At Alpoholics we know that it’s our staff (the Alpoholics) that make us stand out from the rest. We also understand the power of a happy workforce and that’s why, unlike most chalet companies in our price range, we make sure we do everything we possibly can to look after them. This includes proper remuneration and adherence to French laws. Not to mention we pay all of our taxes in France and the UK! Now that the UK is no longer part of the European Union it has made everything a lot more complicated and, sadly, more expensive but thankfully it has now been confirmed that we can still employ British staff, albeit with considerable extra paperwork, Work Permits and VISAs.
Come stay with us and see for yourselves the superstars we’ve managed to employ as a result. If you’re a returning guest you will probably see some familiar faces too as we have a high return rate of staff! In light of the recent pandemic all of our staff will be fully trained in all relevant sanitisation processes in place and adhere to the current safety guidelines.
Charlie is The Alpoholic, founder of Alpoholics Chalets which is about to embark on its 15th winter season. Charlie has an upper second class (work hard play hard) Honours degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management and is a former British Universities Freestyle Snowboard Champion. He is also the founder and DJ of La Plagne’s premier mountain top Après-ski event so be sure to catch him in action at La Bergèrie during your stay!
Winter Season: 15th
Extra Skills: DJ & mad keen golfer during the summer
Ski or Snowboard? : Snowboarder obviously..
Favourite BrewDog? : Jagged Edge – Spiky and glorious!
Powder or Park? : Both but these days I’d better stick to the powder!
Jenny is Alpoholics’ first permanent employee! After running Chalet Yogi single handedly to critical acclaim for it’s first two winters she stepped up into a well earned management role where she has continued to be ultra efficient with her admin duties whist still having plenty of time to devote to her guests and having fun! Jenny has a First Class degree in Zoology and has previously worked at Woburn Safari Park, Birdworld and Africa Alive delivering public talks, safari tours and coordinating animal displays before becoming a full time Alpoholic!
Age : 31
Winter Season: 7th
Ski or Snowboard? : Skier at heart but every year I board a little more..
Favourite BrewDog? : The original Hazy Jane (AKA Double Hazy)
Powder or Park? Powder or those fresh groomed first tracks
Fun Fact – Undefeated at the Flugel challenge!
Jess is our super smiley and personable manager, she has spent her winters in La Plagne since 2014, working in chalets of different shapes and sizes and has spent summers on yachts in the Mediterranean in between. Jess has excellent local knowledge of the resort after many seasons here and nothing is ever too much trouble. “I truly relish having the opportunity to help make people’s holidays as enjoyable as possible and have had the chance to take this up a level since joining Alpoholics 5 years ago. (Being able to snowboard in your time off might also have a little bit to do with the love of the job!)”
Passions / interests – Snowboarding, dog walks & camper vans
Favourite BrewDog? Hazy Jane
Fun Fact about yourself – I converted a Renault Kangoo into a mini campervan over lockdown!
La Plagne is like a second home to Kate; she is a very accomplished snowboarder & out on the slopes you’re likely to find her trying some new tricks or playing around in the fresh pow.
Kate loves beanies, drinking beers in the sun and any sport with a board beneath her feet. Kate cooked in Chalet Kishu in winter 2019-20 to critical acclaim and is back to take on the spectacular Mustang Chalet 2.0 for 21-22!
Ski or Snowboard? : Loyal to the Snowboarder! Never actually tried skiing..
Favourite BrewDog? : Lost Lager or Clockwork Tangerine
Powder or Park? : Can I pick both?! Park might just win..
Ben will be returning for his 3rd winter with Alpoholics and will once again be taking charge of all of your ski and snowboard rental needs and ensuring that you get the best kit in the best condition. Ben hails from bonny wee Scotland and plied his trade at Nevis range for many years before joining the Alpoholics Clan in 18-19.
Ski or Snowboard? : Snowboarding of course!
Favourite BrewDog? : Punk!
Powder or Park? : Powder all day long (literally)
Sian will be returning for her 2nd winter with Alpoholics after an impressive first winter with us running Chalet Bassey in 2019-20. Sian is a highly experienced, reliable host with a wonderful attitude and she will be stepping up this winter to take charge of Mustang 2.0, our newest and most high end chalet.
Seasons: This will be my 2nd in France
Ski or Snowboard? : Snowboard
Favourite BrewDog? : Lone Wolf G&T in a can
What are you most looking forward to about winter? “After missing last year because of COVID I can’t wait to get back on my board! I also can’t wait to host in our brand new Mustang Chalet 2.0 with badass chef, Kate – it’s going to be awesome!”
Legendary Alpoholics chef Rob returns with Dannielle for their 4th season with us having dazzled our guests in Chalet Bassey, Mustang Chalet and now our brand new Chalet Antione for the upcoming 2021-22 winter! Rob is a Rosette level chef with over 20 years cheffing experience and 11 winter seasons under his belt. Outside the winter months Rob & Dannielle run an exclusive lodge in Scotland so they have basically completely forgotten what summer feels like.
