Operating in the Chamonix Valley for more than 15 years, Chamonix Exclusive are an established ski operator offering one of the finest ski in ski out holidays in the valley.

Started by Mark and Frances back in 2004, when their children were small, pioneering a new model in luxury, it has been a fabulous learning, and most importantly fun experience for all!

15 years on the children have grown into young adults and there is also two bears (dogs) too. The parents are clearly older and hopefully wiser, but despite the advancing years of the latter pairing, still displaying that zest and love for mountain life and all things skiing, walking, climbing, cycling, tennis and much, much more.

In terms of Chamonix Exclusive and  ski in ski out Chalet No.5, it has been an enlightening quest. Along with our successes, we’ve made some mistakes here and there, as all do, but through reflection and the subsequent learning our business and offer has grown year on year.

We guess it is that curiosity to look forward, to search for better and new ways to continuously improve that drove us to embark on this venture in the first place, and that now secures our status as one, if not the top ski in ski out chalet in the Chamonix valley.

Mark and Frances - late 80's ski chic - time for the ski 'onesies' to make a comeback........?


Although the start of Chamonix Exclusive started in 2004, the beginning really took roots years before when Frances ventured on her first ski trip at the age of 18. Not perturbed by the lack of funds Frances set off with her sister Ruth on a holiday of a lifetime, seeking 2 weeks of sheer bliss in the snow capped region of the Alps. Instantly hooked, and having secured a few downhill medals in her debut races her love of skiing just grew and grew.

Just over six years after her first ski venture she met her long-term partner and now husband Mark. A keen sportsman who was playing rugby and football at the time, and also running and a frequent visitor to their work gym, Mark didn’t need much convincing that they should forego the summer holiday for a winter one.

One week, became two weeks a year and realising finally they would never be truly content until they lived ‘full-time’ by the slopes.  In 1991 they visited Verbier, and after chatting with the owners, who lived in the adjacent building, Mark and Frances returned to the UK vowing to make the same life-style choice one day.

Having subsequently bored friends and family for over a decade about this ‘dream idea’, and receiving the odd light-hearted ridicule about being ‘dreamers’ as a consequence, one winter’s day they returned to the UK, with the deeds to their dream: Chalet No.5 in their hand!


For Victoria, University fast approaches as she embarks on 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.