About Hanski

Hanski+ is a small, personal, caring, specialist sports holiday tour operator company owned and operated by husband and wife team Paul and Helen.

Hanski+ is a passion business. The sports of skiing, tennis and golf have been a constant thread throughout our lives both professionally and socially.  

Having both studied Sports Science at Loughborough University we embarked upon careers teaching Physical Education during the late 1990’s and early 2000’s. We then had a collective epiphany moment and decided to quit our day jobs, sell up in the UK, move to France and set up a catered chalet company in The Alps in 2004. Hanski was born.

Operating our own catered ski chalet company allowed us to share our passion with the many like minded guests we welcomed to our properties. This experience also enabled us to finely hone the customer service we are proud to offer today.

As Hanski transformed into a specialist tour operator business we retained our core values of personal care, client centred service, attention to detail and the ceaseless pursuit of excellence.

The addition of tailor made, golf and tennis holidays to our product portfolio has been the latest exciting development in our ever evolving business. Helen has played county tennis all her life and combines coaching with her role as first team captain and committee member at our local tennis club. Our children both play county standard tennis and compete in regional competitions on a regular basis. Furthermore, all the family participate regularly in golf and Paul can be seen, (non too skilfully), playing a round at our local golf club most weekends trying to improve his decidedly average handicap.

We look forward to being given the opportunity to share our truly customer centred sport holidays experience with you.


Paul and helen skiing

Paul & Helen's Story


Qualified as PE teachers at Loughborough and Cambridge Universities.


Teaching 1998 - 2004

Taught at a variety of state and private schools in the East Midlands where Paul became Director of Sport and Helen Head of Girls PE.


Set Up Hanski

2004 - 2006 - Set up Hanski, a catered ski chalet company, bought Chalet Helene and relocated to The Grand Massif ski area inThe French Alps.



Having enjoyed 2 fabulous ski seasons with full occupancy we expanded the business to 12 properties, employing a great team of staff.


Back to UK

Following the birth of our daughter in France we decided to move back to the UK as we figured the 24 hour a day lifestyle of a busy catered chalet business was not the best way to embark upon parenthood! Our second child came along in 2010 but we were always looking for ways to bring back Hanski and re-engage with our passion for the ski industry. 


Hanski Reborn

The resurrection of Hanski to enable us to share and promote our passion for short break, tailor made winter holidays to a wider community.


Tennis & Golf Launch

Launch of our tennis and golf tailor made holidays reflecting our passion for these sports.


Hanski +

Creation of our wonderful new website to display our fantastic ski, tennis and golf holidays.