We’re a small, friendly independent travel company. We started when we took a few friends off to the mountains, and then strangers – or our “future friends” as we prefer to think of them – got to hear about us and wanted to come too. Our aim was to create a laidback, sociable holiday for those who love skiing and boarding and meeting awesome new people (we hope we’ve succeeded, but you’d better check out our guests’ opinions).
We specialise in holidays for single travellers, so if you’re travelling on your own, you’ll fit right in. We also attract couples and small groups of friends who want the fun chalet experience. The best thing about our job, apart from getting to spend half the year on the slopes, is meeting all our great guests and seeing them again – around three quarters come back the following year!
Our trips are a little different from the usual chalet holiday – we attract like-minded people (no kids!), and your host is part of the action from the moment you arrive, doing everything from taking you out on the mountain to leading the apres ski and making sure you never go hungry.
We don’t just do snow – in the summer, you can find us surfing in the UK or the south of France, rock climbing and generally having a smashing time in the mountains. Come and join us!
Daniel – boss
The founder of the company, Dan set up the HOFNAR experience mainly so he could spend half the year skiing and avoid getting a proper job. He was described by the Guardian newspaper as an “ebullient, overgrown schoolboy”, which everyone else agrees is a pretty accurate description. Obsessed with skiing, Dan knows the Portes du Soleil region like a local.
Carl – chalet crew
This is the third winter season for Carlos Fandango – All the way from Denmark, he’s an asset to the company. At home on skis or on a board, he is like an excited puppy on the slopes – and his cooking ain’t bad either! He loves bacon, pastries and cinnamon! He was also spotted skiing in bondage gear last winter – but you can ask him about that when you see him…!!
Lou – The Floater
Louise is the chalets’ supervisor and floats between all the chalets, she hates being called The Floater. Hailing from next-to-the-Cotswolds, she is the life & soul of the party and keeps things on a level keel. She also runs trips in the UK for HOFNAR and is set to become an official Mountain Leader this year.
Em – office
A relatively late convert to skiing, proving it’s never too late to learn. She’ll answer emails and generally keep things running behind the scenes. OK, what she’s really doing is watching snowboarding videos on YouTube.
TED – Mascot
The Rat Dog is Louise’s other half. He’s not allowed in the chalets, but Lou takes him to aprés ski… apparently this is exercise right…?
We’re recruiting! We’re always looking for awesome new hosts for the next season! If you fancy making a season of it take a look.