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Staff Reviews 2016-17

I wanted to send you a note to say a huge thank you! I had such a great time living and working in Val d’Isere and that is all thanks to YSE. I could never have imagined enjoying my season as much as I did. John and Annabel do such a fantastic job of looking after both guests and staff in resort and I can’t ever imagine working again for two people who are so dedicated to their work and employees. Being part of such a big group of people who all genuinely cared and looked out for one another was great. I felt proud and still do when I tell people I worked for YSE. A special thank you to you too. If it wasn’t for your thorough recruitment process and you didn’t take so much time and interest with the interviews there is no way I would have been surrounded by so many like-minded and great people. I will never forget Annabel saying to us in the first week ‘girls look around the room, some of these people will become your bridesmaids’ – she wasn’t wrong! A big thank you to you and everyone at YSE. Hariet Hill, Chalet Assistant

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YSE is definitely the best company to work for in Val – John and Annabel both know exactly what it’s like to work in a resort and ensure you get the most of your season. It’s run like a family where you’re not just a cog in the machine! Val d’Isere is also comfortably the best ski resort in the alps with tonnes of on and off piste skiing as well as a great nightlife. The job involves driving guests to and from the lifts, in the trade mark yellow Land Rovers! You then follow the driving with a week working in the kitchen making the cakes and canapés as well as  pot washing. Both of which allow you plenty of time to ski throughout the day. Along with the driving and kitchen responsibilities, the boys take it in turn to bus rep on transfer day. We’ve loved YSE this season, it’s been packed full of laughs and we’ve met a lot of great people. So much so that Harry’s coming back next season with YSE as a chef and Bertie returning to Val as a DJ (no doubt still spending a lot of time with YSE!). Harry and Bertie, Driver/Plongeur

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This was my third season working in chalets in Val d’Isere and by far my favourite. I was on my 2nd season working as a chef, and the two months worth of cooking training they have put me through have been invaluable. During these weeks I learnt so much about food, produce, cooking skills and techniques, organisation and presentation. A months ‘workshop’ style training with a huge range of professional chefs, tutors, fledgling cooks and well seasoned chalet staff working together and sharing ideas is a rich and unique experience. I was lucky enough to be selected as the chef in Chalet Pic Noir, which is one of the brand new chalet apartments in the centre of town, with the most beautiful interior architecture. The first few weeks of the season are really tough while learning the ropes, but they set you up so well for the rest of the season to be smooth, with as much time for skiing as possible! I am an avid skier so time up the mountain was hugely important for me and I certainly got it! John and Annabel really understand that we do seasons to have fun so they equip you with the skills and all the support you need. The people that YSE attracts, both staff and guests, are amazing. The friends I have made here will be with me for life. I can’t recommend working for YSE more, it will most definitely be the best 6 months of your life (and maybe even turn you into a career seasonaire like me!) Hannah Tooke, Chalet Chef

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Having just finished at Nottingham university, I was looking for something challenging and different to do before I started work. Working as a chalet assistant with YSE has been such an amazing experience; the first few weeks were challenging, but hugely informative and prepared us perfectly for the following months which passed all too quickly. As a chalet assistsant, we had the opportunity to switch between chalets, sharing out the workload and allowing us to work with a variety of chefs which really added to the experience. I am leaving the stunning mountains to return to grey, drizzly London to begin a job at Fenwick, but the unbelievable memories YSE has given me will stick forever, as will the friends and skills I have gained while being here. Hattie Papworth, Chalet Assistant

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I have just completed an incredible season working for YSE as a chalet assistant. Val d’Isere has been a wonderful resort to spend 6 months working in with its fantastic variety of skiing and nightlife. YSE has been such a great company to work for, John and Annabel have always given support when needed and have made the season surpass my expectations so much that I am coming back next season as a chalet cook. I am looking forward to doing the cookery course to challenge myself and leave next year with a well-rounded experience in hosting and cooking. I have made life-long friendships and hold so many memories that I will never forget from learning to ski and snowboard to hiking mountains and enjoying nights out, I can’t wait for next year! Megan Phippen, Chalet Assistant

