Meet the Team

Graham Taylor meet the team

Graham Taylor

A keen skier and runner, much of the early part of Graham’s career was spent working as a consultant to the banking industry*. After leaving financial services in search of a new challenge, and the opportunity to work on his somewhat “unique” off-piste technique, he is now entering his 6th season in the Alps.

 A self-titled "ideas man", Graham drives us all crazy with his tendency to produce 100 new ideas a day (usually a mix of good, bad, and the downright impossible). With his eye firmly on the bigger picture, Graham’s main focus is product and partnership development – in particular the sourcing of new properties, and the development of summer activity holidays.

 6 years into this challenge, his enthusiasm and desire to make The Alpine Generation the best at what we do remains one of his key attributes. So, unfortunately, does that somewhat dodgy off-piste stance. But you can’t have everything can you?

 * A fact that he very much hopes you won’t hold against him. It’s not his fault; promise.

SKI OR BOARD?
Ski. Why have one plank when you can have two for the same price?

ON PISTE OR OFF PISTE?
Objective is to stay on but often end up off.

CHAIRLIFT OR BUBBLE LIFT?
Bubble. More comfortable to eat leftover cake.

MOGULS OR STEEPS?
Either. My technique for both is just to wave my arms around and scream.

GLOVES OR MITTENS?
Gloves. Easier to hold cake...

BEER OR VIN CHAUD?
Neither. Skiing is a serious business. So Genepi...

STARTERS OR DESSERTS?
Why “or”?

SCRAMBLED OR FRIED?
Eggs are devil's food.

CAKE OR BISCUITS?
See answers above.

HOT TUB OR OPEN FIRE?
Open fire. Cake tends to get wet in hot tub.

Kelly Taylor meet the team

Kelly Taylor

Kelly left her career in the financial services industry to co-found The Alpine Generation, and with hopes that she would one-day become cool by learning to snowboard*.  She currently splits her time between listening to Graham’s ideas (naturally), and working the resort teams to make sure all our guests (past, present and future) are happy. A former client relationship and project manager, she’s well aware that the devil resides in the detail. Kelly’s main focus is on after-sales consultancy and planning - helping to make sure our clients have all the information and support they need to have a relaxed, hassle-free holiday.

Working with the Operations Director and the Resort Managers, it’s Kelly’s responsibility to make sure that all of our guests’ vital information is passed to the chalet hosts, and that we provide the very best advice on equipment hire, lift passes, childcare and lessons.

 * In the interests of full disclosure you should probably know that Kelly still cannot snowboard, but did pick up a broken arm and knocked out tooth for her efforts.

SKI OR BOARD?
Ski, obvs (see above).

ON PISTE OR OFF PISTE?
On piste (safer for everyone).

CHAIRLIFT OR BUBBLE LIFT?
Chairlift (unless arctic temps!)

MOGULS OR STEEPS?
Steeps.

GLOVES OR MITTENS?
Mittens (preferably ones that attach to your wrists!)

BEER OR VIN CHAUD?
Vin chaud.

STARTERS OR DESSERTS?
Desserts.

SCRAMBLED OR FRIED?
Fried.

CAKE OR BISCUITS?
Cake (obvs).

HOT TUB OR OPEN FIRE?
Open fire.

Ben Butler Winter

Benedict Butler - Operations Director

Ben is an instructor-level snowboarder and road cycling guide who has spent most of his career in operational and client-facing roles for a variety of tour operators. Having spent time in various European countries he is now heading into his 15th season in the 3 Vallees. His wide-ranging professional experience and passion for ‘all things mountains’ make Ben an asset for any Alpine holiday operator and we are thrilled that he has decided to join our team.

Ben takes responsibility for the delivery of our service across all our chalets, applying his unfailingly high standards and common-sense approach to get the best from our teams and ensure we deliver a high-quality and consistent holiday experience. Never afraid to get his hands dirty, rumour has it he was once spotted supervising chalet hosts whilst they vacuumed chalet walls!

