We are finally catching our breath as Chalet Hosts in Chatel
Sorry it has been ages since we blogged. I sat down to do it today and forgot that I had to reset all the Blogsy Info after the last OS update. Gurrrrr.
We have been chalet hosts since Dec 14th. I now understand why it is difficult to find a blog on what it is like to be a chalet host as you really don’t have much down time in the first few weeks. Now that Christmas and New Years are out of the way the routine is starting to appear. Although every time we think “we’ve cracked this” something happens to remind us that we truly haven’t… Like forgetting to put the main course on to cook!
So what is it like being a chalet host? It is tough work and we have needed afternoon naps to keep us going. The first week I was having 3 hour naps but now am down to 30 mins. Just taking time out of the chalet to go for a walk helps as well. With the weather conditions at the start of the season we didn’t get out skiing much. We did do some lovely, lovely walks though. On some of the walks we were in t-shirts. More like spring than winter.
But now the snow has come and has transformed the hills from green/brown to white. It is so very beautiful. As the visibility was poor this morning, I walked today as well. We skied in a virtual whiteout on Saturday and I skied so badly that I didn’t fancy doing it again. John went skiing and I went on a lovely, heart pumping walk through the snow, up a hill, to Chatel. I am now sitting in my favourite restaurant, Le Refuge, having just eaten a delicious chèvre chaud salad. I enjoyed the walk and lunch so much I think I may do this next Monday as well. Sunday is such a full-on day as guests are going and coming. (There is supposed to be a 6 hour gap between them but that hasn’t happened yet. This week we had a 10 min gap :o) So today, I am enjoying having a breather and just “being” for a few hours.
We have a combined group of men this week- 8 with us and 10 with Jen and Bubs in Chalet Aaron. After they arrived and had some tea, they went into town and found The Avalanche Pub where they got whacked by the 6% beer. They were fairly jolly when they came back ! After supper, John and I stopped in to see Bubs and Jen just to check that they were all ok and found that people were dancing! Our lot went to bed at 8:30/9! Instead of doing the right thing, ie going to bed, I leapt in and danced… now there is a surprise! These guys are going to be a handful but a lot of fun to be with.
Back to what is it like to be a chalet host…. It is like having a group to stay for a week and doing all the work for that. Menu planning, shopping, baking, cooking, clearing up, daily room and common areas cleaning, snow shovelling, hot tub maintenance, guest communication, oh and skiing and enjoying the mountains. Would we do it again next year? Not sure yet. We will see how we feel at the end of the season.
It is getting easier- my bruised/cracked rib at Christmas hasn’t helped nor has my sprained thumb. Yea I sprained my thumb yesterday. Three turns in powder, my pole stuck and my hand twisted. And no I wan’t using the pole straps (as using them increases your chance of doing just this!). It could’ve been worse as I could be in a cast. I should be back skiing by sat. I tell you what though the drugs they give you here in France are potent! I slept until 11 and have just woken up from a 1 1/2 nap. Am going back to Paracetemol/Tylenol!
John is skiing like a dream. He has found his rhythm and is having a blast. I am hoping that once my injuries have healed I too will ski with minimal effort! The Warren Smith Ski Academy – Ski course we took in Verbier was fantastic and we would really recommend it to anyone wanting to learn/improve their skiing.
Now that the blogsy is back up and running I hope to keep the blog more up to date. As far as I know we still have some rooms free in the upcoming weeks. Come skiing, check out http://www.alpinequests.com/chalet_couer_du_bois.htm The chalet is gorgeous (the pictures on the web do not do it justice at all), the area is stunning and you can snowshoe, cross country and downhill ski. The locals have been very friendly and have been helping me with my French. Am enjoying the mountains and the guests. Now if I could just stop hurting myself!