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One of PlanetSKI's regular contributors, Rod Frazer, has been in the Alps for 25 years. He's a ski instructor & has now called it a day.

It is a thought at the back of every ski instructors' mind.

They live the dream but always there is what to do when it ends.

As it surely will.

Age, knees giving way, a lack of money, no career prospects or perhaps realising the reality is not quite the same as the dream.

Or just having a new path to tread.

How to integrate back in the real world and how to move on?

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Rod Frazer and his partner Dianne have moved back to the Highlands in Scotland after life in the Alps.

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In part Rod and Dianne were homesick.

In part the ski journey in the Alps seemed to have ended.

In part it was Brexit and the real worries ahead about even being able to work.

In part it was seeking new adventures and challenges.

Rod has been a fully certified ski instructor working out of the French resort of Les2Alpes and recently a director of the British Alpine Ski School, BASS, in the resort.

He has filed many stories for PlanetSKI including help with this notable one on the tragic avalanche that killed 2 school children and a Ukrainian back in 2016.

He heped in the rescue operation.

He also filed countless video snow reports and kept us abreast of news from the resort and the surrounding French Alps.

We'll miss his input from the Alps but look forward to it from the ski fields of Scotland where he has returned.

"As an ISTD ski instructor and Director of BASS in Les2Alpes there was the uncertainty regarding Brexit and how this will impact," said Rod.

"My qualification may well no longer be recognised which was part of our planning to come home - jump rather than be pushed.

"Also we were homesick anyhow after 25 years in the Alps where we had a chalet business, bar and ski school at various times."

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And now?

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He and Dianne have moved back to Badenoch and are running a self-catering holiday business, Where Stags Roar.

It has already been shortlisted, as one of only four, for the Best Self Catered Accommodation Award by the Highlands & Islands Tourism Awards.

The shortlist has been announced today, Friday 28th September, with the winners announced on 2nd November.

It is a huge achievement even to reach the shortlist.

"We're really chuffed and fantastic that our efforts to go the extra mile have been recognised with the shortlisting in these prestigious awards," said Dianne.

"Any businesses no matter how small still need to think about their brand identity, and how they can express those values and ambitions."

So, what is Where Stags Roar all about?

It started with one holiday home in Newtonmore 15 years ago.

By the end of 2018 the couple will be operating five 4-star letting properties in Newtonmore - almost doubling capacity from 8 to 14 beds.

"We're doing this in a sustainable way, which is important to us, as the most sustainable way to build a property business is to preserve old buildings, not build new stuff," said Rod.

"We're adapting and reusing an old commercial property that had lain empty for years in the centre of the village, after the existing business, the coop, moved into bigger and better premises in the village."

"I'm always hands on and do a lot of the work myself, although the last few months have been more ripping out and demolishing than re-building!"

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Skiing of course has not been forgotten and Rod has been skiing across the summer months in Scotland.

He wanted to prove you can ski in Scotland every month of the year.

This winter Rod will also be an ambassador for Ski Scotland where he and Dianne will make and share content to showcase Scottish skiing.

Here at PlanetSKI we will be sharing his content too.

So, keep your eyes open for that next winter and wish them all the luck in the awards on November 2nd.

And if you need self-catering accommodation in the Highlands you know where to look...

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