About yourmountain.life

At yourmountain.life we aim to make you enjoy mountain life as much as we do.

We want you to experience the breathtaking scenery, local cuisine, the active lifestyle and the healthy and clean environment of the French Alps. There is so much to feel, see and especially do, all year round. From skiing, hiking, biking, building fires, chopping wood and more….

Meet our team

I am Martijn

and I have been in the hospitality business forever. As a former chef, I set up cooking schools, restaurants and catering businesses in the Netherlands and beyond. Blending this experience with my second great love: The mountains (Maartje being the first of course), I ended up running a hotel in Switzerland for three years in the holiday weeks.

In 2019 I seized the chance to spend more time in the mountains and bought an existing catered chalet company here in Les Arcs. After some convincing, my wife Maartje joined me in this step and in the end we decided to move our life here permanently. We now live our dream life here and welcome guests all year round.

I love almost every mountain activity, summer and winter. If I would have to choose then snowboarding, climbing and hiking are the highlights for me. And through my background I am of course an absolute food and wine lover. The chalet menu and wine selection is my territory, as is training the staff how to cook to our standards.

and I am Maartje

I married Martijn in 2018. In the past I only loved beaches and exotic faraway travels, the further, the more exciting, the better. In 2017 I met Martijn who introduced me to the mountains. I fell in love with mountain life, the activities, the surroundings and the fresh, clean air.

After 26 years behind a desk I was ready for a big change. No more working for bosses! We have now set up and are working in our own company: yourmountain.life We sold our house in the Netherlands, packed-up and moved to France, calling Courbaton – Les Arcs * Paradiski our home.

My background as an office manager and a few years as a primary school teacher has been of great help in being the organiser behind the scenes. I find joy in making sure our guests have a hassle free, well planned vacation, from the moment they send their first inquiry email to the moment they say goodbye.

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I am Chris

It is true when I say the mountains have been a magnet to me.

In my early years I lived a short while in Chamonix  where I was climbing mountains in summer and winter. A few years later I began photographing them. And now, after a life long travelling from warzone to famine as a professional photographer, I’m back in the mountains again. I can’t wait to meet you and share my passion for this beautiful environment.

Since season 2020/2021 I’ve been running Chalet Algonquin in Moulin in the Peisey&Vallandry ski resort.

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I am Jan Willem

And I have been working in the hospitality business more then 20 years in bars, hotels and restaurants.
After 17 years in Amsterdam, I sold my house and started travelling with my love Ellen. We are now 5 years happy together.

The last two winter seasons Ellen and I ran a chalet in the Austrian Alps. I always dreamed to live in the mountains and run my own chalet.
And it is time!

I will be super happy to welcome you in our Le Chazelet to give you a lovely, well earned holiday.

and I am Ellen

after completing the study Tourism and Human Resource Management, I did office work for many years.

Sitting at the desk was just not for me and that’s why I’ve decided to do other things in life.

For the last three years Jan Willem and I did seasonal work in Austria and between the winter seasons we traveled in Asia, New Zealand and Australia.
When we returned, we settled in the Netherlands again, but we missed the mountains so much that we decided to come back for good.

We are happy that we will be running Le Chazelet starting summer 2021 and we are looking forward to welcome you.

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Meet Lily and Finn

Back by popular demand…

Finn and Lily returned to yourmountain.life and run La Grange d’Alice for their second season. Coming from the UK they love the mountains, going on long walks with Bob and ensuring your stay at La Grange is an amazing one.

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Meet Bob!

Bob is our 8 year old Labrador-mix. He loves people, is extremely kind and is a great receiver of belly rubs and cuddles.

Guests enjoy it when Bob spends a night at their chalet, so much that he has to alternate nights between the two chalets La Grange d’Alice and l’Aiguille Grive. We never get to see him anymore…..