It’s hard to imagine a job with better perks than heli-skiing, but our front desk extraordinaire Marion has truly set herself up with the best of both worlds. Running a paddle board business back home in France is not quite the same as skiing the deep powder at Great Canadian, but it’s all about balance, especially on a paddle board. She took some time to fill us in on her summer:
Tell us about your business and what you are getting up to this summer.
This summer will be our third season paddle boarding on one of the most beautiful coves in the area of the “Vermilion Coastline”, North of Catalonia, at the Spanish border. This cove is called “Paulilles”, it is three cute beaches on the Mediterranean Sea, located between Port Vendres & Banyuls. As it is still a pretty new business and as we decided to start it in a blink of an eye, we are still trying to organize it more and more. We are still in a big learning process. This is very exciting even though there is so much to do and think about. It’s way more interesting to see people enjoying & playing like kids!
What has it been like transitioning from heli-skiing in the mountains to paddle boarding in France?
As much as I’m getting used to switch from skiing to paddle-boarding, I like both activities. But to be honest, probably being originally from the mountains makes me prefer skiing… And now that I’ve done some heli-skiing, I guess it’s even stronger! Working for a company and working for your own business is quite different. Not sure I can really compare… I think it is less stress, easy fun working for a heli-ski company than running a little growing business. But there is more challenges, and more work, running Paddling Paradise.
What do you miss most about Heather Mountain Lodge?
I mostly I miss my new friends…a great team! I can work many different jobs, my #1 priority is the team, the people I work with that make the place nice, great or not. Before I started, I was wondering
about the clientele with a high level of expectation, and now I can say that I really enjoyed meeting people coming from all over the world sharing the same passion of skiing. I miss it too.
What do your friends in France think when you tell them about your job at Great Canadian?
Hahaha, some of them are a bit jealous, other very supportive or impressed. But the best reaction was from my companion who now really wants to come work in Canada a and maybe become a ski-guide. Ah well, any friends think that I was very lucky, which is very true.
What are you most excited for next season?
I’m super excited about heli-sking again! But still, it’s the team that will make it worth it. In any case, I keep my fingers crossed for a great skiing season, with a ton a fluffy snow for all of us!!!