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Foinsbois Sitting Room

General Assistant (cooking)

Méribel, France; Méribel is part of the Three Valleys, one of the largest ski areas in the world.

From early Dec 2016 to end April 2017

From £120pw, depending on experience and skills. Package includes accommodation, food and drinks, ski pass, skis/board and boots, medical insurance, transport from London to and from the resort.  Additional performance-based bonus will also be awarded at the end of the season.

Age range
Over 21 years (for vehicle insurance reasons)


There are 2 General Assistant roles, both are hybrid positions as the job holders are covering for the days off of chefs, chalet managers, chalet assistants and chalet assistant/drivers.

During a normal week, both roles include driving (including airport transfers), chalet work (housekeeping and waitressing) and childcare; this role also involves cooking (2 days per week) work. However the job holder may be required to perform other tasks as required to ensure the smooth running of Purple Ski's operations and that the Company's standards are maintained at all times.

The hours are long and the job is physically and emotionally demanding and you need to be good at working both alone and as part of a team.  You must have extremely high work standards, be self-starting, flexible, customer-focused, self motivated, take pride in your work at all times and be conscientious.

Previous Experience

Full driving licence and at least 3 years post qualification driving experience is essential.

At least 2 years/seasons professional passenger driving exerience (provable) or a Driver Certificate of Professional Competence is essential.

Previous experience of driving large vehicles, on snow and/or overseas is highly desirable.

Prior hands-on experience in the hotel and catering industry in waitering/waitressing and/ or cleaning/chamber-maiding roles is highly desirable.

Ability to cook to a good level (good, homely food - not fine dining) is essential.

Previous childcare (e.g., babysitting) experience is essential.

Good level of spoken French is desirable.

Main Duties

Service : General

  • Creates a warm, friendly and welcoming atmosphere for all guests, including all children
  • Is available to answer any questions, or resolve any problems that the guests may have, always aiming to do whatever they reasonably can to ensure that guests have the best possible skiing holiday, whether on or off the slopes. To enable this, is knowledgeable about the resort, its facilities, the Purple Ski brochure and the Staff Manual.
  • Refers any complaints to Karen or Michael
  • Helps clients arrange servicing and/or hire of ski equipment, also ski lessons etc. as required
  • Helps ensure that all guests are provided with welcome literature and emergency contact cards.
  • Helps guests to use the personal laundry facilities as required

Service : Housekeeping/Cooking/Babysitting

  • On changeover day, works closely with all others on the assigned chalet team to do whatever is needed to ensure a smooth and pleasant transition for the guests and efficient changeover for staff. Changes all linen and towels, thoroughly cleans chalet.
  • For 2 days a week (on the day off of the relevant chalet chef), is responsible for setting up, providing and clearing away breakfast (supported each day by at least one other person). On this day, is also responsible for:
    • making the chalet warm and welcoming before clients return from skiing (light fire, draw curtains, put on side lamps etc.)
    • preparing, laying out and clearing away afternoon tea
    • preparing (i.e. designing menus for, obtaining supplies for and cooking), laying table for, serving and clearing away children's high tea
    • "baby-sitting" any children that may be staying in the chalet (as required) while their parents are out to dinner, until 11pm and performing turn-down service (i.e., tidies/refreshes bedrooms and bathrooms)
    • laying out and clearing away coffee and digestifs in evenings
    • ensuring that the guests' minibar is kept fully stocked at all times
    • ensuring that a bowl of fresh fruit is available to guests at all times
    • doing any chalet laundry required
    • performing the evening "turndown" service
    • ensuring an effective handover to the "normal" chalet team so that the standard of service is maintained
  • On the chef's days off, if not required for children's tea or baby-sitting, performs other duties as required or assigned to support the rest of the team. This includes cleaning and re-fueling Purple Ski vehicles, cleaning and tidying childcare equipment (e.g., cots, high chairs), and cleaning/ tidying peripheral areas such as garages and linen storage areas.
  • On 2 days, works in the assigned Purple Ski chalet to ensure that excellent standards of hygiene and cleanliness are maintained in/around the chalet at all times, including at end of season. Working alongside at least 1 other staff member, cleans and tidies the following areas:
    • Cleans kitchens, dining room/area and store rooms
    • Vacuums and/or mops floors/carpets in all rooms and corridors
    • Refreshes sofa and other cushions
    • Makes beds
    • Tidies guests' bedrooms
    • Cleans bathroom sanitary-ware and surfaces
    • Cleans interior and exterior of windows as necessary
    • Carries out bedroom turn-down service during evening dinner service
  • Changes bath and hand towels mid-week in rota-ed chalet
  • Washes and irons small linen such as napkins, tablecloths, chef's whites, tea towels etc
  • Washes up and polishes all glasses, crockery, cutlery and pans etc
  • Counts and bags up used linen/laundry ready for collection, labels bags, completes checklist(s). When clean laundry is returned, verifies receipts against the checklist and puts it away. Reports any issues (loss/damage etc.)
  • In conjunction with the chef and others in the team, sets up and closes down the chalet at the start and end of the season
  • Ensures that all household equipment is maintained in the best possible condition; reports and arranges any repairs and replacements promptly to the Supplies and Maintenance Manager.


  • On 1 day a week, supports the Supplies Manager in weekly shopping, and distribution of purchases to chalets.
  • On 1 day a week (changeover day) drives chalet staff to and from work as necessary.
  • Occasionally (on changeover day or mid-week on an exceptional basis as assigned by Karen), performs airport transfers, meeting guests at the airport (usually Geneva, Lyon or Chambery) and/or train stations (generally Moutiers only) and transferring them safely to their chalet; also returns departing guests to the airport/train station as required.
  • Supports the formal review and performance appraisal of staff throughout the season and at the end of the season.
  • Supports all activities associated with the opening and closing of all chalets and staff apartments and staff training as necessary.
  • Covers for/backs up for all chalet staff in emergencies (e.g. illness/absence)


In the first instance please complete the online application form by clicking here.

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