Working for Ski-Val we get some info from returning staff!

By user41563, 7 Jul '14 at 16:26

We asked 4 members of staff to write testimonials about their experiences of working with Ski-Val.

Read more about how their first seasons went and how one of them progressed from chalet host to chalet manager in a year.

Robert Clutterbuck. Chalet Couple in St Anton, November 2013 - April 2014

"My second ski season was spent in St Anton, Austria with Ski-Val. I chose St Anton because of its reputation for apres, nightlife and advanced skiing. I chose Ski-Val because it is a small, independently run company and is the perfect size in resort. With a team of 26, it was easy to get to know everybody really well and become a big family.

I ran a 12 man chalet with my girlfriend Leah and we lived next door to it in a fantastic room in a lovely elderly Austrian couple's guest house.
Cooking a 4 course meal for 12 people 6 nights a week, cleaning the chalet every day and baking a cake whilst doing a fry up every morning is definitely not a doss which is what a lot of people think a ski season is! After a stressful, all work and no ski start to the season - things picked up. The people working for Ski-Val in St Anton were all brilliant, I have made some life long friends and they made my season ridiculously good fun. By the end of the season, we finished at around half 10am, were back in around 5/6pm and finished in the evening around half 9/10pm.

My second season was unbelievably class - quality people, tasty food, a mixture of guests which kept it entertaining and your only care in the world is - what is the weather going to be like tomorrow? If I don't get a job in London soon then I'll be on the first flight out to Val D’isere for another season with Ski-Val!”

Lauren Norton-Smith, Chalet Host in St Anton November 2012-April 2013. Chalet Manager in Val D’Isere November 2013 - 2014.

"Working with Ski-Val for two seasons, first as a Chalet Host in St Anton and then as a Chalet Manager in Val d'Isere was one of the best decisions I ever made. After working in London for almost six years, I decided to pursue my love for skiing and applied for a Chalet Host position with Ski-Val. The size of the company was an important factor for me with 20-30 people in each resort. They really do try to look after their staff and you don't feel like a small cog in a huge machine! You get to know your peers really well and within a few hours of meeting you have bonded over your love of blue-bird powder days and fancy dress!

The importance of customer care and the standards that are expected are one of the main reasons so many guests return year after year and these standards are also reflected within the company itself which is why so many staff also return, even as guests!
So if you want to have an amazing season where your presence really matters in the company, then choose Ski-Val. Just be prepared to work hard….and get used to Jaeger!”

Marco Weduwer. Resort Administrator in St Anton. November 2013 - April 2014.

"Ski-Val entrusted me with responsibility and a leader's role from day one in resort, while I was always safe in the knowledge that if help was needed, Head Office was only a phone call away.

My main duty was to run the company's accounts in resort. This involved managing chalet budgets, processing payments and reconciling purchase ledger accounts. Interaction with guests was limited, as I spent most of my time dealing with staff and local suppliers.

Though work was intense throughout the season, our young team made the most of any time off with the excellent social scene St. Anton had to offer.”

Keira Taylor. Chalet Manager in St Anton. November 2013 - April 2014

Ski-Val is a great company to work for. As a family run company you're a valuable member of the team from day one and not just a number.
The manager's training was in Devon where we got to meet all of the friendly team at Head Office including Mike and Jackie (the owners) who invited my parents in for a cup of tea when they dropped me off! Alongside the training we got to sample the delicious winter menu, as prepared by the executive chef. The weekend really set us up for the season and ensured we knew the high standard Ski-Val expects.

As a chalet manager the job is a challenging and varied role managing staff and looking after guests, ensuring their holidays run smoothly from start to finish. It's great working in such a close-knit team and working together to give guests unforgettable holidays. It is a very rewarding job and hearing the lovely feedback from the guests really makes your day! The life skills you learn from doing a ski season are invaluable from practical problem solving to gaining confidence dealing with customers.

Living in the mountains and being able to ski in your free time is just one of the perks to doing a ski season and working for Ski-Val was a lovely unforgettable experience.

For more information about Ski-Val or working for them click here!

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