Farewells from Jon and Laura01.10.2014
Hey I’m Laura! I`ve been working at KISC for the last one and a half years but, this is my last week before heading back to the UK. Although I’ve worked at KISC for eight seasons, I’ve never been Smile of the Week before, so I’m very happy to be voted for this week (although I do have to share my fame with Jon!)
Hey I’m Jon, I’ve been at KISC for 3 years, but next week will also be heading back to normal life in the UK. I was last smile of the week over 2 years ago although that doesn’t mean I’ve not been smiling since.
As Reception Manager, you can usually find me helping guests at the counter, answering the phone or having a cuddle with Olave the cat. However, I’ve also been involved in many, many other things at KISC from a riding on a 100 year old sled to cooking carrot cake for 200 people.
As Programme Director I’m usually tucked away in my office, collecting a stack of coffee mugs and making sure all our activities run smoothly. However, I too like to get out and about and have spent time digging 1m in the snow searching for mountain hut water pipes and have driven nearly every mountain road in the valley.
Between us, we’ve covered over 21 seasons at KISC, here are a few of our highlights:
Being the painter in the Staff campfire skit and soaking the people next to me with water.
Acting as an angry, upset 12 year old boy on ski guide training and watching the ski guides (and locals…) react.
Climbing at Stockhorn and seeing the storm clouds rolling in!
An amazing ski descent from Mittaghorn above Hollandia hut
Favourite place around Kandersteg:
The summit of Gällihorn, you get an amazing view of three mountain valleys as well as down into the village.
Tough one! In winter the off piste skiing down from Sunnbüel, in summer the sunsets from Frundenhütte.
Hiding cat-medicine in a piece of Tuna and trying to persuade Olave to eat it.
Being held up by the village monsters on Christmas day – and trying to explain to a giant pack of cards that we already paid the tree monster.
Best part of your job:
Talking to so many interesting staff and guests from all over the world
Running staff training, and showing people the mountains for the first time – most seasons we have staff who experience snow for the first time!
Favourite KISC activity:
Hiking up the Gastern valley
Snow and Ice Combo’s on the Frunden glacier
Best KISC meal:
Veggie roast dinner!
Anything but 5 cheese ravioli (I hate cheese!). Roast dinner with Yorkshire pudding always scores high.
So many, but, seeing the sun rise at Oeschinensee was pretty amazing!
Leading the parade on August 1st on KISCs 90th anniversary - with 1600 people following behind making loads of noise.
Jon (UK) and Laura (UK)