Wimbledon – Did You Know That…..?

The wait is over – Wimbledon Championships is upon us once again. Having first began in 1877 makes it the oldest tennis tournament in the world and is widely considered the most prestigious.In our excitement for the tournament to start we have compiled these fun facts that I doubt many people will know……..!

 

Wimbledon is the only Grand Slam that is played on grass courts and the grass is cut to the exact height of 8cm.

 

54,250 tennis balls are used throughout the Championship period and every single ball is hand-tested for its bounce, weight and compression.

 

Wimbledon has it’s very own Hawk called Rufus whose job is to scare away the pigeons each morning from the tennis courts – he even has his own twitter account!

 

Every year, around 27,000kg and 7000 litres of cream is served during the 2 week tournament.

Tennis balls weren’t always yellow – they used to be white but were changed in 1986 so that they were more visible on television.

 

The longest ever tennis match played in a Wimbledon Championship was in 2010 tournament between John Isner (US) and Nicolas Mahut (France) which lasted 183 games and took 11hr, 5 mins across 3 days!

 

A Wimbledon tournament has only ever been interrupted twice in the last 140 years – once for WW1 and again for WW2.

 

The youngest ever Wimbledon champion was aged just 15 – Martina Hingis who won a doubles championship in 1996.

 

There is a strict dress code – all players must be dressed almost entirely in white and players must submit their clothing for approval in advance. Roger Federer was once asked to change his trainers for the following game as they had an orange sole!

 

The fastest ever serve ever recorded hit 143 mph!

 

Enjoy Wimbledon 2017 Championships!

Starting Monday 3rd July.

Job of the Week!

Job of the Week – Monday 19th June 2017

Our job of the week is a fantastic opportunity for a couple to work in St Tropez for the summer.

This is a non-cooking role, but requires both candidates to have 5* experience in housekeeping, hosting and driving.

The role runs from the beginning of July through to mid-August and you will have accommodation provided, plus a great weekly salary. To find out more about this role, check out the job description here: https://www.silverswanrecruitment.com/vacancy/villa-couple-st-tropez/

How Do I Apply?

If you are interested in this opportunity, send your CVs to enquiries@silverswanrecruitment.com.

Not for  you? Then have a browse through all our other vacancies HERE.

Winter 2017/18 – Why Use Silver Swan Recruitment?

Another winter season has nearly come to an end, and whilst most people are looking forward to the summer, we’re already starting to plan for next winter! It’s a good idea to start looking early, as then you get the pick of the resorts and roles, giving you more of a chance of finding the perfect winter job. Plus, you’ll have the added bonus of having your winter sorted before you head into the summer, so you’ll have no stress as the 2017/18 season starts to draw near.

If you need some encouragement to register with Silver Swan, have a look at just some of the reasons why finding your next winter job through us is the best move…

1. CV advice

We’ve seen our fair share of CVs and know what clients look for when choosing their staff. We can give you the advice to make sure your CV stands out from the crowd and is written or formatted in the best way for the roles you are applying for.

 

2. High paid jobs

We work with the best private chalets and luxury tour operators in the business, so you can be sure that the roles we are offering are the best in the biz. Not to mention, our clients offer some of the highest wages around, so you can have a great season AND come back with some savings in your bank account.

3. We know our clients best…

Most of our clients have worked with us for years, and we’ve been out to resort to visit them all – meeting the team and seeing the chalets where you will be working. So we know if you’ll be the right fit for a role, ensuring you have a happy season!

 

4. We want to get to know you too!

We’re here every step of the way to give you advice and support throughout your job hunt. Not only will we have an initial Skype interview, but we’re only at the end of the phone if you have any questions or concerns about any of our roles. The more we get to know you, the easier it is to match you to the best company for you.

 

5. Industry knowledge

Our clients are spread throughout the Alps across France, Switzerland and Austria. We’ve been out to nearly every resort around, so we can give you advice on the best location to suit you – not to mention insider tips on the best slopes, bars and chalets in each resort!

 

6. Fast track your application

When we put you forward for our roles, our clients trust that you are the best candidate for the position. Sometimes there is no time for them to trawl through CVs to find staff, so they know a CV from Silver Swan will be someone worth talking to straight away.

