Planning a Season
The main question you’ll want to ask yourself is: “what is my priority for my winter season”. Is it to get qualified as an instructor? Earn as much as you can? Ski as much as possible? Party as much and as hard as you like? Or any combination of the four? Your answer will shape your planning process and will go a very long way to informing where you go, what job you do and ultimately what you get out of your season.
There are some big decisions to make, but we hope that our guide will take you a long way towards answering any burning questions you may have. Along with the brief descriptions in this article, more detailed information can be found by clicking on the links below and if you have any questions, please give us a ring on 020 8410 2015.
Where to Go?
Choosing the right country, resort or even area within a resort could make or break your season – making this one of the most important decisions you’ll need to make. Make sure you know what you want out of your season, so head to Japan if you want to experience a different culture and ski bottomless powder, but choose the French Tarentaise if meeting lots of Brits is high on your list or stay in St Anton if you want to party hard.
Ultimately it is up to you, but we’re also here to help! For more about choosing where to go, click here to access our in-depth guide, compiled with first-hand info from the Ski Club team.
Getting a Job
Deciding what you want to do for work certainly has a bearing on where you head, but more importantly it will dictate how much time you get to spend out on snow.
Clearly ski instructor courses and jobs will guarantee snow time, but you may well end up confined to the nursery slopes, so instead you might want to consider a job as a liftie – monotonous at times but bound to get you fresh tracks. Bar work means late hours but if you don’t party too hard, the mornings are yours, whilst chalet hosting means you’ll get the middle of the day on the slopes if you work efficiently. So there’s loads to consider, but click here to find out much more.
What to Pack
Packing for an entire winter away might seem like quite a daunting prospect, which is where we come in. Between us here in the Ski Club’s office we’ve spent over 50 winter seasons out in the mountains so have packed and unpacked countless ski bags over the years.
We’ve forgotten everything there is to forget, but as a result, we now know exactly what to take so click here to read more about our ultimate packing list.
Arguably the best way to prepare for a season is to speak to as many people that have spent a winter out in the mountains, but if you don’t know anyone the next best thing is hearing from others and that’s where we come in.
Our staff have worked seasons at the likes of Whistler and Revelstoke in Canada, Niseko in Japan, Méribel and Val Thorens in France, St Anton and Alpbach in Austria and even Wanaka in New Zealand. They’ve worked in bars, instructed, washed dishes, hosted chalets, raced, nannied, driven minibuses and much more, so we’ve got most bases covered. To read more click here – there’s also some amusing stories in there!
Ski Club Gap Course
Keep an eye out next winter for what promises to be the ultimate way to spend your winter season – the Ski Club Gap Ski Instructor Course in Tignes. We’re putting together the most exciting Gap Year product on the market, which will feature BASI Level 1 and Level 2 instructor training, unique Ski Club elements and will include excellent accommodation in the heart of the resort.