In 2004 Mark and Frances set off for the Alps with a young baby, and one on the way, to find their dream ski chalet. Their drive was fuelled by their sheer passion for skiing and love for adventure and a new life with their young family. Having considered all the options they settled on the World renown ski resort of Chamonix. It made perfect sense with all year round opportunities for holidays and so many activities on offer in both summer and winter.
After a long search they found the perfect place perched on the crest of the hill in the beautiful area of Les Houches. Not just a chalet but one located alongside the ski piste for ski in ski out convenience. Chalet Prarion (now Chalet No 5) was born.
The family soon settled into French mountain life, the kids attended the local school in Les Houches and as soon as the children were old enough they learned to ski. Following their parents sporting passion (but with a little more skill and precision)! Victoria went on to become one of the top competition snowboarders, in her age group, in the Chamonix Valley and Josh represented the Chamonix Ski Club across the Haute Savoie region in downhill and slalom ski racing.
Nowadays, with important schooling commitments, both have had to calm their sporting ambitions for academic reasons, but despite this short term interlude the whole family retains the burning passion for the big mountain fun and adventures!
Passionate about service as well as skiing, Mark and Frances started Chamonix Exclusive in 2005. With their vision clearly set on creating the affordable luxury ski holiday for all, here in the Chamonix Valley.
At the time, several 'industry experts' frowned on the new luxury model idea, but undeterred and perhaps, with some naivety, they pushed on to find the right balance between service and price. Ignoring questions around the merits of giving more service, they upscaled to offer a chef rather than a host, installed a hot tub, introduced the mid week towel change, added toiletries and slippers in the mix, and at a time when the luxury concept was very young.
Confident that they were on the right lines they took risks, and tested new ground. Whilst some ideas didn't stand the test of time, other pioneering steps they made, along with a few other pioneering chalet companies, are now firmly accepted practice. Whether it's stepping into the luxury hydro therapy hot tub after a great day on the slopes; or enjoying the delights of chef presented quality, delicious food and wine; or the convenience of the all day driver service to mention just a few.
But for us it will never stop, still to this day we are pushing boundaries with our new wellness centre, cinema projection room, a games room for all ages; and the holiday options that lets you choose the services you want at a price we are sure you'll like!