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.

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Charlie Bulbrook

Managing Director

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!

Age: 37
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 better stick to the powder!

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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 : 31
Winter Season: 7th
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

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Jess Castle

Resort Manager

Jess 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: 31
Winter Season: 7th
Ski or Snowboard? : Snowboarder convert
Favourite BrewDog? : Clockwork Tangerine
Powder or Park? : Pow Pow

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Kate Akers

Chef 

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!

Age: 27
Seasons: 7th
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..

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Ben Thomas

Toys Manager

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.

Age: 30
Seasons: 5th
Ski or Snowboard? : Snowboarding of course!
Favourite BrewDog? : Punk!
Powder or Park? : Powder all day long (literally)

 

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Sian Carlin

Chalet Host

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.

Age: 29
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!”

 

 

 

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Rob Head

Chef – Chalet Antoine

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 😉
Seasons: 12th
Ski or Snowboard? : Standing sideways is the way forward!
Favourite BrewDog? : TBC
Powder or Park? : Pow!

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Dannielle Worsley

Chalet Host – Chalet Antoine

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

Age: Twenty-Something
Seasons: 7th
Ski or Snowboard? : Board
Favourite BrewDog? : Lone Wolf Gin & Tonic in a can!
Powder or Park? : Pow!

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Jordan Kennedy

Chef

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, probably in the mighty Chalet Orshanti!

Age: 27

Seasons: 3rd

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 )

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Shivani Gohil

Chalet Host

“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 and easily, I am energetic and easy to get along with, keen to embrace every opportunity, and I am 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!

Interesting/fun Fact about yourself- I was once voted most likely to still be asked for ID when I’m 40!

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Ali Taylor

Chef – Chalet Yogi

Age – Don’t ask 😀
Nickname – Ali Bongo
Passions / interests – getting away in my T5 campervan to go paddleboarding, longboarding or surfing-very, very badly, making ice cream, eating ice cream, boring the Internet with photos of my Chihuahua
How many Seasons? – 2
Ski or Snowboard? – Snowboard
Favourite Brewdog (if applicable, if not, we’ll leave it off) – Dead Pony Club
What you’re most looking forward to about this winter – I love making great food for people, I love the mountains, I love snowboarding and I love meeting new people – this season will bring it all!
Interesting/fun Fact about yourself / claim to fame / special skill etc. – I won a competition at summer camp that required the very athletic prowess of seeing how many marshmallows you can get in your mouth at once (I did 15). I won more marshmallows. Goals!