Growing up in South Africa my passion has always been the ocean!
Since moving to the French Alps nearly 4 years ago this passion slowly adjusted itself and I started to fall in love with the mountains.
First I snowboarded before discovering touring and off-piste skiing which soon became more fun and important.
After I’d been skiing less than 1 year I decided I’d love to take my passion one step further and become a ski instructor in order to teach and guide our chalet guests during the season!
After 3 years of hard work, many courses and exams I am now a Level 3 instructor with the aim to fully qualify by the end of the 2016/17 winter season!
Born in Germany, roots in Austria, homes in Canada, New Zealand and Australia - Now settled in the French Alps!
We had only just discovered the little ski village of ‘St Martin de Belleville’ when we took a chance and opened a chalet business right here, in the heart of the world’s largest ski area!
Now, 4 years down the line I can be sure to have found our perfect mountain home as well as a life style I have dreamed of for many years!
Combining my passion for nature, sports, photography, food and hospitality hasn’t been easy but I am glad to say it has worked by running and managing our luxury chalet company ‘Mountain Lodge Adventures’.
Growing up as a competitive gymnast, I have always instinctively pushed myself to try new things. Having never skied before, I am thoroughly looking forward to having the opportunity to do so in such a beautiful part of the world!
I recently worked as a barista in Australia and have subsequently developed a keen interest in Artisan coffee, and have come to recognise the importance of quality customer service, and the satisfaction of providing a warm and lighthearted approach to hospitality. I am also a keen guitarist and enjoy songwriting and performing - I am a firm believer that no matter who you are, a love of good food, good company and good music is something we all have in common :)
Director & Resort Manager
Director & Ski Instructor (to be!)
Having previously worked two winter seasons, one of which in France, I know first hand what an extraordinary experience working in the mountains can be. I have been cooking professionally for many years and have developed a passion for uncomplicated robust cuisine, based on classic French techniques.
I strongly believe that what grows together, goes together and like to emphasise the importance of simple and seasonal cookery. I am a keen skier (occasional snowboarder) and am very much looking forward to getting back into it. As well as skiing, I enjoy a range of sports such as football, golf, tennis, boxing (the list goes on!) and when Im not in the kitchen you’ll find me watching the game with a cold one!
THE MLA TEAM
Richie & Nadine moved to Saint Martin de Belleville and opened
Mountain Lodge Adventures for the 13/14 winter season.
Since they have constantly worked on improving their business for it to become what it is today - A successful luxury chalet business with two 'Certificates of Excellence', 60% return guest rate and many happy customers!
Richie & Nadine live in resort and are involved in smooth running of Chalet Alpage as well as their self catered chalet apartments whilst their professional chalet couple takes care of the catering & service in Chalet Alpage!
Custom eyewear inspired by an endless quest for the next adventure...
We are proud to have had SunGod as our sponsor for over a year providing us and our team with custom sunglasses and ski goggles in exchange of marketing and promotion!
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