IMG-20170309-WA0012Valley Fever will be entering our 10th winter this year, operating on the same principles that have served us well since 2009. We are passionate and 100% dedicated to the guest experience and we like to get the small things right with good listening and solid planning, backed up of course by tasty food.

Our hosts, drivers and managers are the key to this and invaluable to our business, so we seek to recruit experienced, confident and outgoing people, those who value a two way conversation, are dedicated to customer service, and have preferably completed a season already.

We look after them well too, with a high standard of seasonal accommodation, a full area MBU lift pass, travel, food and a competitive wage.

If our roles interest you then it’s your attitude that is the most important thing to us. We can teach you most things you’ll need to know but we can’t teach your personality or desire to do what it takes to get the job done.

We want you to get the most out of your season, so keen skiers or boarders are preferred, and we pride ourselves in helping you achieve your winter goals.

In advance of December we are recruiting into the following positions and still have some roles still to fill:

Individual Chalet Host – running a chalet up to 8 guests with support

Chalet Couple (no driving) – running a chalet up to 14 guests with support

Chalet Couple (with driving) – running a chalet up to 10 guests with support, and one person will complete slope shuttles in resort.

Driver & Chalet Host – a combined job, working closely with the chalets hosts at breakfast and evening meal plus in addition you’ll complete slope shuttles, Geneva Airport Transfers, hot tub maintenance and snow clearing.

Resort Manager – As the line manager to the immediate team and a key contact with guests, this role ensures everything runs smoothly and requires a flexible problem solving attitude and great people skills.

Working closely with us, but taking full ownership of our chalets we like to give our team the support & training required but we’ll also give you the freedom to add your personality to Valley Fever.

Requirements:

  • Previous Experience in winter ski roles or similar
  • A positive attitude
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • An eye for detail
  • Excellent communication skills
  • A good problem solver
  • A passion for the mountains
  • A passion for customer service and patience to deal with guests
  • A UK National Insurance number
  • Knowledge of French is a bonus

It is hard work, so you’ll need to be very flexible and you never quite know what’s around the corner – sometimes a blocked toilet but sometimes a bluebird powder day! You’ll be likely to meet friends that last a lifetime and memories to share along the way.

If you’d like to join us please email your covering letter and CV to gary@valleyfever.co.uk

 

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Forward thinking on the Brevent Domain!

With snow due later this week down to 1,400m we thought we’d take advantage of a cracking Saturday in Chamonix to hike up to the Brevent ski domain, and to check out the progress of the new Parsa chairlift.

We hiked up the vertical kilometre absorbing the stunning scenery above and below us with expectations somewhat muted. Never one who naturally associates local investment with forward thinking and strong planning, I was expecting a slightly faster version of the same without improving the piste layout, or separating beginners from speedy intermediates at key points.

My expectations were wrong and this lift will massively improve the Brevent ski experience!

The old lift has been dismantled, totally removed, and the new high speed 6 man has been relocated hard to the skiers left, making the most of the available space and not at all getting in the way of the black run down from the top lift, like the old lift used to.

The beginner drag lifts have been knocked down too, with a new one located hard skiers right, really separating the ski area and removing the congestion there was before, plus the  construction of the FUNI 2000 that was built last year actually makes sense now. Beginners get straight on the FUNI 2000 from the top of the Plan Praz gondola and can easily access the Brevent beginner areas, skiing directly from the FUNI 2000 to the new drag lift on a marginally downhill gentle green piste.

At the bottom of all this, the old lift has totally disappeared, major landscaping has taken place and the result is a far longer wide blue run, again with the effect that the congestion between the Cornu and Parsa chairlifts will disappear.

I am now very optimistic, and I have to say this seems a job well done!

Deep Chamonix Powder

Valley Fever are recruiting!

As the landscape turns autumnal in Chamonix, the temperatures are dropping and the first patches of snow have appeared on the high mountains. The lifts close this weekend (25th Sept), the bikes are in hibernation and the excitement for winter is starting to build.

We have several vacancies to fill before the lifts re-open, including individual chalet hosts, chalet couples, and Driver & Chalet Cover. All positions are open to individuals, friends, or couples who could run a chalet together or fill two of the individual roles..

Working a season is tough, but a lot of fun. You need to be very flexible and you never quite know what’s around the corner, sometimes a super exciting experience and other times something that’s a pain. Working with us we expect you to experience both, although we hope way more of the fun stuff!

We look for experienced people (preferably having completed a season already) – those with great people skills, an eye for detail, a passion for customer service, and those who take ownership, get stuck in and get the job done. Working closely with us, but taking full ownership of the chalets we’ll give you the support & training you need but we’ll also give you the freedom to add your personality to Valley Fever.

Our company is all about getting the little things right, and we believe preparation and proactively is key. If we stay on the ball our guests have fun, you do the job well and we get to enjoy the mountain more!

If you think our jobs are for you, or you’d like to know more, then please get in touch! Drop Gary an email and he’ll look forward to chatting with you.

gary@valleyfever.co.uk

We’ve had an amazing summer…..

