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Life as a Senior Seasonnaire

So the seed was sown……. Julie & Chris asked me to return the following season as chef alongside Natalie. I couldn’t have asked for a better team, Natalie and I worked well together, her cakes and desserts were to die for, we spent our mornings preparing the meals in the Mont Blanc kitchen, with the help of the rest of the team when they had finished their varying roles, it was very much a family affair, the music would be playing. Shopping day was on a Thursday, it makes going to Tesco’s pale into insignificance when you are shopping for up to 80 guest. Dan, Todd and I would set off in two vehicles, 12 shopping trolleys later and back up the mountain to unload. I’ve never lived down the day I left two trolleys behind in Super U, One of “Sharon’s senior moments” they never seemed to forget!! Skiing was amazing trying to keep up with this lot, my skiing certainly got faster that season. Staff days out were fun, going to La Plagne on the Olympic Bob sleigh run, Arpette on Wednesdays and skiing back in the dark.

The season went by like a whirlwind, no sooner had you finished one week’s changeover then you would be on to the next. Life was always varied and sometimes stressful.New Year changeover, the Tarantaise Valley gridlocked due to heavy snowfall, Natalie and I trying to translate French ingredients when catering for food allergies and intolerances and driving my daughter back to Geneva with the snow chains on. My first season was to end on a sad note when Dan had a serious skiing accident; he had been a main player in our team and was sorely missed. Keeping the team spirit up was hard initially, but all the team pulled through together, not only for the guests but also Dan. He had become very competitive on our marshmallow and spaghetti nights, staff versus guests, the team took this on board, especially the girls keeping up Dan’s position of beating the guests, with their towers beating all records, with photo’s being sent to Dan for his approval. This is when the whole community of Vallandry along with Tracker and the Bar Mont Blanc team, and the Hucksters crew and guests set about fund raising for Dan. This to me showed what a close, friendly and compassionate place our little bubble up in the mountains was, even other seasonaire’s were only too pleased to donate. My first full time season was coming to an end now, but I was already thinking about coming back for more, glutton for punishment or what??!!

The following year I ended up by default heading up Le Sporting in Serre Chevalier, along with Patrick and Eve, also Paul and Felix who were later to join the Vallandry team. Hattie my cat accompanied me as well and became a firm favourite with the staff and guests. This was a much smaller operation. The skiing here was really good, Chris & Julie often came over and took me out skiing as well, resulting in me being taken out of my comfort zone on a few occasions and tackling new and unfamiliar piste’s but was always finished off with a stop to refuel in one of the beautiful mountain restaurants. We were fortunate enough to have the Thermal Spa in Monetier, perfect to relax and enjoy the amazing views of the snow covered mountains from the outside pool. Here I enjoyed looking after guests old and new, many familiar faces that I knew from Hucksters. At the end of the season I had no vehicle to get to the bakery in the morning, so rather than let the guests down I decided to cycle down to the village bakery on an old bike we found in the shed.I started off wobbling down the road just after seven in the morning, I suddenly looked up at the speed device which would flash up if you were going over 50kph, for it to flash up 17kph, a big green thumbs up, I then crashed the bike and the chain came off. The return journey was interesting cycling with a bag of baguettes on the handlebars!

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Customer Reviews

If you're looking for 5* accommodation where chalet girls wash your feet and sing you to sleep, just stop reading now. If you're not one of the privileged elite, but still want to see snow once or twice a year, head here. I cannot really fault any aspect of the holiday. If you want a low cost skiin...


We just wanted to say, we had the most marvellous time in the Mont Blanc recently. We were very happy in the Petit Mont Blanc Annexe & the staff were absolutely fantastic. They all went out of their way to ensure we had a fantastic holiday.


I look each year to find a better value ski holiday and fail. I love the staff, the resort and the accomodation. And the coach, to me it makes flying very uncomfortable and un civilised, Dont change a thing Hucksters you are providing exactly what I want. Roll on next season......

Gilbert Leaver

My girlfriend and I stayed in Vallandry with Hucksters for 6 days and had a great time with a very friendly environment including not only the staff, but also the other customers. The room was also nice, warm and very functional with the slopes only few meters away from the chalet. Therefore and acc...

Johann Delauney

Just wanted to let you know I had a great holiday last week thanks and wanted to say that the staff were all really friendly & helpful. Wouldn't hesitate to return.


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