The best chalet staff in the Alps

Purple Ski People

Our people are at the core of the Purple Ski philosophy and the key to the consistent delivery of the high level of service for which we have become known. They are our greatest asset. We take pride not only in making sure that our guests have the best possible skiing holiday, but also on being a great company to work for, because we know that our staff are crucial to Purple Ski being successful. We hire people based on their skills, experience and attitude and expect the highest standards of work from them, but in return, we make sure that they are well rewarded and get to spend the most time possible enjoying themselves.

“The staff's attitude and friendliness was what made the holiday special. Nothing was too much trouble. Your staff always speak very highly of you and the way they are looked after – they are clearly very happy working for you and that transmits to the guests.”

Head Office

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Chalet Foinsbois

Chalet Iona

Chalet Lapin Blanc

Chalet La Varappe

Chalet Genepy

Chalet Inoko

Chalet Machapuchare

Chalet Margaux

Chalet Les Bartavelles

Head Office

Hannah Crane-Buck, Sales & Customer Services Manager

Hannah Crane-Buck Hannah is based in the UK in our London Head Office. She has extensive experience in customer service and takes pride in a job well done. She likes problem solving, has great attention to detail and strives to make a difference. She is also very organised, hardworking, thorough, but also friendly and simply charming.

She also has a passion for languages having graduated from the University of Warwick with First Class honours in French Studies with Italian, and an MA in Translation. Hannah is fluent in both French and Italian and has basic Portuguese skills; she loves having the chance to use her languages which goes hand in hand with her desire to travel. She has used her knowledge and experience in various countries (including teaching in France, interning for a travel company in Spain, and as office manager for a summer camp in the US). She also loves people and socialising and her hobbies are very diverse, including skiing, hiking, Via Ferrata, and diving.

Beck McInnes, Human Resources Manager

Beck McInnes Beck has been an integral member of the Purple Ski team for many years now - previously as our Staff Manager - and we are so delighted that she is returning in the permanent role of Human Resources Manager.

Beck is from Lake Cargelligo, NSW, Australia (about 360 miles west of Sydney). She has a wealth of diverse work experience, including managing a summer camp, working with children in care (she holds a teaching degree) and teaching cookery at the Orchards Cookery School. Most recently she was the chef on a super yacht based in the Mediterranean.

Outside of work, Beck is passionate about fitness (she is a qualified personal trainer) and enjoys water-skiing, tennis, squash and netball. Her other passion is food - both cooking and eating!

She is endlessly hard-working, always positive and strives for the absolute best in everything she does. She is also very caring of all of those around her and brings sunshine wherever she goes.

India Green, Sales & Customer Services

India Green From a family of restaurateurs/hoteliers, India has spent her life in and around hotels and restaurants which has taken her all over France, Spain and the USA. She is certainly no stranger to Méribel having holidayed here every year since she was very small.

She left Heathfield School to go straight into hospitality, starting as a waitress at Richard Caring's Sexy Fish in Mayfair. Since then she has worked as a Management Trainee for Ski France, primarily in the sales and customer service departments. She joined Purple Ski in 2018 in a part-time, UK-based role, but as of the 2019/20 season she will be resort-based and looking after the concierge arrangements for our guests' upcoming holidays.

India is an enthusiastic reader and her interests include travelling, dining out and looking after her beloved dog Molly.

Meghan Ace, Sales & Customer Services

Meghan Ace Meghan is based in our London office and joined the Purple Ski team in 2020 upon returning from a year teaching English in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. She is no stranger to the travel industry having jumped straight into it after completing her modern languages degree at the University of Poitiers in France in 2015. 

Having grown up in the lovely French countryside, she is completely bilingual in French and also speaks Spanish after spending a year abroad living in Oviedo, Asturias. 

Outside of work, Megan loves exploring new places and sampling delicious food! She is chatty, thrives being around lots of people, and is committed to making your holiday an unforgettable experience. 

