MEET THE TEAM

Andy Butterworth

Director

A bit about Andy: A founder partner and Director in Kaluma Travel I have now lived in Austria for over 15 yrs and consider it home. Split the year between the alps and the office and love the mountains in the summer almost as much as I do the winter. Worked in Events and Hospitality most of my working life, set up bars and restaurants, managed luxury travel companies and helped organise big London based Events like the Ski Show and MPH Motor Shows.
Still a passionate (and good) skier, but probably a better long luncher and apres skier!!

 

What I love about my job: Talking skiing, skiing, visiting all the resorts and skiing them. Skiing with friends, skiing with guests, skiing in soft fresh fluffy powder and drinking ice cold beers with some of the best views in the world! But mainly, helping others to enjoy the mountains the same way I do….

Favourite Resort: St Anton (but very biased). Verbier a very close second.

 

Favourite Property: For me, the  St Antoner Hof in St Anton is a special place. Or our very own Chalet Montfort (as I helped build it!).

 

Best Ski Memory: Amazing off piste day in St Anton/Zurs with some regular guests. Skiing off the back of Valuga and skiing straight to a helicopter pick up to heli-ski at the back of Zurs. Finished off at a small, traditional mountain hut with a cold beer and great memories! Or the time when I proved I was a better skier then Richard.

 

Best Kaluma Tip: Use our experience and knowledge. We really do know our resorts and can offer heaps of insider tips that can only enhance your holiday. From the best place to buy a hot chocolate on the slopes to where you can hire a pet poodle for the day in Lech (I’m serious). We are happy to answer any questions at any time.

Richard Lumb

Director

A bit about Richard: Having broken free from a city career, I spent over a decade living in amazing ski resorts in France, Switzerland and Austria. Hosting events, ski guiding, paragliding, wine tasting, ski touring and generally loving anything to do with the mountains.

The business plan was borne in a gondola in Val Thorens and it’s been onwards and upwards ever since. Never shy about getting involved in the details of any booking – our success has been led by trust, repeat business and word of mouth recommendations.

After 12 highly rewarding years in business, I can say with confidence that we must be doing something right.

 

What I love about my job: Being in business with such a great team. Watching Kaluma and our team grow is a fascinating journey.

The Kaluma alumni is an amazing crowd, all doing cool things after some wicked shared experiences in the Alps. Former dream team members include restauranteurs, army officers, lawyers, doctors, city traders, a pilot and a stand up comic !

Favourite  Resort: It has to be Courchevel – no where else in the world has such naturally easy access to ski terrain like this. Being in Courchevel at New Year is a bit like being on a Hollywood film set, but bling aside, it’s remains a stunningly beautiful place with truly world class skiing and a lift system to match.

(I wish we could import the Tapas from the Pyrenees,  the friendliness of the Italian ski instructors, and the aprés ski from Austria).

 

Favourite Property: Chalet Maurine in Verbier – the best located chalet in town … close to aprés, and  super close to the lift station. Love the steep off piste terrain of Verbier, followed by a relaxing outdoor dip in the hot tub with a beer and good company. It’s the simple things in life.

 

Best Ski Memory: New Year’s morning in Courchevel, with 30cms of fresh snow on a cold, crisp and clear day. The resort was completely full but the 1st lift of the day and entire ski area were utterly deserted as everyone had overindulged the night before.

It felt like we had Les Trois Vallees to ourselves  – surreal and amazing !

 

Best Kaluma Tip: Try new resorts and hotels, not always the obvious options. Take experienced advice. The local knowledge will add a huge amount of value, but should cost nothing.

Kelly Homer

Sales & Marketing Manager

A bit about Kelly: I graduated from the University of Portsmouth with a 1st class degree in Business Administration in 2011. I joined Kaluma straight after graduating and haven’t looked back since! I can usually be found in the UK office talking to clients, booking holidays, arranging itineraries, updating the website, planning the marketing and occasionally making everyone tea!

 

What I love about my job: The variety! From all the different jobs that are required to keep the office running, the chalets filled and the marketing at it’s best, to the wide range of people I speak to on a daily basis. Plus I am very passionate about the Kaluma brand and the excellent service we offer our guests.

Favourite  Resort: St Anton having been there three times to stay in our lovely Chalet Montfort since joining. Can’t beat the après ski mixed with great skiing!

