Snow Cooks

Chalet Host Cookery Courses


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We run practical cookery courses during the summer months covering all aspects of running a chalet in a ski resort.

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Have you dreamed of working a ski season in a chalet? Snow Cooks are offering the perfect course to make that a reality!

Working a ski season has become very popular over the past 20 years for not only the teenagers taking a year out, but for all ages seeking a change in lifestyle.  It will give you an opportunity to spend a season in a beautiful mountain resort experiencing the culture of another country as well as master the art of snowsports in a season, rather than just the one week's holiday per year you get.  You will also get to perfect your cooking skills which along with the friends you make, will stay with you for life!  Whether it be a one-off season or making the mountains your permanent home, you will have an unforgettable time.

Who we are

Having spent more than 25 years running a catered chalet company and living in the French Alps, we want to inspire a new generation of keen skiers and cooks.  Our practical chalet cookery course during the summer months covers all aspects of hosting and cooking in a ski chalet.  With experience not only training our own chalet staff over the years, but also working as a freelance private chef and as a restaurateur in France, I have a great passion for food as well as skiing which I believe to be the perfect blend to make an ideal chalet host.  Everything is cooked from scratch - using fresh ingredients.  You'll be amazed at what you can produce by the end of the week and it will give you a new enthusiasm to cooking at home.


Where we are

The courses will be held in Chalet Viva, a real chalet which is situated in the heart of the lovely traditional village of Peisey Nancroix in the French Alps, at the gateway to the National Vanoise Park.  They run from May until October for the duration of a week. Take a look at the selected dates as they do not run every week. There are lots of great activities, easily accessible during the summer making this a really fun playground for all ages.  Mountain biking, hiking up to a glacial lake, foraging mushrooms, climbing a rock face or canoeing down the white water, there is something for everyone to enjoy, even if you just prefer to sit by the swimming pool in Les Arcs!

Why choose us

With a wealth of experience as not only hosts and cooks, but in chalet staff recruitment, we can confidently lead you to a successful job application in this field.  What a great way to combine learning cooking skills, which will not only stay with you for life, but also give you the confidence to run a ski chalet at the same time as staying in a beautiful location and enjoying some incredible alpine activities such as white-water rafting or Via Ferrata.  You'll also get to meet other like-minded people, whom you may even end up working with. We offer a week long course at an affordable price which is enough time to follow a chalet menu plus learn the ins and outs of hosting a chalet.  If you have had some cooking experience, we also offer online courses based on 20 hours plus homework assignments.

Competition is fierce for the jobs, so at least a chalet course will give you a fighting chance!  We have great pleasure in stating that to date, all students have successfully secured a job in a chalet for the ski season...some are still here and some have gone on to work on yachts, barge cruises and in restaurants.  Your life could take a new direction and one thing is for sure - you'll never look back!



Course dates for 2019 season

Please book soon to avoid disappointment as we have started selling out some weeks.

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What people say about us

Thanks for all the cooking skills and top tips….they will stay with me for life!

Danny, Cheltenham

The Snow Cooks course is an in-at-the-deep-end, hands-on, practical course in a real-life chalet in the French Alps. It has given me the confidence to apply for chalet posts with excitement, knowing that I will be able to cope and hit the ground running as soon as I arrive. It’s a great way to learn about chalet cooking and chalet preparations, while having a bit of fun in the process.

Thank you Mel & team.

Zoltan, UK

Melanie was able to offer a high standard of tuition in an Alpine setting exposing us to local seasonal produce and a realistic idea of budgets within resort. We were encouraged to use our initiative and had help and advice on providing excellent food and maximising our skiing time as these are two of Melanie’s greatest passions.


Great to spend a week learning to cook in a real chalet in the Alps. I learnt so much and have already received an offer of employment for the coming winter season.  Thanks to you and the team   Peter

Amazing week in Chalet Viva, learnt lots of tricks of the trade and had fun in the process! 



Thanks to the team for a great week in the kitchen and also up the mountain.  We have learnt so much more than just cooking and are looking forward to applying for jobs in a chalet, knowing that we have the skills.

Ben and Tess

This was a fantastic course to do!  I couldn't recommend this enough. I feel way more prepared for a chalet host/chef role than I ever thought I would!  Thank you for a brilliant week. Don't miss out on this course, it will make you desperate to get straight out on a season!


Just wanted to say thanks for setting up the interview with Alpine Generation. They offered me the job!


Thank you for an amazing week!  I learnt so much and am so excited for the season to start now.  I can't stop baking for my family now- they're very impressed!!


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SARL Ski Hiver
Maison Gentiane
Rue de la Chenalette 73210
Peisey Nancroix