Pénélope Lang, Concierge

Pénélope Lang Pénélope is joining us for her first season in the mountains, having graduated earlier this year from the University of Amsterdam. There, she achieved a Bachelors degree in PPLE (Politics, Psychology, Law and Economics).
She also has plenty of experience in the world of hospitality. She has worked as a waitress, bartender and barista in tea salons and cafes from Amsterdam to Chamonix. She prides herself on her strong work ethic, as shown by her commitment to working alongside studying towards her degree.

Pénélope is fluent in English and French, being half-French and half-British herself. She is an active person, and she loves yoga and hiking as well as (of course) skiing! She is friendly, dedicated and we know that our clients will love interacting with her as she fulfils her role as Concierge.

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Peter Lomas, Resort Manager

Peter Lomas Originally from London, Pete is no stranger to the French Alps having worked seven seasons as a Resort Representative and Ski Technician, then promoted to Head Ski Technician, managing eight ski rental facilities and a team of ski technicians, representatives and shop managers.

Pete also has much hospitality experience, having managed a busy licenced pool bar in the heart of London during five inter-seasons, as well as summer hotel management work in France. His early work experience also includes working as a Teaching Assistant with adults and children with learning difficulties and as Crew Chief at the Royal Albert Hall, helping with the technical side of shows. During his few years away from the mountains, Pete worked in media, including as a Television Media Manager at the BBC.

Pete met his now-wife Alice in the Alps back in 2006-2007; they had always wanted to do a season again, and now they are on their fifth in a row with us! Pete is hard-working, dedicated and has excellent people skills - both as a leader and team member. He is endlessly positive, calm and is always smiling - as one of his referees said, we are "lucky to have him".

Alice Lomas, Assistant Resort Manager

Alice Lomas Alice joined us in 2016 with a view to taking a break from the fast-paced London life. Now on her sixth ski season, and fifth with us, it’s clear that she loves life in the mountains. She and our Val d'Isere Resort Manager Pete, were married on Lake Annecy in 2018, having met 13 years ago during Alice’s first season in Alpe d’Huez.

Prior to this she spent six years managing Coda, the fine dining restaurant at the Royal Albert Hall, and she brings with her a wealth of knowledge and expertise in the servicing and catering industry.

She has a bachelor’s honours degree in Media Studies from Chichester University and has worked as a sales assistant at the Riverside Art Gallery and a head waitress for Leiths at Glyndebourne Opera House. Out of the ‘office’, Alice is a yoga enthusiast and is qualified to teach level three Mat Pilates.

Alice is laid-back, empathetic and has a great sense of humour, alongside being extremely hard-working and organised. We could not be more delighted to have her back in the coordinating role of Assistant Resort Manager and Staff Supervisor.

Chris Scully, Relief Chef

Chris Scully Chris joins us from Killarney, Ireland, where he has been training as a chef for several years at the esteemed Killeen House Hotel and Rozzers restaurant. After five years there, he was more than comfortable in every aspect of the kitchen, from preparing starters to delivering a full A La Carte menu. Chris is passionate about expanding his career as a chef and as such has undertaken work experience in other kitchens and in a butchers, too.

A skilled snowboarder, Chris has also previously worked as a private chef over two ski seasons, with Highlife. Here, he was responsible for all aspects of service including budgeting and shopping.

Away from the kitchen, Chris is friendly, sociable and loves to make people laugh. In fact, he has won a national title through the No Name Club youth organisation for his stand-up comedy act. We are looking forward to the combination of hard work and humour that Chris will bring to the team!

Simon Rigg, Supplies / General Assistant

Simon Rigg Returning to us for his third season, Simon is already well-seasoned in the mountains. He has been skiing since aged 10, and he had worked for two previous seasons before joining Purple Ski, based in Courchevel and La Feclaz.

Back in the UK, Simon has worked in landscape gardening for over twenty years, running his own company Outdoor Living for eight years, and more recently as a team leader at Bliss Landscapes. Here, he managed projects and enjoyed liaising with clients. Simon also has an abundance of driving experience - he is a qualified HGV driver and is well accustomed to tackling the Alpine conditions in any kind of vehicle.

As well as these outdoor pursuits, Simon loves spending time with his family and friends, camping and foraging, and walking his blue whippet Beau. He is endlessly hard-working, personable and always does his utmost to please his clients. We are so glad to have him back on the team this season.

