For anyone following me on Twitter at the end of January and start of February, you would have noticed a fair few number of tweets referencing #netski.
Netski is an annual ski trip organised by Warren Cass with a whole host of different businesses represented. Verbier was the location for Netski 2012.
The criteria for the trip was to have a sense of humour, not take themselves too seriously and like to talk business/skiing amongst other things.
This proved to be spot on as the 17 people on the trip certainly all had a sense of humour, and absolutely didn’t take themselves too seriously.
I found this very refreshing considering the calibre of business person in the room. No matter how successful or connected everyone had time for anyone, and for myself as the newcomer in the group that was a big relief.
Described in the original blog post was the chance to bring any issues to the group. This for me was perfect as I was very interested to listen to the likes of Robert Craven, Tim Johnson, Bill Morrow about their experiences and thoughts in business.
The amount of knowledge and business know how in the group was phenomenal and I certainly came away with plenty to think about. I also had an opportunity speak at length with Mark Lee who was enormously generous with his accounting wisdom.
As well as the serious business chat, there was also plenty of good natured banter on the trip. The skiing high(low)light for myself included losing everyone during a trek across the four valleys, which involved staying on a very long button lift unnecessarily and finding myself at the top all alone of a rather tricky black run.
I wasn’t the only one to find myself all alone but that is for someone else to perhaps describe in another blog post.
The après ski was certainly very enjoyable, although perhaps not for those who were asked by me to purchase a JD and Coke at a rather inflated price (Verbier is certainly not a place to find a bargain). Although a little quiet during the week in the bars, it was certainly JAM packed by the end of the week for the Six Nations encounter between Scotland and England.
All in all a great week with loads of business chat, plenty of laughs, and also some business being done in the group.
For those with a passion for business and skiing I thoroughly recommend Netski.