Ski Resort Jobs
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Whether you’re an outgoing student looking to plug a gap year or just a keen skier looking for the ultimate working holiday experience, there’s a role waiting for anybody willing to slide right in. There are many positions ranging from reps and cooks to managers and instructors. You’d be surprised at how many ski resort jobs need fulfilling to keep these sky-high retreats active. Below you can discover what kind of roles are on offer and the difference between small / large resorts
Types of Ski Resort Jobs
Reps are responsible for the smooth running of their resort and should know their resort inside out. You should be a friendly and out-going individual, ready and willing to answer any guest's questions or deal with problems they may have. You’ll help escort ski holiday guests to and from the airport, as well as arrange trips and après ski events for them.
This is one of the most sought after ski resort jobs, allowing you to spend all day out on the slopes, but it's not always easy. You'll need to be patient whilst newcomers get into the groove, but it's a rewarding experience helping others develop their skills. To be a ski or snowboard instructor you'll need to have an internationally recognised qualification.
Hosting combines several resort jobs into one, requiring you to manage any problems for guests, cook meals, wash up and keep the chalet tidy and clean. There's always time here and there for a few skiing sessions, too.
Nannies / Child-minders
This is a fun, yet demanding job. In order to work in a resort Kid's Club or crèches you will need to be a qualified nanny or have childcare experience. Nannies are responsible for the care of children under the age of 4 or 5, while non-qualified child-minders get to work with the older children in the Kid's Clubs.
Every resort needs a repair guy! Usually a driving license is required since you've got to make your way around the resort quickly. Be prepared for a never-ending list of tasks but always a break now and again to squeeze in some skiing.
These are just some of the more popular ski resort jobs. Other jobs include cooks, cleaners, bar/waiting staff and club hotel managers. For more information on the latest ski resort jobs available take a look at Ski-Jobs.co.uk. Other useful resources are Natives.
Ski Resort Jobs: Does Size Matter? Small Resorts vs. Big Resorts
Small resorts tend to develop a close-knit, family feeling quite quickly making the available ski resort jobs more involving and friendly. The main downside is that often the skiing areas are small too, meaning that month after month on the same slopes becomes a little monotonous. Equally, the bars are in low numbers too, so you need to get used to visiting the same places. Still, since you'll know most of the workers, you could find yourself with discounts and favours alike!
Examples: Les Gets, Selva, La Tania, Chatel, Montchavin
Ski jobs in large resorts have much more scope for skiing, a bigger range of places to drink and extra facilities such as cinemas and swimming pools. This means you've got far less chance of getting bored! The downsides are that prices tend to be higher, you won't know as many people (Val d'Isere has over 2,000 seasonaires!) and cliques can often develop.
Examples: Val D’Isere, St Anton, Meribel, Verbier, Zermatt, Tignes, Chamonix