 

7. Long term help

We have candidates that come back to us season after season looking for the best chalet roles. It’s great if you return to the same chalet year on year, but if you fancy a change, we love working with the same candidates each year (providing you always do a good job and get the references to prove it!)

 

8. Year-round options

We don’t only have winter roles – our vacancies vary from seasonal chalet vacancies to summer positions in villas and on yachts…and we also have permanent vacancies too. If you have finished your season and are looking for your next adventure, get in touch again to see what’s out there.

9. Honest, professional and fun service

At Silver Swan, we pride ourselves on giving you a personal service with a twist. When you pick up the phone to us, you always know who you are going to speak to, and we always try to give you the best advice we can. We don’t want you to just take any role you are offered – we want you to have the best season you can possibly have! Because of that, we’ll be honest with you if we don’t think a role will work for you, or if we think you’ll be better suited elsewhere. We always try to make the perfect match between candidates and clients…and to make sure everyone is happy during the process.

 

10. We love the mountains!

If you ever need convincing that spending five months working in the mountains is the right thing to do, you’ve come to the right place! We’ve done multiple ski seasons between us and are passionate about all things skiing (or in our case, snowboarding), so know how much fun you will have. If you work hard and enjoy your surroundings, there’s no better place to spend a winter!

Ready to sign up? Send through your CV and cover letter to enquiries@silverswanrecruitment.com.

Snowbombing is coming!

If you thought Austria was all about Leiderhosen and schnitzel, think again. The ski resorts of Austria are already famed for their Apres scene, and things are about to get wilder from the 3rd to 8th April, as Mayrhofen host this year’s Snowbombing festival.

The mountain festival attracts some big names, with Prodigy and Rudimental, to name a few, making an appearance in the past. It’s undeniably a unique venue for a festival, and you wont experience anything like it elsewhere – expect music of course, alongside games, parties and maybe even a little bit of skiing.


The five-day festival is a heady whirlwind of igloo raves, enchanted forest parties, and underground supper clubs. One of the most talked-about nights of the week is the fancy dress street party, full of multi-coloured ravers. Also a highlight is the Arctic Disco, set inside a real igloo – think fur rugs, ice bars, mulled wine, and bonfires…the perfect place to chill out if you’ve had enough of the revelry. And if the idea of taking your swimming gear on a ski holiday doesn’t make sense, you might want to reconsider, as there’s even a pool party to warm you up for the evening’s activities.

Headline acts play on the Forest Stage, in a truly majestic setting surrounded by trees. This year there will be live sets from Chase and Status, De la Soul and the Courteneers. The Mountain Stage (you guessed it, right by the mountain) hosts the best DJs, which this year includes Skream, Groove Armada and Shy FX. Every music genre is covered at Snowbombing, from dance and drum and base, to house and chilled beats – there’s even a reggae shack if that’s more your bag.


Mayrhofen is exactly what you’d expect from a charming Austrian ski town; gasthofs, tree lined ski slopes and plenty of friendly locals. There are 177 ski lifts on offer, so if you are serious about your skiing, there’s more to do than just party. Contrary to what you might think, Snowbombing is actually one of the cheapest ways to do a ski holiday! You can fly into Innsbruck on Easyjet, which is only an hour and a half away from resort. The official Snowbombing website are offering 5 nights accommodation (no camping here!) and a wristband to access all of the venues from £299. So you just need to sort your lift pass when you get there…if you wake up in time to get up the mountain!

If you don’t want to buy into the whole package, you can dip in when you like by staying in any one of the many alternative accommodations in town. For a taste of luxury, stay at Hotel Elizabeth, Mayrhofen’s only 5* hotel. Only 5 minutes away from the action, but with the benefit of being able to retreat when you need a break. Or put those pool party swimmers to good use and stay at the Sport Hotel Manni, about 200m away from the Penken Gondola and with it’s own open air rooftop pool. If you’re still looking to sleep on a budget (to save for all those Jagerbombs), then choose from either the Gasthof Edelweiss or the Siegelerhof bed and breakfast for a central location and a no-frills place to rest.

