I'm really just trying to gauge the level of interest here, so please be honest and critical.
The parents of a good friend of mine own and run a chalet in Samoens, in the French Alps. Currently only during the winter, it sits empty during the summer season. They have asked if I would be interested in running some mtb holidays out of it next year, so I'm just weighing it up to see if it would be worth my time.
I'm due to finish my masters in engineering next summer, and would love to do something like this to avoid getting a 'proper' job for a while! I've worked for a cycling touring company before, so I do have some experience of the kind of expectations people have, and I'm a keen biker, so like to think I have some idea of the kind of thing people would like.
There's obviously a lot of competition out there, and as I'm thinking of doing this as project, and not to make myself rich, I'm thinking of trying to run them as cheap as possible.
So, would you be interested in a weeks biking, staying in a pretty posh chalet with sauna, hot tub, fully catered, inc. transfers from Geneva, lifts to bigger resorts such as Chamonix and Morzine for a day or two? I wouldn't be guiding as I don't have the appropriate qualifications, but we'd provide marked routes and could organise local guides for specific days, this seems to be more normal among other companies these days.
Pricing would be competitive, others seem to be €400+ (not inc. transfers), I'd be looking at trying to do them for around €350-€400, inc. all food, transfers etc.
Any comments, ideas or feedback would be appreciated, nothing is set in stone. And if anyone would be interested in coming to stay, drop me an email on edmiddleton1988 at gmail.com for a chat.
Sorry for the long post, many thanks,