 

Favourite Property: The Chedi in Andermatt is the best hotel I have had the privilege of staying in. Beautiful, spacious rooms, a stunning spa area and delicious food!

 

Best Ski Memory: Any day where I can enjoy sunshine, fresh powder and a cold drink (or two!) on a sun terrace.

 

Best Kaluma Tip: We will tailor make your trip so ask us for exactly what you want and we will do our best to match it, from booking your flights to a self catering chalet. Plus any special request you have just ask us, we can help with pretty much anything!

Georgina Harrison

Sales & Administration Executive

A bit about Georgina: Based in the UK office but having worked with Kaluma since the start (with a short break in between) I really do know Kaluma inside out. Having recently started skiing with our two small children in tow I can honestly say we can cover most eventualities when it comes to skiing with little ones.

 

What I love about my job: Organising the perfect ski holiday for the variety of clients we work with. I’ve worked in most of our resorts organising holidays from the ground up for large family groups, incentive trips and bespoke honeymoons. There is nothing more satisfying than a guest leaving buzzing from a great trip away that we’ve put together.

Favourite  Resort: Courchevel. From a skiing point of view, if you enjoy wide open pistes, stunning scenery and a flattering last run into resort at the end of the day then 1850 offers just that. Always best to end on a positive I find.

 

Favourite Property: Cordee Des Alpes Verbier, this hotel oozes understated luxury, attentive service in a quietly confident setting with a superb restaurant. I loved it.

 

Best Ski Memory: There are a few. When a local ski instructor told me I was a beautiful skier and technically better than Richard. I’m not, but it still makes me chuckle. My first powder run, when I didn’t fall. Watching our children Bella and Oscar ski through the trees with beaming faces.

 

Best Kaluma Tip: Trust us. We are a small company, with years of experience in our resorts. We genuinely want to organise the best holiday out there for you.

Laura Holden

Sales & Administration Executive 

A bit about Laura: I graduated from Durham University with a 2:1 in French and Italian back in 2013 and I have been fortunate enough to use my language skills and work in some amazing places including Thorpe Park, Disneyland Paris, Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Club and London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games. After completing a Graduate Management scheme in Hospitality, I decided to pursue a career in travel sales. With my previous experience working in the ski industry, I moved to the south coast with my partner, who is a Royal Navy Officer, and joined the Kaluma team in East Meon in October 2015.

 

What I love about my job: Being able to do something different every day! I love the working environment in our office where it is all about team work and doing whatever we can to keep our clients happy and our chalets filled. Everyone is so passionate about our Kaluma service, it’s contagious!

Favourite Resort: At the moment it is Meribel for the great skiing in Les Trois Vallées, but I am excited to explore St Anton and Verbier for something different and the apres ski!

 

Favourite Property: It has to be Eden Rock: with its fantastic facilities (including the spa!), stunning rooms and great service from the staff, it definitely offers the most luxurious accommodation within our portfolio.

 

Best Ski Memory: Sitting on the sun terrace looking over the Tarentaise valley with a glass of vino with my friends after a day’s skiing.

 

Best Kaluma Tip: If in doubt, ask! We are always happy to take any special requests, answer any questions, and our flexibility allows us to tailor make your holiday to suit you. Nothing is too much trouble for us.

 

Carly Bedford

Operations Manager, St Anton & The Arlberg

A bit about Carly: Having worked in the hospitality industry as an events manager since graduation, predominately running corporate functions at large sporting events, in 2014 I was looking for a little break. I worked on super yachts for the summer, gaining further invaluable experience of high end service and then, as a keen skier I decided the mountains were the place for me, so I headed for St Anton. I’m now absolutely hooked and feel very excited to be part of the Kaluma team, managing the operations in St Anton and the Arlberg region – combining my passion for the mountains with my vast experience in the hospitality industry.

 

What I love about my job: I love working with people and meeting new people – so an ideal job for me! The overseas team is comprised of professional people from all walks of life, brought together to share one common passion; a love of the mountains and a desire to offer the best possible service. There is no denying that working a season isn’t easy, so in my new position I want to make sure that every member of the team gets exactly what they’re looking for; that they make great friends, get as much mountain time as possible, thrive and develop in their job roles, and most importantly look back in years to come with only the fondest of memories. After all, our staff are our most valuable asset and they will be delivering Kaluma’s unique service style. Happy staff = happy guests!

Favourite  Resort: For the skiing, the après and the beauty of the village, I think St Anton is hard to beat.

