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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 10 fabulous resorts across France and Austria. We will sift through thousands of applications to find 250 (ish) perfect candidates to deliver our holidays in the Alps.
Recruitment for 2019/2020 Season
The recruitment process is now closing as the majority of positions have been filled. However, we will reopen our recruitment process up in January 2020 if you would like to reapply then.
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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 60 properties across Alpe d'Huez, Avoriaz, Courchevel, La Plagne, Lech, Meribel, Morzine, St Anton, St Christoph & 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 email@example.com. To apply for our childcare roles, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our recruitment team review applications from June - September 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 email@example.com.
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. Our managers usually have previous experience working in the mountains and are passionate about skiing holidays. We look for natural leaders who will be able to manage a variety of individuals in the Alps. The management roles can vary from running some of our largest resorts in France, to looking after one of our Hotels in Austria. We also have management positions for those in the early stages of their career in this industry. For instance, our resort co-ordinators positions assist the resort managers in running a successful operation out in Alpe d’Huez, Courchevel and La Plagne.
Each year we hire over 150 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 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 Austria.
Chef & Kitchen Roles
We are looking for a variety of experienced chefs to join our teams in our hotels 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 skiing. 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. At VIP SKI, we are renowned for our excellent childcare services. Our private nannies are at the heart of this 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 2/3 or equivalent.
Each winter we seek exceptional individuals to manage within our resorts. Our management roles are extremely varied, as such, complete flexibility is necessary. In all our management positions, a good knowledge of the local language is useful. In addition, driving will invariably be part of your duties and therefore you will need to have held a full clean driving license for at least five years. Previous experience working in the mountains is usually 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.
Resort Coordinator/Assistant – Alpe d’Huez, La Plagne, Courchevel & Avoriaz
This is a very varied role requiring a great deal of initiative and organisational skills. We are looking for people who have previous season experience, ideally in a chalet environment, and have a good understanding of MS office. The role comprises managing some resort accounts, airport transfers and guest welfare as well as assisting the resort manager in running the resort team. The resort coordinator will be in charge of the resort store room and will be required to actively participate in chalet hygiene and catering checks. This is a hands-on management role; the successful candidates will therefore be required to assist in chalets from time-to-time.
Chalet Managers – Val d’Isère
Due to the size of our programme in Val d’Isere, we hire three chalet managers to directly manage the groups of chalets in resort. This is a highly demanding role and ideally 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 staff 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.
Logistics Coordinator – Meribel, Val d’Isère & Lech
This is a demanding role and we are looking for people who have previously worked in a ski environment and have some experience of managing and motivating staff. Driving will form a large part of your duties and therefore you will need to have held a full, clean driving licence for at least five years. You will be responsible for the organisation of the in-resort shuttle service and other in-resort driving functions, planning and monitoring the logistics team rota and ensuring compliance of all safety relating to the in-resort vehicles and the driving service. The logistics coordinators will need to be strong leaders with experience managing a team of individuals.
Executive Chef / Staff Trainer – Val D’Isere, Meribel, Portes Du Soleil and Austria
Ultimately you will be responsible for maintaining the standard of catering throughout your resort. The executive chefs/ staff trainers are primarily based in Val d'Isère, Morzine, Meribel and Austria, but would be required to travel between our other resorts when necessary. This is a highly demanding role and requires candidates to have previously worked in a chalet environment and have catering or chef experience. We are looking for people who have a genuine enthusiasm for food, are committed to constantly improving quality and have experience in managing and motivating staff. This position will require that you regularly visit chalets to monitor the quality of food, levels of hygiene and provide support and advice to chalet hosts throughout. The successful candidate will work closely with our catering manager to organise the training courses to ensure all our staff receive thorough training. The executive chef role will require an eye for detail, as you will be responsible for managing the budgets, amending shopping lists and advising on stock levels where necessary. Finally, the role will require you to design menus and cook in chalets when our Platinum Service is offered.
