seasonaires in the same boat, and you will make friends. If you’re more like me (i.e 25+, likes sleep, occasional drinker, needs decent accommodation, wants to spend all free time skiing) then maybe stick to the smaller chalet companies in village resorts. Either way, as long as you have a good idea of what you want before you head out, you’ll be fine.
Watch videos from previous seasons
Nothing covers nerves like excitement! Lots of companies post videos of their skiing escapades from the season on their website, or on youtube. Watch some, turn the volume up and embrace the dub step as you watch seasonaires throw themselves down the mountain and celebrate the end of season with 10 quid pints at Folie. Your nerves will be replaced with excitement in no time.
Nerves are normal. Everyone is there to have a good time, and we all have something in common. You’d have to be trying quite hard to leave resort without having made new friends.
If you’re in the Three Valleys and really struggling, I’ll be your friend (yay, new friend for me!)