Find ski jobs in France

When people talk about skiing and working in a ski resort, the first place that comes to mind is the Alps. You can travel as far as Japan, New Zealand, Canada, but for the majority of Brits, the European Alps are the most popular destination for those wishing to work a winter season. The area stretches more than a thousand kilometres and encompasses eight different countries. If the Alps are the most popular ski region in the world, the favourite place to find ski jobs is France.

Why does everyone want to work in France?

location, location, location

The magnet that is French skiing is certainly felt by us Brits, with thousands and thousands of us heading out each winter to find jobs that allow us to enjoy the seasonaire lifestyle. Although the popularity of the French resorts guarantees a higher cost of living while you are out there, if you have your wits about you, there will be ways to avoid the obvious tourist traps.

One of the biggest plus points for France is its location. A short flight or long train ride (heck you could even drive there!) means you aren’t too far from home, and as a member of the EU, there are no restrictions for British nationals in terms of work permits and visas. Make sure you have an EHIC (European Health Insurance Card) to cover the cost of any medical treatment – don’t assume you will never actually need it, you’d be surprised how many people do themselves damage while working a ski season.

Don’t expect to earn big wages in France – think more about the perks of the job! An amazing working environment that people back home would trade every day of the week. Your employer will likely provide everything you will need in terms of ski or board hire. They probably have an arrangement with the local hire place that will get you boots and skis, though you will need to take your own appropriate winter clothing. Season long lift passes will also be included as a perk for the majority of jobs.

Ski resorts in France

Choosing your working environment

Ski resorts like Alpe d’Huez, Chamonix, and Val d’Isere will be instantly recognisable to anyone who has even the slightest knowledge of skiing. If you are looking for reliable powder and ski conditions, slopes and snow parks that will suit all abilities from complete beginners to advanced skiers, and places with a great night life, France has it all, in spades! As winter sports attract so many tourists it is hardly surprising that numerous ski areas have become established to take their money. There are more than 350 resorts attracting upwards of ten million people a year, contributing billions of Euros to the French economy.

Types of ski resort in France


Occupying a large chunk of the Western Alps, France has every type of resort you can imagine, but is perhaps most famous for linking resorts together to create huge ski areas. Examples include the Paradiski and The Three Valleys.

Mega resorts – attracting the most tourists, they are found at higher altitudes where snowfall will be more predictable and reliable and will allow the tour operators to extend the season at both ends due to early and late snowfalls. In order to attract the maximum number of visitors, each ski area will have plenty of interest for all ski abilities, so plenty of blue as well as black runs. The associated towns will have more hotel beds, and there will be more restaurants and bars. This means more staff to keep the resorts ticking during the season.
Example resort: Tignes. Resort altitude 2000m. Capacity 30,000 beds

Small to medium resorts – tend to be quieter, sometimes more picturesque, and attract more in the way of families and French tourists. Resorts in this category may target beginner to intermediate, or intermediate to expert skiers – certainly worth thinking about if you plan to take a ski job off the beaten track. On the up side as far as we are concerned, a resort of this size is likely to give you a feeling of being in France, rather than on the side of a mountain that could be anywhere in Europe.
Example resort: Le Corbier. Resort altitude 1550m. Capacity 9000 beds

Requirements for ski jobs in France

rules and regulations

- You may be looking after British guest most of the time but you are still living in France, so the ability to speak at least a bit of the language is often a benefit if not a requirement.

- Some jobs will have age restrictions. If your job requires you to drive you will need to be +21 for insurance reasons.

- Make sure you have a UK bank account and that you have a national insurance number. It is cheaper for British companies to pay you this way so most of them insist upon it.

- Although (at the time of writing) we still don't know exactly how Brexit is going to affect your opportunities to work a ski season, we will keep you posted with any new developments. At the moment, ski companies are still recruiting British staff for the up coming 2019/20 European ski season.

