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Melinda Sharp

Hello to you all, my name is Melinda, sometimes referred to as MG (Mountain Goat) by my fellow chalet hosts, as I am very fond of walking in the mountains.  Jonty (Mr MG) and I will be your hosts in Chalet Jacqueline.

I have to admit to being a reluctant skier.  Jonty introduced skiing to the family when our two boys were young and that sealed our holiday choice for ever!  So naturally, when the opportunity to become chalet hosts presented itself Jonty pulled out all the stops (and charm) to persuade me it was the right thing for us….. and it was, is, we love it.  Mainly because we have met so many lovely people who share our love of the mountains, the friendly, family atmosphere of the chalet and good quality home cooked food.

Among other things, I enjoy cooking, especially the cakes which I take very seriously, always sampling a slice (for quality control purposes of course!), knitting, I usually have something on the needles, good company, and good wine.  I’ve also been known to ski a little too, but mainly I like to deck-chair ski!

There’s something a little magical about La Tania and both Jonty and I look forward to welcoming you to share it with us.


Sam Jones

Hi guys!

I’m Sam. This year I’ll be hosting Amber alongside Lydia. We both can’t wait!!!

I’ve currently had a year off, spending time working and travelling after finishing my A levels. I’ve been lucky enough this year to travel to a variety of places such as the bustling streets of Marrakesh, trekking to Everest base camp, surfing off the coast of Portugal, as well as many more.

When not travelling, I have been working full time at my local golf club. Helping provide an excellent service to members and guests along side Lydia. Working there also gives me a good excuse to play lots of golf, which is what I like to do in my spare time, as well as playing tennis and hockey.

Lydia and I can’t wait to have you with us this year! 🙂

See you soon.


Lydia Moore


My name is Lydia (aka Lyds) and I’ve lived in Nottingham all my life. Sam and I are very excited to be hosting Chalet Amber this season.

I have just finished my A-levels and am heading to Newcastle University to study economics next September. I’m a passionate skier and have skied in Scotland, France, Italy and Austria since I was young- of course, along with a love of skiing comes a love of après too! My main sport is horse riding, in which I have competed nationally, but I also play netball and hockey for school.

Sam and I have worked together in hospitality for the past year. We are looking forward to getting to know all our guests this coming season and helping you have a great ski holiday with a friendly atmosphere + plenty of good food and wine.

See you soon!


Confessions of a Chalet Host: Surviving Ski Seasons with a Smile

Ted Sharp

Hey everyone!

I’m Ted and I’ll be hosting Chalet Isla this season. I had a great time hosting Ava last season and met some great people. I’m super excited to be working out in the mountains again and looking forward to seeing some familiar faces and meeting some new ones.

I’ve done a couple of seasons surf instructing in North Devon and love meeting new people. My parents (aka MG and Mr. MG) introduced me to skiing at an early age and I’ve loved it ever since. I love the snow-park, so if I’m not in the chalet, you’ll find me on the slopes!

Having done a season before I’m stoked to be getting back in the kitchen to cook up some great meals to keep you going on the slopes (and possibly through a couple of social beers at après).

I love La Tania for the great powder, food and atmosphere. I hope you’ll come and join me in the Ski Lodge for a beer or two (maybe three).



Orla Gradwell

Hey, I’m Orla and I’ll be hosting chalet Ava with Grace this season and am so looking forward to it.

I am from the Isle of Wight, and being surrounded by water I am a big fan of anything on, or in, the sea! I am a keen sailor and help out as a volunteer instructor at my local dinghy club, love surfing, sea swimming and paddle boarding. I have recently finished my A levels (phew), and am living my dreams by doing a season in the Alps before Uni in Sept 2024.

My first skiing experience was a family holiday in 2017 in the three valleys and I am now addicted! We discovered La Tania and loved the beautiful runs down to the resort and the friendly atmosphere, (and beers) that await at the bottom of the slopes. We have been staying with Ski First Tracks ever since!

This will be my first season as a host, however I have lots of experience in hospitality, really enjoy cooking and can make a mean cocktail! I love meeting new people, and can’t wait to hear about your adventures on the mountains over a glass of wine and a warm and hearty meal!

See you soon 🙂


Grace Kilford

Hello, everyone! 


My name is Grace, and I couldn’t be more excited about the upcoming winter season. I will be hosting Chalet Ava, working alongside Orla. 


Skiing has always been a passion of mine and La Tania holds a special place in my heart, having done my first ski season there last year and having spent a lot of time there as a child! La Tania is the perfect resort to access the slopes and get some good snow as well as it being a lovely, welcoming community within the large 3 Valleys ski area. The people, the snow and the area are why I am so excited to return. I am from Dorset but have moved to North Devon for the summer to work and learn to surf (which I hope will also help me learn to snowboard this season!). I love the sea in the summer and the snowy mountains in the winter.


I am eager to combine my love for skiing with my love for cooking, providing warm, comforting food for you after a long day on the slopes (with plenty of wine to carry on after the aprés beers!).


I’m counting down the days until the season. I am excited to see everyone embrace the ski holiday spirit.


See you soon! Lots of love,


Grace 🙂 

Jonathan Sharp (Jonty)


I’m Jonathan, usually known as Jonty (or occasionally Monty as I’m prone to impersonating the General when I’ve had a beer or two)

MG and I are looking forward to welcoming you to Chalet Jacqueline and La Tania.

We absolutely love everything about chalet hosting (except, perhaps, cleaning the bathrooms) and providing a relaxed, home-from-home chalet holiday for our guests. We get to meet loads of like-minded people, many of whom have become our friends and who we look forward to seeing each season.

I wouldn’t be a chalet host if I didn’t enjoy cooking and, of course, I love it! MG and I are a pretty good team in the kitchen and take a lot of pleasure in providing tasty home-cooked meals to refuel you after a strenuous day on the slopes.

I love being in the mountains and am a reasonable skier, although not as good as I think I am. However, my snowboarding is so bad that my children refuse to be seen with me, or at the very least I have to cover my face so that I am unrecognisable.

If you fancy a bit of a party, I might be persuaded (a glass of wine should do it 😊 ) to get the decks out.

If you haven’t been to La Tania, it’s a friendly little place nestling in the woods and it really is the best-kept secret in the Three Valleys. The perfect place for a chalet holiday!

Looking forward to seeing you!