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Meet the Team

We are a small, passionate team of skiers (and some snowboarders) who love what we do. Most of us have worked a handful of seasons in the mountains and our first-hand knowledge of the chalets, hotels and resorts we feature is unrivalled in the industry. With Oxford Ski Company you are in safe hands. 

Founder and CEO

Rupert Longsdon

It is a love of being in the mountains and cold snowy landscapes that still appeals to me. Whether the Alps or Antarctica, skiing takes you to all these places. I have many more to explore which is exciting.

I am an Alpine and Telemark skier.

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Managing Director

Mark Gibbins

I have always believed that skiing is a means of transportation to and from lunch... I am the person you need to speak to about finding the perfect terrace spot for a fine Alpine lunch!

I am a skier.

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Chairman

Chad Lion-Cachet

Having grown up in South Africa and now living in the UK, travel has always had a firm grasp on my heartstrings. I have had the luxury to travel far and wide with my family over the years and am thrilled to be working with an exciting. prosperous and ambitious travel business.

I am a beginner skier.

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Senior Chalet Specialist – Team Leader

Sarah Roberts

My passion for skiing and being in the mountains was fueled by having survived three seasons in both the French and Austrian Alps! Now I am here to share my love and knowledge for the sport, properties and mountains with you.

I am a skier.

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Senior Chalet Specialist – Team Leader

Marcus Roberts

My first ski experience was nearly 20 years ago, and I have never looked back. After two seasons in La Plagne, and five years crewing superyachts worldwide, I decided to put my knowledge to good use and help others discover amazing properties in the world’s best resorts.

I am a skier.

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Senior Chalet Specialist - Team Leader & Head of Learning and Development

Tim Newns

Escaping to a snowy mountain resort, enjoying the beautiful scenery, good food and exquisite wine is the best way to relax the mind and refresh the soul. Whether travelling with family, friends or solo, we are sure to have the perfect property for you.

I am a skier but also can snowboard.

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Chalet Specialist

Edward Hooper

Skiing is the perfect combination sport: stunning views and some fantastic spots for lunch. I have loved skiing from a young age and try to go as much as possible. I also find beer tastes a lot better in the alpine sun after a busy day on the slopes! I’m happy to help you plan your ski holiday so you can enjoy it just as much as I do.

I am a skier.

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Chalet Specialist

Thomas Peel

I’ve been lucky enough that skiing has always been a part of my life – first putting on skis aged 2. I’ve managed to get to the slopes at least once a year ever since with either family or friends and have never fallen out of love with it. I place particular emphasis on improving the technical aspects of skiing, taking lessons every year, and competing in races and ski shows. I’m here to pass my knowledge and passion for the sport onto you.

I am a skier.

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Chalet Specialist

Cormac Malone

Skiing in Austria has always felt like a home away from home to me with my father living there all my life. I have also more recently fallen in love with skiing in the Three Valleys in France.

For me, nothing quite beats a sunny day on the slopes followed by a drink at your favourite apres bar or discovering somewhere new! I want to share my knowledge and passion for skiing and the mountains to make sure you can have wonderful experiences too.

I am a skier.

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Senior Hotel Specialist, Europe & North America - Team Leader

Karen Cabena

With a passion for travel, sport and adventure I have been lucky enough to experience the amazing skiing in Canada and North America. I can help you do the same.

I am a skier.

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Hotel Specialist, Europe & North America

Daniel Symons

I have completed three winter seasons and one summer. There is not a day that goes by where the mountains aren’t the first thing on my mind. I would relish the opportunity to be able to share my knowledge and enthusiasm and help you find the perfect property for your next Holiday.

I am a skier and snowboarder.

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Hotel Specialist, Europe & North America

Nikki Dunster

I was lucky enough to start skiing at age 4 with my best friend and our families and have loved being in the mountains ever since. I still ski with the same best friend and our families every winter. I love the mountain air and the alpine charm and can't wait to help you find the perfect property for your holiday.

I am a skier.

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Hotel Specialist, Europe & North America

Georgina Cunningham

Skiing began for me whilst at school in Switzerland and Australia. Moving countries while growing up was the norm for me, but a constant was skiing in our family home in Crans Montana, Switzerland.

Combining my love for travel and skiing lead me to more recently spend seasons in Patagonia, Argentina and Kitzbühel, Austria where I qualified as a ski instructor and taught my passion to holiday makers.

I am a skier.

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Chalet & Apartment Specialist

Elena Dryden

I’ve been a keen skier since I was 11 and first tried snowboarding in my late teens. I decided to take a 6 month career break to do a season as a chalet chef, but I ended up staying in the French Alps for nearly a decades worth of winters. Having managed a small portfolio of catered chalets in the Tarentaise valley I have plenty first-hand knowledge to share.

I am a skier and a snowboarder.

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Experience Manager

Lizzie Stenhouse

I have always enjoyed the excitement of travel and have been an enthusiastic skier since the age of seven. I jump at any chance I get to go skiing with either family or friends.

To me, nothing compares to the feeling of gliding down the slopes whilst taking in the fresh mountain air and scenery around you. I am also very partial to a pit stop on the piste. A chance to relax and refuel is an important part of the holiday.

I am a skier.

