Have you heard stories from friends or read online about how much fun it is to spend the winter season working in a ski resort? Well, the truth is it that it is a fantastic experience that you will most likely remember for the rest of your life.
In this section we aim to give some more information on working a ski season so you can evaluate if it is in fact something you really want to do.
So, the first thing you need to realize is that working a season in a ski resort is called 'work' for a reason! You will work long hours, often deal with difficult guests who are unhappy over one thing or another and have to operate often on little sleep and work hard while others are out enjoying the resort. If you think it is still for you then read on as even with this being said, doing a season in a ski resort is a blast.
Most resorts are looking to hire individuals from late November through to March or April in the northern hemisphere and around June to October in the southern hemisphere, the actual open and closing dates often depend on how early it snows and how late into the season it snows - so these dates can vary slightly.
The variety of jobs available in resorts varies a great deal and this can seriously impact the experience you have during the season. If you can land a job working as a ski guide or instructor then you will spend most of the time out on the mountain enjoying the resort and skiing or boarding all day! On the other hand, if you are hired as a cleaner in the hotel or maybe kitchen staff for a local restaurant then you might be away from the mountain washing pots and pans or making beds while the rest of the people in the resort are out playing on the mountain. Therefore we would highly recommend looking into a position which is out on the mountain working with guests.
You can find out more about different jobs that are available by visiting the winter season job description section, here you can get information on all the different jobs available.
Most resort jobs will have staff members working 8-10 hours a day with 1 or 2 days off per week depending on the employer that you are working for. Typically accommodation is included in your employment and in some cases you may even be given meals or a meal card to use in the resort towards meals, these are a couple of perks which really help out.
In terms of pay, most jobs only pay minimal wage. The whole point of working a season is not to earn a fortune but more for the experience of living in this wonderful destination and making friends with individuals from all over the world. Normally season workers will look after each other and you will get to know individuals who work in the resort bars and restaurants and who will hook you up, this is another perk of working in a resort and helps you survive on a limited budget.
Below we have put together some information on some useful topics that we think will help you when deciding if you want to work a ski season or not.
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