About Us


Melanie Lowe photoMel, the founder of Snow Cooks did her first ski season in 1987/88 and after cooking for various companies all over the Alps, with her partner,  set up a chalet company in 1994 building up a good reputation over the years that followed.

The past summer seasons  have been spent either as a private chef in villas or a restaurateur, gaining more and more experience along the way.  A keen traveller and love of different cuisines, she likes to incorporate flavours from around the world in to her menus.

During the winter seasons, Mel offers an in-chalet meal service as a private chef or delivers meals to chalets as requested.  The focus outside the ski season now is on chalet cooking courses, as well as providing future staff to chalet companies.  The courses are not only great to add to your resumé especially when applying for a chalet host position, but also ideal for students about to embark on their independent life away from home or even those required to complete their Gold DOE award

She has lived in Peisey for more than 25 years along with her partner and two children so has first hand knowledge not only of the industry but of this beautiful area and all it has to offer.

Mel has always had a passion for food and skiing, which together is the perfect recipe to work a season in a chalet!


Guest Tutors

During the week,  guest tutors and ex chalet staff will be dropping by to impart their experiences and expertise in all areas of chalet hosting and cooking.


What people say about us

Thanks for all the cooking skills and top tips….they will stay with me for life!

Danny, Cheltenham

The Snow Cooks course is an in-at-the-deep-end, hands-on, practical course in a real-life chalet in the French Alps. It has given me the confidence to apply for chalet posts with excitement, knowing that I will be able to cope and hit the ground running as soon as I arrive. It’s a great way to learn about chalet cooking and chalet preparations, while having a bit of fun in the process.

Thank you Mel & team.

Zoltan, UK

Melanie was able to offer a high standard of tuition in an Alpine setting exposing us to local seasonal produce and a realistic idea of budgets within resort. We were encouraged to use our initiative and had help and advice on providing excellent food and maximising our skiing time as these are two of Melanie’s greatest passions.


Great to spend a week learning to cook in a real chalet in the Alps. I learnt so much and have already received an offer of employment for the coming winter season.  Thanks to you and the team   Peter

Amazing week in Chalet Viva, learnt lots of tricks of the trade and had fun in the process! 



Thanks to the team for a great week in the kitchen and also up the mountain.  We have learnt so much more than just cooking and are looking forward to applying for jobs in a chalet, knowing that we have the skills.

Ben and Tess

This was a fantastic course to do!  I couldn't recommend this enough. I feel way more prepared for a chalet host/chef role than I ever thought I would!  Thank you for a brilliant week. Don't miss out on this course, it will make you desperate to get straight out on a season!


Just wanted to say thanks for setting up the interview with Alpine Generation. They offered me the job!


Thank you for an amazing week!  I learnt so much and am so excited for the season to start now.  I can't stop baking for my family now- they're very impressed!!

Thank you so much for the course! I thoroughly enjoyed myself and I'm so glad I was able to be a part of it. 
You put in so much time and effort for us while we were there to ensure we had the best of experiences with the best of people. 
You have given me a passion for cooking which i hope to go on and use on a Ski season but if not cookery skills for life!
Once again Thank you so much,
Kind regards,
Dear Melanie
Thank you so much for hosting such a fantastic cookery course. I will highly recommend your course to Tito's friends' parents if they ask. He also loved Peisey and Les arcs. He wished he could have stayed few more days as he really enjoyed the mountains.
Tito was so happy with the course and he said that he learnt a lot. He went through the recipes and could not stop mentioning how delicious the meals were. He is going to buy a slow cooker and he has already mentioned at least 10 recipes he would like to make at home. I can't wait to taste them. Sophie

Just finished up the best season ever in Val. Keep doing what you're doing it's a fantastic service you're running



I Just wanted to say thank you so much for running the course. I had a great time and learnt so much; it has made me even more excited to work this ski season. You were an excellent teacher

Thanks so much for a great week - I learnt so much and really enjoyed it. Also please pass on my thanks to Suze aswell - she was a great teacher

Amelia and I wanted to let you know we have officially got jobs with Skibeat!!! We both accepted yesterday.

Thank you so much for all of the help and support,



I absolutely loved the course and it's boosted my confidence and motivation so much, thank you too with all the help on recommending companies to apply to. I hope this might be the first season of many more! 

Your support has been so helpful when applying for jobs & I’d love to stay in touch. I still recommend people to do your course, it was brilliant! 


Just thought I’d let you know that Ski Famille offered me the job! I’m very relieved and just wanted to say thank you for all your help, I’d recommend your course to anyone!



Mary Stewart

I just wanted to thank you for all of your help in finding me a ski season. I couldn’t have done it without you. I am thrilled to say that I will be working for the The Nant in Morzine this season, which I am really looking forward to.

I wish the best of luck for this year’s Snowcooks in finding seasons!


Olivia Vyvyan-Robinson
We’ve had an offer from Jill and Alpine Ethos for a chalet in La Tania which we are happy with.
Thanks for your suggestions!
Kevin Tetley
I had my second interview with SkiBeat today and they have offered me a job! I’m very happy but also feeling very grateful to you for all the help and such a brilliant course. I’ve been given a chalet in Plan Peisey so I’d imagine we’ll see each other over the season!
Tom Manton
We just wanted to let you know that we made it through the season.  We have had a great time in La Tania working for Alpine Ethos.  The chalet was perfect for our first season.  
Lots of great guests etc.  Tough at times but also lots of fun and a steep learning curve.  We soon got into a routine though.  
Loads of your tips and advice came in very helpful!  We kept recognising a lot of the things you said coming true!
Thanks for all your expertise.
We will do another season, probably 25/26.
Kev and Kev

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Maison Gentiane
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