The Alpoholics

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!

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Charlie Bulbrook

Managing Director

Charlie is The Alpoholic, founder of Alpoholics Chalets which is about to embark on its 14th 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.

Seasons: 17th

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 (and by “powder” I do of course mean the bits about 2 meters from the edge of the piste…)

Extra Skills: DJ & mad keen golfer during the summer

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Jenny Tuppen

Operations Manager

Jenny was Alpoholics’ first permanent employee and has been Charlie’s second in command for over 5 years now!  After running Chalet Yogi single handedly to critical acclaim for it’s first two winters back in 2016 – 18 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!

Seasons: 11th

Ski or Snowboard? Skier at heart but every year I board a little more..

Favourite BrewDog? Hazy Guava

Favourite Ski Run? Sun shining, tunes playing while you cruise down the long winding Geisha run into Champagny

 

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Francesco Gitto

Chalet Manager

With a wealth of experience managing restuarants Francesco is our chief of quality making sure everything is at the top of its game across the chalets.  You’ll be sure to see his face around the chalets greeting guests and making sure you have a fantastic stay.

Seasons: 2nd (but 10 years as a loyal guest!)

Ski or Snowboard? – Snowboard

Favourite BrewDog? Hazy Guava

Go to Apres Beverage? A classic G&T!

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Ben

Ski Tech

Ben has been in La Plagne for the past few years and joins us this year to be responsible for our rental fleet and maintenance needs.  If the sun is shining you’ll find him outside soaking up the rays!

Seasons: 10th

Ski or Snowboard? – Ski

Favourite BrewDog? Lost Lager

Go to Apres Beverage? A nice cold beer

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Ali

Mustang Chalet Chef

Ali left the civil service to follow her culinary dreams in 2019 and has not looked back!  Going into her 3rd season with Alpoholics she is the proud owner of ratdog (her chihuahua..) and too many snowboards than necessary and will be whipping up her culniary delights in our largest chalet this year!

Seasons: 4th

Ski or Snowboard? – Snowboard

Favourite BrewDog? Dead Pony Club

Favourite Ski Run?  Lapping around Levassets and Rossa (best hot choc over there) or on a snowy day it’s all about beautiful Montalbert!

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Emily

Mustang Chalet Host

Emily spent last season in La Plagne and decided to return for ‘just one more’ season.. she works within the NHS during the Summer so you know the chalet will be kept super clean!  She’s looking forward to hitting the slopes once more with her returning friends this Winter.

Seasons: 2nd

Ski or Snowboard? Skier

Favourite BrewDog? Hazy Guava

She discovered the wonders of tartiflette last season and fell deeply in love..

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Verity

Chalet Declan

Her extensive background in customer-facing roles ensures she will seamlessly integrates into running Chalet Declan!  She has also undergone an extensive live-in week long course this summer down in Cornwall in order to prepare her for everything you could possibly need to know about running a chalet efficiently and to our high standards!

Seasons: 1st

Ski or Snowboard? – Ski

Favourite BrewDog – Yet to choose.. ask me after the BrewDog training day!

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Ethan

Chalet Antoine Chef

Ethan wants to escape the big city while doing something he loves on the side; snowboard! He has spent the last six years expanding and developing his cooking skills at a number of restaurants and gastropubs across the UK.

Seasons: 1st

Ski or Snowboard? – Snowboard

Favourite BrewDog? Lost Lager

Fun fact about yourself: I used to be in a circus and I like to DJ!

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Annabelle

Chalet Antoine Host

Annabelle has been working her way up through different award winning restaurants over the past 6 years doing everything from private dining, making delicious cocktails and managing the opening of a brand new restaurant in Clapham! She now feels it’s time to expand her horizons and go on a new hospitality adventure in the Alps! 

How many seasons have you done? First one!

Do you Ski or Snowboard? Snowboard

Favourite BrewDog Beer? Zwickel Helles

Why do you want to do a ski season? I’ve loved visiting the alps in the summer time and going walking in the mountains. It made me want to go travelling more and what better way than to do a job I love at the same time!

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Michael

Flexi Hero

Michael is no stranger to seasons and use to work in La Plagne years ago!  More than capable to stand in wherever needed, make sure to ask him about the secret hidden gems of the resort.  He runs his own holiday let business in the Summer so he’s very au fait with a chalet changeover!

“I have been doing seasons since 2007 and have worked as a chalet host right up to a resort manager for one of the largest Ski Tour Operators in the game. I did a season in La Plagne in 2011/12. (I believe this was Alpoholics’ first year in La Plagne and I was your next door neighbour!) I have had the last 7 years away from the Alps and am looking forward to seeing how things have changed and to see if I can remember how to snowboard!”

Seasons: 10th

Ski or Snowboard? Snowboarder

Favourite BrewDog? Punk

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Ben

Chalet Chef

Ben joins his best mate Louis on team Alpoholics 23-24 for his first winter season! Ben has worked his way up to Head Chef over the years, plying his trade in a variety of establishments down South.  He is most looking forward to meeting new people, being in a completely different environment from the UK while snowboarding as much as possible!

Seasons: First taste!

Ski or Snowboard? – Snowboard

Favourite BrewDog? Can I pick cider?!

Go to Riding Playlist:  Reggae

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Ethan

Chalet Yogi

Ethan did his first season in La Plagne back in 2017. He has since completed several more winters in La Plagne, unable to resist its magnetic allure. Beginning his journey as a chalet host, Ethan has ascended the ranks to become the fantastic chalet chef he is today. With a wealth of experience under his belt, he knows the intricate ingredients that compose the recipes for a thriving chalet.

Ethan’s welcoming and relaxed demeanor will wrap you in the cozy embrace of home, ensuring that this Winter your stay will be nothing short of exceptional.

Seasons: 5th

Ski or Snowboard: Snowboard

Favourite Brewdog? Hazy Jane

Fun Fact: I cant be anywhere for a prolonged time without my guitar!