An Interview with: Pete Harold
We sit down with Pete Harold, a regular bagSOLO customer who’s just about to head off to the Alps for a winter living the seassonaire life (again). Here’s what he had to say about life on the slopes…
How long have you worked ski seasons?
This is my fifth year of being a seasonnaire, and my second in Tignes. My first season was when I finished college, and I haven’t looked back since!
What was it that drew you to working as a seasonnaire?
I just love skiing, and being on the slopes. My parents took us on ski holidays from a young age, and I just got totally hooked. So, when I grew up and had the opportunity to actually go and work whilst essentially doing what I love, I grabbed it with both hands. Another special factor is seeing what difference you can make to others’ holidays, and putting smiles on peoples faces.
Describe your typical day?
When I started off as a chalet host I would be working 6 days and having 1 day off a week which is pretty typical of jobs in resort. A normal working day would involve getting up at around half 6 to set up breakfast which included both hot and cold options. The morning also consisted of making a cake for afternoon tea, preparing food for dinner and cleaning rooms as the guests left for a day on the slopes. The majority of days, I would spend the middle part of the day skiing as much as possible before returning to the chalet at about 5pm to finish cooking a 4 course dinner as well as serving/washing up etc (I didn’t have the luxury of an assistant to help out!). I would typically finish between 9 and 10pm so if energy permitted, I could then go for a drink or if not, I would head home to rest up for the next day!
Transfer day was every Saturday and often meant working shifts upwards of 15 hours whilst sorting the chalet for the new arrivals. My day off was every Wednesday and this was a time to have a lie in, make use of precious ski time and soak up some apres ski.
Since my first couple of years, I’ve moved on to being a chalet supervisor and this year a chalet manager which involves less cooking but more admin!
What’s the best thing about being a seasonnaire?
For me it is getting to spend several days a week skiing/snowboarding up in the mountains with spectacular scenery and clear air. It’s amazing how much you improve when doing it so regularly – something you can’t get from a week’s holiday. Although the work can be exhausting, it is worth it for the time spent on the mountain and for the people you meet whilst out there.
What’s your favourite ski resort?
Probably Tignes, and I didn’t have to think twice about coming here for a second spell this year. I’ve recently dabbled with a snowboard, and Tignes is great for that, as there’s a range of really wide runs, as well as a nice mix of terrain. Away from the slopes, finding nice food is easy, and the apres is excellent! I would also recommend St. Anton if you are headed to Austria.
What would be your dream resort to work in?
Niseko, without a doubt. The plan for next season is to get to Hokkaido – I’m constantly being told how good Japan is, and I’ve been dying to check it out for ages. It’s very much the up-and-coming snowsport destination, and I can’t wait to finally visit and check it out.