Morgane Mattel, 26 and Florian Bouvier, 27, ski instructors for the ESF French Ski School in Les Contamines:
Florian is Antoine Bouvier’s twin brother (Antoine is a telemark champion). Morgane is Coline Mattel’s cousin (Coline is the young French ski jumping champion). Les Contamines is a small world and the links are strong between the locals. Florian Bouvier and Morgane Mattel, instructors at the ESF French Ski School in the village, are both natives of Les Contamines. Florian grew up in Annecy but spent all his vacations in Les Contamines in the family home here. Morgane however has always lived here. Her parents run a hotel in the village, La Clef des Champs. If their paths are different, both nurture the same love of skiing and the mountains. Both skied for the first time here in Les Contamines at the age of 3!
“On weekends, when I arrived in “Les Conta”, I never wasted a minute. I hit the slopes directly” recalls Florian, who joined the ski club at age 7. He shared his passion with his brother Antoine and at the age of sixteen had to choose between competitive skiing or learning to instruct. “I chose to instruct,” explains the young man, “ and I soon started to teach.” As a student he joined the ski school during holiday periods and once he graduated he decided to settle in the Contamines to practice his profession/passion.
For Morgane, the choice to instruct came early, at the age of sixteen. After completing her studies (a BTS in trade/sales), she instructed in the winter months and took advantage of the rest of the year to travel to the four corners of the globe: Canada, United States, Spain, Thailand etc. She also worked in Australia and New Zealand during the summer ( winter in the southern hemisphere). «Travelling enables me to escape and open up to the world,” explains the young woman, “but I couldn’t leave the village!”
Florian and Morgane are both strongly attached to Les Contamines. They belong to a younger generation, ready to move forward to develop the resort. “It’s true, we’re a group of friends that have known each other for many years” relate both instructors. ” We all care about our village! In recent years, things are moving forward to boost the resort and we clearly want to participate in these dynamics! ».
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