“Excellent delicious gourmet quality food. Danielle and Rob were amazing. Wonderful variety and attention to detail.” Tripadvisor review, Feb 2020
Age: Irrelevant 😉
Ski or Snowboard? : Standing sideways is the way forward!
Favourite BrewDog? : All of ’em!
Powder or Park? : Pow!
Dannielle returns for her 4th season with Alpoholics to run Chalet Antione alongside her partner, Rob. Dannielle is the perfect chalet host; likeable, highly efficient and knows exactly when to get involved and when to leave her guests to it.
“Danielle did and amazing job of helping everyone settle in and answering any initial questions we had. She bakes some awesome cakes and provided us with some great knowledge of the area and the slopes as some of us were first time skiers” Tripadvisor review – Jan 2020
Ski or Snowboard? : Board
Favourite BrewDog? : Lone Wolf Gin & Tonic in a can!
Powder or Park? : Pow!
Jordan wanted to be a chef all his life having grown up in a hotel that his parents ran in Newquay, Cornwall. He has been working in kitchens since he was just 15 and has an NVQ in professional cookery from Truro college. He can’t wait to get stuck in and get cooking!
Ski or Snowboard? Another snowboarder!
Interests: Boxing, Surfing, Snowboarding
Claim to Fame: “I’ll be a millionaire by the time I’m 50!” (I mean, we pay our staff properly but… :-p )
“As a recent graduate from the University of Birmingham, I am keen to travel, widen my horizons and pursue opportunities that capitalise on my passions for being a hostess, cooking, baking and of course, skiing. I learn quickly, am energetic and easy to get along with, keen to embrace every opportunity and always up to a challenge!”
Age – 21
Passions / interests – Baking, music festivals, Netflix and hanging out with my puppy
How many seasons? – This will be my first!
Ski or Snowboard? – Skiing
What you’re most looking forward to about this winter- Meeting new people!
Fun Fact about yourself- I was once voted most likely to still be asked for ID when I’m 40!
I am a motivated outgoing person with a proactive attitude to any task however difficult it may initially appear. I have always been a team player, from working in a kitchen since I was 14 years old to playing on a sports field. When it comes to working in the kitchen, I have the ability to cope and work well in high pressure situations so look forward to bringing this to the chalet kitchen!
Age – 21
Passions / interests – Cooking, go karting, football, dune buggying
How many Seasons? – My first!
Ski or Snowboard? – Ski
Favourite Brewdog – Classic Punk IPA
What you’re most looking forward to about this winter – Skiing on fresh powder
Interesting Fact – Part of my hamstring is in my forearm!
Christian is a Professional Chef with experience cooking in many environments from small intimate dining experiences to busy high-end restaurants. Learning through travel, determination and open mindedness has created a well-rounded and adaptable chef. As well as 6 winter seasons and 5 summer under his belt, Christian’s experience in a variety of cuisines from Basque to Japanese gives a unique palate and attitude to food which has been tempered in restaurants all around the world. He’s passionate about travel and international cuisine and always looking for the next challenge
Age – 30
Nickname – Santa
Passions / interests – surfing, skiing, foraging, environmentalism
How many Seasons? – 6 winters 5 summers
Ski or Snowboard? – Ski but you might catch me on a board when the slush comes around
Favourite Brewdog – classic Punk
What you’re most looking forward to about this winter – getting the skins on and getting a hike in
Claim to fame – have broken 3 out of 4 limbs at least once!
Charlotte has worked in the Tourism and Hospitality sector for over five years, across a wide variety of roles (e.g., waitress, receptionist, and barista). Previous experience in this sector has taught her how to be adaptable and flexible across departments, different responsibilities and working hours. Charlotte has a first class honours degree in Economics from Durham University and captained the netball team there for the 19-20 season.
Age – 21
Passions / Interests – Paddleboarding, Swimming, and anything else to do with the beach
How many Seasons? – This is my first!!
Ski or Snowboard? – Ski, but hopefully this will be the year I try out some boarding
Favourite Brewdog – Hazy Jane
What you’re most looking forward to about this winter – Getting back onto the slopes after a long 18 months off
Interesting – Former beach lifeguard (probably not the most useful in La Plagne?!)
Passions / interests: Anything that makes my mum worry – Skiing, Surfing, Diving, Windsurfing, Mountain Biking and most recently, kitesurfing
How many Seasons? – This is my 2nd winter season and 5th overall
Ski or Snowboard? – Skiing, so I don’t have to walk when it’s flat
Favourite Brewdog – Punk!
What you’re most looking forward to about this winter – First lifts, powder, and not sitting on the northern line every morning
Fun fact :I was recently an extra in a Danny Boyle TV series about the rise of the Sex Pistols!
Passions / interests: Anything adventurous that doesn’t get me sent to jail! I love diving, snowboarding, travelling and currently learning to kitesurf.
How many Seasons? 5th.
Ski or Snowboard? Snowboarding baby!
What you’re most looking forward to about this winter: Being surrounded by like minded people and waking up to the sight of a fresh powder day!
Fun Fact – People always assume that because I’m South African, I automatically own a Lion or Elephant or some kind of wild animal that just roams around like a pet.