Types of ski jobs available in France

As we have already said, French resorts attract as many as ten million people. Chances are, if you wanted to go and find work as a plasterer or a dentist you’d be in with a chance, but the bulk of jobs in France will fall into the following broad categories:

Chalet jobs in France


Chalet work covers many areas of expertise, from cleaning to customer service. You’ll almost certainly need to know how to cook if you are looking after a smaller chalet that does not have its own kitchen staff. We aren’t talking about a quick round of sandwiches either; in a catered chalet guests will expect a substantial breakfast, often lunch, and a full three course meal every evening. If you and your partner have customer service and catering experience between you, chalet couples are in demand.

Bar work


Perhaps the easiest type of ski work to obtain in France is bar related. Clearing tables, collecting jars and serving drinks is the type of work that will see a steady turnover during a season as people do stints while passing though. The hours also mean you have a decent amount of the day free to do as you please, though you may be pretty tired if you are expected to work into the small hours of the morning. This type of vacancy may be ideal if your job in France is designed to give you as much time to ski as possible!

Childcare staff in France


Almost the opposite end of the spectrum from bar work, while you are looking after little ones you aren’t going to be drinking, and you are going to miss most of the day while other people are out skiing. If you enjoy working as a nanny then there are plenty of jobs available and the pay is comparable to similar jobs here in the UK.

Hospitality and Catering jobs in France


Another broad category but the most commonly advertised catering job is that of the chalet chef. Qualified and experienced chefs, prepared to cook at altitude and run their own kitchen with little help from anyone else, are in high demand. You can expect a reasonable salary, but precious little time out on the piste.

Drivers / Maintenance


We’d love to know the history behind this, but for some reason, these two are generally requested of the same person. As well as driving guests to and from the chalet or hotel, you will be called in to fix any problems with the fabric of the property. You will have to be fairly flexible in regards to your hours of work and the type of work will require you to be a bit of a jack of all trades. Obviously a clean driving licence is also a must. Although you could find yourself with plenty of free time, being on call means you may have to cancel any plans at short notice.

Summer Chalet Staff in Chamonix

Summer Chalet Staff in Chamonix


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We are looking for dynamic kitchen/chalet staff to join our team in Chamonix for the Summer season. Our Summer program runs from mid-May until the end of September. We are looking for staff with industry experience who love the mountains.
Posted by: Nomadic Ski
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Animators

Animators


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renumeration icon Up to £18,600 pro-rata

Manor Adventure are currently recruiting for Animators for our French centre - Chateau Du Broutel located on the outskirts of the small town Rue, Northern France.
Posted by: Manor Adventure
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Resort Managers - Winter 22/23 (French Alps)

Resort Managers - Winter 22/23 (French Alps)


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renumeration icon Competitive

With overall responsibility for the day-to-day activities in resort, our Resort Managers are required to effectively manage the hosting team, develop & maintain supplier relationships and deliver the highest standard of customer service to ensure our guests have a great holiday!
Posted by: The Alpine Generation
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Summer Chalet Positions

Summer Chalet Positions


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renumeration icon Negotiable

We are currently recruiting: Experienced and/or qualified Chefs for our Catered Chalets to join our team in Chamonix. We will also consider couples - a chef and chalet-host for example. We also run a full summer program so offer the opportunity to live and work both seasons and enjoy the Cham
Posted by: Nomadic Ski
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Chalet Support & Changeover Team

Chalet Support & Changeover Team


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renumeration icon circa 1800e pcm

We are currently looking for a couple or two friends to be our chalet support & changeover team in La Plagne for this coming season. An fun and varied role with no 2 days the same, this would be great for a couple who do not want to have the responsibility of looking after a chalet full time.
Posted by: Mountain Heaven
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Ski Tech / Driver

Ski Tech / Driver


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renumeration icon Competitive salary, accommodation, meals, ski lift pass, ski and boot equipment, uniform, insurance, generous friends and family discount, and more