Gary got married. We cycled the Route Des Grandes Alpes (from Chamonix to Nice across the high mountain passes), and the weather has been amazing. Yet as winter approaches and snow starts to appear on the high mountains, we have a feeling in the depths of our stomachs that Winter 2015/16 is going to one of the best ones yet!

Chamonix is upping its game, and combined with an almost certain El Nino event Mother Nature could be kind too!

Le Tour, late November

Le Tour, late November, before the season starts!

Of course we’ve heard all the pre-winter tales and fantasies promising a good season before, and we know there is always bumper snow when the onions have two skins, or when Marmottes are seen in groups of 3 in early October. Yet this time does it seem more feasible? With most of the experts predicting a very strong possibility of one of the harshest winters to hit Europe in 60 years (almost a certainty quoted by some), we at Valley Fever think it does……

Bring on lots of the white stuff…..!

What’s new in Chamonix?

The simple answer is quite a lot!

Brevent, Les Grand Montets, Le Tour and Les Houches will all see infrastructure improvements enhancing the ski experience for all levels of skier. We’ll see new chairlifts, a new funispace to access beginners to a friendly plateau at Brevent, new snowboard and ski cross routes, and finally (really about time!) the jibbers and big air lovers will be delighted to hear Chamonix will have one of the biggest snowparks in Europe!

Deep Chamonix Powder

Deep Chamonix Powder, Les Grand Montets

But it doesn’t stop there…

The Chamonix bus network is expanding the night bus services to 4 per evening from 2030, and renewing its fleet to become much more environmentally friendly. While on holiday with us you’re likely to use our slope shuttles most of the time, however this addition can only help, especially for those late night returns to Les Praz or Argentiere.

The MBU ski pass has improved too, and this year guests and seasonaires alike can ski Megeve, St Gervais and the rest of the Evasion Mont Blanc Ski area as part of the MBU ski pass. We can’t wait to take our guests to new areas, opening up even more day trips that now include Courmayeur (Italy), Verbier (Switzerland) and the Evasion Mont Blanc ski area!

How does this look on the hill?

Brevent: FUNI 2000 will be completed. A short mini-funicular only 70 metres long with a height gain of 37 metres, but crucially making Brevent an attractive destination for beginners and lower intermediates including stunning Mont Blanc views. It will be no longer necessary to ski the steep blue run before taking the Parsa chairlift to get there, meaning that beginners can enjoy Brevent and ski only green runs.

Le Tour - snow sure

Le Tour always delivers, and now has a snowpark!

Le Tour: Possibly the most long awaited development in Chamonix will see the addition of one of the biggest snowparks in Europe. At 1,000m long and 100m wide, it will have features, kickers and rails for all abilities, plus a zone for relaxing and a sound system. The freestyle area will be located next to the ‘Teleski du col’ in an area that attracts lots of natural snowfall.

Les Grand Montets: A new snowboard and ski cross will be created here in an area sponsored by BMW, including video and course timing devises. Two routes will cover a recreational course (400m long with 3 jumps, 8 whoops and 2 banked turns), and a more advanced course (800m long with 5 jumps, 10 whoops and 8 banked turns). We at Valley Fever are super stoked at this new development and look forward to (safely!) racing each other…

Les Houches: We’ve said for years that the best red run in Les Houches (overlooking the Arve valley) is spoiled by the slow and perilous drag lifts you need to take to return from it, and thankfully one chair will be replacing two of those. We all know chair lifts are where its at!

Fun for all Chamonix

Honey Monster on Tour

With all these factors cranking up our excitement levels as the autumn sets in, we are more excited than ever to deliver superb holidays and a first rate service to our guests.

Drop us a line at any time to chat, enquire, or pick our brains and remember all you have to do is arrange your flights to Geneva and we can do the rest.

Now, come on Mother Nature, and serve up a huge powder season!

Valley Fever

Working @ Valley Fever

(Updated 29th Sept 2015)

As winter 2015 / 2016 approaches we have two vacancies unfilled at Valley Fever. Both are chalet host roles ideal for individuals or couples and friends who would run one chalet each right next door to each other.

Working a season is tough, but a lot of fun. You need to be very flexible and you never quite know what’s around the corner, sometimes a super exciting experience and other times something that’s a real pain. Working with us we expect you to experience both, although we hope way more of the fun stuff!

We look for experienced people (preferably having completed a season already) – those with great people skills, an eye for detail, a passion for customer service, and those who take ownership, get stuck in and get the job done. Working closely with us, but taking full ownership of the chalets we’ll give you the support & training you need but we’ll also give you the freedom to add your personality to Valley Fever.

Our company is all about getting the little things right, and we believe preparation and proactively is key. If we stay on the ball our guests have fun, you do the job well and we get to enjoy the mountain more!

If you think our jobs are for you, or you’d like to know more, then please get in touch! Drop Gary an email and he’ll look forward to chatting with you.

gary@valleyfever.co.uk