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. The town while small in size, has the most wonderful skiing on its doorstep. Many fine restaurants with local cuisine are in town for your night out.

The lively village centre has some great après ski bars for you to ease the muscle pain away! The architecture has been perfectly preserved to keep the mountain feel and the Swiss influence on this very unspoilt French village.

Our team of experts are guaranteed to make your trip to Chatel, one you will never forget.

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 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 fifteenth 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 first came to Connick Ski as a chalet helper over fourteen years ago. After working his way through the BASI system he now holds the highest level Ski instructor qualification ISTD and a huge part of the Connick Ski team. As well as part of being massive part of our team he is also now a highly regarded instructor in the Alps. During the summer he runs the legendary Wilkestock festival for charity as well as Event Managing various other projects.