Winter Season 2022/23 - We are looking for candidates who are not afraid of hard work and have the commitment to exceed client expectations, as well as having a sense of fun. This position has lots of involvement with the client skiing experience.
Posted by: Snowcoach
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Head Chef

Head Chef


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renumeration icon Competitive salary, accommodation, meals, ski lift pass, ski and boot equipment, uniform, insurance, generous friends and family discount, and more

Winter season 2022/23 – we are looking for a Head Chef with a passion for hospitality and the mountains. A very hands-on position. Must have commitment to exceed guest expectations. You will be working with a UK tour operator so you will need to work and converse in English.
Posted by: Snowcoach
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Chalet Couple for luxury ski chalet

Chalet Couple for luxury ski chalet


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renumeration icon Competitive

We are looking for an experienced chalet couple to run our luxury new five-bedroom chalet in Morzine. One of you will need to be a chef with enthusiasm to create your own innovative menu and one of you a host experienced in hospitality and cleaning
Posted by: Mountain Heaven
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Chalet Host Couple

Chalet Host Couple


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Together you’ll be the heart and soul of a catered chalet, welcoming guests from the moment they step into resort until their holiday comes to an end.
Posted by: Skiworld
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Hotel Maintenance

Hotel Maintenance


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renumeration icon competitive

SHOULDER SEASON: SEPTEMBER – NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2022 Possible to extend into Winter Season 2022/23 The ***Hotel Terminus Mont Blanc is located in St.Gervais/Le Fayet . The hotel has 36 en-suite bedrooms, dining room, lounge + bar, games room and steam room.
Posted by: Snowcoach
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Hotel Receptionist

Hotel Receptionist


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renumeration icon Competitive salary, accommodation, meals, ski lift pass, ski and boot equipment, uniform, insurance, generous friends and family discount, and more

DECEMBER - APRIL IN THE ALPS! Snowcoach is an independent family run company established in 1978, operating two hotels in the French Alps offering friendly, good value skiing/snowboarding holidays. We have many returning clients, year on year.
Posted by: Snowcoach
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Assistant Chef

Assistant Chef


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renumeration icon Competitive salary, accommodation, meals, ski lift pass, ski and boot equipment, uniform, insurance, generous friends and family discount, and more

Winter season 2022/23 – we are looking for an Assistant Chef with a passion for hospitality and the mountains. A very hands-on position. Must have commitment to exceed guest expectations. You will be working with a UK tour operator so you will need to work and converse in English.
Posted by: Snowcoach
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Chalet Couple

Chalet Couple


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renumeration icon Outstanding Salary

Who we are We are a friendly family owned independent company with 20 years of experience in the Alps. Our resort staff are an essential part of our business and as the face of the company, they help to deliver unforgettable ski holidays year after year.
Posted by: Mountain Heaven
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Ski rep

Ski rep


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renumeration icon 10.85 € per hour

We are a small ski company based in Val Cenis, a traditional French resort with excellent skiing in the Maurienne valley of the Alps, looking for 5-6 English-speaking reps with EU passports for this season 22/23 (from mid-December to mid-April).
Posted by: MGS Ski Ltd
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Chalet chef

Chalet chef


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renumeration icon Competitive rates of pay.

Experienced chef required to provide a meal for between 15-20 guests six evenings each week. Plus make a cake or cookies for afternoon tea on six days. No breakfast service so would suit someone who wants to ski during the day.
Posted by: White Stripe Mountain Lodge
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Chalet Couple (professional chef & host)

Chalet Couple (professional chef & host)


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renumeration icon Very competitive salary, holiday pay; 2 days off a week; end of season bonus; full ski pack

Now in our 15th season, Alpine365 is an award-winning, friendly, independent chalet company with 5 lovely chalets in La Plagne. We're looking for chalet couples for Winter 2022/23 - one of you is a professional chef with restaurant experience; the other a welcoming, experienced host.
Posted by: Alpine 365
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Childcare

