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Maaike and Ross host the chalet on behalf of Hans Polacsek and his family who have owned the chalet since 1979 and continue to live most of the winter in the Arlberg.
Maaike and Ross met in the winter of 2005 in St. Anton at après ski.  They were married three years later in Holland in the summer of 2008.


Ross is from Canada and grew up skiing in the Canadian Rockies.  He first came to St. Anton in 1998 and worked for the infamous Krazy Kanguruh après ski bar.  His job entailed skiing around in a Kanguruh suit and handing out free schnapps to skiers from all over the world!  Ross returned to Canada to complete his Bachelor of Arts degree but made it a priority to return to St. Anton for parts of most winters.

Maaike is from Holland and grew up riding horses in her mother and father’s back yard and in surrounding parks and forests.  She rode competitively in eventing until the age of 21 when she needed more time to complete her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.  Maaike first came to St. Anton in 2005 and quickly fell in love with the sport of skiing and the atmosphere and beauty of St. Anton.

After residing and working in Canada between 2006 and 2010, Maaike and Ross’s spirit of adventure, love of meeting and entertaining people, and their desire to live each day to its fullest has brought them back to St. Anton.

We have had great success in helping guests who are not familiar with St. Anton make the most of their vacations by sharing our extensive knowledge of the area.  Upon request we can arrange bookings at our favorite restaurants and après skis, direct skiers towards the best skiing in St. Anton for their skill level, suggest professional guides for off piste and backcountry travel, help organize ski lessons, and provide any other advice to make all guests stay at Chalet Rafalt in St. Anton a memorable experience!