About Courses & Qualifications in Chamonix
Living and working in the mountains doesn’t need to be a pipe dream. Whether you are looking to fill a gap year by doing a ski season or have longer-term ambitions, there are a whole host of options for you to consider.
If you’re really keen to do a season but are either not sure exactly what you want to do or are unsure if you have the necessary skills and qualifications, then there are a number of different courses and training seminars available to help you on your way.
If you like the idea of becoming a chalet host or chef but are unsure if you have the culinary capabilities, why not enrol yourself on one of the many cookery courses that are available. A number of them are designed specifically with chalet hosting in mind and equip you with all the skills and knowledge necessary.
These courses are generally hosted by current experienced chalet staff so you can be sure that all the advice and time saving tips they share, actually work. Apart from learning essential cooking skills and preparation techniques you will also learn about budgeting, portion sizing, and how to cope with the sort of challenges a season may throw at you.
You will also get plenty practice cooking for large numbers prior to your first guests and come away with a repertoire of recipes that you are confident cooking. Courses vary in price, but as a guideline you should expect to pay around £500 for a week’s residential training.
Many Tour Operators run their own cookery courses over the summer and will guarantee all delegates a job on successful completion. Some may even refund some of the course fees at the end of season.
The guys at Natives have put together a series of workshops that are specifically designed to lead you through the whole process of “doing a season”.
From deciding what to do, who to apply to, and writing a killer application form or CV, to sound advice on interview techniques, finding accommodation and general mountain safety.
Seminars are held at various times throughout the summer and mini-workshops will be run at the Ski Shows in the autumn.