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About Us

ABOUT US

 

Hip Chalets is a company dedicated to providing ski holidays with a stylish twist combined with a standard of service for even the most discerning of customers. We operate our chalets and in most cases we hold the leases of the properties - you can therefore sure to be communicating with the people on the ground and also benefit from the very best rates.

We have been operating in the Chamonix valley (Mont Blanc) since 2006 and with 22 years of experience in the Alps, we have all the inside information to make our guests' stay even more special.

We have a very dedicated and highly experienced team of staff who have been working for Hip for several years. We all share the same ideology and passion for the mountains, beautiful properties and delivering a personal, honest and highly professional service to all our customers.

Hip Chalets Ltd. is owned by renowned artist and designer Jamie Strachan – formerly British no1 free ride skier and his fiance and former Swedish rock-climbing champion, Julia Bergklint.

Since the company started in November 2006, Hip Chalets has catered for thousands of guests in their boutique styled chalets and establishments. Our focus is delivering the ultimate alpine experience in chalets that provide something extra special for hip alpine adventurers.

We have carefully chosen the chalets in our collection, making sure that each one is different from the other. In some properties we have also refurbished the chalets, styled them and made the final touches to achieve that hip feel.

Our outstanding concierge service will help you find the best mountain guides, ski instructors, nannies, VIP tables and restaurant bookings, as well as night-time ski-doo excursions, Huski sledging, Heli skiing, Spa trips and much, much more.

We also operate in Ibiza during the summer as Hip Holidays Ibiza.

 

Families


We have allot of experience in accommodating families and we have children ourselves so we have an understanding of what parents might expect from their ski holiday; it should enable time to spend together as a family but also sometimes for the parents to feel comfortable with leaving their children for a few hours to get some down-time. Our staff are always expected to be familiar with children and we always do our absolute best to make special arrangements with kids' high-tea, Santa visits for Christmas, pizza making and much more.

 

What makes a 'hip' chalet?

In a few words, “hip” can mean stylish, chic, fashionable, well designed or cool. That means us taking time when choosing our chalets so that they fit at least one or all of these conditions.

We don’t settle for anything that lacks the characteristics of a hip chalet. Old or new, our chalets must pass the test!

When a client steps through the door to one of our chalets for the first time, they need to feel an instant warmth and connection to the space in the same way that we do. We really know what our discerning clients are looking for.

We both have traveled to the four corners of the earth with our skis. We have skied in some of the most exotic locations imaginable, from the north island of Hokido in Japan to heli skiing in New Zealand and even first descents in Alaska.

But we haven’t found anywhere on the planet that can match the diversity and richness of the European Alps, so we look forward to sharing the secrets and joys of these enchanting and inspiring valleys together with you!

 
With kind regards..

Jamie & Julia

Founders of Hip Chalets Ltd.

Jamie  Julia

 

Articles:

Hip Chalets in Alpine Living

Alpine Living

English article in Alpine Living magazine centering on Hip Chalets interior design of chalet des Drus

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Hip Chalets in Cosy Mountain Magazine

Cosy Mountain

French article about Hip Chalets and Chamonix, published in Cosy Mountain in the October-November issue

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Cover Shoot for Scapa World

Scapa World

A cover shoot in Chalet Des Drus for Scapa World magazine 2010

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Hip Chalets in Grazia UK Magazine

Grazia UK 2009

An article in Grazia UK about how Hip Chalets started and the renovation of chalet des drus

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Hip Chalets in Altus Chamonix Magazine

Altus Magazine 2009

Altus Magazine Chamonix, writes about Chalet Des Drus

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Grazia UK - October 2013 issue

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Grazia UK - December 2010 issue

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“I would like to thank you and all the staff at Hip Chalets for all your help in organising a fabulous trip for us all. Everything was fantastic, the chalet, the people, the food and the snow could not have been better which was a real bonus. “ La Ferme du Bois

"I really had wanted to get to you first to congratulate you not only on your stunning chalets but also on your amazing staff.  From the moment I first spoke to you and then with Sally all the arrangements and planning were superb.  I pay special contribute to Sally who has been outstanding throughout the months she has been helping me with the trip.  I also pay special tribute and thanks to the fantastic service from everyone at the chalets from Dan, Dom and Phil who drove us everywhere and nothing was to much trouble to Chris our chef and all the girls and Ben of course looking after us. It was their great attention to detail and all their tireless help and support that helped make the trip so special and so memorable." Chalet des Drus

"Thank you again for all your support pre event I also commend you on the first class team that you have on the ground in Chamonix. They truly are a fantastic bunch and a real asset to Hip together with your stunning collection of chalets. Not only were both Sally and Sam a tremendous help to me, but each and every one of your team whether they were hosting the groups in their chalets or driving them from A to B every day, were incredible. The feedback from my client and everyone who attended the event has been exceptionally overwhelming, and every one of them has highly commended your team, the service they received and the genuine welcome and homely reception throughout,  so thank you to you all again. " Corporate Event at Chalet des Drus and La Ferme du Bois


"Just wanted to drop you a quick note and say that we had a wonderful time.  The chalet was great but as always what made the difference is the staff.  From Sally, to Hanna to Basile and PHIL and Sara.  All very pleasant, professional and top quality.  So thank you again for a great holiday and for accommodating our group. " Returning family and very loyal clients in La Ferme du Bois

"I would like to say thank you again to HIP for a great holiday. The team were a credit to you. " Loyal client returning to Chalet des Drus

"Your staff has been very professional, friendly and thorough." Chalet owner in Chamonix


"Our stay at Ferme du Bois was again excellent. Great chalet and a great staff." La Ferme du Bois

“We just wanted to thank you for your efficient organization and relaxing contribution this last weekend. We had a wonderful time, a lot of fun and sun and most enjoyable “haute montagne” experience. Congratulations also for your selection of very nice friendly professionals to support your organization and many thanks to all who made it such a pleasant stay.”


"It was fabulous to work with you and the guests have all been glowing in their praise of your efforts!"


" I have had the most fantastic feedback from the event... You are a total star! Thank you so much for all your hard work and making this event such a success, it really is such a relief doing ski events with you :). " Corporate group accommodated in a 4-star hotel in Chamonix


"Had a really great week. Chalet was perfect for our group & would certainly use you again. "


"Very many thanks for organizing what I hear was a fantastic ski weekend in Argentiere. Everyone has said how brilliant it was and how incredibly helpful your staff were.  They all had a great weekend and have said nothing more could have been done to make it any better; praise indeed!  I look forward to booking another weekend next year. " Corporate event in Chalet Le Marti


"I just wanted to say a BIG thank you for a wonderful weekend. Everything was perfect and we all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves thanks to yours (and the rest of the gangs) superb organization. The chalets, instructors, club/bars were spot on.” Corporate event in Les Chavants

"Let me express you warmest thanks for your company great service and support. I just talked with the family and they are deeply grateful to us for their fantastic holiday. They loved everything, especially your fantastic and professional team. It's a great honour and pleasure to collaborate with your company on every step of our clients' holidays organisation: from booking process to check-in. Thank you for it. Looking forward to make more bookings in future and together help people enjoy their holidays." Russian agent bringing us clients to Chalet Le Marti

"Yes, we did have the most amazing holiday, we really made the most of every aspect of being in the mountains and it was just so wonderful to spend time with our friends and family in such a beautiful chalet that was so impeccably kept and run. Thank you so much for recommending it to us, we felt that through your guidance we absolutely made the right choice."  Family staying during the summer in Chalet des Drus