Ski season jobs really are the dream ticket to the slopes. Think about what you want most out of your ski season – is it to become a pro skier? Or maybe to gain experience in a certain career while living your best life at dizzying altitude surrounded by magnificent snow-covered peaks? Whatever your reasons, one thing is for certain – you will have an unforgettable experience and make some lifelong friends.
Ski seasons are not only popular among the ’gap yah’ crew, but they are also a great stopgap for when you’re at a crossroads in life or looking for a helpful steppingstone for your longer-term career goals. If you’re thinking of doing a ski season but unsure of which job role, we have gathered some useful info on resort jobs to help you decide which position you’d be best suited to.
A ski representative is the main point of contact for guests. The primary duty of a Rep is to be on call for guests during their holiday, in response to troubleshooting problems, dealing with all types of requests and source in-resort activities, such as après-ski events. This job is great for experience in customer service and will help any future career in the tourism or hospitality industry.
A resort manager is most likely to be offered to people who have worked a season before and are looking for a step up. Usual duties include monitoring all the chalets within resort for the company, driving company vehicles, and resolving any guest grievances professionally.
The master of delivering unparalleled levels of service and the highest of standards. Assisting the Resort Manager and line managing all chalet staff.
In charge of the overall running of the chalet, from cleaning rooms to mealtime serving.
In charge of prepping and cooking all meals, plus keeping the kitchen clean. A chef is usually employed in larger chalets and chalet hotels.
A chalet host is responsible for the running of the chalet, preparing food, cleaning rooms and communal areas, as well as delivering the welcome speech to guests and being their point of contact in the chalet.
Ideal for the DIY enthusiast. Your time will be spent taking care of guest and goods transportation and ensuring excellent condition of the chalets.
All chalet-based jobs come with one or two days off per week, depending on the company you’re working for and the country.
Beauty Therapy & Massage Jobs
Trained beauty and massage therapists can certainly find work in ski resorts. There are in-resort services whereby you travel to different properties for work or there are jobs as part of an in-house ski operator service.
Ski or Snowboard Instructor
Ensure your chosen course delivers an internationally recognised qualification is recognised in most countries as it can be very tricky to get work as in instructor in certain countries for non-nationals. There are dedicated instructor courses easily accessible online. Be prepared for the cost of the course as they start around £1700 just for level 1.
Bar & Waiting Staff
The abundance of bars and restaurants spread across the mountains in every resort. Should you be looking for this type of work, be expected to work night shifts (mixed in with some earlier shifts); however, this gives you lots of opportunity to ride down that gorgeous white piste during the days, so there’s no excuse for turning up to work without a beaming smile on your face. Working in bars are a great way to get to know the punters. This is certainly a job for the charismatic social butterfly.
Rental Shop Staff
Working in a ski rental shop is a great way to be able to experience the mountain a lot. Prior experience in retail and a knowledge of boot/ski fitting is favourable and particularly if this isn’t your first season as a ski/snowboard technician. Alternatively, gain experience by working in the rental shop as an assistant first.
For this job, a childcare qualification is essential. Nannies are in high demand in ski resorts. You can work for a company offering childcare services or privately. If you enjoy working with children and have the experience, then this is a good role for you. It can limit your time on the slopes though, so make the most of your days off to enjoy the mountain too.
To apply for your dream job in the mountains, check out ski season job specific websites such as Natives as many tour operators post available roles on here and you can apply through the website. Season Workers and Ski Jobs are other popular ones teeming with jobs and advice. Another is to look up a list of ski tour operators and trawl through their job openings to apply directly. If you know anyone who works in the ski industry as well, tap them up as this may help you out!
You should start applying for your ski season job around Easter time and at the end of the current season for a job the following season. Interviews will then usually take place during the summer. Make sure your CV is relevant to the role you’re applying for and up to date. Add something that makes you stand out from the crowd and get your cover letter looking tip top. Make sure you apply to more than one company or recruiter to increase your chances of landing your highly desirable job in the mountains.
Chalet-based jobs tend to start two weeks prior to the season beginning when the ski lifts open and the first guests arrive. You will have an intense week of training, either in your chosen resort or a neighbouring resort before being taken to your new digs and chalet you’re working in to crack on with deep cleaning in preparation for your first guests.
This can depend on the resort as some resorts close later than others due to their epic late season snow and high altitude, such as Val Thorens. You would usually finish your season at the end of April, or a week after the last guests have vacated. Deep cleaning the chalets and giving one final hoorah before you jet off back home.