Stanford Skiing is a family run company offering weekends and week long holidays in both the summer and winter to the picturesque resort of Megeve in the French Alps. The company is run by John Kinnear and his daughter Elizabeth with Rory, the resort manger, ensuring that our guests have the best holiday possible in Megeve. Megeve itself is a beautiful resort just 70 mins from Geneva airport, right next to Mont Blanc. It is not purpose built and has cobbled streets, horse drawn carriages and pretty buildings as well as chi chi shops, boutiques and bars. The ski area is huge but a well kept secret so outside of french school holidays you don't get any queues and pistes are deserted. There's something for everyone with long winding pistes through the trees with fantastic views of Mont Blanc, together with great off-piste that is often unskied. We have two chalet/hotels in Megeve as well as a luxury catered chalet and self-catered apartments.
What makes your company different from the competition?
I think the fact that Megeve is such a beautiful resort and fairly unknown by the British market so you do feel like you are in France rather than an extension of the UK. We also offer short breaks and ski weekends which is unusual. However, the reason our guests keep coming back to us is our wonderful staff. Guests often comment on how friendly and helpful our staff are. We believe this is because we look after our staff and make sure they are enjoying their season with us. Many remain our lifelong friends and this is reflected in how they in turn look after our guests.
How many people do you employ or train each year?
Paid Employment during the winter ski season - 14 members of staff
Paid Employment during the summer season - 6 members of staff
Why are you a good company to work for or train with?
We treat our staff well as we believe that happy staff lead to happy guests. We ensure you have plenty of time off to enjoy your skiing. We love our skiing and we assume you will too so we want you to get out there and enjoy it. John, the owner, lives out there in the winter and enjoys showing staff the secret routes of Megeve - you have to get up early though on your days off! Our accommodation is better than your average company with no more than two members of staff to a room. We are a small company and as a staff member you have direct access to the owners so if something is wrong we can sort it out easily. We all spend a lot of time in Megeve and we want our staff to be happy as we like to work with people who are enjoying themselves. We usually have a large number of staff wanting to come back and work for us and many old members of staff continue to come on holiday with us and have remained good friends.