A Day in the Life of More Mountain Chalet Hosts Kat & Conor
Our Chalet Hosts are the heart of every More Mountain Catered Chalet holiday. They are the friendly faces that run your chalet and are on hand to make sure you have the best time. But what does a day in the life of a chalet host actually involve? We asked Kat and Conor, our amazing hosts from Chalet La Godille, to share their day with us...
"It’s 6:30am as our feet crunch softly through the snowy streets of Morzine. Sweet smells are wafting from the boulangeries and the sun is beginning to rise behind Ressachaux, tickling the valley in front of us with a pink hue. We approach the suspension bridge and see Chalet La Godille nestled against the valley side; she and the guests are still sound asleep.
We collect the freshly baked bread from outside her door and head down to the kitchen to begin breakfast preparations. Juices, yogurts, cereal, fresh fruit, Bonne Maman conserves, croissants straight from the oven; all ready to go while Conor makes the finishing touches to the morning's hot breakfast option. Today it’s vegetable frittatas with bacon (for those who want it).
The sun has crept out above the peak and is showing off Morzine and the surrounding mountains beautifully - the view from La Godille never gets tiring."
"Happy, chatty guests start filtering into the kitchen. Fresh coffee is poured and teas prepared. Guests fill their plates, and talk turns to the days skiing (or snowboarding) ahead. We recommend some routes and runs we did the day before. Quieter runs, plenty of side-hits and a perfect little lunch stop.
Back upstairs for the guests, and a swift table clear for us. Conor preps dinner (pan-seared duck breast with greens, beetroot relish and Parmesan-crusted potatoes) and whips up today's cake (lemon drizzle - my favourite, and often the guests’ too) while I warm up the van and start loading skis.
Two trips later everyone has been dropped off at Prodains lift and it’s not even 09:30am. Back to Godille to help Conor finish up and give the chalet its daily clean.
We’re on the mountain by 11:00 and straight up to Fornet bowl for a few laps. No fresh powder today but it’s a gorgeous bluebird day with views into Switzerland and what feels like beyond.
A pitstop in Changabangs for a delicious dirty burger before we head into Lindarets bowl. Then down Star Wars to Happy Hours for a swift Picon (beer with orange liqueur) safe in the knowledge that the guests are being chauffeured back from the slopes by another member of the More Mountain Dream Team. At 4:00pm we hop on the local ski bus to the staff accommodation to freshen up and we’re back in the chalet by 5:30pm."
"The guests are relaxing in the glorious afternoon sun on the terrace, most taking advantage of the hot tub. I produce a beer bucket and ask if anyone fancies an Aperol spritz while Conor begins working his magic in the kitchen. Once all the guests are taken care of, I set up for dinner and stir anything that needs stirring.
Our favourite part of the day is catching up with what guests have been up to, trading reviews of runs, seeing if they followed up on our recommendations and just generally getting to know them. Then, dinner is served! Wine is topped up and Conor introduces each course once everyone has a plate.
Three courses later and the daily discussion about whether anyone can fit in a cheeseboard ensues. We lay out a few bits in front of the fire in the downstairs lounge - just in case. The guests trickle down to relax and enjoy the sight of Morzine twinkling across the valley. Our attention turns to tidying up and shortly after we wish the guests goodnight before heading back home.
We can’t wait to do it all again tomorrow."
Hi! We’re Kat and Conor.
Some of you may have met us last year when we were hosting at La Godille. Good news! We’ve decided to come back and do it all again with the wonderful More Mountain team.
The team was so supportive and friendly and fun that we couldn’t imagine working a season with anyone else. Plus we still have plenty of the Portes du Soleil to explore! There’s no denying that being able to snowboard everyday is a big draw for returning to Morzine but meeting new guests every week and being able to tailor their experience to make sure they have the most amazing holiday possible is the best part of our job.
Spending the summer backpacking around Colombia and Peru has been incredible but we can’t wait to have snow under our boards again. We’re also delighted to say that we’ll be back hosting Chalet La Godille with its stunning interior and breathtaking views.
See you on the slopes!