When it comes to filling your belly, there’s plenty of places to snack on pizza or schnitzel, washed down with some Austrian schnapps – so you wont go hungry. But if you are looking to cure the hangover with some serious grub, there are some great mountain restaurants with awesome views to blow out the cobwebs. Try Ahornhutte, accessible by skiers and pedestrians, if you can’t face those ski boots, or Grillhoffalm, where you can soak up the rays on the sun deck whilst enjoying a speciality pizza.

Boss des Bosses is almost here!

The inter-resort mogul showdown is back!

Legend has it that back in 1990, in a late night bar in Val D’Isere, an argument broke out one night as to which resort had the best skiers. The following season, Val D’Isere took on Chamonix to settle the score with a competition to prove their mountain skills.

The year after, Verbier, Zermatt and later, Meribel all joined to flex their best ski legs and the Boss des Bosses was born!

Over time, it developed mainly into the largest inter-resort mogul contest, but also a celebration of all mountain enthusiasts, from skiers to snowboarders, telemarkers to bladers. As long as you can navigate a mogul like a pro, you’re in!

Although the competition “officially” ended in 2008, it has unofficially made a comeback, and this year is being hosted in Verbier on 15th March. This marks the 23rd year of Boss des Bosses and Zermatt will be back to defend their title against the finest resorts in the Alps.

Each team includes 9 skiers, 2 telemarkers, 1 snowboarder and 1 mono skier, with a minimum of two females in each line up. Expect crazy outfits, rowdy supporters and some of the best slinky-hipped skiing out there…with a few awesome tricks thrown into the mix. Teams from all resorts bring with them their most enthusiastic fans, so it’s a day packed with fun, fancy dress and entertaining races.

After steaming down the moguls, the après ski party will no doubt be a crazy event, with prizes being awarded at Le Rouge Bar for the winning team, the best jump, the best wipeout and the best costume. Sungod are sponsoring the prizes so there’ll be some great gear up for grabs.

The bumps are being made as we speak so we’ll see you at the finish line!

Silver Swan’s Top 5 Ski Resorts

Val D’Isere

What’s not to like about Val D’Isere? The town is stunning, the skiing is awesome and the nightlife is great! The town itself is a quintessential ski resort, with stone chalets and pretty hotels lining the main street. It still has a really ‘French’ feel in the centre, with traditional bakeries and local shops, so although there is plenty going on, it still has its charm. There’s always a party somewhere in Val D’Isere, so you’re spoilt for choice for somewhere to eat, drink or dance. We love Arctic Café for fresh, healthy lunches and snacks – and for the best ski hire in town, head to Snowberry for quality equipment and always a friendly face. Up the mountain, skiing doesn’t get much better, with a good selection of areas for beginners right through to avid backcountry skiers. One thing that they all have in common though is that come 3pm, everyone will be dancing to the DJ on the deck of the Folie Douce before heading down to Blue Note to carry on the party!

Verbier

Verbier has a bit of a reputation as a millionaire’s playground, after attracting a bunch of celebrities, and even the royals in recent years. Aside from the glitz and glamour of the exclusive bars and expensive shops in town, there’s actually plenty for the average visitor and seasonaire alike too. Known for the epic off-piste skiing, Verbier is part of the 4 vallees, extending over 340km of piste, so there is plenty of snow to play with…but be warned, the skiing here is definitely more suited to intermediate skiers and above! European Snowsport offer the best lessons to get rid of any jelly legs. Our favourite part about Verbier is all the mountain restaurants with fantastic views across the mountains and into the valley below. We love Le Dahu for a quick goulash and a chill out on the bean bags, Chez Dany for a banging Tartiflette and La Vache for a perfect pizza in cow-themed surrounding, best known for it’s famous owner, the Verbier-regular James Blunt.

Meribel

Meribel regularly seems to be the seasonaire’s resort of choice and we can see why… It has the perfect mix of beautiful scenery, awesome skiing and wild nightlife! Part of the three valleys, Meribel is part of, arguably the best linked ski area in France (the Three Valleys, linked with Courchevel, La Tania and Val Thoren), and being able to ski in and ski out to a large chunk of chalets in town is a massive bonus! There are plenty of shops, bars, cafes and restaurants to keep you busy on your days off, and even a Sports Centre for those not getting enough of a workout on the slopes.  Our perfect afternoon in Meribel would start on the mountain at the Folie Douce or down at Rond Point where there is a lively après scene. Followed by a trip to La Taverne, Barometer, or Evolution for cheap drinks, easy food, and live music. For those still standing, we’ll see you in Dick’s Tea Bar!

