Meet the Team


FIONA & MORGAN BELL  - SALES & GUEST SERVICES

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 U.K., 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, meeting our guests and baking award winning!* cakes. And, they and call it a job!!

*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?)

Ben Butler Winter

BENEDICT BUTLER - FRENCH OPERATIONS

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 16th 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.

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 7th 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. 7 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.

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