The Company

Chalet Chardons was started by Mark Hayman in 1998 to operate budget chalet ski and snowboard holidays to Tignes in France. It is now owned by Mark, Clare Knowlson, and Kath Staniland.

Operating from a small office in the UK, Chalet Chardons employ British skiing and snowboarding enthusiasts who work in resort to maximise their snow time.

The Chalet Chardons Ski and Snowboard Hotel currently offers guests around 50 beds in addition to the Hattiers Chalet and Apartments which have up to 40 beds available. As well as this, we offer the 12-bed Chalet Belvedere and the 15-bed Chalet BouBou with a hot tub and sauna. Furthermore, Chalets Sophia and Isabella each provide 17 beds with hot tubs and saunas also. There is also Chalet Lo Soli, which sleeps up to 14 people and the 26-bed Chalet Amelie located in the beautiful Le Fornet, Val d’Isere.

From the start our philosophy has been to offer the best value ski and snowboard holiday to those on a budget. We offer our guests the best available prices bookable, if necessary, a year in advance as well as flexibility with booking dates and savings on ski-hire and lift passes ready on arrival. All our rooms in the Chardons are fully en-suite and Chalet Hattiers is excellently located a stone’s throw from the pistes and was fully renovated over the summers of 2012 and 2013. Think of us as the ‘EasyJet’ of the ski industry and you won’t go far wrong. For a family of four we could be as much as £1000 cheaper for a week’s holiday compared to even ‘mid-range’ tour operators. Enough to buy your ski-passes, hire equipment and have a good meal out during the week.

The Owners

Mark Hayman

Originator and Founder of the Chardons business. Mark is responsible for the legal and financial direction of the company. After originally coming to Tignes in 1992 to wash dishes in Chalet Chardons. As an ex World Cup snowboard competitor and ex-member of the British Snowboard Team who, following a knee injury, turned to skiing in his mid-30’s, Mark now enjoys this new challenge. He still gets out on the mountain most days and maintains his original enthusiasm for mountain life and the resort of Tignes. Mark is a also a very keen mountain and road biker, riding many thousands of kilometres between winter seasons.

Clare Knowlson

Operations Director and co-owner of Chalet Chardons. Clare deals with recruitment, sales & marketing and all the day-to-day operational side of running the business both in the UK and in France. Since leaving her professional career in the UK as a solicitor working in commercial property, she has embraced the mountain lifestyle and added much-needed discipline to the Chardons company. Having quit the Rat-Race she makes the most of the work-life balance that living in a ski resort offers. She is a keen skier and snowboarder in the winter months and a passionate mountain and road biker in the summer.

Kathryn Staniland

Company Administrator dealing with the paperwork aspects of the company, ski-hire, lift passes and transfers. Kat is an accomplished ski and snowboard photo model who came to the Alps at the age of 18 and has never returned home. As a keen ski-tourer & mountaineer, climber, paraglider and cyclist she is always planning her next expedition.