Childcare


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Fancy working as a child carer in the mountains this winter? We have positions available throughout the European Alps for qualified childcare staff. Earn money with time off to ski and have fun in a luxury resort.
Posted by: OutdoorJAC
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Hotel General Assistant

Hotel General Assistant


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renumeration icon Competitive salary, accommodation, meals, ski lift pass, ski and boot equipment, uniform, insurance, generous friends and family discount, and more

DECEMBER - APRIL IN THE ALPS! Hotel General Assistant is completely involved in the day-to-day running of our Club Hotels. From housekeeping and customer service to restaurant duties, this is a hands-on, all-rounder position
Posted by: Snowcoach
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Chalet Host

Chalet Host


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We are looking for Chalet hosts for our independent luxury Chalet In Les Gets, France. Offering a fair employment package, providing a supportive and respectful working environment & extensive training we provide you with everything you need to get your job done!
Posted by: Taste The Alps
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Maintenance

Maintenance


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renumeration icon Competitive

To work within our properties department, we are looking to recruit experienced maintenance professionals for the summer season with potential employment in the winter, or all year round. The maintenance team are very much the backbone of our whole programme.
Posted by: VIP Ski
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Admin/Receptionist - French Speaker

Admin/Receptionist - French Speaker


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renumeration icon Competitive salary, accommodation, meals, ski lift pass, ski and boot equipment, uniform, insurance, generous friends and family discount, and more

DECEMBER - APRIL IN THE ALPS! Snowcoach is an independent family run company established in 1978, operating two hotels in the French Alps offering friendly, good value skiing/snowboarding holidays. We have many returning clients, year on year.
Posted by: Snowcoach
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OPERATIONS COUPLE

OPERATIONS COUPLE


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renumeration icon Competitive wage, bonus and holiday pay

This is an extremely varied role, working closely with the directors and chalet hosts to provide our guests with the best possible service. We are looking for a couple who can work as part of a team and also independently, who have well developed social skills and like working with the public.
Posted by: Ski La Source
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Chalet Host

Chalet Host


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renumeration icon Highly competitive salary, free accommodation, training course + great benefits in kind

We are a small, fun and fabulous ski company in the outstanding ski resort of Courchevel Le Praz. Would you like to utilise your hospitality skills whilst working in one of our 5 chalets and spending a winter in the 3 Valleys? skivo2 is waiting to welcome you in one of Europe's best ski resorts.
Posted by: Skivo2
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Female Chef - Luxury Ski Chalet

Female Chef - Luxury Ski Chalet


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renumeration icon Competitive based on experience

We are seeking a creative & outgoing female chef (shared female accommodation, with private room) to join the team in our luxury chalet for winter 2022/23. Must have a passion for delicious food and happy clients. We offer a generous package, great accommodation & friendly team environment.
Posted by: Clarian Chalets
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Resort Manager

Resort Manager


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renumeration icon Competitive

We are looking for Resort Managers to join us in the French Alps. If you’re ready to work hard, make friends for life and experience a challenging but rewarding winter season that will gear you up for future opportunities and enhance your CV, have a look below.
Posted by: Ski Famille
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Chalet Hosts – Winter 22/23 (French Alps)

Chalet Hosts – Winter 22/23 (French Alps)


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renumeration icon Competitive

Across our portfolio of properties in Morzine, Courchevel Le Praz, La Tania and La Plagne, our chalet hosts are largely responsible for providing our guests with a great catering experience, a clean and comfortable chalet and a wealth of knowledge about the resort.
Posted by: The Alpine Generation
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Chef

Chef


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renumeration icon Salary

Looking for an enthusiastic chef to be part of one of the top chalet kitchens in France! Fantastic opportunity to work under a Michelin star trained chef providing some of the best food of any chalet in France! Extensive training, working alongside the head chef learning all areas in the kitchen.
Posted by: Taste The Alps
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Chalet Manager - Winter 22/23