Agy Fazzolari, Relief Chalet Manager

Agy Fazzolari Agy has spent plenty of time skiing in Argentina, and she has always dreamed of coming to the Alps. She simply loves being in the mountains. Since leaving Argentina to come to Europe, Agy has had many different experiences, having been a waiter in the hotels of Andorra, including the La Torre Del Canonigo Luxury Hotel, and most recently as a nanny and housekeeper for a family in Ibiza.

Agy is passionate about interior design, which she holds a university degree in, and hopes to eventually continue down this path. We know her high level of attention to detail and organisation skills will be much appreciated in our chalets!

For now, she is looking forward to a job which is varied and means she can stay active. She is motivated to do her very best, and is excited to meet new people and have exciting, new experiences with us.

Adam Croughan, General Assistant / Relief

Adam Croughan Freshly graduated from the University of Birmingham, where he studied Mathematics, Adam joins us with the view of using his extensive hospitality experience to try something different. Adam is a committed self-starter who has taken on extra responsibilities quickly in each role he’s held.
These previous roles include as a Manager/Mixologist at the Sailloft Bar and Restaurant and as a Supervisor at the Rockfish Seafood Restaurant.

Away from work, Adam is very active and is also passionate about fundraising for charity through his sporting pursuits. Some examples of what he has done are skydiving, bungee jumping and a marathon, through which he raised money for Leukemia & Lymphoma Research.

Adam is now excited to spend more time skiing. He loves to explore the outdoors and describes himself as an adventurous person. At work, he is smiley, approachable, and would stop at nothing to ensure that the people around him are happy and content!

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Ben Bushell, Resort Manager

Ben Bushell Joining us from London, Ben comes to his role brimming with enthusiasm for delivering exceptional service. Having achieved a First in Hospitality Business Management at university, Ben has a wealth of experience. He began as a Management Trainee at the Dorchester Hotel, where he learnt how to deliver all aspects of hospitality to a high standard - from housekeeping to organising private events.

Since then, Ben has worked as an Event Planner at Keith Goddard Catering, an exclusive London-based company. At the same time, he volunteered as Covid-19 Support Worker in his local area. He loves snowboarding and is now excited to swap London life for the mountains, having been tempted to do so for several years.

Ben thrives when working with people and takes pride in anticipating guests’ needs to make their experience seamless and enjoyable. He brings his naturally laid-back and empathic nature to the team and we are lucky to have him!

Toby Ramkali, Relief Chef

Toby Ramkali Toby prides himself on his dual English and Swedish heritage - for several years he even had his own business selling luxury ice cream and other treats from a vintage English ice cream van, taking it to private functions and events across Sweden.

With a huge amount of experience under his belt, including at one of Sweden’s most famous fish restaurants, Buhres Fisk, Toby is excellently placed to welcome guests across our chalets in Val d’Isère.

Toby is industrious, ambitious and is excited to jump headfirst into a new experience. A calm and relaxed person, we are sure he will be a wonderful addition to our team.

Nataly Botin, Relief Chalet Manager

Nataly Botin Nataly comes to us with a strong background in luxury customer service, having worked in the 1st Class Cabin for Emirates Airlines for eight years. She really enjoyed her time there, as she thrives working with people and is motivated by making each person she looks after feel special.

Nataly enjoys the seasonal lifestyle and is looking forward to exploring the mountains, by ski and by foot too, as she loves walking, whilst also applying her naturally happy, calm and proactive work ethic to her role with us.
She takes pride in everything she has achieved so far, and likewise we are proud that she’s chosen to work with us this season.

Robyn McGrath, Relief Chalet Assistant

Robyn McGrath Joining us from Northern Ireland, Robyn is very keen to get out skiing - she has dreamt of working for a season for many years and has been a skier since she was six years old!

Robyn prides herself on being adaptable and flexible, and she put these skills to good use during her time as a Mental Health Volunteer in Bali, and as a Volunteer Counsellor in South Africa. She has also recently completed her Teaching English as a Foreign Language training (TEFL), and is excited to put this qualification to use in the future.

