23rd February 2012
Now’s your chance to see behind the scenes as we take a closer look at what key Camp Suisse staff get up to throughout the winter season.In the first of this series we head over to Chamonix to catch up with our Head of Activities Ian Johnston to hear how he’s been keeping busy since the end of camp 2011…and see what’s he’s got in the pipeline for our activities programme this summer….
“I’m currently enjoying a great snowy ski season – some are saying it’s the best for 25 years – so not bad seeing as I’m in les Houches, Chamonix! I’ve been telemarking to my heart’s content whilst finding some time for a touch of ski-touring with some perfect days’ skiing like yesterday in the Vallée Blanche. I plan to be here until the end of April then some ski-touring in the Swiss Alps before heading over to Torgon to finish off the preparations for this year’s cohort of campers. My preparations for Camp Suisse 2012 began back towards the end of the final session of 2011. As we began to wind down my mind was already thinking ahead to the next summer – evaluating the previous programme and looking for possible improvements and additions. With that in mind I scouted out and trialled a range of potential new activities to add to the programme. Without giving too much away one of these may include a kayak, a paddle and Lake Geneva… For me, the most fantastic thing about Camp Suisse is the flexibility of programme. The diversity of the region alone means that we can take an activity, like mountain biking for instance, and make it new and exciting each time- an absolute must given the number of returning campers. Not only that, but each year we receive a wealth of talented activity instructors who bring with them their own flair and creativity that goes in to making our outdoor activities unbeatable on both quality and variety. Just writing this is making me excited for the summer ahead. But I don’t want to wish away this precious powder too quickly. So, on that note I’m signing off, but will look forward to seeing you back in Torgon this summer for Camp Suisse 2012!”