St. Anton

The undisputed king of Après Ski, St. Anton is one of our favourite resorts to do a ski season. It seems to have the perfect mix of Austrian charm and bustling resort life, making it an ideal place to spend a winter. The ski area is huge, especially after this year’s €45 million investment into new gondolas linking St. Anton to a range of other resorts including Lech and Zurs. Don’t worry though; there are still plenty of the pretty tree-lined runs that Austria is known for! Off the piste (or still on-piste depending on how far you get), the Austrians have a reputation for doing après right. The most famed bars include the Krazy Kangaruh and Mooserwirt, where you will be dancing on tables in your ski boots with a jaeger in hand by 4pm. If you make it down the mountain, you’ll come across the main street of shops and restaurants – it’s a pretty, traditional village that has the added appeal of being ski-in, and some super chalet and hotel options if you’ve got friends or family looking to pay a visit.

Morzine

In the heart of the Portes-du-soleil is Morzine, a pretty little French town with year-round appeal. Although it’s just as bustling in the summer, winter is where it’s at for us, and seasonaires flock to this part of the Alps for the epic skiing (650km of it to be exact). We’ve heard on the grapevine that Morzine has one of the best snowparks around – perfect for the daredevils out there…although we prefer to spend our down time in Satellite Coffee, the new healthy café on Rue du Bourg, where you can grab a smoothie bowl, avocado on toast or a (not so healthy) slice of cake. With Avoriaz and Les Gets just around the corner, you wont run out of things to do – there’s even a huge swimming pool and ice rink in town if you don’t fancy heading up the mountain. Some of our favourite chalets are in Morzine, with Simply Morzine being a familiar face around resort and Boutique Chalet Company flying the flag for luxury properties.

Want to head to the Alps to finish this season OR apply for work next season….?

For our latest vacancies in Morzine and all other resorts, check out our current roles here, or send your CV through to enquiries@silverswanrecuritment.com to register.

A round up of the newest ski products on the block!


The ski season is fast approaching and with that, new gadgets have started appearing to help you look slicker and ski quicker on the mountain.

One new product that has caught our eye is Proggle, a brilliant idea to protect your goggles from the usual dinks and scratches that inevitably happen over a 5-month season. If you’ve ever left your goggles on top of your helmet whilst partying in an après bar, you will know how easy it is to scratch your goggles. No one has time to put them away in their case right? With Proggle, you can clip a simple bit of fabric over your goggle lens (without the faff of taking them off your helmet or hat) and they will be protected from ski boot kicks and pint glass scrapes. Plus they’ve got loads of awesome colours and designs to catch you’re eye – we’re loving The Fur One! Click here for more details: http://www.theproggle.com/


For those of you who prefer all things vintage, check out the range of retro one-pieces at Retro Mountain: http://www.retromountain.com/. These old-school onesies have been making a comeback over the past few years, and these guys have a pretty bold choice of colour-combos. Perfect for the one-piece descent in Verbier or monoski charity day in Val D’Isere!

It may not be new, but ski tracking apps are everywhere these days, helping the most competitive skiers out there compare speeds, overall runs and other stats with friends. Our personal fave is Ski Tracks which uses the GPS on your phone to record all aspects of your ski day so you can try and beat your daily ski distance, number of runs, total duration on the mountain and of course, your top speed! Slowest person buys the first round of vin chaud?! Available on iPhone and Android.

If we’re giving you itchy feet, have a browse through our winter vacancies – we have a variety of vacancies still available for this winter. Or click here to send us your online registration form.

5 places you never knew you could go skiing…!

For the intrepid skier who is tired of tartiflette, hot chocolates and heated chairlifts; some of these ski resorts, often resting precariously on top of volcanos, are not for the faint hearted!