These are arguably the most important roles in resort as you 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. Your day will start serving wake up drinks and finish with clearing the table after dinner at night. Our chalet hosts are different from all others; we are able to hand pick our staff from the thousands of individuals who apply to make very sure that we have the most interesting, dedicated, gregarious and professional staff in the Alps. We prefer more mature applicants who take time and pride in their work and have more "life experience" to share around the dinner table. We are also unique in that all our Chalet Hosts undertake a comprehensive 10-day chalet course specifically designed to equip them with all the tools required to excel in these roles.
Chalet Host (Cooking Role)
We hire over 150 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 (Non-Cooking Role) - Val d’Isère, St Anton & Alpe d’Huez
We hire a limited number of CLUB hosts to work in our CLUB chalets throughout the Alps. 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. These properties are reserved by the room, have a flexible menu plan, canapé reception every evening and cleaning every day. As a CLUB host your day will start serving wake up drinks and finish with clearing the table after dinner at night. You will be required to clean the chalet to very high standards daily and act as a host/hostess for VIP SKI guests throughout their holiday, Although this is a non-cooking role, you will be required to prepare a hot breakfast once a week (on the CLUB chef’s day off). Due to the nature of our CLUB chalets we are looking for individuals with outgoing personalities to run these large chalets within our portfolio.
Hotel Host – Lech (Non Cooking Role)
In these roles, you will be required to work on the restaurant and bar during breakfast, afternoon tea and dinner and to act as a host/hostess to VIP SKI guests providing exceptional customer service. You will need to clean the hotel thoroughly including daily room servicing.
We are looking for experienced chefs to work within our large CLUB chalets as well as in our kitchen brigades. Either working as part of a team or individually, you will need to work to deliver the 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 - Val d’Isere, St Anton & Alpe d’Huez
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 every evening 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 Val d’Isere CLUB chalets there is 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.
Head Chef – Lech
We are looking for an experienced chef to run the kitchen of our hotels in Lech. 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 staff. You will need to liaise with the hotel managers and executive chef to identify and deal with any issues.
Sous Chef – Lech
We are looking for chefs to assist our head chef in the running the kitchens of our hotel in Lech. 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. You will work closely with the head chef but also independently from time to time.
Chef de Partie – Lech
We are looking for individuals to join our brigade of chefs in Lech. The successful candidates will need to have had experience working in professional kitchens and must be confident in running a section. Your duties will include food preparation, cooking under some supervision and running a section of the kitchen.
Kitchen Porter – Lech
Our kitchen porters are a supporting role within our hotel kitchens. 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.
In all of our logistics positions, you 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.
Resort Assistant – Alpe d’Huez, La Plagne, Courchevel, Avoriaz & Les Gets
This is an incredibly varied role requiring a great deal of initiative and organisational skills. As the resort assistant, you will be required to undertake the majority of driving tasks around resort. This will include playing a part in the distribution of stores items as well as linen for all chalets. From time to time, you will be required to help in the chalets with hosting duties. You must be physically fit as lifting, carrying and snow clearing form a large part of the job. You must also be prepared to accompany our guests to and from the airport on transfer day and to undertake basic maintenance tasks.
Driver - Val d’Isere, Meribel & Morzine
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. The operation of a guest "shuttle" service to and from the slopes features prominently in Val d'Isère and Meribel, as well as the transportation of chalet staff, nannies and children where necessary. 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.
Austrian Logistics Team Member (Driver/Maintenance/Ski Host/Night Manager)
Arguably this is one of the most diverse overseas roles. As a team you will rotate to deliver all elements of the Austrian Logistics programme. Driving duties include the delivery of bread and shopping to the chalets in the resort. You will also be responsible for the operation of a guest "shuttle" service to and from the slopes, as well as the transportation of hotel staff, nannies and children where necessary. You will be required to offer a safe fun-filled ski hosting programme to our guests on 2 to 3 days per week, showing them where to find the best runs, the best snow and the most stunning views. For this role, approximately 20 weeks skiing/snowboarding experience is necessary. In addition, you must be physically fit as lifting and carrying forms a large part of the job as well as the vast amounts of snow clearing needed to be done. On transfer days you will be required to accompany guests to and from the airport
On a rotational basis you will be required to oversee the smooth running of the hotel during the night. This will include closing the hotel bar and carrying out any night cleaning duties. The night manager will be fully responsible for the hotel so will need to be sensible, calm and able to resolve any unforeseen problems under pressure.
