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It's not hard to have a great time out in the Alps, but choosing the right company can make a huge difference to your ski season. VIP SKI is a privately owned company with a great reputation for looking after our colleagues as well as our guests.
We operate a programme of luxury catered chalet holidays in 5 fabulous resorts across France. We will sift through thousands of applications to find 150 (ish) perfect candidates to deliver our holidays in the Alps.
We're already looking ahead to the 2022/23 ski season and our Operations Team will be reviewing all applications in the early summer. If you think you have what it takes and would like to be considered for a position please do send your CV and covering letter, stating which role you wish to apply for and why, to email@example.com. Don’t hesitate to get in contact by phone - 0203 892 4061 - or by email is you have any general questions too.
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We're a friendly, privately owned ski company with over 30 years of experience in the Alps. We're very proud of our reputation for looking after our colleagues as well as our guests. Our colleagues are crucial to the success of the business so we train them comprehensively and support them throughout the ski season. You'll have the chance to ski almost every day for 5 months, as well as take part in various resort activities and social events.
VIP SKI look for enthusiastic, dedicated individuals, with a good sense of humour and a hard working attitude. With over 40 properties across Avoriaz, Morzine, Les Gets, Arc 1950 & Val d'Isere, there's a wide variety of jobs on offer. Whether you're passionate about food, qualifed in childcare or want to put your maintenance skills to good use, we want to hear from you.
To apply for any of our roles please submit your CV and covering letter clearly detailing the role you wish to apply for and why we should consider you, to firstname.lastname@example.org. To apply for our childcare roles, email email@example.com.
Our recruitment team review applications from June each year. Should your application be successful you will be invited to attend an interview in our London office.
If you wish to contact the recruitment team please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call on 0203 892 4061.
We offer a competitive salary (paid monthly into UK bank) and package as follows:
We are looking for experienced, talented individuals to lead our teams in the Alps. We look for individuals who have seasonal Alpine experience and are passionate about skiing holidays. We look for natural leaders who will be able to work at a fast pace and provide an excellent service to the guests, whist ensuring all their employees’ welfare is looked after.
We hire around 100 hosts to work in our chalets, hotels and CLUB chalets. Whether you are looking to run one of our smaller chalets on your own or if you would like to work as part of a team in our (larger) hotels and CLUB chalets; we have positions suited for all. Our hosting teams are made up of charismatic, gregarious individuals who provide the primary interface between our guests and VIP SKI. Our classic chalet hosts will need to be passionate about cooking and have had experience throwing dinner parties of their own. We are also looking for experienced waiters and waitresses to work in our hotel in Arc 1950.
Chef & Kitchen Roles
We are looking for a variety of experienced chefs to join our teams in our hotel and CLUB chalets. Our senior chefs need to have experience in menu design and are required to lead a brigade of chefs in our hotel kitchens. We are looking for chefs with previous experience, cooking in high quality establishments who are looking for a new challenge in the Alps. We are also looking for Kitchen Porters to join our kitchen teams who will be looking to gain more experience in a professional catering environment whilst also being able to enjoy a season skiing.
Our logistics teams keep the wheels of our vans rolling in our alpine resorts throughout the winter. These teams are made up of energetic individuals who are passionate about efficiency. Due to needs of our different resorts, the specifics of the roles vary greatly from one to the next. However, all of our logistics team members will be required to drive; as such, you will need to hold a full, clean driving licence, which you have held for at least five years.
We are looking for hard working and enthusiastic childcare professionals to join our resort teams. Our childcare team are at the heart of providing unforgettable holidays for families and as such, we look for individuals with excellent childcare experience who love looking after and entertaining children. To work for VIP SKI in a childcare position, you must be qualified to NNEB, CACHE, NVQ level 3 or equivalent.
Each winter we seek exceptional individuals to manage our resorts. Our management roles are extremely varied, as such, complete flexibility is necessary. In all our management positions, a good knowledge of French is useful. In addition, driving will invariably be part of your duties and therefore you will need to have held a full clean driving licence for at least five years. Previous experience working within a similar Alpine environment is required for these positions.
Resort Manager / Assistant Resort Manager
Our resort managers will need to effectively manage and oversee the resort team. They will be responsible for delivering outstanding customer service and achieving guest satisfaction in all of our chalets. Additionally, they will be required to maintain good relations with suppliers and owners. The resort managers will be in charge of all weekly paperwork and accounts so a good knowledge of MS office would be advantageous. On a day to day basis, the resort managers will be required to visit guests, quality control the chalets in terms of food and cleanliness and also manage the large workforce of resort staff. Organisation will be key, whether it be managing transfer day or organising a large team effectively. We are looking for confident leaders who can keep cool under immense pressure whilst maintaining a consistently positive outlook.
