The Chalet Cuisine

Ski Cuisine

The Food in the chalet is as important as the snow outside and getting it wrong can leave a bad taste in the mouth! At Ski Hiver for the last 20 years, we have made it as important as the snow (at least we have more control over the food!) We train the staff, if necessary at the start of the season and if they are not up to the job then we send them home! Our staff tend to be older so they can relate and converse with you, rather than the inexperienced generation who are just ticking this off on their things to do list! 

Chalet Cuisine

The morning starts off with Fresh bread and preserves, eggs or pancakes, orange juice, cereals, yoghurt, tea and coffee. We can provide English cooked breakfasts at an added cost but there has to be a minimum of 4 people to order even if it is only for one morning.

Afternoon Tea: After a hard day’s skiing and just before you pop into the hot tub or Sauna, enjoy a homemade cake, scones or biscuits, hot chocolate, tea or coffee!

Three course (or Four Course in Chalets Hermine and Lievre Blanc) evening meal served with complimentary wine throughout dinner until coffee is served. Our experiences of cooking and travelling to various places in the world has helped us combine a menu of some many international cuisines. We also offer an extra course of local cheese on one night during the week.

We are happy to cater for any special diets from vegetarians, vegan, dairy-free or gluten-free. All produce is fresh and wherever possible we will source from local sellers. We do not employ packet cooks and insist everything where possible is made from scratch. Children's meals are also possible at an earlier time of 18h00/18h30 to allow them time to eat and shower before adults sit down later, leaving kids to watch a DVD or go to bed. The children's meals are more suited to their tastes but no matter what is served, there is always vegetables or salad on the table.

Sample Menu

Caramelised Red Onion Goats Cheese Tart


Duck with Cassis Sauce – Puy Lentils – Pommes Dauphinois - Stir Fry Courgette Ribbons


Baked Raspberry Cheesecake served with Coulis


 Freshly Brewed Coffee


The Snow Cooks Chalet Cookery Course with Melanie Lowe

Fancy working in a ski chalet this winter? Snow Cooks are offering the perfect course to get you on the right track.

After spending 30 years catering in chalets, as well as then training our own chalet staff, we are running a practical cookery course covering all aspects of running a chalet in a ski resort. The courses will be held in a lovely chalet in Peisey on a weekly basis from June until October.  What a great way to combine cooking skills, which will not only stay with you for life but also give you the confidence to run a ski chalet at the same time as staying in a beautiful location. 

The course program will include:

  • Menu Planning
  • Food Shopping in the Alps (what’s available during the winter?)
  • Budgeting and Cost Cutting tips
  • Stock Rotation
  • Cooking Delicious meals for large numbers (Quantity doesn’t mean you forfeit Quality)
  • Canapés – no fuss
  • Finishing touches – first impressions
  • Managing food waste
  • Special diets (Vegetarians, Vegans, Dairy and Gluten-Free)
  • Tips on Time saving – Be Prepared
  • Altitude Cooking – yes there is a difference!
  • Health and Hygiene in the kitchen
  • Kitchen Equipment (care of) and useful gadgets
  • Recycling
  • Efficiency in the kitchen equals more time on the slopes – how to get the most from your season

Courses are held in a relaxed atmosphere for small numbers of students for a duration of 6 days costing £450. We also offer advice on finding a job, a full list of potential employers and a foolproof cookbook, sample menus plus a French translation of the produce mostly used in chalets. (We also offer long weekend courses, depending on availability starting from £299).

2019 dates to be confirmed.

About Melanie

Melanie did her first ski season in 1987/88 and after working for various companies all over the Alps, with her partner, they then set up a chalet company in 1994. She has a passion for food and skiing and wants the next generations to enjoy their season as she still enjoys hers!

What does the price include?

6 days tuition

7 days accommodation and all meals in our lovely chalet in the Alps!

Assistance in finding a job

Personal reference from us on completion of the course

The price does not include

*Travel to France

Transfers to resort (these can be arranged)  If you arrive by train, we can pick you up from the station.

*Any outdoor activities you choose to do whilst here

Please do not hesitate to email us at for further information.


”Melanie was able to offer a high standard of tuition in an Alpine setting exposing us to local seasonal produce and a realistic idea of budgets within resort. We were encouraged to use our initiative and had help and advice on providing excellent food and maximising our skiing time as these are two of Melanie’s greatest passions.”

“The Skihiver course is an in-at-the-deep-end, hands-on, practical course in a real-life chalet in the French Alps. It has given me the confidence to apply for chalet posts with excitement, knowing that I will be able to cope and hit the ground running as soon as I arrive. It’s a great way to learn about chalet cooking and chalet preparations, while having a bit of fun in the process. “ Thank you Mel & team." 
Zoltan, UK

“Thanks for all the cooking skills and top tips….they will stay with me for life!” 
Danny, Cheltenham

  • Hi, I am sorry its taken so long, but I just wanted to say a big thank you to you and your staff. We loved the chalet. We had a fab time and could not have wished for more. Two very new skiers now hooked and one with rekindled passion. Thank you again Martin, Lou and James
  • Can you please pass on your thanks to your team, especially Kate and Loreen, for a great time we had. What a wonderfully spacious chalet in the lovely village, perfect for families. The food was perfect and plentiful, and the hosting was really friendly and relaxed. Many thanks Dominic, Janice and Murray Pearson
  • Thanks for a great week – your organisation was faultless with ski passes and lessons available as promised on arrival, the ski hire was so convenient being run “in house” and the quality met everyones requirements. Transfers were the easiest I have experienced in 30 years of skiing
    Richard Abbott
  • Just wanted to say thank you very much on behalf of all our party for a brilliant week’s holiday. The chalet was lovely, the food superb and our chalet girls, Emily and Zoe, absolutely excellent. You even managed to organise amazing weather for us. I would definitely consider booking with you again.
    Jane Blake