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December 12, 2014
(Not) The Capital Markets Ski Trip
By: Orlagh Fallon
Usually my Fridays are spent in a daze of happiness overwhelmed by the thoughts of what fun plans the weekend has lying ahead unfortunately this morning I feel rather different. I am currently suffering from severe holiday blues, combined with an awful bout of flu and waves of depression. This is because this time last week I was flying down the slopes of Val D'Isere and sipping Vin Chauds on one of the Accenture ski trips.


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I always find it incredible the range of activities and extra-curricular clubs you can get involved in with Accenture, they are great ways to meet others within the organisation and have a lot of fun. Although, nothing quite prepared me for the time that I was to have on the Ski Trip.
 
Where: Val D'Isere, French Alps
When: 3rd - 7th December
Who: 120 Accenture employees (ranging from Interns to Managing Directors)
What: Skiing, Fondue Eating, Vin Chauds Drinking and Apres Ski at its finest


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Above is the squad, (from left to right) Annie Mitchell, Emily Porter, Gina Hearth, Harriet McLean and myself, although most commonly referred to on the trip as 'the interns'. However, the interns weren't quite soloing it, my analyst level friend Anna who I met when on my previous project got us involved as she was going with a group of about 15 from her start group. The first meeting with the wider group was spent fighting the preconceived ideas about a group of 18-20 year old interns and the thought that they were crashing their trip however by Sunday it was like we had known the group for years!  
 
We spent the lead up to the trip frantically checking snow reports and dreading our arrival given that the Alps have had their warmest winter in nearly 400 years and we were going very early in the season anyway. There were many jokes flying around at the fact that only 6 lifts were open out of 52 and that people had packed bikins due to the likelihood of the group ending up in Waterworld. On arrival, whilst yes very little was open, when you were high enough the snow conditions were incredible and we got some fantastic skiing done!


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The Apres was great, which included a lovely meat and cheese fondue meal, free bars and numerous visits to Dick's Tea Bar. On Saturday the interns and the start group we latched onto also took a day trip to Val Thorens (an hour and half drive away) where 40% of the slopes were open and La Folie Douce's opening party was also taking place. Please see below.

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