Chalet Manager – Les Arcs & Val d’Isère
Due to the size of our programme in Les Arcs and Val d’Isère, we hire chalet managers to directly manage the groups of chalets in resort. This is a highly demanding role and we are looking for people who have previously worked in a chalet environment and have experience in managing and motivating staff. On a day-to-day basis, the chalet managers will be required to visit guests and quality control the chalet standards in terms of food and beverage, cleaning and health and safety. You will be responsible for the employee welfare within your chalet group and will need to manage and oversee a varied team of chalet hosts. This is a hands-on management role, as such the successful candidate will be required to assist in chalets from time-to-time.
Resort Administrator – Portes du Soleil & Val d’Isère
Organisation and the smooth running of a resort is at the heart of the Resort Administrator role. By having overall responsibility of the resorts’ budget, accounting and ordering, the Administrator will have a good relationship with the Resort Manager, and will have experience working with Microsoft Excel. This is a disciplined role with a lot of flexibility required. A good working knowledge of French is necessary as regular interaction and communication with local suppliers is a key part of this role.
The Chalet Host, CLUB Chalet Host and Hotel Host roles are arguably the most important roles in resort as they provide the primary interface between our guests and the Company. We cannot overstate the impact our hosts have to the success of our business and more importantly, the enjoyment of our guests' holiday. Our hosts are responsible for delivering our service promise in the chalets and as such, full commitment to the role is required.
We hire around 100 chalet hosts to work in the Alps every winter. As a chalet host, you will be required to prepare breakfast, afternoon tea and a three course evening meal with cheese board on six days of the week. You will act as host/hostess to VIP SKI guests and provide exceptional customer service throughout. Our chalet hosts are required to clean the chalet on a daily basis and provide a thorough deep clean on transfer days. We do not actively look for qualified chefs or cooks, although a passion for cooking and confidence throwing dinner parties is an absolute necessity.
CLUB Chalet Host
As a CLUB chalet host, the focus is on providing excellent customer service, hosting and housekeeping. Helping the chefs in the kitchen is part of the role, but predominantly the hosts are in the communal areas looking after the guests and ensuring all wine glasses are kept topped up. This is the perfect role for those who want to work in a chalet environment, but are not confident to cook for guests themselves. Working in small teams, the CLUB Chalet Host will focus on ensuring all guests gel and have an unforgettable holiday.
As a hotel host in Les Arcs, the setting up and delivering of breakfast, afternoon tea and a three course evening meal on seven days of the week. You will act as host/hostess to VIP SKI guests and provide exceptional customer service throughout. Our hotel hosts are required to clean the hotel rooms and communal areas on a daily basis and provide a thorough deep clean on transfer days. We are looking for exceptional, gregarious candidates who have previous hospitality experience.
We are looking for experienced chefs to work within our large CLUB chalets as well as in our kitchen brigades. Our chefs will need to work to deliver high standards of catering to our guests. For our catering roles, a passion for cooking and experience working in professional kitchens is vital. You will also need to play an active role in ensuring food hygiene standards are maintained and the kitchens are kept in a safe condition at all times.
CLUB Chef and Sous Chef
Our CLUB chalets are designed to offer the convivial atmosphere of a larger shared chalet giving our guests the opportunity to meet other like-minded skiers or families. Our CLUB chalets are reserved by the room, have a flexible menu plan, canapé reception for 6 evenings and daily cleaning. Our CLUB chefs are required to design and produce a 4 course menu on 6 nights of the week with a variety of options as well as breakfast and afternoon tea. Working with a small hosting team, you will need to be committed to providing the top level customer service for which VIP SKI is known. In our larger CLUB chalets, the CLUB Chef will have an additional Sous Chef. This job would suit a confident chef or cook who enjoys working as part of a team and would like to combine producing great food with lots of guest interaction.
We are looking for an experienced chef to run the kitchen of our hotel in Les Arcs. In this role you will need to design and execute a suitable menu. As the Head Chef, you will oversee the smooth running of the kitchen ensuring that our exceptional standards of service are being met by all employees. You will need to liaise with the Resort and Hotel managers to identify and deal with any issues.
We are looking for chefs to assist our Head Chef in the running the kitchens of our hotel in Les Arcs. As the Sous Chef, you will be required to help the Head Chef, in the smooth running of the kitchen ensuring that exceptional standards of service are being met, but must be confident to run the kitchen independently. We look for those with previous Sous Chef experience, or those who wish to take on more responsibility.
Junior Sous Chef
We are looking for individuals to join our brigade of chefs in Les Arcs. The successful candidates will need to have had experience working in professional kitchens and must be confident in running an array of sections. Your duties will include food preparation, cooking under some supervision and running particular sections of the kitchen.
Our kitchen porters are a supporting role within our hotel kitchen. You will need to ensure basic cleaning jobs are carried out as quickly as possible, collect and wash up pots and pans, clean food preparation areas and equipment in addition to crockery and cutlery. In our hotel kitchens, there is great capacity to learn and get involved with the cooking side of things; including initial food preparation to plating up.