Chalet Manager - Winter 22/23


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renumeration icon Competitive

Our Chalet Manager roles provide a great opportunity for experienced Chalet Hosts with some people management experience, looking for progression within the industry, whilst still having the chance to get out on the mountain up to 6 days a week! Positions available in La Plagne and Morzine.
Posted by: The Alpine Generation
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Chalet Host Couples - Winter 22/23 (French Alps)

Chalet Host Couples - Winter 22/23 (French Alps)


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Our chalet couples host some of our 12-16 guest chalets across La Tania and Morzine. The role is an all-round chalet hosting role which includes preparing and serving delicious home-made meals, housekeeping and providing an excellent guest experience.
Posted by: The Alpine Generation
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Head Chef

Head Chef


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renumeration icon Dependant on role

If you're looking for an role where your culinary leadership skills will shine and your love for the mountains will be fulfilled then look no further...
Posted by: OutdoorJAC
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Transfer Rep

Transfer Rep


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renumeration icon On application

We are recruiting Saturday transfer reps throughout the winter season. Our reps stay in resort and assist our customers going back to the airport. The post is suited to people who are looking for extra money throughout the season who have already secured their accommodation
Posted by: Bens Bus
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Lovely chef/couple needed for superior ski chalet Megeve

Lovely chef/couple needed for superior ski chalet Megeve


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renumeration icon Competitive salary + tips, ski and boot hire, full area ski pass, food and accommodation

Are you a dynamic chef with or without another half who loves cooking but would also love to ski? Then we're looking for you! You will be running your own chalet, cooking & looking after 10-15 in our superior chalet. Chefs need to be dynamic & creative, hosts friendly & helpful & both keen to ski!
Posted by: Stanford Skiing
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Chalet Couple

Chalet Couple


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renumeration icon • Competitive wage

We are looking for dynamic people with a love of the mountains to join our team for an action packed winter season. We strive to ensure we provide the best and most supportive working environment possible and pride ourselves on having an exceptional teams full of fun and friendly people.
Posted by: AliKats
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Chalet Chef

Chalet Chef


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renumeration icon French CDD contract, 1475€ per month net (NIV 1 ECHELON 3), 2 days off p/w

We are looking for talented Chefs or chef/host couples to join our small team and spend this winter running one of our Boutique Ski chalets in the 3 Valleys, France. Our chefs have two full days off per week, cooking breakfast & dinners only ! Training starts in November, season runs through A
Posted by: Alpine Escape
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Experienced Chef

Experienced Chef


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renumeration icon Evenings only, €15-€20ph including lodgings

Spend this winter working in the glorious French Alps! We are the specialist chalet caterer in Vaujany and Oz en Oisans, offering private chefs We are a small family run company currently hiring for an experienced chef as we pride ourselves on the level cuisine we provide. No 'chalet hosts'
Posted by: Ski Peak
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Resort Managers

Resort Managers


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renumeration icon Competitive

Are you a logical leader, ultimately unflappable and daringly dynamic? It’s time to step up… take on the ultimate resort role which is as rewarding as it is challenging. The Resort Manager role is highly varied role and would suit a confident, capable person with plenty of ski season experience
Posted by: Skiworld
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Chalet Managers

Chalet Managers


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Is your love for food and service unrivalled? Do you know your pâté from your parfait? Do you have real enthusiasm and determination to deliver the highest of standards and are able to inspire and lead a team of hosts to do the same?
Posted by: Skiworld
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Nanny

Nanny


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Meribel Nanny Services are searching for experienced, energetic freelance childcarers/Nannies to work as nannies in the Courchevel and Meribel Valleys, rates from 25€ph
Posted by: Meribel Nanny Services
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Chalet Chef

Chalet Chef


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renumeration icon Highly competitive salary, free accommodation, training course + great benefits in kind

