Chalet Hotel Rosset Team Rocks
On arrival, I noted the friendly and informal atmosphere of our Chalet Hotel as we were greeted warmly and immediately helped with getting ski gear and bags to our rooms. This 4 star accommodation is located right in the heart of Tignes-le-Lac and has spectacular views over the lake. Within minutes you can be by the Rosset chair lift and slopes and it was perfectly close to the Marmotton children’s ski area, on the southern side of the resort, for quick access to Val d’Isère. We were impressed. But people make a place as they say and I think that is true for this Chalet Hotel.
I asked William Alexander, Chalet Manager ( Likes: Powder Days, Sacrasm – Dislikes: Clutter, Snowbombing!) what the highlight of his season was so far. “Probably going out skiing with two colleagues/friends on a beautiful blue day after a night of fresh snow falling. We headed offpiste down the back of the Sache valley. We skied up to a blind edge near the secret second eye of the needle to find the run down completely full of powder and totally untouched. One by one we went down, I was the last to descend but I heard each of my friends cheering and hollering as they skied ahead. I followed and the rush of it and the unexplainable joy of that run hit me just like it did them. The fact that I’d done it with friends made it the best run of the season. To all be on the same level, not in ability but in mindset. We were all in high spirits and the find couldn’t have come at a better time. I find that happiness is only happiness when you’re able to share it, that couldn’t be more true for skiing. ”
“Why is special about working here?” I enquired. “One of the best things is also the most dangerous for us living and working out here.” He doesn’t mean the skiing! “Our bar is big and comfortable and it’s got the most beautiful view in the area. Take a left out of the property and you’ve got a lovely little bar called the Alpaka Lodge, with great furnishings and Mutzig on tap. Also their jam jar cocktails are great, or so I’m told! Take a right out of the hotel and you’re 1 minute away from Loop bar, who have amazing and affordable food on offer and the best après in Tignes. The restaurants in the resort are fantastic also, I only regret not being able to try more out.”
“Next, I’d say the staff. When you spend close enough to all your day with people for close enough to the whole week, you pray that they’re likeminded. Luckily we’ve all got on well and it’s followed through to the way we work. It’s been great to receive praise from guests telling us that they can tell we get along well and we work in a fun and professional manner. That’s what we want to do and when you’re enjoying working with one another, you’d be surprised how much the guests can tell”
I’m with William on the great team fit – it really worked a treat for us all.. Chrissie, Ashleigh and Ella were all so friendly and accommodating and could not do enough for my 6 year old son Aaron. It was his first time skiing, everything was new, exciting and possibly a little daunting so having a welcome party to return to each day made it all the better! Head chef Helen spent time explaining all the menus for high tea for all the children and one day did an extra special chocolate pancake as a Breakfast Surprise for the children! Ben gave up the day job for one night only and treated us a fantastic evening of entertaining with his Frank Sinatra songs to swing the night away. Sophie greeted us daily at afternoon tea and ran a smooth operation in the bar and Assistant Manager Dave gave us sound advice on anything we needed to do in resort as his knowledge was infinite!
Combined with great late season snow and excellent bluebird days we had a fantastic ski trip. And next year it can only get better with the Chalet Hotel being extended to include a swimming pool and wellness area. Both the dining room and lounge bar areas are going to be larger which can only be a good thing I say!
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Words Mary Finucane
Marketing and Travel Freelance