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Ski Dubai is one of the largest indoor ski resorts in the world. It’s 242,188 sq ft inside and fully equipped with facilities to cater for all from beginners, families to freestylers with top instructors as well as rails, kickers and boxes over 5 slopes. If that isn’t exciting enough there’s also a penguin petting zoo for kids and big kids…

Oukaimeden, Morocco

A skiing destination with a startling altitude, set high in the Atlas Mountains. Reaching 10,640 ft at the summit, another unusual ski resort that warrants Africa’s highest chairlift. Those afraid of heights can do as the locals do and climb the mountain’s 7 ski runs by donkey. Despite the staggering height, its a short ski season and best to travel in January and February for snow coverage.

Mount Hermon, Israel

Boasting 28 runs connected by 4 chairlifts, 5 tow bars at an impressive 6000ft, Mount Herman has 2 runs that have been given the Olympic Standard seal of approval by the International Ski Federation. However, with a similar climate to Morocco, it’s only open from January to March.

Mauna Kea, Hawaii

Mauna Kea directly translates to White Mountain and is a volcanic 13,796 ft high mountain, covered in snow from December to March. Because of its treacherous nature, there are no groomed pistes or lifts. However this doesn’t stop the adrenalin hungry skiers wanting to descend some of the highest and steepest lines in the world, who drive up to the ski resort in a 4-wheeler via a dirt track. Locally, the snow is often nicknamed Pineapple Powder in reference to the sugary texture of the snow.

Ben Lomond, Tasmania

Typically, you’d conjure up images of shaggy coastlines crawling with indigenous creatures if someone mentioned Tasmania. Little known is Tasmania’s skiing that is surprisingly fantastic for families with a great range of slopes as well as places for holiday-makers to stay on a proper ski holiday. The summit is relatively low at 4921 ft, but Ben Lomond offers its’ skiers unsurpassable scenery on the descent as you take in the snow, sun and sea in one beautiful, postcard-perfect view.

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Are you still looking for the perfect ski resort and chalet job for this winter season? Check out our latest vacancies here and register with us today so we can take your skills and previous experience in order to match you to the perfect role.

 

St Martin de Belleville… off the beaten track of the Three Valleys

St Martin De Belleville sits at a modest 1450m, much lower than its 3 big sisters Courchevel, Meribel and Val Thorens. However, with speedy access to the same 600km of piste and a 6 seater chair plonking you at the top of where the Val Thorens Valley meets Meribel Mottaret in just 15 minutes, this beautiful antique village has a lot more to boast than just its rustic appeal.

A familiar scattering of well lived-in farmhouse-turned-chalets surrounds a 17th Century church in the centre of the village. St Martin De Belleville appears completely unaltered from its old-fashioned Savoyard roots and its pre-ski resort history only dates back to the 1980’s when chairlifts were put in place to link this quiet French farming village to Meribel and Les Menuires.


The surrounding ski area also offers unrivalled skiing for everyone. Jerusalem, a rolling red run trickling right down into the village from Meribel is a long-standing favourite of many, and the off-piste in between St Martin and Les Menuires is one of the best-kept secrets in the 3 Valleys.

For a relatively small village of the 3 Valleys, St Martin is bustling with some of the cosiest and best restaurants in the area. There’s also a few local favourite bars, The Pourquoi Pas, Le Joker and Brewski’s – the most lively spot in town with live music and occasional karaoke. However, it’s so well connected you can easily reach the Follie Douce in Val Thorens for a cheeky spot of apres or get a taxi to other villages in the Val Thorens Valley like Les Menuires.

Although they may not come for the nightlife or the ski-in-ski-out access, there’s a really close-knit chalet community in the village, where returning holiday makers and seasonnaires alike make St Martin a friendly, welcoming and a vibrant little ski resort for foodies, keen skiers and those seeking a cosy home from home.

St Martin de Belleville in numbers…

resort height: 1450m

lifts: 33

km of piste: 160km

runs: 81

longest run: 3m

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We recruit for a number of chalets in St Martin de Belleville, the rest of the 3 Valleys and all over the Alps. Are you still looking for the perfect ski resort and chalet job for this winter season? Check out our latest vacancies here and register with us today so we can take your skills and previous experience in order to match you to the perfect role.

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