Claim to fame: When Ben first dropped ‘that time I took Boris Johnson canyoning’ into conversation, we thought it was a test to see if we were listening. Turns out he actually did take Boris Johnson canyoning*. Who knew?

* Disclaimer: Ben would like to make it clear that this was a purely professional engagement and that he does not spend his weekends partaking in extreme sports with government ministers.

SKI OR BOARD?
Board.

ON PISTE OR OFF PISTE?
On piste.

CHAIRLIFT OR BUBBLE LIFT?
Chairlift.

MOGULS OR STEEPS?
Steeps.

GLOVES OR MITTENS?
Gloves.

BEER OR VIN CHAUD?
Vin chaud.

STARTERS OR DESSERTS?
Desserts.

SCRAMBLED OR FRIED?
Scrambled.

CAKE OR BISCUITS?
Cake.

HOT TUB OR OPEN FIRE?
Open fire.

Suze McQuie - Morzine Resort & Partnerships Manager

Raised on a diet of Vegemite, Suze grew up in rural Australia and spent some of her childhood on skis in the aptly named Snowy Mountains where her parents had a hotel. With a thirst for the alpine life, Suze gained the first of two university degrees she would never use in Canberra and skied the winter weekends away before coming to the UK to seek her fortune in the IT industry.

She earned just enough to blow on 15 seasons worth of ski holidays before swapping corporate life to live the dream as a chalet host. Desperate not to head back to an office job, Suze is returning to Morzine for 18-19 as Resort Manager.

In her free time she is obsessed with cooking. She burns the calories off competing in aquathlons which she represents Great Britain for in her age group at World and European Championship level.

SKI OR BOARD?
Ski.

ON PISTE OR OFF PISTE?
On piste, always.

CHAIRLIFT OR BUBBLE LIFT?
Whatever gets me where I need to go!

MOGULS OR STEEPS?
Steeps (and ice for speed..)

GLOVES OR MITTENS?
Mittens.

BEER OR VIN CHAUD?
Neither - champagne please!

STARTERS OR DESSERTS?
Desserts.

SCRAMBLED OR FRIED?
Scrambled (no milk).

CAKE OR BISCUITS?
Why the 'or'? Fine. Cake.

HOT TUB OR OPEN FIRE?
Open fire, for sure.

Helen - Summer Resort Manager & Chalet Host Extraordinaire

Caribou 1 guests will be familiar Helen's dulcet Geordie tones. Yet another member of the team to see the light and leave financial services in favour of snow, Helen went on three chalet holidays before the jealousy finally won out and she became a chalet host with us.

After falling in love with Morzine in winter she didn’t want to leave and decided to stick around to manage the resort in the summer, gaining many bruises trying out all the activities Morzine has to offer (hydrospeeding is a must!).

Despite having a Masters in Physics, she has yet to figure out how to apply the theory to skiing technique, proudly wearing the badge of mediocre skier. Her first attempt at skiing off piste ended with a back flip and a ski instructor unable to speak for laughing. Learning to snowboard in Morzine yielded much the same results, but if you really fancy a laugh you’ll find her trying to improve in La Rosiere this winter!

SKI OR BOARD?
Ski (for now).

ON PISTE OR OFF PISTE?
See story above...

CHAIRLIFT OR BUBBLE LIFT?
Chairlift (you can't heckle your mates from a bubble)

MOGULS OR STEEPS?
Steeps. Moguls are an evil to be tolerated.

GLOVES OR MITTENS?
Gloves.

BEER OR VIN CHAUD?
Beer. Specifically Mutzig.

STARTERS OR DESSERTS?
Starters.

SCRAMBLED OR FRIED?
Scrambled, cooked low and slow with a glug of cream.

CAKE OR BISCUITS?
What Suze said. ^^

HOT TUB OR OPEN FIRE?
Hot tub with a beer, no contest. 