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Having just finished at Exeter University, I decided to defer my graduate job to take a year out and do a ski season. I honestly couldn’t be more happy that I chose to do it at YSE. The company is intimate enough to know your bosses personally, whilst also allowing you to ski and go out in one of the best resorts in the world. Before working for YSE I hadn’t done any professional cooking, although I had always enjoyed cooking for friends at home and uni. I applied to be a small chalet cook based on this, but nothing prepared me for how  much I’d learn on the cookery course, and so quickly. It ensured I felt confident cooking a 4 course dinner to a high standard 6 times a week, which I’m sure will be incredibly handy in the future! The whole season has been a truly amazing experience, with friends and skills I’ll cherish for life. Lucinda Black, Small-Chalet Cook

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After graduating from Newcastle University I decided I wanted to take a year out. Choosing to work for YSE was the best decision I could have made. Being a chalet assistant is a varied and challenging role but I have honestly had the best six months of my life. The huge level of responsibility and support you are given from day one has hugely enhanced my confidence and organisational skills. Our guests have been an absolute pleasure throughout the season and I’ve made some really useful contacts for job opportunities when I return to the UK. The tight knit family I’ve been welcomed into at YSE has made the experience for me, I know the people I’ve met here will be my friends for life. Lucy Moore, Chalet Assistant

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Having graduated from the University of Bristol last year, I decided I wanted to take a year out before continuing to pursue a career in law. Val d’Isere has been a fantastic resort to work in as it has such brilliant skiing but is also very sociable, not to mention the great nightlife. YSE only operates in Val d’Isere which is a huge bonus as you know where you are going to placed, unlike other companies where you may be located anywhere. Moreover, it is a company which is superbly run and working for YSE has enabled me to have an incredible experience and an unforgettable 6 months. YSE has such a family atmosphere and I have always felt valued and supported throughout my time here. I have learnt life skills and made some life long friendships; if I was to come back and do another season I would undoubtedly work for YSE and wouldn’t even consider working for anyone else. Vicky Croshaw, Chalet Assistant

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I was incredibly fortunate to join YSE midseason last year after finishing my BSc Psychology degree at The University of Manchester. I was employed as a chalet assistant and this meant that I had the privilege of working with a number of talented chefs throughout my time here. Having experienced being an assistant for half a season, where I made great friends and got to experience the mountains day in and day out, I could think of nothing better to do the following year than to come back and participate in the cooking course. I cannot express how valuable the cooking course was. Scottish was a fantastic teacher, who took the time to go into a great amount of depth and detail to enhance everyone’s learning. It gave me the confidence and knowledge to cook a variety of food and helped me to adapt to the different wants and needs of the guests. This included acquiring the ability to cope with different dietary requirements such as vegan or gluten free. In fact, I have enjoyed cooking so much with YSE that I am going to continue cooking in Mallorca over the Summer. I have had another fantastic season at YSE and couldn’t recommend it to anyone more. Whether you come and work as a Chef or an Assistant I can guarantee that you will have a incredible season, with amazing skiing virtually every day and sharing it with the best people. Edie Beele, Chalet Cook

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Staff Reviews 2015-16

Last season I worked for YSE as an assistant and loved every minute of it which is why I decided to come back and do the YSE cookery course. I was interested in cooking but had not done a previous cooking course, nor did I have any professional experience. The four week course was amazing and taught me so much. The tutors, Scott and Murray, are fantastic at their jobs and transformed me into a confident cook. I learned many skills from butchery, pastry making and sugar work, to knife skills, plating up and budgeting. The course was lots of fun and it was great to meet new people, who are now some of my best friends. I have absolutely loved my second season and I put that down to the cookery course; it helped me to relax in the kitchen and set me up well for guests arriving, which meant that I could afford lots more time on the mountain. Jenny Emerson, Chalet Cook

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Having just finished university I was looking for a challenging, yet rewarding experience. Working for YSE has enabled me to ski one of the largest mountain ranges in Europe and to live in a fun, lively, bustling ski resort for 6 months. Although I am sadly now leaving this all behind I am taking some friends for life home with me. YSE only operates in Val d’Isere, so a job with YSE guarantees you to be in one of the best resorts in the Alps. Thank you YSE for the best 6 months of my life! Magalie Whitton, Chalet Assistant

