Where Can You Work

 

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If there is a question about ski resorts akin to the length of string this is it. OK there are some obvious criteria, mainly involving snow, but after that virtually everything is up for grabs.

Europa

VThe most traditional venues for snow activities are of course the European Alps, these form the usual backbone of ski season work, and would most often be the first place to start looking. Those of you who have been on a ski holiday will, no doubt, be familiar with the number of EU countries that share the Alps as their rooftop. Seeking work in these countries is simplest, and the opportunities more frequent than any other place. For starters if you are an EU resident then work permits aren't needed. It is not unhelpful to speak another language, but if you're hanging around in Europe, it is by no means essential, the large majority of your guests will have English as their first or second language.

Across The Pond

The second largest consumers of staff are the North American resorts, Canada and the USA. These countries present the season worker with varying degrees of complexity in obtaining employment, but is is not impossible and several organisations exist that can help you get a foot in the door of our frozen cousins over the pond.

Down Under

Next is Australia and New Zealand, visas exist in both countries to allow young people (up to the age of 30) to take working holidays, for which season work fits in most excellently, the resorts are not plentiful but like everything over in that corner of the world, the people are friendly and relaxed.

Everywhere Else

Other Southern Hemisphere opportunities, although fewer jobs crop up, include Argentina and Chile. Both of which offer an array of resorts running in opposite season to Europe, although a working knowledge of Spanish would be needed get by. Off piste as it were ski resorts exist in the Lebanon, Lesotho and even Cyprus, with a massive new ski resort is being constructed in India which should be open later this year.

Here are some of the countries you could work in:  

Argentina

Most seasonnaires don't even consider looking for ski jobs in Argentina, but this beautiful country offers some spectacular skiing and boarding. The resorts are spread out in various provinces in the west and south of the country and are surrounded by the breath taking Andes mountain range...

Australia

When the winter season is over in Europe and North America, head out to Oz and become an Australian 'snow gum'! Most people do not think of Australia when deciding to work a winter season, despite the country opening it's first ski resort over 150 years ago! That said, there aren't as many ski jobs available as in European resorts...

Austria

Austria is the second most popular ski destination in Europe with it's traditional looking 'chocolate box' villages, well groomed slopes and perfect snow, it's no suprise. Even if there hasn't been enough 'real snow', there a plenty of snow cannons and other equipment on hand to ensure perfect conditions at all times...

Canada

After Europe, Canada is the most popular place people want to get a ski job in. The reasons are varied, but most people will tell you it's because of the powder! Yep, if you're a powder lover, Canada is the country for you. With an average snow fall of 720 inches they've got tons of the stuff...

Chile

There aren't many places where you can ski down the side of a live volcano, but there are plenty of opportunities in Chile! Chile's ski resorts are all situated in Patagonia, in the southern half of the country. Depending on which resort you go to, it might take a few days getting accustomed to breathing at the higher altitude...

Finland

Finland is unlike any other Alpine ski destination. Most resorts are in Lapland the largest and furthest north region of Finland and almost exclusively above the Arctic Circle. If you want to work and play in some of the world's most breathtaking...

France

When you think about working a winter season, most people think of France first. It's not really surprising as it's the closest country to the UK and easily accessible via ferry, train and plane, in fact, quite a few seasonaires drive to the resort. France has over 300 ski resorts, ranging from quiet mountain villages to more...

Italy

For some reason many people overlook Italy when thinking about working a winter season in Europe, but the country has a lot to offer, great pistes, lively apres, excellent food and friendly locals - what more do you want! You'll be spoilt for choice if you decide to get a ski job in Italy, the country is home to the Dolomites...

Japan

Most people do not think of Japan as a place to look for winter work, but Japan offers some of the most amazing skiing and snowboarding in the world. Although the country is not as popular as Canada or Europe for seasonnaires looking for ski jobs, this is changing as more and more people are visiting Japan each year...

New Zealand

New Zealand is becoming more and more popular for people looking for ski jobs. The reason is simple their season runs from May to October, they have a great snow record and amazing terrain to explore on your board or skis. Most of the resorts in New Zealand are on the South Island...

Spain

Although most people think of paella and beaches when you mention Spain, there is in fact some great skiing to be had there as well. Spanish ski resorts are considered some of the friendliest in Europe and also the most laid back...

Switzerland

A ski job in Switzerland will give you the chance to sample some of the best skiing and snowboarding terrain in Europe. Swiss resorts are well known for their deep powder and runs to suit all abilities. The resorts themselves are picturesque...