About Reach4TheAlpsThe hard working team at Reach4TheAlps
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 8 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 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 should hire a Resort Manager (she had someone great in mind!) and the rest, as they say, is history.
10 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! In summer, Jane enjoys hiking, road biking, mountain biking, swimming & running!
Josh spent three years in Morzine over 10 years ago so he already has a good understanding of the local mountain and the surrounding areas. After spending 8 years in a number of different jobs, including account mamanger for a leading bicycle brand, Josh decided he wanted to fulfill his dream of living in the mountains again.
He now enjoys his life in Morzine with his fiancee Clare and their rescue dog, Minnie. Josh is an avid snowboarder so you will most likely see him on the mountain on his days off. In the summer he will be looking forward to long hikes with his dog, mountain biking and dusting off the cob webs from his golf clubs.
Helen and Phil
Hosts, Claire Vallee
Helen and Phil have always loved the mountains and a few years ago gave up professional careers, a 9-5 lifestyle and followed their dream of working in the mountains and doing a ski season. They’re now addicted! After 3 seasons in La Tania, 3 Valleys & last year in Morzine for us at Chalet Claire Vallee. This year we are delighted that they are returning to Claire Vallee. When they are not creating culinary delights for our guests you’ll find them up the mountain on skis or on foot. Their summers see them working as campsite wardens in the UK and in their time off between seasons they love to go traveling – for 2018 it’s New Zealand!
A bit about myself – I have been working for Essex Police for the last 18 years and fancied a bit of a change of scenery (to say the least!) and decided to do a winter season in Morzine. I have skied for 20 odd years – having been introduced to the sport by my Step-Dad. I have skied all over Europe and North America, mainly with my sister and we have been to Morzine many times in both the summer and winter, so know the area really well. I’m going to be living in Morzine with my 2 dogs Billie and Daisy, plus my cat Madge, and hope to fit in some good walking as well as skiing. I used to play ice hockey for Chelmsford many years ago.
Harry likes snow. Harry likes mountains. Harry loves snowy mountains.
Yet, he’s spent the last few years living in places not particularly renowned for their topographical extremes or dreamy white precipitation.
Still, life hasn’t been too bad. He lived in China for a while – that was fun. He lived in London too. Studied Social Anthropology. Worked for a few different human rights charities….
One day, however, sitting in his tiny London apartment he heard the feint but certain call of a season in the French Alps.
He answered that call… and now he’s spending his Winter hosting folks with a shared love of those snowy mountains, and carving up the slopes throughout Portes-du-Soleil in his spare time.
We’re pleased to say Sean is returning to do his third winter with Reach4thealps. He is no stranger to the tourist industry and looking after clients having worked for many years in Fuertaventura as a resort representative. He is a colourful character and has had many interesting hobbies and jobs, from taming sea lions to getting his pilots licence, to a passion for restoring vintage cars. Sean has got many a tale to tell (which will no doubt help pass the time in the transfer van between Morzine and Geneva) and is always smiling. We can’t wait to welcome him back for winter 2018/19.
Paul is a big fan of roadtrippin’ with his pals on his motorcycle every chance he gets. He’s been running cocktail bars and restaurants since he left university and has a real passion for cookin’ up a storm for anyone who stops by. After a road trip to The Pyrenees at the beginning of the year, he caught the bug for snowboarding and can’t wait to enjoy the serenity of the slopes