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How to spend a Gap Year on the Slopes

Find out how to spend your gap year on the slopes and get your dream Ski / Winter Ski Job here!

Suggested SKi Reading:


The Natives Guide to Working in Ski Resorts  


Working in Ski Resorts: Europe and North America
To get a job we recommend:  

Recruitment site for working in ski resorts with an online application form and over sixty ski operators and employers advertising ski jobs.
Other Advice:
Ski Instructors Course

Generally, the most expensive option, with some courses costing as much as 6000 for three months. Different courses aim at different groups- beginners, pre-university students, people wanting career breaks. Offer a variety of qualifications.

Ski Resort Work

Various possibilities:

chalet cook and cleaners; generally work in mornings until around 11am, then prepare dinner from 6pm - leaves plenty of time for skiing. Go for smaller companies- they tend to offer better pay with better perks (good quality accommodation, ski hire). Budget-minded companies (like big travel companies) tend to take teenagers as they usually will work for less pay and fewer perks. Some will only hire if you have particular qualifications; Cooks for example in high quality chalets tend to need a Gordon Bleu/Grange/Leith's certificate. These could cost you around 3200 for a five week course. Lower-budget companies are less likely to be concerned with cooking ability as cooks have fewer cooking options with their food budget. Go for private chalet work for less stringent qualification requirements.

driver / nanny; drivers spend a lot of time doing airport transfers and other general errands. Nannies work six days a week looking after children while the parents ski. Most companies insist on a childcare qualification (NNEB or equivalent).

resort representative; lots of free time- if you're organised, but probably the busiest option. Checkout the tour operators for recruitment options.

bar work; how much time you have to ski will depend on where you work. Bars will be packed in the evenings meaning you will be rushed off your feet while everyone else is enjoying themselves. Other bars may be based on the slopes and only open during the day- leaves your evenings free, but not much chance of skiing.

ski hire assistant; hours will vary. There are jobs as a ski technician or delivering skis to clients in the morning and picking them up in the evening- great for skiing during the day. Working in a ski hire shop usually gives you at least a day and a few afternoons off a week.

masseur; there is a big demand for masseurs in resorts. The standard course you must complete is the "Anatomy, Physiology and Massage Diploma Course", an  ITEC qualification. Expect to pay at least 600.

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