Winter Season Jobs and Locations
Very exciting that you are going to embark on a winter season. The new surroundings, the party, riding/skiing , working and of course the new friends from around the world truly make doing a winter season incredible. Here are some useful links and articles to winter season jobs and more. Hopefully this can help get you started.
Some starting info on Europe below too.
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Something that has to be enjoyed. Ski seasons are truly magical all be it hard on the body. Think about a couple thousand people just like you coming from around the world to come and live, work and enjoy life in a town that is based around enjoying the mountain and having lots of great times. I was fortunate to do 4 seasons in my early 20’s growing up in the South Africa our univeristy year went from March until November so it worked out well.
Depending on where you go the demographics will be different. The more diverse the better. Whistler a ski town I am familiar with specialises in Australians with some Canadians, Europeans, Japanese and a scattering of other nationalities living and working in the mountain town. I once paid my rent in one day selling Australians flags to Aussies on Australia day, I shipped them in for $5 and sold them for $20.
Vail on the other hand was the most incredible mix of Brazilians, Argentinians, Chileans, South Africans and Americans.
Every town will pros and cons but buy living in the mountains for a season or two you will be guarenteed to have friends from all around the world and if you so desire a decent level of skiing/snowboarding ability. This is an exspensive sport but living in the town allows you to get many consecutive days on the mountain. I usually averaged around 50 in a 4 month season but there are stories of the 100+ dayers which is awesome but if your just there for the tubing and to meet friends that cool too.
How to go about it
As like many opportunities on this site your decision to go for an extended period may require work and as such make sure you have a work visa. See visahq below but the best option is to check the your government website that is applicable. Sometimes if visas are available they are very limited and go quickly. As an example as a Canadian I could get a 1 year work visa for Spain and there were still visas available nine months into the allocation. As for my Spanish mates trying to benefit from the reciprocal agreement with Canada they had about 10 minutes. Same number of visas just much more competition.
Once you have the visa book your plane tickets. You will need a return ticket to show you are leaving.
Accommodation is always difficult in ski towns so get looking and networking on the Housing groups before you go. I am slightly removed nowadays but some of the advice I used to give was that if you have the luxuary of arriving in the dead season or as things are starting to pick up this would be best.
Jobs are most definitely gettable just hit the ground, hustle and apply everywhere when you get there. Keep a look out on the facebook groups, craigslists, big company hiring fairs/events and known companies that hire here on liveseasonal.
I really expect innovations and creative options in both jobs and accommodations soon enough.
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Vail Resorts controls some 15 mountains. Browse the below for more information and current openings.