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2017 Our ‘Year of Doing’

Today marks the end of what is always a really busy and important period of any season. Christmas and New Year are a huge challenge for us with chalets being busy, our chalet team still learning the ropes and guests rightly expecting the great food and service that we are known for.

Our amazing team (Sam, Lynn and Andy), have been working really hard to start the season with a bang. Both our chalets have been full of happy, well fed guests who have been making the most of the early season conditions. Sam, who worked in St Joseph last season and is in Les Cabris this year, has already earned our first TripAdvisor review of the season. It is, we are pleased to report, a five star beauty.

Now that the busy festive period is over, Heather and I can start to prepare for the year ahead. As many of you will know we have had a busy couple of years. Outside of Alpine Ethos we have been bringing up our little boy Jake (now two and a half) and renovating a house a few minutes from Les Allues. These changes meant a change for the business too, with an additional chalet (Chalet Les Cabris), more guests to look after and Heather and I taking ourselves out of the daily running of Chalet St Joseph. Whilst the amazing teams we have had during the last two seasons and this current one have helped us maintain our high standards we are ready move our little company forward again.

So, we are looking at 2017 as a year of more doing and action for us. While we have been attending to multiple spinning plates we have become increasingly aware that we have been living in the mountains but not really LIVING in the mountains. We have been busy running the business but not pushing the business forward. This year we plan to change that.

With the discovery of some pretty cool and inspiring resources  (more on this in future blogs) Heather and I are pledging anew to innovate and improve what we do in the chalets, helping more people have amazing holidays in the beautiful mountains we call home. The biggest change will come this summer when we will welcome our first guests on our guided mountain biking holidays. But outside of this we are hoping to be able to announce some exciting changes to other elements of what we offer in the summer and the winter.

It isn’t just the business we are looking to improve. Having spent the last two years ensuring we can live here as a family we now plan to make more of being here. We believe that doing what we love and feeling impassioned by it makes us better at providing the best holidays to our guests, so this winter we hope to spend more time on the slopes rediscovering the fantastic resort we live in. This might mean we are still wearing our salopettes when we collect you in the minibus (so thanks in advance for your understanding!) Outside of the winter we’re planning to cover lots of ground on two wheels, in hiking boots and in trainers and reconnect with our beautiful surroundings. To do this we will need to fuel up which means lots of menu testing – good news for anyone who stays with us!

We are calling 2017 our ‘year of doing’ and we’re hoping it will make us better, fitter and happier and help us push Alpine Ethos to new heights. Keep an eye out for more blogs, photos and updates in the coming weeks.   We also have a few ideas we will share with you that we’d love to hear your feedback on.

Wishing all of you a happy, healthy and positive 2017 from Andy, Heather and Jake.

Chalet Les Cabris update

Wow, this summer has flown by and with bookings and enquiries flooding our inbox our minds are firmly in winter mode. To spread the wintery vibe we thought an update on the progress of our new chalet was in order.

We have been keeping a regular eye on progress as we’ve walked through the village and have had several catch ups with the landlady and project manager too.

Since our last blog a lot has happened.  The roof was put on and the whole building made weather-tight.

Chalet Les Cabris mid build
Chalet Les Cabris with the roof on

The interior walls went up and we know from the project manager that a lot of insulation has gone in.  Here you can see the underfloor heating has been laid too.

Chalet Les Cabris with underfloor heating laid
Chalet Les Cabris with underfloor heating laid

Since then the floor has been tiled and the exterior has been clad in the local stone from the original barn.  We hope you’ll agree it looks great so far.

Chalet Les Cabris with stone cladding
Chalet Les Cabris with stone cladding

We saw the construction team last week who were preparing the wooden boards to clad the top half of the chalet. They also confirmed that a lot of the fittings for the interior had been purchased and perhaps most excitingly, the hot tub for the terrace! They are confident the chalet will be finished during November when we will have access to take professional photos for our website.  We will be posting more updates as the winter approaches.  The chalet will open on Saturday 13th December.  If you would like to be the very first guests to stay in Chalet Les Cabris (or would like to stay any other time this season) do get in touch.

Progress at Chalet Les Cabris

We said we would keep you updated as Chalet Les Cabris takes shape. This is how it looked when we wandered past on Sunday evening….ok, it’s not pretty (yet) but the first floor is up.

Chalet Les Cabris gets a first floor
Chalet Les Cabris gets a first floor

The metal work and services have already been run up ready for the second floor.

Chalet Les Cabris metalwork for the 2nd floor
Chalet Les Cabris metalwork for the 2nd floor

This is the view inside the first floor which will be the lounge, dining room and kitchen.

Chalet Les Cabris Inside the first floor
Chalet Les Cabris Inside the first floor

You can see Heather having a chat with the landlord/project manager inside.  He confirmed the second floor would be going up this week followed by the roof timbers the week after.  This is great progress and keeps things very much on track for the grand opening in early December.  More photos soon!


It’s all New! New! New! at Alpine Ethos

New Chalet!

Introducing Chalet Les Cabris

Be the first guests to stay in our new chalet! Based right in the centre of Les Allues, Chalet Les Cabris, is a traditional barn that is currently being converted into a modern, stylish chalet. It will sleep up to 8 guests across 4 en-suite bedrooms and will feature a modern, bright lounge and dining area with stylish log burner and a large terrace with an outdoor hot tub – what’s not to like? The renovation has already begun so keep your eyes peeled as we post photos of its progress.

Check out the chalet details, plans and impressions so far.

Your holiday will include our usual attentive service from booking to departure, chalet catering (breakfast, afternoon tea & 3 course evening meals with wine), room servicing and a minibus service to the slopes and back.

To launch the chalet we are offering an incredible 15% discount off our listed prices for any bookings received before 1st June 2014. This is a limited time offer only. See availability and book here.

New Self-catered Apartment!

Le Petit Cabri

Next season we are also offering a brand new self-catered apartment on the same site as the new chalet, ideal for those looking for a bit more flexibility from their ski holiday.  The new apartment will feel spacious for 2 people but can sleep up to 4 people comfortably.  It will have one bedroom, a fully equipped kitchen, dining seating for 4 people, a lounge with sofa bed and bathroom.

We are offering the apartment on a weekly basis from Sunday to Sunday and will be on hand to help with anything you might need during your stay. Check out prices and availability.

New Winter Website!

To showcase our new chalet, self-catered apartment and of course our existing chalet St Joseph and provide even more helpful information for your stay we have launched a new website. Easily viewable on phones, tablets and computers we hope you like it and can find everything you might need to know for your next ski holiday with us. We would love you to take a look and share it with your friends. Ahhh, go on!

Our Five Year Anniversary Video

You can get all our news (including a very special announcement) on our new video.  Watch it below:

Summer Holidays in Chalet St Joseph

We are throwing open the chalet doors this summer ready to welcome visitors looking to make the most of the alpine activities on offer (hiking, mountain-biking, climbing, road-biking, lake swimming and more).

The three units of the chalet are available on a self-catered basis from June to the end of September.  August is filling up quickly but we still have some weeks available and plenty of availability in July. Prices work out at less than £100 per person per week based on a minimum of 4 people sharing. Check out our prices and availability and get in touch if you would like to get booked in.

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