An independent person, Robyn is looking forward to this new challenge and to getting stuck into her role with us. Always friendly and bubbly, we know that our guests will like her just as much as we do.

Connor Gray, General Assistant / Driver

Connor Gray Connor has just come from working as a Beach Lifeguard in South Devon, and has been tempted to the mountains by several enjoyable holidays spent skiing. He has plenty of experience as a driver in all sorts of terrain, having even completed a course for driving on sand.

Connor is currently studying a Masters degree in Business Tourism Management and is keen to bring what he has learnt to the real world. He is a very active person - enjoying this active lifestyle was one of his favourite things about being a lifeguard. We are certain that he’s going to be an expert skier by the end of the season! Connor is caring and protective, qualities which extend to the guests he looks after and to those he is working with, too.

Chalet Foinsbois

Taavi Adamson, Chef

Taavi Adamson Taavi is a seasoned chef, having spent twenty years in the industry so far. He has now set his sights on becoming a chalet chef following his time in the similarly high-end world of cooking on super yachts.

He has also been the Head Chef of an esteemed restaurant in Estonia - Saku Gastro - as well as having an amazing list of experiences in London resultants under his belt, including as the Sous Chef at Arbutus (1* Michelin), at Tom Aikens’ restaurant, and for a private members club under the Gordan Ramsay holdings.

Taavi is skilled in many types of cuisine, from modern British and French to Scandinavian and Russian. Away from the kitchen, he enjoys listening to live music and sports, so we know his time in Meribel will suit him very well!

Tom Evans, Chalet Manager

Tom Evans Tom has just graduated from his first Bachelor’s degree as a medical student, which he studied at the University of St Andrews. We are so pleased that he’s chosen to work with us for a season during his ‘break’ from studying, before he continues on his path in the medical profession.

Having worked at the 5 star Old Course hotel, which is also in St Andrews, Tom is very familiar with delivering high end service, too. There, he took on many responsibilities including as a waiter and as the Room Service Supervisor. During his time there he particularly enjoyed getting to know the guests, and he takes a lot of pride from paying attention to detail and ensuring the happiness of each individual person.

Tom found his love of skiing as a student, when he went on a few university trips. He is very much looking forward to spending more time on the mountain. He is sociable and at home he enjoys cooking for his friends - he is excited to be surrounded by like-minded people (which we know he will find with us!) Tom is reliable and a hard worker, who also loves to make people laugh. So we know he will be a joy to have around!

Michael McKelvey, Chalet Assistant

Michael McKelvey Michael joins us from Belfast and is very keen to get stuck into all aspects of working in the mountains, including the skiing! Holding a degree in Finance from Queen’s University Belfast, Michael particularly prides himself on his organisation skills. He even fully orchestrated the ski trip for 250 students whilst at university.

He is familiar with the world of high-end hospitality, having worked in the VIP suites of the SSE Area in Belfast, where he was responsible for all aspects of service for corporate clients. He has also worked at the luxury Malone Hotel.

Proud of his positive attitude, Michael thrives when working in a team and knows the importance of communication. He is looking forward to making new friends and to providing the most excellent service for our guests!

Gareth McAleer, Chalet Assistant / Driver

Gareth McAleer Completing a ski season has been a goal of Gareth’s for a long time, and we are lucky enough that he has chosen to do so with us. Gareth has many skills, and most recently has been working as a Bid Writer for a Mechanical and Electrical contractor alongside working as a personal trainer. He is very motivated to work and is used to managing his own time.

In fact, Gareth has been familiar with the world of hospitality for many years. His experience is diverse, having been a waiter, bartender and a head groundskeeper on a golf course. It is clear that he loves to embrace new challenges.

Gareth also describes himself as a ‘lover of the great outdoors’ and he regularly goes camping, hiking, fishing and mountain biking with his friends. We are sure this will translate well to his time in the mountains.

