Portsmouth-based ski holiday company celebrates its 20th year

PEAK Retreats is celebrating its 20th year as award-winning French Alps specialists and welcomes two 20-year-old apprentices into the business.

 This season marks Peak Retreats’ 20th year as award-winning French Alps specialists.

The Portsmouth-based company, founded by Xavier Schouller and Nathalie Soma in 2002, encourages clients to discover unspoilt French alpine resorts.

This year the operator has also added the high-altitude resorts and accommodation featured by its sister company, Ski Collection, to its programme. As a result, it claims that Peak Retreats now offers the most comprehensive range of resorts across the French Alps.

And the company boasts: “An excellent network of local contacts in the French Alps and a unique perspective, combining a passionate Portsmouth-based team and French know-how, gives Peak Retreats a clear advantage.”

The team celebrated its 20-year milestone earlier this week with a special anniversary dinner in Southsea – with previous team members from over the years joining them.

C0-founder Xavier said: “We set up Peak Retreats in 2002, to give skiers the opportunity to discover real Alpine France. Over the last 20 years we’ve added numerous resorts to the programme, growing from just 17 resorts to over 75, now including even more high-altitude resorts, which feels like a natural progression.

“I’m extremely proud of our team at Peak Retreats, and their passion for sharing their love of the real French Alps, with our clients.”

Peak Retreats has always championed local employment, drawing many of its team over the years from the surrounding community. Some of the team have been with the company since almost the outset. Two new additions have joined the operator during its 20th year; two apprentices local to the Portsmouth area, who also happen to be 20 years old this year.

And Peak Retreats General Manager Alison Willis said: “It’s really exciting to have been able to welcome two local apprentices to our marketing and client services teams. They are a real asset to the business, and we’re delighted to be able to help them develop their careers in such a fantastic industry.”

As well as picking up a host of awards over the years, the operator is proud to be the current holder of the Telegraph award for Best Ski Operator.

PICTURED: The Peak Retreats team – including members who commute to and from work using the Gosport Ferry – celebrating their special anniversary this week