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Working for YSE has been the most amazing experience. Whilst it has been a fantastic break from studying, I feel that it has given me the opportunity to develop new skills over the last 6 months. I feel that YSE really looked after its staff and the level of personal contact we had with John and Annabel was unrivalled compared to other chalet companies. Val d’Isere is an amazing place to spend 6 months not only because of the fantastic skiing (not many resorts can offer powder skiing in May) but also the fun party atmosphere and type of likeminded people it attracts. I  cannot speak of YSE more highly; I’m heading home with not only a goggle tan but also some amazing experiences, both on and off the piste, with a group of hopefully lifelong friends. Charlotte Moss, Chalet Assistant

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I throughly enjoyed my first year working for YSE as a chalet assistant in Chalet les Chardons. Watching Scott in the kitchen throughout the season sparked my interest in cooking and inspired me to return this year on the YSE cookery course. Although I had no previous professional experience in a kitchen, Scott and Murray taught me all of the skills I needed to run a large chalet cooking breakfast, afternoon tea, canapés and a three course meal every night. The cooking course was an unforgettable experience and I can’t thank YSE enough! Tori Powell, Chalet Cook

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From the moment I decided to do a ski season I knew Val d’Isere was the resort I wanted to be in. It is known for its vast and incredible skiing, not to mention its crazy nightlife! Not only is YSE a superbly run company that gets to know each individual staff member, but the fact you’re guaranteed to be in Val d’Isere is such a big attraction, in comparison to other companies where you have no choice. My season as a chalet assistant has been amazing; I have learned practical and social skills and made friendships that I will take through life. YSE is an incredible community made up of so many like-minded people who instantly bond during work and in our time off.  So for anyone wanting a job in Val d’Isere I would choose YSE as I have loved every minute of it and have no regrets. Juliet Sparrow, Chalet Assistant

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If I was to do another season I wouldn’t hesitate to return for YSE- I’ve benefited hugely from the training (cooking course) and have had a brilliant season with great friends! Catherine Martin-Jones, Chalet Cook

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I have absolutely loved my season as a Chalet Assistant for YSE and having spoken to other seasonnaires in the resort, it is clear that YSE is the best chalet company to work for. Everyone in YSE is very like-minded and we quickly became such a close-knit team. In addition you really get to know John and Annabel, who take the time to get to know each member of their staff and they looked after us so well. The YSE working hours are very fair too, which means that there is plenty of time to get up the mountain, and all of the guests who have stayed in my chalets have been really lovely.  Not only is YSE a fantastic company to work for, the fact that you are guaranteed to work in Val d’Isère is a major plus. Val is an amazing resort with so much to offer; from the massive ski area and amazing snow, to the range of restaurants and great bars and fun nightlife. The past 6 months have been the best 6 months of my life, I have made some great friends and would not hesitate in recommending YSE to anyone wanting to do a ski season. Alice Dinsmore, Chalet Assistant

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Staff Reviews 2014-15

Had an Awesome season back in La Couchire with YSE after a 4 year absence, I adore Val D’isere, it was great to have returning guests stay with me again after all those years and to see some familiar faces amongst the YSE staff. John and Fiona are great employers, Annabel does a fab job at keeping us all in line.. Would love to come back for season number 5…. (maybe in a different chalet next time). Scott Matthies, Chef, Chalet la Couchire

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I can’t express how amazing YSE has been to work for; incredible bosses, professional training, friendships for life and I can’t wait to come back next year! Chloe Caddie, Chalet Assistant, Maison du Rocher

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It was great to work with you and YSE so thanks for the opportunity. Greg Smith, Chef, Chalet La Grande Sassière

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I just wanted to say a huge thank you for what was a wonderful two months in Val with YSE. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to come out so late, I only wish Id joined from the start! It’s such a wonderful company and I cant stop raving on about how my friends and family can’t go skiing again unless its with YSE! Georgina Metcalfe, Chalet Assistant, Chalet La Couchire

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Staff Reviews 2013-14

I just wanted to say thank you to you, John and Annabel for looking after us all so well over the past 6 months. I have had an amazing season and loved having the opportunity to meet and work with such great people. It was a brilliant experience and I would recommend anyone wanting to do a season in Val to work for YSE. I am definitely coming back to do another season next year. Amber Atherton, Chalet Assistant, Maison du Rocher

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I honestly had the best 6 months and absolutely loved working for YSE – there is no other company I would consider doing a season with. Thank you for looking after us so well and giving us the most amazing experience. Rebecca Stovold, Chalet Chef, Chalet La Moraine