Fiona & Morgan - La Tania Resort Managers

Morgan & Fiona grew up divided by the Pennines.  Sadly those hills were not quite the Alps but luckily with France only a couple of hours away, Fiona learnt to ski at the tender age of 3 and boasted a truly enviable array of oversized sunglasses.  Morgan learnt a little later in life and as such his technique left a little to be desired at the start last season. However, he insisted he was fully in control at all times (cue standard spectacular face-plant).  A little practice later and he’s now not allowed to wear anything but neon so he can just about still be seen when disappearing into the distance leaving everyone else in his wake.

The two met in Australia in 2010 and on return to the UK, Morgan finally left “God’s Country” and moved to the “wrong” side of the hills where they both embarked on careers in the travel industry.Several years, a wedding, and way too much Manchester drizzle later, they realised that office life was bad for your health, and escaped to the mountains!  Now they get to spend their winters in La Tania enjoying their three favourite pastimes (skiing, hosting dinner parties and baking award winning!* cakes, and call it a job!! It was even rumoured that they were once spotted hoovering walls by their Operations Director...

*Award courtesy of The 3 Valleys Charity Family Fête 2018!

SKI OR BOARD?
Ski.

ON PISTE OR OFF PISTE?
One of us goes one way, the other the opposite!

CHAIRLIFT OR BUBBLE LIFT?
Chairlift (it's far too much effort to take your skis off).

MOGULS OR STEEPS?
Steeps (we value the use of our knees).

GLOVES OR MITTENS?
Gloves.

BEER OR VIN CHAUD?
One of each please.

STARTERS OR DESSERTS?
Desserts.

SCRAMBLED OR FRIED?
Poached?

CAKE OR BISCUITS?
All of the cake.

HOT TUB OR OPEN FIRE?
Open fire (can we have marshmallows?)

Matt & Lucy - La Rosiere Resort Managers

Matt and Lucy met in La Rosiere, where they intended to ‘do a season’ before getting ‘real’ jobs. Lucy wanted work in Europe to put her language degree to use, and practise handy phrases such as “vino rosso per favore” and “je voudrais une biere s’il vous plait”, and couldn’t resist the opportunity to learn to ski at the same time. Matt was drawn to the mountains by his love of food, skiing, and food. On his first season he earned himself the nickname “Le Grand Garçon” due to his frequent visits to the patisserie. But he says if you ski as hard and fast as he does, you can eat as much as you like.

After a couple of years working elsewhere, they realised how much they missed the sunny (and snowy) slopes of La Rosiere, the delicious Italian pizzas in La Thuile, and not having to queue for chairlifts. This winter, they will be joining The Alpine Generation team, and swapping a B&B by the sea for Chalet Kandahar.

When Matt is not performing high speed carve turns or looking for the best hot chocolate on the mountain, you will find him keeping Chalet Kandahar running as smoothly as a freshly waxed pair of skis. Lucy can usually be found in the chalet perfecting the cake of the day, otherwise she'll be on the mountain getting just one more “fun” mogul run in…

SKI OR BOARD?
Ski.

ON PISTE OR OFF PISTE?
On piste (especially when they forget to groom it after fresh snow falls...)

CHAIRLIFT OR BUBBLE LIFT?

Button lift... the only way to Italy!

MOGULS OR STEEPS?
Lucy likes moguls, Matt likes steeps, so we have to tackle both!

GLOVES OR MITTENS?
Lucy – mittens. Matt – gloves.

BEER OR VIN CHAUD?
Have you heard of a Bombardino?

STARTERS OR DESSERTS?

Afternoon tea.

SCRAMBLED OR FRIED?
Scrambled.

CAKE OR BISCUITS?
Matt doesn’t know what biscuits are, because Lucy has eaten the entire batch.

HOT TUB OR OPEN FIRE?
Band night. 

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