If you are looking to spend the winter ski season working in a ski resort then getting a job in one of the many bars and restaurants that you will find in the various ski resorts around the world is a great option. It can be a fast paced and hectic work environment but is a great way to meet lots of people and really immerse yourself in resort lifestyle.
One of the great things about working in a bar or restaurant is that for the most part the busy times will be in the late afternoon and evening so you can often get several hours in during the day time on the mountain.
Most ski resort restaurants and bars will employ staff year round but will be looking for extra seasonal staff during the winter months of November to April. Establishments will look for bar staff, cleaners, waiters and waitresses, security, dj's, chefs and cooks. Most of the positions don't require a great deal of training and employers will generally train new staff. If you do have experience working in this field then it will certainly be an advantage and is worth mentioning.
If you are interested in obtaining a bar or restaurant job in a ski resort be mindful that it is not all fun and games and working in this environment can be extremely challenging and requires you to be on the go all of the time, in some of these positions you may be working until 3 or 4 in the morning. Most establishments will look to start employing staff in the early summer so you should start researching and applying early.
We would recommend researching different ski resorts to decide on which resort you would like to visit for the season, then do some research online to find bars and restaurants in that particular resort then start contacting the owners and managers through email, on facebook and by calling them directly. Remember most business owners and managers are extremely busy so be persistent, if you don't hear back then give it a little bit of time and be sure to follow up. It is also a good idea to find several different bars and restaurants to apply to and contact all of them, it is much better to have a number of options and have to turn opportunities down rather than hoping to get one particular position then not being successful in that application.
What they say...
"I spent two seasons working at a popular bar in Chamonix and it was a fantastic experience. It was hard work and could be long hours at times but it was an amazing experience and a great way to meet people. The great thing was that although I would work shifts until late in the night, I had most of the day to enjoy the mountain. "
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