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The Freeride Republic Ltd

The Freeride Republic is run by winter sports enthusiasts who have spent over twenty seasons working and running chalets in the French Alps. The Freeride Republic is now in its 12th full season of operating chalets independently in the Courchevel area.

We provide you with an extremely comfortable chalet environment in which you can enjoy a winter sports holiday, in a world-class ski resort, at a very competitive price. 

Our Product

The Freeride Republic experience provides all the essential ingredients of a winter sports package, in a great chalet, with fantastic facilities & modcons.

A holiday with us will provide you with great food, quality accommodation and doorstep access to a fantastic ski resort - the 3 Valleys – one of worlds biggest and best ski domains.

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Staff Biographies

Ralph Corner | Managing Director Freeride Republic Ltd

Managing DirectorBorn in Bradford West Yorkshire in 1974. Educated at Rishworth School Halifax West Yorkshire. Graduated from Goldsmiths College University of London in 1999 with B.A Honours Politics & Economics. 

Ralph spent 3 seasons in Tignes in the mid nineties as a ski guide and barman. Ralph returned to the ski business in 2001 working as Resort Manager for Ski Direct Control in Vallandry Les Arcs & then La Tania Courchevel. Ralph set up the Freeride Republic Ltd as a company in 2006 and ran the companies first chalet in winter 2006 / 7 in La Tania and has remained in the area ever since. 

The Freeride Republic is now in its 12th year of operating chalets in the La Tania & Courchevel areas. Ralph is a Halifax Town fan and is the President of the annual 3 Valleys Charity Day in Meribel.

John & Lyn - Chalet Hosts

Chalet managersJohn and Lyn from Edinburgh are fresh from their 4th season onboard their 42' sailing yacht, Nera. Based in Split, Croatia, they offer catered day sails to guests, visiting the neighbouring islands, and serving drinks, canapés and lunch.

Before starting this venture, Lyn was a director of a marketing and design agency, in Edinburgh and John worked in the investment industry before creating a more rewarding career as a self-employed caterer for all types of events. After two years hosting a chalet for The Freeride Republic, John and Lyn are returning for a third season, as resort managers and look forward to welcoming you to resort. They work well as a team, bringing an easy-going approach with attention to detail.

John and Lyn are keen skiers, despite John learning in Scotland! They are, once again, excited to swap the azure blue seas of the Adriatic for the azure blue skies of the Alps.

Molly and Damien - Chalet Hosts

Chalet host and chefsDamien is from Paris and Molly from Leicester. They met whilst working at Disneyland Paris, where Molly worked in Disneyland Hotel and Damien at Space Mountain. They have since travelled Europe and moved back to Leicester to be together.

Between them they have worked a variety of jobs, and can’t wait to apply their passion for customer services and the hospitality industry to a season the mountains. They are a friendly couple who have experience of working well together and are looking forward to getting to know the guests and getting back on the slopes.

Tom and Elizabeth - Chalet Hosts

Chalet host and chefs Elisabeth is French and Tom is from the Isle of Man. We met whilst travelling in Asia in 2014 and have been together in the Isle of Man since. We're a friendly and outgoing couple who love meeting new people.

Tom wants to improve his French speaking skills as the long term goal for us is to live in France. This seems to be a great way to do so, as well as enjoying the mountains!

Elisabeth's been a skier since she was three and Tom has been snowboarding a few times and loves it. We both can't wait to join Ralph and the team and spend a great season in La Tania.

Matt Chalet - Chef

Chalet host and chefsMatt grew up in the beautiful town of St Ives in Cornwall where he started on his path to becoming a chef working in a few of the many fantastic restaurants St Ives has to offer. After leaving college he worked in Australia for a year and then returned to his home town in St Ives where he has spent the last 10 years working in some of the best restaurants in one of Cornwall’s busiest tourist destinations. This will be Matt’s first ski season and he is looking forward to learning to snowboard and experience living and working in the mountains for the first time.

Annie and Matt - Chalet Hosts

Chalet host and chefsMatty and Annie both currently work the summer season in the south of France, adventuring in the Ardeche, working for an outdoor activity centre. Their roles combined of guest-care and activity instructing. Matty on his 3rd season has progressed to River team leader. Before this Matty graduated from Brighton University gaining a degree in Outdoor Sport Facilitation to progress his career in the outdoor industry. Annie previously worked in the mental health sector before working in the outdoor industry in which she primarily working in the guest-care department. Both have a great love for the outdoors and adventure and are a really enthusiastic and friendly couple. They are very much looking forward to swapping paddles and canoes for skis and slopes in their first winter season out in La Tania!

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