For all our logistics positions, all candidates must have a full, clean driving licence, which you have held for at least five years. Anyone applying for these positions must be of smart appearance with a gregarious personality and be dedicated to providing a seamless and exemplary service to all guests.
Driver – Les Arcs & Val d’Isère
The role of driver is strongly focused on delivering an exceptional level of customer service. You will be facilitating our guests' holiday to ensure that they have everything they need and can get to where they need to go with minimal fuss and delay. Driving duties also include the delivery of bread, meat and stores items to all chalets around the resort. You will be responsible for the cleaning, general upkeep and maintenance of the vehicles. You must be physically fit as lifting, carrying and snow clearing forms a large part of the job. You must also be prepared to accompany our guests to and from the airport on transfer day if required. In Les Arcs, the driver role will be combined with responsibility of the bar operation.
Concierge – Les Arcs & Val d’Isère
The role of concierge is to be the central fountain of knowledge of the resort for the guests. Being able to suggest restaurants, local amenities and activities for the guests to take part in is vital to the enjoyment of the guests’ holiday. A large part of this role will include speaking to local suppliers to book meals out, wellness treatments or activities and therefore a good working knowledge of French is necessary. As part of the Logistics Team, the Concierge team will coordinate resort shuttles and be heavily part of the organisation of the transfer days.
Maintenance – Les Arcs, Portes du Soleil & Val d’Isère
Our maintenance team is generally referred to as the "backbone of the resort" and is renowned for keeping things running smoothly and effortlessly behind the scenes. We favour applications from those with previous experience and qualifications in carpentry, plumbing or electrics. You will have occasional resort driving duties including chalet deliveries. You must be physically fit as lifting and carrying is a large part of the job. Other duties include maintaining up to date "snag" lists for each chalet, basic chalet and vehicle maintenance, supervision of third party contractors, snow clearing as required, the upkeep of the maintenance store and chalet inventories.
What date would I start?
Start dates vary depending on the resort you're working in. We envisage that the Management team will leave for the Alps in early November, and the last training course will begin at the start of December.
Can I just do a couple of months?
We will recruit employees for the whole season primarily. Of course we can't avoid injury/illness so in some cases we may recruit for just a few months.
Is there an age limt?
Our average age is slightly older due to the experience we look for. However, we accept any applications from those over the age of 18 (unfortunately we are unable to employ you overseas below this age), and there is definitely no limit on how old you can be to go and work in the Alps!
What qualifications do I need?
For chalet host positions, we do not actively look for qualified chefs or cooks, although a passion for cooking and confidence throwing dinner parties is a necessity.
If you're applying for a nanny position, we require NNEB, CACHE 3, NVQ Level 3 or equivalent.
Driver roles require a full clean driving licence held for 5 years.
Can you guarantee that I'll go to the resort of my choice?
We can't guarantee that you will get the resort of your choice as your skills might be needed in another resort. However we recommend applying earlier to have the best chance of securing your preferred resort. Our recruitment team have an in depth knowledge of each resort and therefore will know where you will suit best.
Do you employ couples?
Yes. Our chalets and hotels often require more than one person so couples may apply.
I’m not British, can I still work for you?
To gain a legal secondment we need you to have been paying UK National Insurance and have a National Insurance number.
When will you be holding interviews?
Our peak recruitment months are June - August but interviews will continue until the end of September.
Can you recommend a cookery course I can do?
Yes. We run our own VIP SKI cookery course in Morzine during the summer. Read more here
How much ski time will I have?
You'll be able to ski every day apart from transfer day (childcare hours may vary.) The amount of time you ski is entirely up to you!
Our summer season runs from the end of May until the middle of September, allowing everyone to experience the joys of the Alps all year around. Operating in Morzine, Les Gets and Alpe d'Huez, VIP Ski select the best employees who are flexible and self-motivated individuals, ready to throw themselves into the varied role.
Our Resort Manager will need to effectively manage and oversee the resort team. They will be responsible for delivering outstanding customer service and achieving guest satisfaction in all of our chalets. They will be required to maintain a good relationship with suppliers and owners. They will be in charge of weekly paperwork and accounts, good knowledge of MS office would be advantageous. On a daily basis, the Resort Manager will be required to visit guests, quality control the chalets in terms of food and cleanliness and also manage the workforce of resort staff. Organisation will be key, whether it's managing transfer day or organising a team effectively. We are looking for confident leadings who can keep cool under pressure whilst maintaining a consistently positive outlook.
As a Host you will be required to provide exceptional customer service throughout and depending on the booking you will have to prepare breakfast and a three course evening meal on six days. Please note, there may be some bookings where you are not required to cook due to Bed & Breakfast or Serviced Self-Catered bookings. Some in-resort driving will be required, so the possession of a full clean driving licence held for at least five years in vital.
Want to be a chalet host but lacking cooking experience or confidence? We run Chalet Host Cookery Courses in Morzine every summer.