|Introduction To Working A Season In A Ski Resort|
|For students and graduates who are thinking about doing some seasonal work to earn a bit of extra cash - and, of course, to enjoy the experience of working abroad for a while and making new friends in the process - working a winter season in a ski resort job as a seasonaire could be an interesting option.
Obviously, most people who apply for work in ski resorts are those who have a passion for skiing and / or snowboarding. This is not the cheapest hobby one can choose in life and so trying to get a job as a seasonaire (a person who works a ski season in a given resort) is a way to not only fund that hobby but also to make the most of any free time the job allows by getting straight out there on the ski slopes and enjoying the snow.
While some people might think you have to be a ski addict to enjoy a temporary position in a ski resort, this is not necessarily the case. There are some jobs available that have limited free time or that require you to work a variety of hours. These types of jobs are good for those gap year students or graduates that are not too bothered about making the most of their time on the ski slopes, but would rather enjoy the time away from home and spending a few months in the mountains.
Vice versa, for those young people who are only really on resort because they are looking to eek out as much time as possible on the ski runs, it’s worth bearing in mind that some jobs allow more free time than others. Make sure you apply for the right type of ski resort job to suit you, otherwise, you could find yourself working long hours and spending little or no time on the slopes.
This is a guide to the different types of jobs that might be available to gap year students, graduates, and other young people who think they would like to work as a seasonaire in some of the world’s ski resorts. There will be brief job descriptions, a guide to hours, payments and perks you might be able to expect and some of the companies who look to recruit people for their resorts and holidays.
|What Are The Best Paid Jobs In A Ski Resort?|
|What skills have you got? Getting a job in the positions that are mentioned above is possible but competition for roles can be high because they require little or no qualifications and previous experience. However, graduates and gap year students with particular skills could find themselves in high demand and can even pick and choose between countries and ski resorts. These are the types of seasonal jobs that are perfect for those who have completed study and are deciding on their next career move - but they are also the types of jobs that will likely give you limited free time to ski or snowboard.
Students and graduates looking to find a ski resort job no doubt fancy the idea of being a ski instructor. E4S have a more detailed article about how to become a ski instructor.
|How Much Can I Expect To Be Paid And Do I Get Any ‘Perks Of The Job’?|
|As with jobs in summer camps, gap year students and graduates don’t go to work in ski resorts to earn their fortune. Generally, it’s for the perks of being close to the ski slopes and the chance to ski for free that tempts people into these jobs. Do your homework and check your salary and what you are expected to do for that money before you apply for the job. Most roles include ski passes, equipment, food allowance, staff discounts in the bars and accommodation. Many bar jobs don’t include these perks so do your research first.
Wages vary depending on your experience, the ski resort and the company you are working for but below is an example list:
Chalet staff, drivers and maintenance staff are on the lower end of the scale, earning between £80 - £200 per week.
Bar work - wages vary. Do your research to see if it would be right for you.
Nannies can earn between £150-£250 per week and if you do want to make extra money, you could always take on some evening babysitting work occasionally.
Ski Instructors - up to £20 per hour. Read our more in-depth article about how to become a ski instructor.
|Which Companies Recruit Seasonal Staff To Work In Ski Resorts?|
|There are many companies who recruit staff to work in ski resorts. As we said above, some also run short courses at a cost so that young people looking to work as a chalet host can qualify in catering skills. This is a requirement for some companies.
Finding work in North America can be a challenge due to the requirement of work visas, but BUNAC are experienced in dealing with this situation for you.
Oyster Worldwide offer hospitality and ski / snowboard instructor jobs at ski resorts in North America and Europe.
|Well known companies such as Crystal Ski and Inghams recruit gap year students and graduates - and keep an eye out for new vacancies right here on the e4s website.|
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Instructors paid from $12 up to $17 per hour (CAD)
Up to $1800 for the Summer