Expat mum conquers Alps with nine-year-old son

Published:  14 Aug at 6 PM
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A British mum living in France has achieved her dream of becoming a ski instructor and scaling the Alps with her young son.

Single mum Tori Collins, 27, grew up in Buckinghamshire and always wanted to be a ski instructor, so four years ago decided to move to the French Alps. Now living in the resort time of Tignes with her nine-year-old son, Ossie, she has achieved that dream, teaching people of all ages and abilities.

And last week, Tori and Ollie conquered Aiguille de la Grande Sassiee, a 3,751-metre mountain just outside Tignes.

Tori admitted afterwards that she wasn’t sure if her son would have been able to scale such a mountain, explaining that they thought they would just give it a go and if they encountered any problems would turn round and come back. She said that Ollie was very happy when he reached the top, adding that he only complained at the start when he was tired.

The Brit went on to explain that she knew how fit her son was as her ran most of the way up Mount Snowden in May in order to raise funds for victims of Nepal’s earthquake. He is also currently U-10 British ski champion and dreams of being the world downhill ski champion in the future.
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