About Us


Melanie Lowe photoMel, the founder of Snow Cooks did her first ski season in 1987/88 and after cooking for various companies all over the Alps, with her partner,  set up a chalet company in 1994 building up a good reputation over the years that followed.

She has spent the summer seasons either as a private chef in villas or a restaurateur, gaining more and more experience along the way.  A keen traveller and love of different cuisines, she likes to incorporate flavours from around the world in to her menus.

Now the focus is on staff training and chalet cooking courses, as well as providing future staff to chalet companies.  

She has lived in Peisey for more than 23 years along with her partner and two children so has first hand knowledge not only of the industry but of this beautiful area and all it has to offer.

Mel has always had a passion for food and skiing, which together is the perfect recipe to work a season in a chalet!


Guest Tutors

During the week,  guest tutors and ex chalet staff will be dropping by to impart their experiences and expertise in all areas of chalet hosting and cooking.


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