Set­ting up a ski school

Living France - - Lifestyle -

If your dream is to set up a ski school, just like Emily, then there are a few things to bear in mind be­fore mak­ing the leap:

Qual­i­fi­ca­tions are cru­cial to this in­dus­try, and you need to make sure you have the right ones spe­cific to the re­gion where you want to set up in busi­ness. Gain­ing the right qual­i­fi­ca­tions – es­pe­cially those recog­nised by French of­fi­cials – can take years, so make sure you do your re­search. Sites such as can help.

“Get to know the lo­cals,” says Emily. “You will be try­ing to in­te­grate into an en­vi­ron­ment where peo­ple have lived for a long time, so you have to speak to peo­ple and com­mu­ni­cate your ideas.”

Emily also ad­vises: “Be nice to peo­ple. You need to re­spect the vil­lage you’re go­ing to live in and every­one around you. Some in­dus­tries are very cut-throat, but I pre­fer ‘old school’ ways. I’m very lucky in Méri­bel. I do a lot of work with the town through­out the year and in re­turn they let a Bri­tish ath­lete use their play­ground. If the lo­cals didn’t have the in­fra­struc­ture and or­gan­ise the re­sort the way they do, I wouldn’t be able to even think about be­ing there.”

Make sure there is enough to do out of sea­son. Emily opens her ski school dur­ing the hol­i­days at Christ­mas and New Year, Fe­bru­ary half-term and Easter hol­i­days, as well as other pe­ri­ods, and has di­ver­si­fied into sports mas­sage. While the idea of set­ting up a school in a less pop­u­lar area may ap­peal, it’s worth mak­ing sure there’s a way of bring­ing in money dur­ing the quiet off-sea­son pe­ri­ods.

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