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.

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

Meet the Hanski+ Team

Paul Hansgate

Helen Hansgate

Paul Martell

Cath Owen

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 in The 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 Launch

Launch of