Chalet Couple

Job Details

Chalet Val D’Abondance is a privately owned chalet just outside Chatel in the heart of the Portes du Soleil ski region, one of the largest ski areas in France with 650km of pistes. The chalet, which can take up to 45 guests, was set up 20 years ago by a group of British ski enthusiasts with intimate knowledge and love of the area. This is a fantastic opportunity to work for a privately run chalet that prides itself in offering a high standard of comfort and service to its owners and guests who holiday together in a friendly club-like atmosphere. We are looking for a couple to run the chalet for the winter season with one acting as Manager and one acting as Chef. Our Chalet Manager’s role will suit someone who has had some experience of managing staff and budgets, enjoys interacting with people and who wants a new challenge.  The Chef’s role will suit someone who is keen to expand their experience to cater for larger groups or in a new environment. This is a great opportunity for a couple, perhaps with experience of running a smaller chalet, who want to go to the next level and manage a larger operation.

The Manager’s role:

The Chalet Manager will be required to develop a partnership approach with the owners, taking overall responsibility for the smooth running of the chalet, staff training and management, financial management, provision of catering services and transport.  

What we’re looking for: 

  • Good working knowledge of the French language is desirable
  • Chalet experience desirable
  • Experience in similar managerial position
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Ability to manage staff
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Computer literacy
  • Valid UK driving license

What you’ll be responsible for:

  • Chalet Operation
  • Staff Management and Training
  • Financial Management
  • Committee Liaison
  • Transport
  • Health and Safety/Security
  • Guest Services

The Chef’s Role:

The Chef will be required to cook with imagination and flair for large groups within a tightly controlled budget.

What we’re looking for: 

  • City & Guilds 706/1 + 2 or equivalent with hotel/restaurant experience
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Excellent budget management skills
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Valid food hygiene certificate
  • Valid UK Driving License

What you’ll be responsible for:

  • Menu planning within budget
  • Food  purchasing within budget
  • High standard of food preparation and service at breakfast/dinner
  • Preparation of a 3 course evening meal
  • Training chalet hosts to assist in food service/preparation 
  • Maintaining kitchen to Health and Safety requirements


  • Accomodation in shared local apartment
  • Meals with guests
  • Use of staff car
  • Portes du Soleil lift pass
  • Carte Neige insurance
  • Medical cover
  • Employer’s liability insurance
  • Return flight from UK to Geneva
  • Transfers to/from Geneva Airport at beginning and end of season
  • Share in tips and bar profit at the end of the season  
  • In addition to this, we offer 1 week at the owner’s rate for friends and family to stay at the Chalet, subject to availability. 

Candidates interested in this position will need to be over 23 (for minibus insurance) in possession of a permanent UK National Insurance number, a UK or EU passport, an EHIC card, a UK contact address and a UK bank account.


  • Job Information 

  • Company: Chalet Val D'Abondance Ltd
  • Vacancy: Chalet Couple
  • Category: Ski Chalet Jobs, Cooks / Chef Jobs, Jobs suitable for couples
  • Dates: 1st week December 2018 - 26 April 2019
  • Salary: Competitive
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