Staff feedback 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Staff feedback 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
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
It was great to work with you and YSE so thanks for the opportunity.
Greg Smith, Chef, Chalet la Grande Sassière
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
Staff feedback 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
I am so sorry we never got to see you to say goodbye and more importantly to say thank you. 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
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
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)
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
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
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
Staff feedback 2012-13
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!
Warner, Chalet Assistant, Chalet des Neiges
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.
Chalet Chef, Chalet Le Vieux Crêt
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
Weeks, Chalet Assistant, Chalet Les Chardons
really missing YSE very much, it has been the best 6 months of my
Wenban, Chalet Assistant, Chalet Charlotte
has been a great winter and I thoroughly enjoyed working for YSE, I will
definitely stay in touch.
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.
Cerenzia, Chalet Assistant, Chalet La Couchire
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
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
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