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Chalet Boy - The Diary of my First Ski Season (Aged 31)

Chalet Boy - The Diary of my First Ski Season (Aged 31) [Kindle Edition]

Andy Smith
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How hard can it be? Serving a few croissants, cleaning a few bedrooms, cooking some easy meals, and then spending the rest of your time snowboarding and getting drunk. Sounds pretty easy, doesn't it?

Well Andy Smith thought the same thing as he signed himself up for a four month stint as a chalet host in the French Alps during a career break, and a break from the 'normal life' he found so boring.

Chalet Boy - The Diary of my First Ski Season (Aged 31) gives a truthful and hilarious insight into the world of the ski resort seasonaire, a person whom most people view with envy. Working a ski season is seen as an easy job with generous perks from the endless supply of randy holidaymakers, to the constant parties and access to some amazing skiing and snowboarding. Most of that is indeed factually correct, but there's also the flip side - the long hours, the almost embarrassingly low pay and the sordid living conditions.

You will be amazed at the antics of the guests that visited Chalet Montagne during Andy and his friend Dan's time there. From randy middle-aged couples to rampaging lesbians, it's all covered here alongside the story of a man using his time in the Alps to gain a greater understanding of the meaning of his life, amid a need to escape from the norm.

A must read for anyone considering working a ski season and those who have been on or are planning a ski holiday in a catered chalet, Chalet Boy - The Diary of my First Ski Season (Aged 31) will give you all of the information you need about the inner workings of a ski chalet. And some you really don't.

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A thiry-something normal enough guy who decided to jack everything in in order to spend time trying to do something a bit more interesting with his life. This involved travelling through South East Asia to running a ski chalet in the French Alps and finally spending a year working Down Under in Melbourne.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring! 25 May 2013
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I'd be gutted if I did a ski season and this was my experience - nothing of interest happens. agree with previous reviewer that andy is judgemental and selfish. no wonder he's single. this is the first time i've felt compelled to post a review on amazon as this book is so bad.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read 7 Jan 2013
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I was getting bored of my current book (Gringo Trail) so thought I'd just read a bit of this to see what it was like.

Ended up reading it all very quickly!

Like others have said, it's a genuine 'page turner', and well worth the relatively small asking price.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Genuine Page Turner 30 Dec 2012
By Bob Lee
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I decided to give this book a go but I did think how interesting can the life of a chalet boy be? I was pleasantly surprised! The book is basically a comedy diary of the author's four months in a chalet with occasional flashbacks to his previous life. As well as being hugely funny it's also quite profound in places and has a lot to say about life and modern society. It will make you think, as well as laugh out loud.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Mundane (to be complimentary) 3 Jan 2014
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I completed this book very quickly as each diary entry was almost identical, describing the routine of being a chalet host without any skill and having a good ole bitch fest about his employers and guests. The prologue did nothing to ingratiate the writer to reader and makes you wonder how he ever in fact managed to find employment! Nothing eventful or worth reading throughout, a bit disappointed as I'm sure it cost £0.99 of which I'll never see again.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not worth it 6 Aug 2013
By Mr H
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This is just a blokes season and his views on his guests. No particularly funny stories or anecdotes just a lot of moaning about his bosses and the guests.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Hard to warm to the main character! 3 Mar 2013
By ajbh
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Reasonably written and an easy read, but I struggled to warm to the judgmental and selfish main character which leaves the overall experience as 3 stars. Sorry Andy.....
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read! 2 Mar 2013
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This is the funniest book I have read in ages, including some by so called 'comedians'. Whether you like skiing or not, and I'm still undecided (for reasons andy covers some of in this book!) give it a go!! Oh, and I am still waiting for the right opportunity to bring out the 'pencil test'........
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5.0 out of 5 stars A feel good, laugh out loud read!! 17 Feb 2013
By J-Rocks
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After being stuck in the Outback of Australia for 2 months, baking in 40+ degree heat. Hating the fact that my friends back in the UK are all off on the annual snowboard holiday. I needed to get my fix of snow. Even if it was in the form of literature. So I happen to come across Andy Smith's 'Chalet Boy - The Diary of my First Ski Season' and what a pleasant find it was.
Anyone who has worked or played in the Alps can relate to Andy's story. Its a laugh out loud diary account of himself and friend Dan running a chalet for the season. The ups and downs. The ins and outs. And the hard work that follows. It starts with him leaving a job he hates (which most of us can relate to) and heading off for fun times to be had. All I can say is, come the end, it makes you wanna go out and give it a go yourself.... Just maybe not working in a chalet though. Definitely worth a read. Wish it was longer. But we say that about all good books. Give it a go, you may just love it, and inspire you to do the same.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars don't waste your time
Badly written and dull, There is nothing to endear you to the main character, a selfish self absorbed type. I couldnt get past chapter one. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Very funny and good first book
Andy gives a funny account of life as a chalet boy. A good first book, humorous and interesting, a very honest account.
Published 4 months ago by Louisa Smith
2.0 out of 5 stars Dull
It is a diary too. On Monday I did this and then that. I washed the windows and I washed the floor and I polished up the handle on the big front door. Read more
Published 5 months ago by jacw2000
5.0 out of 5 stars ace
Good book well written and very funny would read more material from this author in the future. informative And entertaining
Published 6 months ago by hoopyuk2
5.0 out of 5 stars a nice read!
For anyone who has been on a ski hols or wants to prepare for chalet life this book is a must. Amusing anecdotes written in a fun easy read. Really enjoyable book!
Published 7 months ago by kallen
4.0 out of 5 stars Chalet Boy - The Diary of my First Ski Season (Aged 31)
Entertaining and very funny, a great holiday read. If you want to read something that will make you laugh out loud, give this a go!
Published 11 months ago by Lucia L Mancarella
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny and honest
Andy writes an amusing and page turning account of his season as a chalet host. Absolutely the hardest job in resort, it's often misunderstood by the many guests who stay in these... Read more
Published 14 months ago by S Ellison
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for those that have stayed in a chalet
A great read, really appreciated it as have stayed in chalets, very funny & light hearted. Made me want to go again!
Published 15 months ago by Mrs V J Ewart
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
After searching for an 'easy' read type of book, came across this one and thought I'd give it a try - it was one of those that exceeded expectations. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Julia Davies
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious, easy read
I have just finished reading this book on a plane and got lots of strange looks as I kept laughing out loud! Read more
Published 16 months ago by shones289
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