La Chaumiere, Route de Thonon, 74390 Chatel, France View on Map
About Us

About Us


Nestled on the border with Switzerland, the old world charm of the traditional farming village of Châtel brings guests back year after year.

A vibrant and postcard-picturesque village, Chatel is ideally situated in the heart of the enormous Portes du Soleil ski area (over 650km pistes spanning France and Switzerland). In addition to downhill skiing there is an extensive range of activities on the doorstep including 41km of cross-country skiing pistes in the Chatel area alone, 16 km of nordic snowshoeing/hiking trails, ice-skating, an indoor/outdoor pool, spa and gym, husky sledging, paragliding, horse-riding, ice-fishing and  even ice-diving!

Our instruction service

Our ski instruction service sets us apart.

The personalised attention provided by Nick Taylor and his team of fully-qualified professional instructors ensures that your skiing is taken to a new level. From young to old, nervous to thrill-seeker, piste-artiste to powder-hound our tuition allows for progression in a fun, friendly and safe environment.

We have been honoured to welcome and teach many return groups and families over the past 20 years, and are extremely proud to have guided some of our youngest skiers to become ski instructors themselves.

Whatever your level, our service ensures that every member of your group has the opportunity to fully experience the unique mountain environment with their family and friends, no matter what their level of expertise.

Nick Taylor


Chief instructor and owner of Connick Ski

The founder of Connick Ski, Nick’s infectious passion for skiing, coupled with his genuine love of teaching and coaching, guarantees that your skiing will be taken to new levels.

Nick holds the highest level of ski instructor qualification (BASI/IASI International Ski Teacher Diplome Level 4; full French equivalence; Snowsport Scotland race coach qualification).

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Kathryn Mason


Chalet Manager at Connick Ski

Kathryn originally came to La Chaumiere as a guest and is now starting her seventeenth season as a Connick Ski team member. She is the first point of contact and handles all the administration in the summer months. Her Irish charm and verbosity always ensure a warm welcome and a good ‘craic’!

Kathryn is qualified through the British plus Irish systems and holds the ISIA International Ski Teacher Level 3 award. She is also a Level 1 Ski Instructor trainer and assessor for IASI (Irish Association of Snowsports Instructors)

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Tom Wilkes


Instructor at Connick Ski

Wilkes, having started his skiing career with Connick, holds the highest level ski instructor qualification ISTD and a is a huge part of the Connick Ski team.