Linen Coordinator - Val d’Isere, Meribel & Lech
We are looking for a meticulously organised staff to run our linen stores in Meribel, Val d'Isere and Austria, providing linen for our hotels and chalets in these resorts. You will be wholly responsible for the entire linen process, ensuring the initial stock is received and in good order, picking and distributing the correct clean linen to all chalets, collecting dirty linen and counting and bagging it ready for collection by the linen supplier. We are looking for an organised individual who can manage their time and work in a methodical manner. In addition to these responsibilities, you will need to assist with in resort driving duties. Specific to Austria you will be responsible for operating the laundry including washing and ironing hotel items including table cloths, towels and dressing gowns.
Stock Controller - Val d’Isere, Meribel & Morzine
Each stock controller is responsible for operating one of our storerooms from which they will supply the chalets in the area with required stock. This could be anything from a light bulb to a bottle of Champagne! You will liaise closely with the supply manager who oversees all storeroom operations. For the majority of the time you will work alone so you will need to be a dedicated, self-motivated and fastidious individual who is extremely organized with a mathematical brain. To manage the stock you will use a stock control application for which training will be provided, however you need to be familiar with a Windows PC, and have a basic knowledge of Outlook and Excel. An eye for detail is key for this role as you will be required to enter data accurately. You must be fit and strong as lifting and carrying is a large part of the job.
Maintenance - Val d’Isere, Morzine, Meribel
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 or 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.
There are not many ways to earn a living by building snowmen, creating a glittery masterpiece or going on a trip for hot chocolate, but working in one of our Childcare roles at VIP SKI is one! In these jobs you can combine a love for working with children with the stunning surroundings of the Alps. We are looking for hard working and enthusiastic childcare professionals, qualified to NNEB, CACHE, NVQ level 2/3 or equivalent. We also welcome applicants with a teaching or nursing degree, who have good experience working with young children. You must be confident to work alone, but be ready to contribute fully to the childcare team and keen to get involved with the resort team as a whole. Your job is not just to look after the children in your care, but to entertain them, so you must be creative and energetic and be able to provide constant fun and stimulation. As a company with a reputation for excellent customer service, we expect you to be driven to work to the highest standards and deliver our service as set out on the company website.
The role of a private nanny with VIP SKI is one of the most demanding yet rewarding we have to offer, working with children from 6 months to 12 years to ensure they have a safe, fun filled and activity packed holiday. You will work independently with a family in their chalet, providing flexible care to ensure Mum and Dad can relax on the slopes, happy in the knowledge that their children are having a fantastic holiday.
We are renowned for our excellent childcare programme, and heading up one of the childcare teams, you will be responsible for coordinating your small team of nannies to ensure they work to the highest standards. You must be organised and have the confidence to take charge of your peers, but be able to maintain both personal and professional relationships in the childcare team and resort as a whole. We are looking for people who will lead by example, by not just looking after the children in your care, but by stimulating and entertaining them. You will work independently with a family in their chalet, providing a flexible service tailored to the family and children. You must have a creative and flexible approach and deliver a safe and fun-filled week of activities, making the most of the awesome Alpine location.
What date would I start?
Start dates vary depending on the resort you're working in. We often have two departure dates, one mid November and one mid December
Can I just do a couple of months?
We will recruit staff 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?
The average age of our staff last season was 23 but this doesn't mean we won't accept someone older or younger. Please note you must be over 18 to apply.
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.
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?
All employees must be entitled to a UK tax and national insurance code.
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!
Want to be a chalet host but lacking cooking experience or confidence? We run Chalet Host Cookery Courses in Morzine every summer.
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