Fabrice in Memoriam

Fabrice Villaret 20/05/1958 – 15/08/2014

A high mountain guide and ski instructor, Fabrice spent all of his life in the mountains; first in Les Deux Alpes where his father was also a high mountain guide and ski instructor, and then in a number of resorts including Tignes and several years in Chamonix as part of his professional training with the UCPA. Once qualified, he decided he’d like to test the snow both in Canada and New Zealand before finally settling in the Tarantaise valley to work principally in the Espace Killy. He spent over two decades with Top Ski before leaving to become a founder member of iSki-Val in 2012. He was also the President of the “Compagnie des Guides da la Vanoise” which numbers over 120 Guides and just as many Mountain Leaders.

He was, for many of us, the epitome of the mountain guide – calm, unflappable, reassuring and infinitely patient. Those of us who knew him well will recall his highly developed sense of irony and distinctly offbeat sense of humour, and of course his very sweet tooth! He has left a gaping void both within iSki-Val and the alpine/mountaineering community at large where he was so highly respected, both as a professional and a person.

Fabrice, I know that I speak for many when I say that it was a pleasure and a privilege to have known you and worked with you, and of course skied with you. We’ve shared a lot of laughs (and a few expletives) along the way and we’re grateful for the memories.

We love you Fabrice – may you rest in peace.