Chalet Iona

Ross Mawhinney, Chalet Assistant / Driver

Ross Mawhinney Joining us for his second season in the Alps, Ross is looking forward to a new challenge. First and foremost, he loves driving and especially driving the mountains. He is well qualified in this area, being a member of of the Institute of Advanced Motorists.

He has also driven extensively across the United States, during his time working as Camp Counsellor and Assistant Head of Water-Sports at Camp Cody in New Hampshire. He did so well here that the camp have offered him an open invitation to return as the Head of Water-Sports.

A friendly and open person, Ross is looking forward to working closely with his team and with guests, too. He is reliable, resourceful and well liked by all of those who are lucky enough to spend time with him.

Chalet Lapin Blanc

Pat Hill, Chalet Manager

Pat Hill Pat is no stranger to working in the mountains, having worked seasonally before, including as the Bar Manager at a luxury hotelin Morzine. In fact Pat has been travelling and working in the hospitality industry for the past five years, so he comes to us with a wealth of experience.

Before joining us, Pat was the Bar, Cafe and Beach Service Manager at an exclusive private members club in Zakynthos, Greece. This was a busy, all-encompassing role which was perfect for Pat, who thrives working with people and relishes taking on new responsibilities.

During his travels, Pat has worked in bars and restaurants from Canada to Australia. He very much enjoys the lifestyle that comes from working in ski and summer resorts - he loves water-skiing just as much as alpine skiing! Pat is calm, understanding and a great communicator with everyone around him. He can’t wait to throw himself into his role with us, and we are delighted to have him on board!

Nicole O'Reilly, Chalet Assistant

Nicole O A positive and happy-go-lucky person, Nicole has joined Purple Ski eager to expand her existing hospitality skills and to get out on the mountain and learn to ski (or snowboard!).
Hailing from Ireland, Nicole has held various positions all over the world - Australia, New Zealand, Dubai - during her time working with horses and as a jockey. She has bags of energy and always throws herself into every new experience.

Having worked as a waitress in Portugal, Nicole is well placed to welcome guests in Lapin Blanc. She loves being around people and her smiley, understanding nature will definitely make the chalet feel like a true home from home for our guests.

Jasper Williams, Chalet Assistant / Driver

Jasper Williams Jasper is a lifelong skier and is also a confident French speaker with a passion for hospitality. So, he is an ideal fit for us! For the last five years, Jasper has been working as a waiter at The Ivy in Wimbledon, London. This means he is well experienced in delivering high-end service, in both private event spaces and in the restaurant setting.

Jasper has a wide range of experience as a driver, too, having worked as a resort driver in Meribel already, and having held a job with Indiecampers, a respected campervan rental company, where he gained experience driving large vehicles.

An outgoing person, who always goes out of his way to make sure the people around him are happy and comfortable, we are certain that Jasper will have a great season with us.

Chalet La Varappe

Glenn Davies, Chef

Glenn Davies Glenn has been tempted back for his third full season with Purple Ski. He comes from his role as the Head Chef at the Charles Bathhurst Inn in The Yorkshire Dales, having maintained the restaurant’s AA Rosette and its strong reputation for excellent food.

Hailing from Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, Glenn first fell into cooking after going for a trial at the 2 AA Rosette Awarded restaurant in the Seaham Hall Hotel & Spa in Durham. After only a few days there, he fell in love with the culinary world and he hasn’t looked back since. Following his time at Seaham Hall, Glenn has worked in several more fine dining restaurants, including at the 2 AA Rosette Awarded Library Restaurant in the Matfen Hall Hotel and the Michelin starred restaurant at the Samling Hotel.

Glenn is ambitious, keen to learn and full of well-earned self-belief. He is laid back, adaptable and simply gets on well with everyone. Away from his work, he loves being active - having not skied before his first season, it took him an impressively short time to be alongside the best skiers on the team. We are delighted to have him back.

Peter Garvey, Chalet Manager

Peter Garvey Peter joins us from Ireland, alongside his parter Mairead who is the Chalet Manager at Les Bartavelles this season.

Peter has a strong background in the food and beverage market, having worked in a variety of places during his many years in the industry, including at Martin Berasategui’s 2** Michelin restaurant in Tenerife, and at the respected Murphy’s Bar and Restaurant in Dingle, Ireland. In fact, his range of experience is truly expansive and impressive, very much providing him with the skills to succeed in his role with us.

