Gina & Marcus Ewart - Owners
Reach4thealps is owned and run by Gina and Marcus Ewart. Both from Scotland, they were lucky enough to learn to ski as kids in Glenshee (Gina) and Cairngorms (Marcus) and still to this day argue over which resort is best!
Gina did a ski season in Chamonix cooking when she was 20 and caught the ski bug and love for the mountains. While they both had "proper" jobs they always missed the mountains and continually talked about moving to the Alps. They ended up working their first season together in Morzine and fell in love with the Portes Du Soleil area. The company name was dreamed up in All Bar one in Leicester Square, London with a group of friends and Reach4thealps was launched in summer 2002. They welcomed the first guests to Chalet Sol Re in December 2002 after lots of DIY, curtain making and trips to Ikea!
They successfully ran Chalet Sol Re for 2 years and then started to expand little by little and in the 10 years since have grown to having a portfolio of 9 catered and 5 self-catered properties between Morzine and Les Gets. In between all that they somehow managed to fit in getting married and having 2 kids in the process!
Jane Wilshire- Office Manager
Jane took a sabbatical from a professional career and headed off on a once in a lifetime trip around the world. After many months of adventure, Jane finished her trip with a winter season chalet hosting in Chalet Martinet. During this time Gina & Marcus had their 2nd baby and were running out of hands! Jane suggested that maybe they need some help (she had someone great in mind!) and the rest, as they say, is history. 8 years on, Jane handles everything from logistics to the end of year accounts and makes sure everyone is in the right place at the right time, including Gina & Marcus!
Lee Collier –Transport & Maintenance Manager
Lee is about to embark on his 7th winter with Reach4theAlps and we really could not manage without him. Lee is ‘Master Fixer’ of all things maintenance related and has saved the day on more occasions than we dare count! Lee also oversees our team of driver hosts. After realising his passion for skiing in his early teens, Lee spent the following years in various job roles from Product Engineer at Nissan GB to Project Manager on several housing projects before deciding his heart belonged in the mountains.
Alice Gregr - Sales & Marketing Manager
Alice took a career break from working as a BBC Journalist in Manchester and never looked back. After spending a year in the mountains, her and her partner Brian, decided that this was the place for them. They now enjoy life in Morzine with their puppy, Vince and their cat Alfie. They also share their home with a hoard of bikes, boards, skis and running shoes! Alice has joined the Reach team on the sales and marketing side of things so you're likely to speak to her at some point. Morzine is a million miles away from Manchester however Alice is loving every minute of the mountains!
Sian Williams- Chalet Manager
Sian has been a member of the Reach4thealps team on and off for the last few years and we're thrilled to say she's coming back this winter! In the past she's been a host but this year she'll be looking after the day to day running of the chalets as our Chalet Manager. Sian is a professional swimming coach and has even swam the channel so as you can imagine she's got heaps of energy and enthusiasm! She's also a great cook! We know the chalets are in safe hands with her.
Dan – Driver/Helper, Les Gets
Dan is back! This is Dan’s 2nd season with Reach4thealps and we're thrilled he's decided to return for another winter. He was a firm favourite with the guests in Les Gets last year after he joined the team part way through the season. He did a fantastic job looking after all our guests and also helping the hosts. Dan’s previous jobs include being a caretaker and landscape gardener so he’s not afraid to get his hands dirty!
Steven and Vendy- Housekeeping
Steven and Vendy, our a Scottish and Czech couple & have been travelling and working seasonal jobs for the last few years. However, doing a winter season in the Alps has always been the dream. This, coupled with their years of experience in hospitality and customer service means they are very excited to start the season. They have a great love for the mountains in all weathers, whether it be walking, climbing, skiing or snowboarding. They'll be looking after our self catered properties and guests this year.
Sean Lorrigan - Driver/helper
Sean is no stranger to the tourist industry and looking after clients having worked for many years in Fuertaventura as a resort representative. As well as a lot of customer service experience, Sean has plenty of commercial driving experience. He is a colourful character and has had many interesting hobbies and jobs, from taming sea lions to getting his pilots licence. Sean is looking forward to swapping the beach for the ski slopes and being a vital part of the Reach4thealps team.
Greg Chartier - Driver/helper
Greg is in his 3rd year at Uni studying adventure education. He previously worked in New Zealand & is a keen climber & skier with a love for all adventure sports. Greg has an infectious positive attitude & enjoys a challenge. He is very much looking forward to living & working in Morzine & ensuring our guests have a great holiday.
We have a couple of vacancies for the summer season, please see our JOBS page for details
Our Chalet Team 16/17
Will & Claire - Hosts, Brown Bear Lodge
Will & Clare have reached that awkward age when they need a new challenge and having spent many summers and winters in the Alps the opportunity of spending 5 months here seemed too good to miss. They're taking on the challenge of running Brown Bear Lodge and are looking forward to sharing their love of the mountains and the great outdoors with all of their guests.
Ellie & Aidan - Hosts, Cairn Lodge
This will be Ellie & Aidan’s first ever ski season and they couldn't be more excited about it. They're most looking forward to spending a winter in the alps learning new skills and meeting lots of new people! They will be running Cairn Lodge and say they will work their socks off to give our customers the best possible stay. They are full of energy and always up for a laugh, and are planning to make it the best season ever!
Chris and Andy- Hosts Claire Vallee
Chris and Andy are back for more! This will be their second winter season with us and we can't wait to welcome them back. They also spent summer catering for all our Tri4thealps guests so you're in great hands with them. They both have a background in hospitality & catering and make fabulous hosts. And their cakes are pretty good too!
Hazel – Host Chalet Hibou
We are very excited to welcome Hazel back this season. She'll be looking after one of our brand new chalets, Chalet Hibou. She has previously done 2 winters and a summer season with us so she knows exactly what she's doing. She's been off travelling the world but is excited about heading back to Morzine. Hazel is a fantastic cook and host... you'll be well looked after!
Janine - Host Chalet Chouette
Janine loves an adventure and can't wait to do a season in Morzine. Over the last year she's been travelling around Europe undertaking various volunteer placements including looking after goats in the Arctic Circle and cooking in a yoga retreat on the Canary Islands! She'll be looking after our other new chalet, Chalet Chouette. After spending a lot of time in Snowdonia as a child she feels very at home in the mountains and can't wait to start the winter!
Julie – Host Chalet Martinet
Julie loved hosting at Chalet Martinet so much that she is back for a second season with us! We're delighted she's joining the team again as she is a fantastic cook and host. She's ready for the challenge of Winter as she spent the summer working on a Yoga retreat in Ibiza. She's relaxed and ready to welcome you to Chalet Martinet!
Helen has run her own baking business for the past three and a half years and is really passionate about cooking and food in general. In her spare time she loves being outdoors and particularly enjoys swimming in the sea, beach walks & Snowdonia national park. she cant wait to do a ski season and is really looking forward to improving her skiing & ensuring all our guests at Chalet Les Gets have a fabulous holiday.
Ollie Tingley - Driver/helper
This will be Ollie's 2nd ski season & he's been skiing since he was 5 years old. He's a keen sportsman that plays golf & cricket & loves the outdoors. Ollie is excited to be part of the Reach team this winter giving the best possible service to clients.
Josh Whitford - Driver/helper
Josh has been skiing since he was 5 and can't wait for his first season in the Alps. He's been driving for a living and looking after a guest house since leaving college 5 years ago. Josh aim's to please whether it be driving or helping out at our chalets to ensure guests have a great stay.