Next, you need to find work (unless you are lucky enough to be a ski bum for the season!)
We've got all the best tips and advice for getting a good ski season job. Read on to find more...
What Are The Most Popular Ski Season Jobs?
If you've ever seen the film Chalet Girl, then you might think you know what doing a ski season is all about.
Forget everything you learnt from that film. Most ski season jobs won't involve living in a virtually empty luxury chalet.
There is no guarantee you'll end up with a super rich, hot boyfriend at the end (but you never know!)
Some of the most popular jobs in ski resorts include:
You will be cooking, cleaning and hosting different guests in a chalet. Working hours are typically 7am to 10pm with a few hours off in the middle of the day to go skiing. You're likely to get one full day off a week. Accommodation and ski pass often included.
You will be teaching people to ski (duh!) In order to become a ski instructor, you'll need to get some ski qualifications first.
Ski Le Gap run three month training courses to help you become an instructor.
You will work in a ski rental shop, adjusting and fixing skis and snowboards. It's helpful to have prior experience with the technical side of skis and snowboards before. Hours are generally 9am to 5pm, so you'll have evenings off. Accommodation not included.
Want a lot of skiing time in the day? Then this could be the job for you. Bar work tends to be in the evening after the lifts have closed with one a day week off. You'll certainly meet some interesting characters. Accommodation and lift pass not included.
You will be driving people to and from the airport, or possibly the slopes depending on who employs you. Hours range from the early morning airport drops to late evening pick ups.
You generally have to be over the age of 25 for insurance reasons. If you are driving in Switzerland, you need a professional driving qualification. Often your employee will help you organise this. Accommodation and lift pass not included.
You will be in charge of operating the ski lifts. If someone gets stuck or the queues need managing, it will be up to you and your team to keep the chairs running smoothly.
It's long hours in the cold, but you'll have the evenings off to party. Ski pass is usually included and you get to ride in your breaks. Dream job!
Most of these jobs don't require specific qualifications, apart from being a ski instructor. However, this will vary from company to company.
Where Should You Look For Ski Season Work?
You want to get a ski season job, so where do you start?
Natives is a great website to look for work on your ski season. Whether you want to be a chef or a ski instructor, there are plenty of options. There's a Native Seasonaire Job Fair 2015 on Saturday 20 June 2015.
Ski-Jobs.co.uk is also a really good website for ski job openings. It's worth taking a look at job listings on Season Workers. If you're thinking of doing a summer season, they've got opportunities on there too.
Applications open from the beginnings of June, so it's definitely worth getting a move on!
GETTING A SKI SEASON JOB IN EUROPE
Luckily for us Brits, we don't need visas to work in Europe. So the doors are open for you to apply for ski season work in France, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, Spain and more.
Ski season starts early December and finishes end of April in Europe.
GETTING A SKI SEASON JOB IN CANADA
In Canada, the whole ski resort is owned by a single company, so often the best way to find work is to apply to the mountain itself.
If you want to go to Whistler, for example, they have their own Whistler job section on their website.
If you want to work in Canada, you have to apply for a Working Holiday Visa.
Applications for these open in January for the following season. It's available to anyone aged 18 to 30 from selected countries (inc. the UK) to work for 12 months in Canada.
You can find out more information about applying for a ski season visa in Canada here.
There are around 5,000 visas available every year. Once they are gone, they are gone!
Ski season starts early December and finishes end of April approximately in Canada.
GETTING A SKI SEASON JOB IN NEW ZEALAND
Looking to chase the endless winter? Then you've got to make the excursion to New Zealand.
When it's our summer in the Northern Hemisphere, it is their winter - which is particularly handy if you can't bear the thought of not seeing snow for six months.
The number of lifts and pistes isn't really on par with Europe and North America, but you can still guarantee plenty of pow to shred.
Like Canada, you will need to get a Working Holiday Visa - however it's not such a lengthy process to get into New Zealand.
You can apply at any time. It's available to anyone aged 18 to 30 from selected countries to work for 12 months in New Zealand - or 23 months if you are from the UK.
You can find out more information about applying for a ski season visa in New Zealand here.
Ski season in New Zealand starts early June and finishes mid October.
Advice For Applying For A Ski Season Job
There are probably a hundred things whirring through your mind when it comes to applying for a ski resort job. Here are a few words of advice:
- Not sure what to expect from your ski season? Here is our list of things no one tells you about doing a season.
- Don't panic if you haven't got a job yet! There are plenty of last minute opportunities that pop up - even in December
- You won't be the youngest person there. It's not just 18 year-old gap year kids who do ski seasons - people of all ages end up working in ski resorts
- Be flexible about which resort you go to. Places like Val d'Isere and Verbier are amazing resorts, but can be totally inundated with workers. Try a smaller resort - you may have more success and you'll still have an awesome time.
- Don't worry about not having any friends. You will meet tonnes of people when you get there - never fear.