French Alps ski company Peak Retreats in Portsmouth celebrates 20th anniversary

This ski son is important to Peak Retreats as he celebrates 20 years in the specialist industry in the French Alps.

The company, located at Kirpal Road, Baffins, prides itself on offering its slope-loving customers unspoiled alpine resorts.

The company was created in 2002 by Xavier Schouler and Nathalie Soma, who also added resorts and high-altitude accommodation to their program with its sister company Ski Collection, which allows it to offer its skier customers a range of possibilities.

Peak Retreats staff celebrate the company’s 20th anniversary. Photo: MattPJClark

Xavier said: “We created Peak Retreats in 2002 to give skiers the opportunity to experience the real Alpine France. Over the past 20 years we have added many stations to the program, growing from just 17 stations to over 75, now including even more high altitude stations, which seems like a natural progression.

Not only has the company grown in the community, but it has also “championed” local employment over the years, with some of its employees having been part of the team since the journey began.

They also hired two 20-year-old apprentices this year who will stay with the team until their 20th year.

Alison Willis, Managing Director of Peak Retreats, said: “It is really exciting to have been able to welcome two local apprentices to our marketing and customer service teams. They are a real asset to the company and we are delighted to be able to help them develop their careers in such a fantastic industry.

The company is award-winning and currently holds the Telegraph Award for Best Ski Operator, as well as Best Ski Company in the Telegraph Travel Awards in 2019 and the Times Travel Editor’s Award 2018. In 2019 it was also received a Family Traveler Excellence Award and Best Family Ski Operator as part of the Family Traveler Awards in 2018 and 2015.

Xavier added: “I am extremely proud of our team at Peak Retreats and their passion for sharing their love of the real French Alps with our guests.”

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