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Experience Manager - Team Leader

Jessica Buck

I fell in love with travel from an early age despite waiting until I was eight years old before taking my first trip abroad. I’ve certainly made up for this as I’ve got older, having visited 30 countries before the age of 26. I previously spent a year working on the Private Travel team before starting my new role in Ski Concierge.

I am a beginner skier.

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Experience Manager

Georgia Daniels

I am lucky enough to have been traveling abroad since I was 6 months old and since then have not stopped! There is nothing I love more than traveling to new places to explore new countries and cultures and I always have my next trip away in near sight.

I am a beginner skier.

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Experience Manager

Tilly Painter

I’ve been lucky enough to have spent many years in the French Alps in my grandparent’s chalet with my family, learning to ski at the age of 2. With Swiss heritage, skiing was bound to be one of my favourite sports, which is closely followed by dancing at après!

My favourite time of year in the mountains is at Christmas, one of the best experiences I’ve had was whilst hosting a cabin in Lapland where I was fortunate enough to see the northern lights, go husky riding and yes … I did meet Father Christmas!

I am a skier.

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Product and Projects Leader

Annie Barber

The feeling you get when you first capture a glimpse of those majestic snowy peaks and breathe in the fresh mountain air is something quite special. I first went skiing on a school trip at the age of 11 and once I got the bug there was no going back. Numerous ski holidays and a winter season in Morzine lead me to pursue a career in the industry where I have the privilege of thinking about and talking about skiing every day. 

I am a skier

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Head of Marketing & Communications

Felix Hemsley

The magic of the mountains never grows old for me, even though I could ski before I could walk. Offering an escape from reality and an excuse to have a lazy afternoon sat in the sun at a mountainside bar, there are few retreats to match the allure of winter in the mountains.

I am a skier.

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Marketing Executive & CRM Lead

Georgia Rafferty

Mountains have always been a calming escape for me. The tranquillity and mystery they hold makes for a welcome break.

There is nothing I like more than planning a getaway with the family, and I have been lucky enough to travel to some beautiful places around the world, from North America to Southeast Asia.

I am a beginner skier.

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Junior Marketing Executive & Copywriter

Jasmine Hughes

I’ve always had a love for travelling. There is something special about having the opportunity to immerse yourself in different cultures and experience the very best that the world’s cities and towns have to offer.

With a love for winter and the snow, I’ve always thought the Alps to be particularly magical. The majesty of those mountains compares to little else; there’s a calmness and serenity to be found there that is a world away from day-to-day life.

I am a beginner skier.

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Office Manager

Franciska Souden

Travelling, gathering experiences, and learning about different cultures were always part of my life.

My favourite season is winter because I love the warm cosy feeling and all the fantastic winter activities.

You can’ t beat a lovely hot drink with a cosy fireplace and a beautiful, picturesque scenery.

I am a beginner skier.

 

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HR Manager

Jenny Goward

Exploring different countries and cultures by going on that perfect holiday is what motivates me and I’ve been very lucky to have been able to do a lot of overseas travel. I love spending quality time with family and friends, exploring new destinations and local food/wine.

I am a beginner skier.

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Finance Director

Sam Porteous

I fell in love with the mountains as a teenager after visiting a small alpine village in Switzerland one summer. The memories of swimming in an open air pool surrounded by the breath-taking panorama of chalets nestled in the slopes and snow-capped mountains have stuck with me all my life. 

I am a beginner skier.

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Assistant Management Accountant

Nicola Lazarus

I have always loved travel and exploring new places. As a parent I now enjoy family trips with my young children, teaching them about the all the different places we can explore and the foods we can try along the way.

I am a beginner skier.

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Account Assistant

Eliot Braggins

Travelling is a passion of mine, I’ll take any opportunity I can to get away.

I love exploring new cultures and ways of life, travelling to many countries across three continents.

I can't wait to see more of the world, allowing me to meet lots of new people and make lifelong memories along the way.

I am a beginner skier.

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Labrador

Eric

We all have our own roles here at Oxford Ski! Hattie has got the cuddles covered, Gordon’s got the cuteness covers, and I have got the eating covered!

I am a dog.

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Labrador

Gordon

Move over Hattie, I am now the youngest member of the Oxford Ski Canine team! My days are filled with sleeping, looking ridiculously cute, and biting my brother Eric’s ears.

I am a dog.

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Cockerpoo

Hattie

I'm a bit of an attention-seeker, spending most of my time having cuddles with the humans and playing with my toys. 

I am a dog.

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Working Cocker Spaniel

Jack

I may be young, but I'm already a master of affection! I love running around with the zoomies and playing with everyone. If there's food, I'll eat it. If there's anything that looks like a toy, I'll shred it! 

I am a dog.

 

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What makes us different?

Experience

We have been designing and delivering luxury ski holidays for 25 years. Our experience in the industry is unparalleled. You can trust us to create the perfect trip for you and your family.

Expertise

Our team live and breathe skiing and are passionate about the destinations we sell. We work with only the best chalet and hotel providers. All are regularly inspected to ensure our exacting standards are met.

Service

Each Oxford Ski Company booking includes our complimentary pre-arrival concierge service. Your specialist will help arrange the all-important finer details that are part of planning the perfect ski holiday.

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