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The Freeride Republic chalet hostRalph and Natalie

Born in Bradford West Yorkshire in 1974. Educated at Rishworth School Halifax West Yorkshire. Graduated from Goldsmiths College University of London in 1999 with B.A Honours Politics & Economics.

Ralph spent 3 seasons in Tignes in the mid nineties as a ski guide and barman. Ralph returned to the ski business in 2001 working as Resort Manager for Ski Direct Control in Vallandry Les Arcs & then La Tania Courchevel. Ralph set up the Freeride Republic Ltd as a company in 2006, and ran the company’s first chalet in winter 2006 / 7 in La Tania and has remained in the area ever since.

The Freeride Republic is now in its 17th year of operating chalets in the La Tania & Courchevel areas. Ralph is a Halifax Town fan and is the President of the annual 3 Valleys Charity Day in Meribel.


Having enjoyed skiing as a teen, I decided to work in La Tania doing a season as a chalet host. Since becoming a mum of two, I still enjoy travelling as much as I can and to share my experiences with them.

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