Off to France for skiing break – just for the day
FIVE friends from Bristol took on an unusual challenge on their one day off – going skiing in France.
Despite most people trying to avoid the snow last week, this group decided they wanted to go in search of it.
Their aim was to see just how much skiing they could fit in for just one day.
Busy Kate Goldie, assistant manager of the New Inn pub in Mayshill near Frampton Cotterell, wanted to make life more exciting and around three years ago set up a group called the Funstuff Club on Facebook.
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Her friends and colleagues, including pub landlord Dave McKillop, 45; Chris Stout, 29, a sales account manager; Laura Cavill, 25, a legal adviser; and Matthew Graham, 21, pub chef, all joined.
As their first challenge of the year the group decided to see how they could maximise one day's holiday.
Their aim would be to get to France, go skiing for a decent amount of time, and make it back – all in 24 hours.
The group set off from the New Inn pub in Mayshill at 3.30am and travelled to Heathrow, where they took a flight to Geneva.
They then crossed through to France and enjoyed five hours on the slopes at Morzine.
The team managed to ski a total of 16 miles in four-and-a-half hours in conditions that were almost perfect.
After a great afternoon carving up the slopes they even had time to enjoy a cheeky apre-ski drink before heading back to Geneva airport.
All parts of the day went smoothly and the group returned to the pub for just before midnight.
Kate Goldie said: "We got quite a few surprised looks from passport control when they realised we were just going for the day.
"We were overwhelmed by how much we could accomplish in just 20 hours – it just shows that every day off can be a breath of fresh air."