Reviewing high-end hotels is a curse, a pox of the profession. I don’t know how I will ever stay in a bad hotel again. In fact, if it comes to it, you’ll probably find me hanging from one of the fixtures, or overdosed in the bathtub, with a note reading ‘They only had prosecco’.
In 2003, Phil Bayly and his wife were offered a real estate dream. We all know about the trials and tribulations of building on foreign soil — especially in France, a country known for its deep and profound love of the English and our constant invasion.
The Freerider World Tour is a group of well-sponsored, pumped-up, big mountain athletes who are living the dream. I hate them. Well, I don't hate them. But they help me work with Oxford to define the word envy.
Stéphane Lagarde's Ecorider ski school is the first of it's kind. So many celebrities from the sporting world stake claim to an environmental policy, some even go so far as to squeeze themselves into a Prius. A Prius that tends to be waiting from them on the tarmac at the private airfield when they land in their G5. Stéphane is an eco-warrior of the most genuine kind, one that realises change must come from direct action. We spend a few days on and off-piste with the man in the shadow of the mountain.
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