Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes of your winter holiday at Hucksters? A life as a Chalet Host is certainly no mean feat! In truth the role needs someone with a vibrant personality (and a love of all things snow of course!), cooking skills and attention to detail. We share a day in the life of one of our ‘seasonnaires’…
We wake up and hope that today is a bluebird day with 10cm of fresh powder on the piste - perfect for hitting the slopes (we try and squeeze in some skiing or snowboarding during the day). Breakfast is usually served from 8am, so we’re up early prepping and laying out the continental selection before taking hot breakfast orders. The menu can be anything from French Toast with cinnamon or ham to pancakes and sausages with eggs and bacon to set you up for the day. After clearing away breakfast, and once guests have left for a day of skiing, we take on the role of housekeepers, giving the rooms a spring clean, making them fresh and tidy for your return later. The communal areas are given a hoover, tidied and we then set up for Afternoon Tea later on.
Late morning we’re free for some ski time or boarding time. A lot of us from Hucksters go skiing together along with some friends we make from other companies too. The resort is full of seasonnaires and everyone is so friendly and get along well. We recently invested in a GoPro to get some awesome footage of us skiing down the pistes, it’s a brilliant hands-free way of capturing your skills. Once you’re back at our chalet you can use our free wi-fi to share your snaps on social media.
We’re back to finish laying out Afternoon Tea, a freshly baked cake and a pot of tea for the guests’ arrival. After a day on the slopes the cakes never last long! Afternoon Tea cleared away, we then set the tables for dinner, get the pre-dinner drinks ready and serve dinner. A 3-course dinner typically includes a salad, tart or soup for starter followed by a French inspired main (melt in the mouth tartiflette anyone?) and a delicious dessert – crème brulee, trifle, cheesecake and lemon posset to name just a few! Dishes cleared and washed we usually put on some evening entertainment. A popular night is our pub quiz (which has prizes!) and our beer pong evening goes down well too! Finally, we hit the hay ready to do it all again tomorrow.
Changeover on Saturday is usually the busiest day of the week where we get the chalet ready for the next guests. The winter season does fly by, but we wouldn’t change it for the world. Being a chalet host isn’t for everyone, but it’s definitely something that’s in your bones, and of course THE best job in the world.
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