Make sure you choose a job and a ski resort that will suit you.
Working for a British tour operator or a chalet company in the Alps is a popular choice for many skiers and snowboarders who want to experience a season (or two, or three) in a resort town. One of the major benefits of working for a tour operator or chalet company is being able to secure work before you leave the UK, cutting down on the amount of time you'll be in resort before that first paycheck arrives!
It is of course possible to secure work when you arrive in resort, and there are often good job opportunities that arise during the season, however sorting your own accommodation, travel and employment does take time and effort.
Here are a few of the most common jobs sought after by seasonal workers, and a few things to keep in mind when choosing a job and a resort.
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- If you work for a British tour operator, you'll primarily be spending time with British co-workers and guests.
- There are many websites that make it easier than ever to find potential employers and even secure employment before you leave the UK. Natives.co.uk is a great resource for jobseekers.
- While some people spend a season in a ski resort to take a break from their careers, there are opportunities to gain experience in your chosen field. Whether it's working as an accountant, chef, instructor or starting on the path towards becoming a Resort Manager for a tour operator, there are opportunities to build a career in the tourism industry.
- If you want to improve your language skills, applying for jobs with locally operated establishments in smaller resorts will help you make the most of your season.
- It's possible to head straight to the ski resort of your choice and look for work, but if you decide to do this your chances of finding work will probably be best in larger resorts with a strong international flavour, such as Val d’Isere, Tignes, Chamonix, Morzine, Avoriaz, La Plagne, St Anton, Kitzbühel, Verbier and Cervinia. It'll help to be confident, friendly and very persuasive!
- Vacancies may crop up throughout the season due to broken bones (or broken hearts!) Do not give up if you do not find the right job immediately. It's often a case of being in the right place at the right time.
- Ski and snowboard instructing is a popular option for seasonnaires, especially those considering spending several seasons living the resort lifestyle. Gaining a valid qualification requires time and money, but can open the door to working in ski resorts around the world.
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