We think we haven’t done too bad with 5 course dining nowadays a common sight, although Cinema Rooms are not quite in all chalets yet!
Without question, looking back as we head towards the end of our second decade, it has been a fabulous learning, and most importantly fun experience for all.
16 years on, the children have grown into young adults and there is also two bears (Samoyed and Keeshond dogs) too.
What started out as two people’s passion, has become four, six in fact when you include the dogs who pester us each morning and evening for some of that wonderful mountain air!
Despite the years that seem on reflection to have flown by, our love for mountain life and all things skiing, walking, climbing, cycling, tennis and much, much more has not diminished. Nor has our passion to share it with you.
It hasn’t always been easy, or plain sailing all the way for us and Chamonix Exclusive. Success, and the rewards that go with, it take time.
Innovation materialises through experimentation and an acceptance that whilst some ‘mad ideas’ will be significant a success, not all will be, and there will inevitably be mistakes along the way.
Certainly at Chamonix Exclusive we passionately believe that if you aren’t pushing, looking for the next opportunity and improvement, you’ve probably stopped caring.
And as your feedback shows, we haven’t come close to that yet, nor do we intend to!
Whilst some operators ridiculed our ideas because they were so different to the norm, you thank-fully did not. Instead you kept on coming, year after year, encouraging us with your kind, wonderful feedback.
It was key ingredient that enable our success. It spurred us on, kept us motivated, hungry for more.
On that last point, we really couldn’t have done it with you, you are an essential part of what we do and why we do it. So a very big thank-you to you!
Mark, Frances, Tors and Josh
Although the start of Chamonix Exclusive started in 2004, the beginning really took roots years many years before. 18 years old, Frances ventured on her first ‘budget’ ski trip.
Not perturbed by the lack of funds, she set off with her sister Ruth on a holiday of a lifetime. At that age, the idea of two weeks in a snow capped region of the Alps was all that mattered.
Frances was instantly hooked on day one. Helped having secured a few ‘beginners’ downhill medals in her debut races, her love of skiing grew and grew.
Six years on she met her long-term partner and now husband Mark. A keen sportsman who was playing rugby and football at the time. Not to mention running and a frequent visitor to their work gym as well! Mark certainly didn’t need much convincing that they should forego the summer holiday for a winter one.
One week, became two weeks a year, then three. In 1991 it all became clear. A visit to Verbier and a chance conversations with the owners, who lived in the resort, Mark and Frances realised that they would not be truly content until they too lived in the Alps.
Boring friends and family for over a decade about this ‘dream idea’, 2004 it became a reality. The ‘dreamers’ as their friends affectionately called them, returned from France with the deeds to Chalet No.5 in their hand!
For Victoria, University fast approaches as she embarks on her final year of her ‘A’ levels in the British system. Moving to the Alps at such a young age (before pre-school), she is now fluent in French and a keen young sports women.
Her favourite past time is horse riding and from an early age has been a frequent visitor to the fabulous Mont Blanc Equestrian centre in Les Houches. She is a highly competent climber (reaching the Haute Savoie regional schools finals), swimmer (swimming for the Chamonix Club) as well as an equally good snowboarder (representing the Chamonix Snowboard Club), where she picked up several podiums prior to concentrating within the school system on her climbing and subsequently equestrian pursuits.
As Joshua enters his final year at ‘college’, the decisions around ‘A’ levels or apprenticeship are fast approaching. Joshua certainly applies himself well around sport as his sporting achievements demonstrate. Having moved schools several times he has a vast array of experience within different school systems and is now back to his studies at the local school where he will complete his exams before embarking on sixth form studies. Undecided yet about his career aspirations he has a real zest for life!.
At a younger age Joshua was privileged to be selected to join the local Chamonix Ski Alpin Club for whom he skied competitively within regional events, until he moved back to the UK to concentrate on his studies. A technically gifted skier, his favourite discipline is slalom, once confessing the GS downhill really is (nearly) as scary as it looks! Joshua has also played tennis since a young age, being part of the excellent Chamonix Tennis Club. He also enjoys football, rugby, climbing, swimming, ice hockey and mountain biking and is now learning to play golf.