Priding himself on his compassionate nature, Peter values communication and simply loves working around people. Away from work, he likes to play sports such as football, basketball and rugby. So although he is new to skiing, we are sure he will pick it up quickly. An extrovert, he combines his strong work ethic with having fun, too!

Zara Mooney, Chalet Assistant / Driver

Zara Mooney Hailing from County Down in Ireland, Zara joins us from her most recent role in Greece, where she was the Childcare Manager at The Peligoni Club. She is very experienced as a childcare provider, having previously been a private nanny and a member of nursery staff in several places.

Zara also has a background of seasonal winter work, having worked for VIP Ski and Scott Dunn in past years. These experiences have set her up well for a role with us. In fact, she is passionate about advancing her career in such roles, and is motivated by learning new skills along her way, meaning she has become a practiced host and driver, amongst other things.

Zara loves to ski - she loves any kind of extreme sport, including water-sports and mountain biking. She is endlessly positive, ambitious and resilient, and a pure pleasure to have on the team.

Chalet Genepy

Marta Fernandez Roch, Chef

Marta Fernandez Roch Marta has been working in the yachting industry for many years - she loves the fact that she can combine travelling and new experiences with her profession as a chef. She is especially passionate about creating vibrant and fresh dishes with plenty of colourful, local ingredients.

Marta has cooked on many different vessels which has taken her all over the world including crossing both the Pacific and the Atlantic oceans! She has further hospitality experience gained at the Blue Marlin cocktail bar in Ibiza.

As well as being a talented chef, Marta is a Reiki master and Holistic therapist. She also practices yoga. With her food reflecting this emphasis on well-being and health, we know that our guests are going to absolutely love Marta’s food.

Lucy Donelly, Chalet Manager

Lucy Donelly Lucy joins us from Belfast, with an interesting and diverse employment background. Most recently, her role as a Research Assistant saw her using high levels of communication, administration and project leadership.

As well as this, Lucy is no stranger to seasonal life, having worked as a chalet host with Premiere Neige, responsible for one of their flagship chalets. Here, she took care of all aspects of service and housekeeping.

Lucy is also proud of her academic achievements, having been awarded 1st Class Honours for her Law degree from Queen’s University in Belfast. She is a confident French speaker and is keen to utilise this skill whilst working in our team. Patient, enthusiastic, and always determined to do a good job, we are excited to have Lucy on board.

Thomas Mineur, Chalet Assistant / Driver

Thomas Mineur Hailing from the Netherlands, Thomas is always looking for the next challenge. He has never skied before but he comes to us with a love of the mountains. In fact, he has plenty of experience of driving in the mountains and has driven all over Europe.

Thomas’ most recent role was as a waiter at the hotel and restaurant Winkk, in Dongen. As well as service and bartending, he was responsible for cleaning the hotel rooms. Outside of work, Thomas is passionate about playing the piano (and making music), having studied at the Koninklijk Conservatorium in Antwerp, Belgium. He has even held the position of page turner for very famous pianists from all over the world.

Thomas is reliable, efficient and loves to be sociable by playing chess and dancing. He is thoughtful and intelligent, and a real asset to the team.

Chalet Machapuchare

Oliver France, Chef

Oliver France An experienced and passionate chef, Oliver is excited to extend his exceptional cooking skills to the chalet setting. Creative and resilient, Oliver discovered from a young age that he was suited to life in the kitchen, where he pushes himself to produce exceptional food. He especially loves to cook classic dishes, with a fine dining flair.

Oliver has worked at the 5 star Landmark London hotel, where he worked with the Head Chef to develop new dishes. He also led the pastry section here. He also worked at the highly esteemed restaurant Wilderness, which holds 3 AA Rosettes and where he was the Sous Chef.

Oliver is considerate and prides himself on his calm nature. He works hard but also likes to have fun, and we know he will be a great fit for the team.

