WHY CHOOSE ALTITUDE MISSION?
There is no other ski season like Altitude Mission. It is a totally unique experience that gives you the chance to deepen your faith, make Christian friends for life, learn how to do Mission, be a Ski Angel, help set up and run a ground-breaking ‘pop-up church’ in an après-ski bar and truly see God at work. If you want to, for an extra cost, you can come away with a level 1 & 2 BASI ski instructor’s qualification.
We have seen how hard it is to be a Christian doing a ski season without the support of fellow Christians. It has been said that in this situation, Christians not only lose their faith but drift even further away from it. At Altitude Mission you will not only get that support from fellow Altituders, but you will create bonds that last a lifetime. The friends you make here will be the ones you turn to as you continue on your journey through life.
At Altitude Mission you will do so much. You will be challenged, you will be exhausted and exhilarated in equal measure, you will laugh till it hurts, you will ski/snowboard like you’ve always dreamed, you will sing God’s praises as you sit on a mountain top, you will put others before yourself, you’ll learn to help in the kitchen, use a commercial dishwasher and you’ll have dinner with Christian leaders. You’ll dance on the tables at the Ronnie, and by the end of the season, you’ll have got closer to God.
TYPICAL ALTITUDERS DAY
Your chalet breakfast will usually be at 8am. Altituders will take it in turns to help the cook with setting up breakfast and everyone will help clear away and make their picnic. Each day will be different depending on the ski timetable. Days will start with breakfast and Pray for the Day.
For those on the ski instructors course, ski training usually takes place from 11.30am (apart from three full weeks of training and testing), so skiers will make a packed lunch and then head to the slopes – it’s a short walk (about 8 minutes) from the chalet to the ski slopes. We hope you will love the mountains enough to head out with guests/Altituders before your lessons start.
You will be skiing most days – the skiing and the mountains in the 3 Valleys are awesome
In the evenings there will be a whole range of activities. These may include
Ski Angels at the Folie Douce.
An après-ski meet-up in one of the local bars – this is a chance to invite your friends somewhere informal.
Connecting with seasonnaires on their day off, perhaps starting on the slopes at the Folie Douce, or The Ronnie, and ending with a beer and pizza evening at our chalet.
Serving at our church service in the Meribel chapel – on welcome, or worship, or leading prayers.
Helping set up a new ‘pop-up church’ on a Sunday morning in one of the après-ski bars.
Praying in our 24-7 Prayer Room
Our mission will be very much God-led.
On 5 evenings a week, our chalet cook will prepare a 2-course evening meal for you. Altituders and guests will take it in turns to help with meal preparation, and in so doing, you’ll learn invaluable cooking skills. Everyone will help tidy away the meal and scrub the pans!
You will be living in a catered chalet very close to the centre of Meribel. The chalet has 12 twin bedrooms, all with en-suite shower or bathrooms. You will be sharing with other Christians and their non-christian guests. The chalet is fully catered on 6 days of the week. On the other day you are welcome to eat out or cook for yourself.
The centre of Meribel is just a 4-minute walk downhill, and the ski slopes just a couple of minutes beyond that.
There is a large dining area, and a comfortable living room with open fireplace + free wifi.
Please note that we have 2 chalet dogs, and they are very friendly!
OPTIONAL BASI SKI or snowboard INSTRUCTOR’S COURSE
For January to April 2020 you have the option to join a BASI 1 & 2 ski instructors course with New Generation. More Info here.
You will have over 250 hours of ski lessons – concentrating on a particular discipline such as off-piste powder or race-training. You’ll take the week-long BASI 1 training course which ends with the BASI 1 test on the Friday. To complete BASI 1 you’ll need to do 35 hours of ski school shadowing, which New Generation will arrange for you. Then, if you are of a sufficient standard, you’ll take the BASI 2 course, which ends with a two-week BASI test. You’ll need a further 35 hours of ski school shadowing, which New Generation will arrange.
This is an 11-week course which includes avalanche training, guided off-piste days, video analysis, first aid training and even French lessons.
As well as the specialist ski teaching, you’ll have plenty of time for free skiing with other Altituders and/or guests, to go and explore the huge area of the 3 Valleys, and to perfect your technique, so that by the time April rolls in, you’ll be skiing like a very well-seasoned seasonnaire.
£2995.00 COST INCLUDES
21 weeks catered accommodation in Chalet Altitude from 27th November 2019 to 23rd April 2020
Food – breakfast every day, afternoon tea and two-course dinner 6-days a week.
Travel to resort. We’ll pick you up at Geneva airport and take you to Meribel. And we’ll take you back to Geneva at the end of the season.
Be involved with our Mission
Chalet Hangouts (Pizza and Beer Night, Noodle Nights, First Tracks, etc)
La Folie Doucé and Ronnies Aprés Bar hangouts
OTHER COSTS FOR YOU TO CONSIDER
Travel to Geneva – you’ll need to book your own flights or travel.
Ski pass. A 3-Valley season pass costs around €1300.
Ski equipment – we recommend bringing your own kit however can also arrange equipment hire.
Insurance – we recommend you take out ski accident or travel insurance. A Carte Neige season accident insurance costs around €35 and covers mountain rescue costs but not medical costs.
Après-ski drinks and lunches (make a picnic for €2 a day)
OPTIONAL SKI INSTRUCTORS COURSE PROVIDED BY NEW GENERATION SKI SCHOOL – £4,900
Over 250 hours ski training,
BASI Fees, Exams and Membership,
Child Protection Module
The course begins on the 4th Jan and will end on the 21st March.
Week 1, 2 and 3 – BASI Level 1 Training (welcome meeting 5th Jan)
Week 4 – BASI Level 1 Exam
Weeks 5 + 6 – Shadowing our ski School (required)
Weeks 7-9 – BASI Level 2 Training
Weeks 10 + 11 – BASI 2 Exam (finishes 18th March)
VERY LIMITED SPACES AVAILABLE. APPLY TODAY!
Chalet Altitude is run on a not-for-profit, cost-only basis and we don’t want the price of the season to be prohibitive, so if you need financial help please do get in touch, though we would expect you to raise part of the funds yourself, through working and through fund-raising.
You will be doing mission work, so you may want to apply to your church and church members for financial assistance, or there are grants available from Christian funding organisations.
We are heavily subsidising the cost of the season and will cover that cost by match-funding what you pay. If your church or family are able to help with this match-funding, this will help ensure the sustainability of Altitude for future years.