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April has flown past and before we know it we have arrived at the end of another winter season at The Lodge. It has been a season of record-breaking snowfall and freezing temperatures and we have been able to enjoy fresh powder even up until the beginning of this week.
On Tuesday, the team all took the opportunity to have one final ski together (minus a very pregnant Hannah, and me -I was still struggling to walk, let alone ski, after the London Marathon on Sunday!). However we all had a great day and everyone enjoyed a last blast down the mountain in some excellent fresh snow only to enjoy a traditional Fondu together too.
It was also the last chance for our lovely Will to ski with the team before he heads back to England. Yes, unfortunately it is true. Will is moving on to a new challenge in Yorkshire with his lovely wife Leah to open their own Pub! We all wish him the best of luck and we will all miss him. However he has promised a free pint to us all when we visit which we will definitely be taking him up on!!
I would also like to take this opportunity to say a massive Thank You to everyone who has supported my marathon journey this winter! It has not been the best conditions at times in which to train 3 metres of snow is difficult to walk in, let alone try to run in! But somehow I managed it and finished my first ever Marathon in 4 hours and 28 seconds. I loved every minute and the support from around the course was incredible I am definitely hooked now! I am also delighted to let you all know that currently I have raised over £4000.00 for both of my charities Mind and Virgin Unite, with more sponsorship still coming in! Thank You to the team and to all of you who have supported me.
So what is happening in the Summer I hear you ask?! Well, as you will have gathered there will be a few changes but I am delighted to let you know that Gareth will be returning to take over the reigns as General Manager for Hannah's maternity cover! We are all very excited to see Gareth back at The Lodge after his stint on Necker Island and cannot wait to hear all about his year over there. Ashley will experience her first Summer in the Alps, along with George, Alice, Hugh and Darren. And finally, you will still see the familiar faces of Dan, Sara, Carla, Victoria and myself here to welcome you back. We are all excited to leave the ski boots behind and don our walking boots instead. And of course there are plenty of events happening in Verbier throughout the summer to keep us busy!
There is only one thing left to say really. We wish Hannah all the best of luck for baby Allen number 2 and look forward to enjoying a pint or two in Yorkshire with Will next time we see him!
I will of course keep you updated with Hannah's news over the next month, but until June, thanks for an epic season and see you all in the Summer!
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