WONDER on the slopes! 

WONDER London is all about the people. We believe it is important to encourage a culture that is both hard-working and playful. As WONDER grows, it is more important than ever that we continue to orchestrate internal events that bring the team together and keep the energy high.

Honing in on our playful side, we took the WONDER team on our 4th company ski trip. This year we ventured to Chamonix in France, for the opportunity to spend time away together in a different environment and embrace the physical challenges of the slopes. Over the course of the 4 days, we immersed ourselves in intensive skiing lessons, huddled in hot tubs and of course, bonded over our shared love of wine and cheese. What better way to curb the January blues and set the tone for the year ahead?

Whilst a surprising number of the team stunned us with their elegant technique and their rapid slaloms, for several it was their first time on the slopes. With this in mind, we booked multiple instructors to cater for the varying experience levels, ensuring that everyone got the guidance they needed in order to progress. Regardless of ability, we loved watching everyone overcome their individual challenges and were relieved that we didn’t need to claim on our medical insurance. Following a few Bridget Jones inspired moments and some exceptional mishaps on the button lifts, we weren’t counting on it!

As a creative agency, it is particularly important that we explore new places and seek inspiration from natural environments around us. 14,000 ft up, looking out at the contours of Chamonix Mont-Blanc – we did just that. Evening project meetings in our unique Swiss-style chalets saw us discuss new business proposals with renewed energy and a fresh perspective.  

When fresh powder snow gave way to icy surprises and shocking visibility, we continued to spur each other on with the same comradery that mirrors our spirit on site. Equally important, we learnt to laugh at ourselves when our skis took on a mind of their own. As the sun went down, our après-ski sessions reunited the pros with the amateurs over another shared love, music. The most memorable of such sessions was an intimate DJ set hosted by our very own production leads.

It wasn’t just the decks that uncovered hidden talents. A few people had kept their French fluency under wraps, which was conveniently revealed to us translating tips from our guides. Team WONDER are full of surprises.

The streets of Shoreditch may not be as breathtaking as Chamonix Mont-Blanc. Nonetheless, we have an array of local activities lined up to keep the momentum flowing. With the new ‘Culture Council’ in place, we have kickstarted our first initiative ‘Fit February’ with weekly Wednesday 5k runs and are continuing through March.

We may not be destined for the Winter Olympics anytime soon, but we will continue to be a team that embraces new challenges, support each other and have a lot of fun in the process. With or without the cheese.

You can rest assured that we are far more composed in our project planning than we are on the slopes.