Continuing with our series of getting to know our Powder Byrne winter staff, we spoke to one of our ski guides, Michael Ventom who is working in Flims Laax this winter. Having previously worked for our Client Concierge team in our head office in London, he’s well acquainted with all things Powder Byrne. We asked Michael ten questions on what he’s most looking forward to this winter and his previous skiing experience
What made you want to work as a ski guide in one of our resorts?
The idea of doing a season has always appealed to me but I wasn't keen to just work in a bar or be a chalet host, I wanted to experience the mountain. Hearing about Powder Byrne and the amazing service they offer to clients, I was thrilled at the possibility of being able to ski and get to know clients while working alongside a team of similarly enthusiastic and friendly people.
What are you most looking forward to about being a ski guide?
I’m most looking forward to spending all day on the mountain, eating at amazing mountain restaurants and meeting an extensive range of interesting people who share a similar passion for skiing.
Where have you skied before?
Predominantly Austria in St Anton, Mayrhofen and Ischgul, so I have some knowledge of the Arlberg region and have thoroughly enjoyed skiing there. I have also skied in France and loved exploring the three valleys, but couldn’t pick a favourite.
What’s your ski ability? From beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Expert?
With my extensive past skiing experience, I would sway towards saying I’m an expert (maybe advanced but I have to be bold!)
What’s your idea of a perfect ski day?
I’d start with an early wake-up followed by a big breakfast of scrambled eggs with creme fraiche (a must). I'd be on the first lift to ensure I’m one of the first on the mountain to find the best runs. To ensure I make the most out of my day, I would usually eat lunch on the chairlift then ski all afternoon but take it a bit easier. I’d finish about 15:30 - 16:00 so I can enjoy some apres ski for an hour with my friends, then the perfect end to the day would be an indulgent evening in the hotel’s spa.
Do you prefer on-piste skiing or off-piste?
Mostly on-piste but when conditions are right and it’s a powdery day I do like to take it off-piste.
Who’s your favourite famous skier/snowboarder and why?
Shaun White - first snowboarder I was ever interested in and I was inspired by the way he changed the freestyle game.
What’s your favourite mountain lunch?
If I'm not eating sandwiches on the chairlift its probably Tiroler Grostl (potatoes, bacon and fried eggs). It’s the perfect carb-fuelled lunch to give me the energy for an afternoon exploring.
What’s your go-to Alpine drink?
On a sunnier day, I love a cold beer at the top of the mountain but I can be swayed for an Aperol Spritz with my lunch. If it’s a snowy, windy day I’ll always go for a gluhwein to warm me up.
What’s your style on the mountain? E.g. baggy pants and jacket or all-in-one?
I love a bit of colour on the mountain so I’d normally go for regular salopettes and my fluorescent green jacket so people can easily spot me. I have the same style while guiding and love wearing the bright Powder Byrne red jacket but you’ll find no loose zips or boot buckles in sight when I’m in uniform.
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