It feels great to finally be back on the slopes!
When I moved to France for my MBA, I was excited about weekend trips to vineyards, lavender fields, medieval towns and the mediterranean coast. But I completely overlooked one of the best parts of a French winter – the alps.
A group of my classmates and I made the most of a long weekend and drove from Fontainebleau to Chamonix (and err, we may have skipped a couple of tutorials to make it a proper long weekend).
Chamonix is an alpine skiing town very close to the border of Switzerland and Italy. It’s at the base of Mont Blanc, the highest summit in the French Alps. We went during peak season, so we had to fight off the families and small children to take the cable cars up to the peaks of Brévent, Flegere, Le Tour and Argentiere. But there was a huge variety of pistes for all levels which made it a great location for my first European skiing experience.
For our home for the weekend, we rented out a 22 person chalet. It was complete with two jacuzzis just to keep things part classy, part trashy – the hallmark of a quality group MBA trip! From chateaus to chalets, I would say that I’m getting used to my MBA lifestyle very nicely thank you very much.
I originally wanted to write about the ‘study’ side of my year at INSEAD before sharing the social and travel aspects, but I’d say this weekend in Chamonix is a better reflection of my first two months here – a crazily intense time of getting to know and forming strong friendships with my new friends and classmates from around the world.