JOIN OUR TEAM
Our recruitment for Winter 2019/2020 is now complete, but we'd love to hear from you if you are interested in joining us in the Alps for Winter 2020/2021.
In particular we are keen to hear from mature, enthusiastic people who have a positive outlook, fantastic attention to detail, and a proven ability to quickly build strong relationships with a variety of different people.
Completion of a chalet host cookery course is not mandatory but strongly recommended for those without relevant experience.
WORKING A SKI SEASON IN THE ALPS
The Alpine Generation is a growing company run by people who know what it’s like to host a chalet and spend a winter season in the Alps. Between us we’ve worked for, and holidayed with, many of the large tour operators and the independent chalet companies.
And that’s why we reckon we know a thing or two about making sure our guests have a fantastic holiday, and that our chalet hosts have a fantastic winter working a ski season in the Alps. We recognize the crucial role that our chalet hosts and drivers play in making sure our guests want to return to us year after year, and we make sure they are well rewarded for their efforts. We pride ourselves on fostering a supportive atmosphere for our hosts, offering hands on assistance and guidance where it's needed.
So, if you fancy spending the winter working a ski season in the Alps, have a mature approach gained from work experience, and are genuinely interested in meeting new people – read on. We want to hear from you!
HAVE YOU GOT WHAT IT TAKES
Working as a chalet host over the winter season is a job like no other and for many, a once in a lifetime opportunity. The experiences you’ll have, and the friends that you make, will stay with you forever.
Believe us when we say it’s amazing.
There is, however, a trade off. It’s incredibly hard work. Hours spent on the mountain are top and tailed with early starts and late finishes. Up to 14 guests a week will be relying on you to provide them with delicious food, great hosting and all the information and advice they need to make the most of their precious week on the mountain.
Whilst working a ski season offers excellent opportunities for both work and play, we expect our chalet hosts to prioritise their work whenever work and play conflict. In return for this commitment you’ll get the opportunity to develop new skills, meet some interesting people, and experience life in one of the most stunning environments you could possibly imagine. Oh, and we’ll make sure you get enough time on the mountain to make all your friends at home suitably jealous of what an amazing skier or boarder you’ve become.
WHAT MUST YOU HAVE?
A passion for cooking – we are looking for a good background knowledge of cooking, some experience of catering for dinner parties, a background in catering or cooking, or attendance on a chalet-focused cookery course.
The Level 2 Food Safety and Hygiene for Catering Certificate or equivalent. Available to complete online here.
Excellent organisational skills and attention to detail - half the battle of being a chalet host is already won if you can plan your time effectively to maximise your time on the mountain.
High performance standards and pride in your work - you should be determined to perform all aspects of your role to the highest possible standards; be it cleaning, food preparation, chalet administration or guest interaction.
An interest in people - if you don't have an inherent interest in people, and a sociable personality, you will struggle to enjoy getting to know up to 14 new guests every week.
A good level of physical fitness and stamina - the role involves a lot of time on your feet (working and skiing!)
A love of skiing or boarding! A ski resort is no place to spend 5 months if you're not a keen skier or boarder.
So, if you think you’ve got what it takes to balance the demands of a busy winter season and ensure that our guests have the holiday of a lifetime, download the job description here and drop us a line. Applicants must be at least 21 years of age.
CAREER BREAKS & SABBATICALS
As previous career breakers ourselves, we’re always interested to hear from couples/individuals who are looking to do the same. Working a ski season is an excellent choice for a standalone five month career break, or can be easily combined with a summer of travelling.
HOW TO APPLY
If you'd like to be part of our team this winter, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your CV and covering letters, and a recent head/shoulders photograph.