Are you either someone with plenty of cooking experience or a qualified chef? We are a small, fun and fabulous ski company in the outstanding ski resort of Courchevel Le Praz. Would you like to utilise your hospitality skills whilst working in one of our 5 chalets in the 3 Valleys.
Posted by: Skivo2
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Head Chef

Head Chef


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renumeration icon Competitive

Our Head Chef is responsible for delivering the catering product within our hotel in Les Arcs. This person will head and oversee the smooth running of the brigade kitchen, motivate their team and produce exceptional food for our VIP SKI guests.
Posted by: VIP Ski
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Chalet Couple

Chalet Couple


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renumeration icon Competitive salary + full 3 valley ski pass + accommodation + Lessons & ski/board equipment hire +living expenses covered.

Are you a couple looking to work for a small fun & friendly ski company in the outstanding ski resort of Meribel in the French Alps? We employ couples (Chalet chef & Chalet host) to run each of our six chalets, and you will be located in the mighty 3 valleys - the world’s largest ski area.
Posted by: Ski Blanc
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Great chef needed for fun ski season in Megeve!

Great chef needed for fun ski season in Megeve!


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renumeration icon Competitive salary + tips (this is for you to save/spend everything else is covered), travel to and from London, ski and boot hire, full area ski pass, food and accommodation

We're looking for a great chef who loves to ski or would like to learn! We're looking for an exciting, creative chef who will love to run his/her own kitchen in our chalet/hotel in beautiful Megeve. Someone who can balance their time in the kitchen making great food with getting out and skiing!
Posted by: Stanford Skiing
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Chalet Host

Chalet Host


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Mountain heaven is a family owned ski company who are just the right size to offer a personal service to all their guests.The company is passionate about its staff and invest a lot of time and attention making sure they have the right team. With 20 years experience in the Alps.
Posted by: Mountain Heaven
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Early Years Practitioners, Childcare and Nannies

Early Years Practitioners, Childcare and Nannies


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renumeration icon Highly Competitive Package

Ski Famille nannies are the reason that so many of our guests return year after year. You will be providing stimulating, entertaining and safe activities for children from 4 months to 12 years. Unlike many day nurseries, the children are only there for a week, which means relationships constantly
Posted by: Ski Famille
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Childrens Club Nanny

Childrens Club Nanny


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renumeration icon 1,804EUR/Month (Gross)

We are actively seeking experienced and qualified nannies to come work in one of our superb chalet hotels located in Tignes, France
Posted by: Mark Warner
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Chalet Hosts

Chalet Hosts


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renumeration icon Competitive

Be the heart and soul of a catered chalet, welcoming guests from the moment they step into resort until their holiday comes to an end. Just imagine living and working in one of the top snow-sure ski resorts in the Alps, where you can ski or snowboard almost every day of the week!
Posted by: Skiworld
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Chalet Host - Couple

Chalet Host - Couple


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renumeration icon Competitive wage, bonus and holiday pay

We are looking for a couple to run our catered chalet in Montchavin-Les Coches, La Plagne (part of the Paradiski ski area). If you like cooking and working with the public then this could be for you. The chalet sleeps 12-14 and you will provide breakfast, afternoon tea, canapes and 3 course meal.
Posted by: Ski La Source
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Hotel Manager

Hotel Manager


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renumeration icon Competitive

We are looking for an exceptional individual to manager our 60-80 bed hotel in Les Arcs this winter season. The role is extremely varied and complete flexibility is required! Ideally we are looking for candidates who have previously worked in a seasonal hotel environment!
Posted by: VIP Ski
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Ski Chalet Chef

Ski Chalet Chef


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renumeration icon Competitive

Each year we recruit chefs to work in luxury chalets throughout Europe. And our search for qualified and experienced chefs and chalet cooks to work during the coming season is now underway.
Posted by: OutdoorJAC
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