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The Ultimate Guide to Becoming A Chalet Host

  • Publish Date: Posted 9 months ago

Ski season is fast approaching and for many people becoming a chalet host offers a very exciting career opportunity. Not only does it allow you to work in beautiful winter surroundings but gives you valuable hospitality experience in a very varied and rewarding role.

Come winter, ski chalet host jobs are highly sought after and with over 25 years experience in sourcing the very best ski staff, we know exactly what clients are looking for. So if you are thinking about becoming a chalet host this winter season, here is everything you need to know. 

Firstly, what is the role of a chalet host?

When it comes to ski season staff, a chalet host is the one that brings the whole experience together. They are the main point of call for clients and their families and help organise the day to day running of the ski holiday. The main role of a chalet host is to provide a warm and welcoming atmosphere for guests, giving them a fantastic ski holiday experience from start to finish. 

General duties include:

  • Preparing the chalet for guests

  • Greeting guests on arrival

  • Preparing and serving meals 

  • General cleaning and upkeep of the chalet 

  • Providing ski and resort information to guests

  • Organising slope bookings and ski classes 

  • Manganing supplies such as fresh linen, food and wine

  • Liaising with resort staff and management 

  • Ad hoc administrative tasks to ensure the smooth running of the ski holiday 

Ski chalet host jobs - what experience do you need? 

If you are interested in becoming a ski host you do not necessarily need direct experience. When choosing candidates, experience is always a positive but as long as someone is shown to have transferable skills in the hospitality industry then they will be able to make a very good chalet host.

As part of the role you will be required to prepare and serve food, such as breakfast and afternoon tea, for guests, so having culinary experience is essential. However you will typically be paired with a private ski chef who will do the majority of the cooking and evening meal preparation.

What qualities and skills do you need to have?

Clients are looking for warm and professional chalet hosts to make their ski season extra special and go ahead without a hitch. To become an exceptional host you need to create an inviting atmosphere for guests that makes them feel at home, along with being highly orgaisned and adept at resolving any issues guests may have.

Here are some of the qualities that you will need to possess: 

  • A nature flair for hosting

  • Great communication skills

  • Strong work ethic

  • Orgaisation skills

  • Strong attention to detail

  • A good eye for presentation

  • Problem-solving skills

  • Adaptability

Where will the role be based?

When it comes to ski chalet host jobs there are many places where you could be based. Most positions will be available in European ski resorts throughout the Alps in places like France, Italy and Switzerland, but opportunities can extend to international ski destinations across the globe.

How long will the role be for?

The northern hemisphere ski season runs from December to April. Chalet hosts are expected to work throughout the entire season. Given the frequent rotations of guests, hosts should be prepared to cater to an ever changing group of visitors and be available for the entire season.

How do I apply? 

The best way to apply is through a professional staffing agency, like us, that can find the exact role you are looking for from an extensive list of clients. 

At Greycoat Lumleys we work with private chalet owners, luxury rental agents and exclusive chalet companies, expertly matching the very best candidates to our ski season clients. 

If you want to become a chalet host this winter season then get in touch with our friendly and experienced consultants who will be able to give you all the information you need.  

Once we know you have the skills we are looking for you will then begin the next stage of our selection process and be well on your way to your exciting new role as a chalet host. 

If you would like to find out more about any other roles this ski season such a chef or nanny then read our ski chalet staff blog. 

Why choose Greycoat Lumley to find you a ski season role 

At Greycoat Lumleys we pride ourselves on our professionalism, integrity and trust, ensuring that all our candidates are expertly placed in roles where they can truly excel. 

Through our exceptional reputation and decades of experience in seasonal staffing we attract the very best clients and work as a team with candidates to find them their perfect role. 
Find out more about why you should register with us

Ski chalet host jobs are always in high demand so make sure that you apply early so you don't miss out on your ideal position.

If you would like to become a chalet host or are interested in any of our other exciting roles this ski season then get in touch with our friendly team or browse our available positions here.