Chloe Beadsworth, Chalet Manager

Chloe Beadsworth During the summers Chloe can be found in a stewardess position on a luxury yacht, experience of which has given her strong skills in exceptional hospitality, including all aspects of service and housekeeping. She has a particularly high level of attention to detail.

Chloe was born in France and is a fluent French speaker. She is a keen snowboarder and is familiar with the seasonal lifestyle - in fact, her parents have done ski seasons too!

With her positive outlook, drive to work hard and outgoing nature, Chloe is clearly an asset to the Purple Ski family. She is also caring and has a great sense of humour, qualities she definitely brings to her role with us.

Millie Silcox, Chalet Assistant

Millie Silcox Millie has skied since she was only four years old, though this will be her first season. She is more than familiar in the world of hospitality, having spent several years working at the Royal Ascot, where she was put in charge of service in the boxes for corporate clients.

In the future, Millie would like to pursue a career in PR, having recently graduated with a degree in Politics and Sociology from Oxford Brookes university. For now, she is keen to bring her organisation and communication skills to her role, especially when it comes to building relationships with guests.

As well as skiing, Millie loves to play hockey and to cook. Smiley and sociable, we are looking forward to having her on the team!

Chalet Margaux

Sinisa Trkulja, Chalet Assistant / Driver

Sinisa Trkulja Sinisa joins us from Croatia, where his most recent job was at the 5* Hotel Bellevue on the island of Lošinj. Here, he thrived in the variety of his role as bellboy and driver.

Sinisa was drawn to working in the mountains by the few days he has spent skiing so far. He is also looking forward to being able to use his driving skills whilst getting to know guests throughout their stay.

He has many interests, including reading, playing the guitar and judo (which he has competed in in the past). He is a curious person who is always open to new experiences. Adaptable, positive and creative, we are looking forward to having Sinisa on the team

Zeljko Pranjkovic, Chalet Assistant / Driver

Zeljko Pranjkovic Zeljko has skied before, in Bosnia where he lives, and is excited to experience life in the French Alps. Having previously worked as driver in Germany (for DHL), and with experience as a waiter, bartender and even a cook, he is undoubtedly well placed to succeed as a member of our team.

Zeljko takes pride in his work and is looking forward to the friendly atmosphere that comes with working in a team. He loves being outside in nature and especially in the mountains, so he is also looking forward to honing his skiing skills.

Calm and funny, independent yet friendly, we know that our guests will like spending time around Zeljko!

Chalet Les Bartavelles

Mairead McNamara, Chalet Manager

Mairead McNamara We are delighted to have Mairead join us (for her first ski season!) as Chalet Manager at Les Bartavelles, alongside her partner Peter who is the new Chalet Manager at La Varappe.

Well used to delivering exceptional service, Mairead has worked in many locations including the Killarney Plaza Hotel and Spa in Co.Kerry, Ireland, where she was the Housekeeping Supervisor, the Coworth Park Hotel in Berkshire, and even in a Hilton resort in the Seychelles. With a Bachelor’s degree in Business Studies in International Hotel Management, she is a true expert in the field.

Mairead is particularly proud of her communication skills and she relishes building strong relationships with her clients and her colleagues too. She is personable, approachable and always strives for success. Having never skied before, we are sure that she will be successful in this new pursuit, too!

Tibor Tiborcz, Chalet Assistant / Driver

Tibor Tiborcz Tibor certainly has plenty of driving experience, as he is qualified as a HGV Class 2 Driver and has also worked over previous winter seasons. He has been a transfer driver in La Plagne and has held a Chauffeur/Maintenance role for Le Chardon Mountain Lodges in Val d’sere.
There, he was responsible for delivering 5 star service as a driver, and for supporting the upkeep of their luxury chalets.

Outside of work, Tibor enjoys both snowboarding and skiing so he is looking forward to getting back out on the mountain. He prides himself on always being positive and patient with those around him. He is also a good listener and we know he will be an invaluable member of our Purple Ski family!

“Your staff had the perfect combination of professionalism and friendliness that I have never seen before. They were the “perfect hosts” as it were, as if we were staying in a close friend's house with all the luxury of a five star hotel.”