Al the drivers I knew were at least over 21. Most around 25, but there were a few younger ones. My company were great, though the work was more than driving, but ski/board hosting 4 days a week is a pretty sweet job anyway. I also did maintenance but most of that was done early mornings or late evenings. When I go back it will be working for a company doint more maintenance and less hosting as I would rather have my own time on the mountain rather than being with a bunch of guests all the time.
Post subject:Posted: May 09, 2012 - 12:11 PM
First post: Nov 23, 2006
Total posts: 28
Would recommend choosing the resort/area your interested in then research independant chalets and small TO's. Then fire off a load of emails.
I worked as a host, with no cooking involved. Was on the hill 10am - 4pm without fail (except transfer day). I had a few hundred pounds in my pocket as they sort everything and came back with two grand from wages/tips. Plus I wasnt holding back on money for nights out / new gear.
I've arranged the same set up this year.
Post subject:Posted: May 09, 2012 - 12:17 PM
First post: Jun 01, 2011
Total posts: 1191
what TO did you work for ferret ? sounds like you had a good setup
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Post subject:Posted: May 10, 2012 - 10:45 AM
First post: Dec 01, 2011
Total posts: 8
Location: Clitheroe, Lancashire
Some more great tips everyone! Thanks
I'd ideally like to work in Tignes, Meribel or Mayrhofen I think. I love Mayrhofen when I go, but have heard nothing but great things from 3 Valleys.
Or I'd have a bash at America given the chance, but no idea where's best over there.
I hear stories like Ferret's and that sounds ideal to me! Especailly the not cooking part! lol Really hope I can find something like that!
I'll try your tip though of firing a load of emails off and see what happens.
As for driving, I'd be 25 in Decemeber (3rd). So might be an option.
Post subject:Posted: Jul 10, 2012 - 07:05 PM
First post: Jul 04, 2012
Total posts: 10
yo man,you can do a season on 3k,and the jobs dont all pay peanuts.
my accom last season was 1500 for the season
and lift pass 700
and I had 600 to get me through till i got a job cleaning (12euro p/hr)
going with a tour operator means being dictated to by hours
and they can threaten you with your accom or lift pass (it does happen)
if you wanna snowboard book all your own stuff
if you wanna work go with a tour operator and ride an hour a day.
Post subject: Re: Another season question. Season newbie Posted: Aug 21, 2012 - 09:35 PM
First post: Jan 12, 2011
Total posts: 18
1. How much money am I likely to need? I'm sort of expecting to have to work while I'm there but was going to save about £3k before I go to give me a good start. Would that be enough?
Depends where you go. I went to the other side of the world (New Zealand) with 1k and no job or accommodation. Scared, yes. However I had the back of Mum and Dad as back up but never came to it. So 1k was fine for me.
2. As for work, I'm not at an instructor level or anything so teaching is out. What work would we recommend as I dont have much experience at all. I've done shop work and now work as a surveyor so not sure they'd be much use. lol Was thinking of bar work though, would this be easy enough to find?
I had no experience in any hospitality, the only word for it, is BLAG. Write up a cracking CV, be polite and you'll get the job. Just go in every Hotel/Motel/Lodge/Resort/Shop etc and hand your CV in. All hospitality work is a piece of piss IMO, you do NOT need experience to do it, however on the flip side EVERYONE looks for experience when recruiting. Lie/blag, do whatever gets you the job, they're not going to ring up for references.
3. I was mainly thinking of working in Europe somewhere due to the lower costs getting out there (compared to America) and also not needing a visa. I don't speak any German though, but I speak a little French (basic phrases, e.g; do you speak English, I dont understand, can you say that in English, basic numbers, directions etc). Is it essential to be able to speak the language?
Nope. A lot (if not most) of the resorts in France are English speaking.
4. As for location, I visited Mayrhofen for the first time this year and loved it! Would love to season there, but I hear the accomodation is mainly out of town and I don't speak any German so wondered if there was anywhere in France which would be similar? What are Tignes and Meribel like? (I really want somewhere with a park to continue to further my skills on, and I know Meribel has a good park) but what are the atmosphere's here like. And how easy will it be to find work?
Personally I'd go 3 vallees area if your going to France, amazing place. However if I was to do a season again, which I'm planning for next year, I'd want to get as far away as possible. So USA/CANADA/JAPAN/NZ. At the end of the day, you can always go and do a week of riding in Europe, it's not quite so easy to do that anywhere else.
5. Would you recommend finding work before heading out there? If so where's the best place to start looking, and when?
Yes, google it and try and look for work before you go, especially on the Mountain Resorts it's a MUST to apply before you go. If nothing comes of it, then just rock up and do what I said previous. It does take a MASSIVE weight of your mind if you get work before you go, so try as hard as you can applying at every Resort, emailing shops etc and if not then not to worry.
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