Hampshire & Isle of Wight

British Alps death skier was on 'dream job'

Jamie Rolfe
Image caption Mr Rolfe has been described as having a 'zest for life'

A skier has died after falling down a ravine while on a "dream job" working in the French Alps.

Jamie Rolfe, 27, of Newport, Isle of Wight, was out with friends during the early hours of Wednesday at the resort of Les Deux Alpes where he had been working as a chalet rep.

His devastated parents described him as a "bright and talented son".

The Foreign Office said it was providing consular assistance to the family.

Mr Rolfe, who was born in London, moved to the Isle of Wight with his family as a two-year-old.

'Artistic character'

The former Carisbrooke High School student later went on to study film at Falmouth University in Cornwall, before teaching English to university students while living in China, and also visited Africa and South-East Asia.

His parents said in a statement: "We'll remember Jamie as a lively free spirit with a zest for life and an enthusiasm for travelling.

"Jamie was a bright and talented son who was sociable with many friends in different parts of the world.

"His creative and artistic character meant he had an affinity for learning and playing music, and studied film at Falmouth University.

"He loved outdoor sports and it was a dream job to work as a chalet rep in the Alps, where he could also pursue his passion for snowboarding.

"We are shocked and devastated by the death of Jamie, who brought so much joy and happiness to our lives, and lived his life to the full by embracing exciting opportunities and adventures."

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