How to be a great ski chalet host

Posted 1st July 2015

How to be a great ski chalet host

How to be a great ski chalet host

So you’re going to do a ski season?

Whether you’re just out of university or taking a sabbatical from your career, doing a ski season is a great opportunity to live in the mountains, spend lots of time socializing with great people, broaden your horizons, and of course SKI EVERY DAY!

Sounds like the ideal job right?! And yes it really is, but to have a successful ski season also takes a lot of hard work and commitment – and there are certainly some ‘less glamorous’ aspects such as cleaning toilets and shoveling snow in a blizzard at 6am!

What does it take to be a really good ski chalet host?

Paddy Connor, owner of NINE & TENNE Chatel gives his top tips:

Enjoy your work, have a positive attitude and everyone will be happy!

It’s important to work in a team and get involved with any of the jobs around the chalet, even if you don’t consider it to be under your remit.

Keep the fire roaring, make sure the right music is playing, light candles and create the perfect setting for your guests… it makes all the difference!

To ensure jobs are done well and you also get as much time on the mountain as possible

It really helps to personalize your service offering

If you’ve got a spare couple of minutes, offer to help children get their ski boots on in the morning, or help little ones with their supper in the evening.

Don’t wait for a bluebird day – get out there in all conditions and your skiing will improve beyond measure

Ski seasons involve 3 things – work, skiing, and partying. Work isn’t optional, and it’s important to balance the other 2!

Ski companies will welcome experienced seasonal staff back and it can be a great way of mixing travelling and working. Enjoy!

Please contact us for our 2015/6 staff vacancies and for more information about doing a ski season.

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Clare Richards  February 2019

         
Big thank you to Paddy and our hosts Becks and Joe for a fantastic week. The service was outstanding and so lovely to have hosts who made you feel like the chalet was your home. We have stayed in many catered chalets and have always been very happy (we do our research!) but this was the best service to date. Joe and Becks went out of their way to ensure the menu met all our needs and were great fun to be around. Eli, our driver, was brilliant - always happy and made us laugh. He even helped put the kids boots on every morning! The location is really good - easy walk into town and several options for ski lifts in the morning. We would recommend skiing in Switzerland during peak times as you can still experience pretty empty slopes! Great value for money

polly appleton  January 2019

         
Absolutely fantastic week. The chalet was gorgeous, spacious and lovely bedrooms. Paddy was a great host. The skis were delivered to the chalet which saved so much hassle as were the ski passes. Paddy booked our restaurants before we arrived. Cannot recommend more highly!! We will come back.

Rupert Weiss  March 2019

         
A very high end chalet. Staff very friendly and couldn’t do too much for us. Top notch food. Very highly recommended.

leigh farrell  March 2019

         
Les Clarines is a beautiful contemporary Chalet with amazing views of Châtel village and the surrounding mountains. Paddy gave us a wonderful welcome and we really enjoyed our stay. The hot tub was a bonus! We will definitely be back :)

julia vindis  February 2019

       
Great week in a wonderful house, lots of room for all the family. fantastic service, Skis, lift passes, and food , arranged by Paddy, were delivered to the house completely stress free. Thank you Paddy for all your help to make it a memorable week.

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