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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.

Pricing up a DIY ski chalet holiday in Meribel

There are many benefits to organising your own ski holiday with an independent catered chalet company as opposed to booking with an ‘all inclusive’ holiday operator – a great choice of ski accommodation, lovely, delicious homemade meals, knowledgeable and helpful owners/chalet hosts, flexibility to suit your needs, I could go on…

That said though, one of the tougher aspects of booking this type of chalet holiday is working out how much your ski holiday is actually going to cost in order to talk the rest of your group into joining you. So here’s our blog that will hopefully help you out.

Firstly, what do you need? Accommodation, that’s a given and is usually the first thing you will want to secure. Next is travel to your chalet which is usually flight + transfer (although could be train + transfer or self-drive).

For a ski holiday in Meribel in the middle of the season (using the week beginning 30th January as a guide) in one of our great chalets with lovely chalet hosts (us) this is our guide per person:

Accommodation (half board, afternoon tea and minibus service): £449 at Chalet St Joseph

Return flight Gatwick – Geneva: £140 (Easyjet price based on search made on 1st October 2015 with one hold bag)

Return airport transfers: from £60 (based on 8 people sharing a private transfer)

So that’s just £649 for ski accommodation with a hot tub and travel to resort. We think that’s pretty good (and in fact significantly cheaper than some other ‘all-inclusive’ ski holiday operators in the area).

After that you’ll want to factor in your ski pass which works out at £203 for a 6 day 3 Valleys pass (600km of ski runs, 5 snow parks and unlimited off-piste) and for anyone wanting to hire equipment, ski & boot hire starts from £70 with our 10% guest discount at Slide Candy (great service, delivery and fitting at the chalet).

Add a bit of a slush fund for a few après-ski beers and a bite to eat in the middle of the day and you’re ready to go!

This is the best time to book if you want to secure the best price for your flights and ensure a stay at your favourite Meribel-based chalet company (or future favourite!). In Chalet St Joseph, the week commencing 30th January is still available along with weeks in March so you can still take advantage of the incredible value for money and service we offer. Just get in touch.

TTFN, Heather & Andy x

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!