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I just want to pass on my thanks for what has been an amazing season! It was a very last minute decision and I was so fortunate that there was a position remaining. On the buses I have been asked on many occasions what it is like to work for YSE; my response has always been the same, from week 1 to now, which is that it has been fantastic to work for a company that truly respects and looks after the staff. I am also very grateful for the mogul lessons you gave me. I’m looking forward to coming back next year but this time as a guest! Lucian Cawthron, IT and General Rep

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All the best and thanks for everything its been an amazing 3 seasons and I’ll never forget it! YSE really is a great company to work for and I think yourself, Fiona and, especially, Annabel do an amazing job at looking after us and I know why people keep coming back. Sam Hood, Chalet Chef, Le Vieux Crêt (2013-14), Chalet La Couchire (2012-13) and Chalet Les Gnellets (2011-12)

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I would just like to thank you so so much for employing me for this season just passed. It has truly been one of the best six months of my life. The combination of the job, people and place were just unbelievable and I feel really lucky to have worked for YSE. I have barely been home a week and I already miss it immensely. I think the way YSE combines its driver and kitchen porter roles is a great idea. As a driver you get enjoy being out and about in the resort, interacting with guests. Then, although you work very hard as kitchen porter, you get more time on the mountain. The result is a job which has a really nice balance of variety. If I was lucky enough to have the time to do another season I would definitely be looking to return to the same role. Another major factor is that the head chef in Chardons kitchen is a legend! He makes it a really nice environment to work, rather than the stressed out commercial kitchens you hear horror stories about. James Hicks, Driver/Plongeur

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I had such a great 2 months in Val and couldn’t be more pleased that I got the chance to work for YSE! Thank you again for giving me the opportunity to join the end of the season, I had an amazing time. Annabel James, Chalet Assistant, Les Chardons

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Just a quick word to say thank you so much to you all for providing me with such a great experience over the past 6 months. I have genuinely had such an incredible season and it has made me want to do more and more. From that intense yet unbelievably beneficial cooking course, to the various different people I got to work with to having my own chalet and constant improvement. The past 6 months honestly couldn’t have been better and I genuinely couldn’t think of a more desirable company to have worked for, I will be sure to sing your praises to everyone everywhere. Thank you again for looking after me so well. And if I’m not back again, good luck for the future. Hatty Jackson, Chalet Cook, Chalet Jasmine

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Staff Reviews 2012-13

I’d like to thank you for giving me the opportunity to work for YSE this past season. I had a truly amazing time with a great group of people and was always proud to be sporting that yellow jacket! Abbie Warner, Chalet Assistant, Chalet des Neiges

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I greatly enjoyed my season in Val and thought YSE an outstanding company to work for; you inspire loyalty, pride and camaraderie in your staff which was great to be a part of. I would not rule out coming back and working for another season with you. Anne Barns-Graham, Chalet Chef, Chalet Le Vieux Crêt

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Thank you for allowing me to have the best time of my life!! It truly was fantastic fun and I am without a shadow of a doubt heading back for a holiday next year to see everyone! Coming back to the UK is an almighty shock that hasn’t been particularly pleasant. Back to the real world is going to be harder than I thought! Katie Weeks, Chalet Assistant, Chalet Les Chardons

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I am really missing YSE very much, it has been the best 6 months of my life! Hannah Wenban, Chalet Assistant, Chalet Charlotte

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It has been a great winter and I thoroughly enjoyed working for YSE, I will definitely stay in touch. John Greatwood, Driver

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I will most definitely be returning to YSE next year as a chef. Thank you again for an amazing season and I cannot wait for the next. Gabriella Cerenzia, Chalet Assistant, Chalet La Couchire

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I want to say a massive thank you for everything, I loved working for YSE and had the best season making great friends. Camilla Fraser, Resort Staff

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I want to say thank you, I have had a fantastic season, it was a great experience. Eva Budd, Chalet Assistant, Chalet La Grande Sassière

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Thank you all for your kindness and understanding back in February when I had to leave Val d’Isère. I am sure now that it was the right decision to have the knee operation. I hope that the others were not too stretched. I really enjoyed working for YSE and it was a great company to be a part of, particularly in taking the extra time and trouble to thoroughly teach us all at the start of the season. This then made the next few months a much smoother and confident transition. Looking forward to hopefully being able to book a YSE holiday soon depending on my knee’s recovery. Natasha Barry, Chalet Chef, Chalet Les Gnellets