A life as a Chalet Host is certainly no mean feat! In truth, the role needs someone with a vibrant personality and someone with a love of all things snow of course! Then there's the cooking skills and attention to detail required to make someone's stay special. We share a day in the life of one of our chalet hosts, helping to make our ski lodge holidays what they are!
We wake up and hope that today is a bluebird day with 10cm of fresh powder on the piste - perfect for hitting the slopes as we try and squeeze in some skiing or snowboarding during the day. Breakfast is usually served from 8 am, 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, while there is a lot of choice, they are all designed to set you up for a big day on the slopes. 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. This leaves the late morning free for some ski and boarding time.
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! Once Afternoon Tea is cleared away, we then set the tables for dinner, get the pre-dinner drinks ready and serve dinner. A three-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 a few! With dishes washed and tidied away, we usually put on some evening entertainment. A popular night is our pub quiz and our beer pong evenings go 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 something that’s in your bones, and of course, we think, THE best job in the world. Every day we get to ski, meet new people and have lots of fun
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