The Ski Chalet Host
With the European ski season in full flow and the mass exodus to the mountains, in search of blue skies and fresh snow, you might want a quick recap of exactly what to expect from your ski chalet host. Not only are they your cook, washer-upper, baker, waiter and cleaner for the week, but they’re there to make sure your time in the Ski Chalet feels like a break. A relaxing, comfortable and enjoyable time in a ‘home away from home.”
Preparing breakfast - by the time you wake the chalet host should already be in the kitchen preparing breakfast, with the tea and coffee on, having popped to the local boulangerie to pick up warm croissants and baguettes so that you and your guests can enjoy a lovely fresh breakfast before a full and exciting day’s skiing. They may also have cleared the previous night’s snowfall from the path outside.
Cleaning while you’re out – while you are out on the slopes, the chalet host will get to work making the beds and cleaning the chalet throughout, this will include emptying bins, cleaning the toilets, bath and shower, dusting and vacuuming the whole chalet.
Re-stocking – your chalet host will make sure there are enough provisions for your stay, going out and buying food for every meal.
Afternoon tea - most guests look forward to a traditional, tasty afternoon tea after a hard day on the slopes, so your chalet host should have freshly baked treats ready for you; scones, brownies or home-made cake and cookies for you to enjoy, as well as tea, coffee and hot chocolate.
Young guests - the chalet host will prepare a nutritious, varied and tasty selection of meals for younger children's ‘high tea' as they're always hungry after a day in the fresh mountain air.
Evening meals - your host will also prepare a delicious evening meal, usually a number of courses, catering for a variety of specialist diets including; vegetarians, vegans or coeliacs. Accompanied by a delightful selection of fine wines, followed by tea, coffee and liquors.
Although this level of excellent service should be maintained on a daily basis, many hosts have one day off per week, when guests still get the usual continental breakfast and a tasty afternoon tea but the chance to explore the local area for their evening meal.