 

Favourite Property: The Eden Rock Chalet in St Anton, with its beautiful views, an in-house spa and its stylish yet traditional decor; it’s the definition of luxury! Without a doubt the No.1 chalet in the whole resort.

 

Best Ski Memory: My first ever ski tour. I spent the day with my sister and I remember noticing the silence of the backcountry once we were away from the piste and feeling such achievement on reaching the peak. But most importantly it was my first time skiing in completely untracked powder. It was unforgettable.

 

Best Kaluma Tip: Ask us anything! We love the mountains and love sharing our knowledge of these beautiful resorts. The more you know, the more you will enjoy your experience with us!

Amy Smith

Manager of Eden Rock, St Anton

A bit about Amy: I have a background in hospitality and have five ski seasons under my belt. For the past few years I have been working for a high profile family based in the South of France, managing their estate and all that comes with it. This has been a great experience and has given me insight into running high end properties and meeting the needs of guests. Much as I love the sun and the sea I have to admit I prefer the Alps, so I am thrilled to be relocating back to St Anton to manage Kaluma’s new addition – Eden Rock. Can’t wait for the season to start!

 

What I love about my job: Meeting new people and hearing about everyone’s ski days – you always get the most interesting stories in ski resorts! Getting to enjoy the mountains for the winter and working with a fantastic team of people who all love it just as much! I’m new to Kaluma this year and am really looking forward to working with them – they have a great reputation for being at the top of their game in the ski industry.

Favourite Resort: St Anton. I have tried to beat it over the years but never have. I can’t think of anywhere better for challenging skiing, great après and a picture perfect town.

 

Favourite Property: Eden Rock (I’m biased of course, but as our newest chalet and the one I am managing it has to be!). It has also been nominated as the Best Chalet in Austria so we can’t all be wrong!

 

Best Ski Memory: Having a surprise birthday picnic at the top of Rendl, St Anton… We stayed up there until the last lifts had closed and skied down the completely empty, freshly pisted home rrun all the way back into town. It felt like having my own private mountain! A great birthday present!

 

Best Kaluma Tip: I have worked in St Anton for a few seasons and know it well – Kaluma have been in the Alps for a long time and they know it even better! They are well connected and respected and can ensure that you will have an amazing trip, wherever you choose to ski!

Louise Hadland

Courchevel 1850 Operations Manager

A bit about Louise: Hospitality has been the backbone of my career for many years. From managing VIP’s and high profile events to managing a Chateau for UHNWI individuals; providing a high end bespoke service with attention to detail is always high on my agenda. Having moved to South West France ten years ago, arranging events has since become part of my daily life. I had always longed to do a ski season but had never found the right moment. Bizarrely last winter, that changed, and there my first season with Kaluma began.   I cannot deny this role is a challenging one but extremely rewarding. I am so excited to be back with the Kaluma team for another exciting season.

 

What I love about my job: My job allows me to work with an amazing team and one of the most respected ski companies in Courchevel. I meet lots of fabulous guests, all so very different, but all with stories to tell. From meeting and greeting families and being on hand to guide them through their holiday, to spending time with corporate groups and overseeing their busy schedules (and possibly enjoy the odd lunch or two out with them), and say that skiing is work….I really do love my job!

Favourite  Resort: I have visited many resorts over the years, but I have to say that I am smitten with Courchevel.   Les Trois Vallees boasts the biggest ski area in the world; provides a variation of dramatic views and landscapes, and most importantly caters for all abilities. You can never tire of watching the sun rise and a new day reveal itself with a different view.

 

Favourite Property: Chalet Montana has to be my favourite. The views from there are absolutely breathtaking. The interior is decorated beautifully with reclaimed timber, stone flooring, open log fires and accessorised with deep comfy sofas. Montana really does provide the luxury chalet experience. It also offers hidden extras such as a Jacuzzi, games room and a TV snug with home cinema. What more does one need on a ski holiday!

 

Best Ski Memory: My best memory has to be hitting the slopes early with my team and getting on the first lifts before the rest of Courchevel wakes. Skiing on freshly untracked powder on a blue sky day with your crew is just the ultimate feeling. I am so excited to be going back!

 

Best Kaluma Tip: Kaluma have gained a huge wealth of knowledge of their resorts over the years, and this knowledge, together with a bespoke service, ensures that the ultimate trip really is out there.

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