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Chalet Host/Cook

Esprit Ski, Inghams and Ski Total

France, Italy, Austria

Competitive salary + accommodation + ski/board hire + liftpass + travel + benefits


Late April


As a Chalet Host your responsibilities will include the smooth running of your chalet, providing catering and housekeeping for guests and keeping within the set budgets. 

You will provide excellent quality meals for between 4 and 20 guests. This involves preparing breakfast, afternoon tea and a four course evening meal including canapés, as well as entertaining your guests.  You will perform daily housekeeping to maintain excellent standards of cleanliness and property presentation.  You will also be required to provide lunch for the children in Esprit chalets on a rota basis.  In our larger chalets there are opportunities for friends and couples to run the chalet together. 

It will be expected that as a Chalet Host you will have a passion for good food and excellent guest service.  You should have a friendly and outgoing personality, with excellent organisation and communication skills. 

As well as the skills related to your role you will also be required to assist with other physical duties such as deliveries, snow clearing, assisting with luggage and lifting.  Throughout the season you will be expected to fully support the chalet operations and Esprit Child Care programmes in your resort.


  • Catering qualification or cooking experience essential
  • Customer service experience essential
  • Experience in the hospitality/catering/tour ops industry
  • EU passport holders only, with UK residency and permanent UK National Insurance number

Hotelplan UK, the parent company of specialist tour operators Inghams and Inntravel, has expanded its operations in Britain 2010 by acquiring the Enigma Travel Group, a company specializing in skiing holidays, which comprises the Esprit Holidays and Ski Total brands. As a result of the 100% acquisition, Hotelplan UK has become one of the best diversified skiing and walking holidays specialist in Britain.

Inghams has made its name on the English travel market as a winter holiday specialist for high quality ski holidays in 8 countries. In addition to its Ski and Luxury Ski programmes, Inghams – established 1934 – is the UK leader in “Lakes & Mountains” holidays. 

Esprit Holidays has been established since 1982 and operates Esprit Ski, the UK’s market-leading family ski specialist, Esprit Santa’s Lapland, offering family short breaks to Finnish Lapland and a summer programme, Esprit Family Adventures. Ski Total has also been operating since 1982 and is the leading specialist for adult skiers and groups in the quality catered chalet and chalet hotel sector.

Our staff are hand picked for their friendly and outgoing personalities, as well as their experience, to run the Chalet Hotels and Chalets featured in both the Esprit and Total programmes. This enables them to give our guests the best possible holiday experience. We also select dedicated, enthusiastic and fun-loving people to run our Esprit Nurseries and Snow Clubs, to give our younger guests a fabulous time on holiday.

If you feel that you have what it takes to be part of our diverse team, and want to work in some of the best resorts in the world, such as Val d'Isère, Courchevel, Obergurgl, St Anton, Saas Fee, Verbier, Whistler, Selva Val Gardena or even Lapland, then we are the company for you.

All our ski season staff are required the work the full season from late November to late April, although there are some opportunities starting in January. Our Alpine Sun programme season runs from mid June to mid September. Santa's Lapland runs for the month of December, with the opportunity to continue the winter season with either Esprit Ski or Total Ski in the Alps.

In return for your hard work and commitment you will have the opportunity to ski or board on a regular basis, to meet new friends and have the time of your life!

Benefits Package

* Full board and accommodation

* Season lift pass - and time on the slopes to use it!

* Free hire of skis/snowboard and boots

* Full medical and liability insurance

* Transport to and from the UK

* One day off per week

* A great social life with like minded colleagues

* Competitive rates of pay

* Holiday pay

* Weekly bonus scheme

* Uniform provided

* Comprehensive pre-season training course

* Opportunities for furthering your career by joining us for a summer season or working in our UK office

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