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, high quality staff accommodation, a full pension scheme, insurance and a whole host of other benefits facilitated by our wonderful sponsors.  Not to mention we pay all of our taxes in France and the UK!

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 Bulbrook

Managing Director

Charlie is The Alpoholic, founder of Alpoholics Chalets which is about to embark on its 10th 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 of La Plagne’s premier mountain top Après-ski event so be sure to catch him in action at La Bergèrie during your stay!

Age: 36
Winter Season: 15th
Extra Skills: DJ & mad keen golfer during the summer
Ski or Snowboard? : Snowboarder obviously..
Favourite BrewDog? : Punk IPA – put them on the map for a reason!
Powder or Park? : Powder!


Jenny Tuppen

Operations Manager

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.

Age : 30
Winter Season: 6th
Ski or Snowboard? : Skier at heart but every year I board a little more..
Favourite BrewDog? :The original Hazy Jane
Powder or Park? : Powder or that first freshly groomed track


Jess Castle

Resort Manager

Jess is our energiser bunny manager and, having completed her 4th winter in this role for Alpoholics, now has 6 seasons in La Plagne under her belt working in chalets of different shapes & sizes. Jess is super smiley and personable and nothing is ever too much trouble. She has excellent local knowledge of the resort after many seasons here. “I wanted to do a winter season at a young age through my love for the snow, a job where you board in your time off – perfect! 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.”

Age: 30
Winter Season: 6th
Ski or Snowboard? : Snowboarder convert
Favourite BrewDog? : Clockwork Tangerine
Powder or Park? : Pow Pow


Kate Akers & Poppy Cook

Chef & Host

La Plagne is like a second home to these two; they are very keen boarders & out on the slopes you’re likely to find them 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. While Poppy spends her down time singing and tinkling away on her guitar. She loves dungarees, bluebird days & home cooking!  These two had nothing but great feedback from our new Chalet Kishu last year!

Age: 24 & 26
Seasons: 6th
Ski or Snowboard? : Loyal to the Snowboarder!  Never actually tried skiing..
Favourite BrewDog? : Lost Lager or Clockwork Tangerine
Powder or Park? : Can we pick both?! Park might just win..


Oliver Smith


Oli’s culinary career began in the Alps working in hotels and private chalets. since then he has travelled across the mountains & UK spreading his passion for food!  He’s an avid snowboarder to the core; park, pow, edges and elbows!

Age : 37
Winter seasons : 7th
Ski or Snowboard? : Snowboarder
Favourite BrewDog? : Ultimate Stout
Powder or Park? : Pow, park, piste.. I love it all!