The International Writers Magazine: Work in a Ski-Resort next
Go snowboarding this winter
next winter hold in store for you? Standing soggy socked at a bus
stop with icicles hanging off your poor Rudolf-esque nose? Why not
join the thousands of British seasonaires who head off to the mountains
for the time of their lives?
for the 04 winter season starts now!
Working a ski or snowboard season does, in all honesty, entail a lot
of hard graft and long hours for little money. But the highs far outweigh
the lows - many seasonaires return every year. Deciding which company
to work for is important, your destination is less so - the possibilities
are endless and youll have the time of your life wherever you
wind up. That said, the more flexible you are with your destination
the easier it is to concentrate on getting yourself a good package.
The big British-based ski companies all compete with each other to recruit
winter staff so attend as many interviews as you can before making your
choice. As a rough guide a good package includes pre-season training,
travel, a full lift pass, accommodation, all food, equipment hire (yep,
they know why you want to go), insurance and an end of season bonus.
Your chosen company will be able to match you to a specific role in
the resort but theyll expect you to have a rough idea of the type
of work you would like to do. Jobs readily available include chalet
maids, bar staff, receptionists, chefs, nannies and of course the holy
grail of all season jobs - the instructor. Dont be too fussy,
once youve been seduced by the snow and youve got a banging
hangover from the night before one job generally seems like another.
It is a good idea to travel light. You should be provided with a uniform
so other than that youll only need some casual clothes and your
Equipment and clothing are only slightly cheaper in Europe than the
UK; so you might as well get yourself sorted out before you leave home.
If however youre off to the States get everything over there because
its loads cheaper. Take lots of toiletries and a well-stocked
first aid kit with you, as things like paracetamol can often be really
pricey in resorts. Most importantly, remember you must have access to
enough cash to keep you going until your first pay day and be realistic
in your budgeting - you wont feel like staying in every night
once you get there.
Recruitment generally begins as early as May but there is still scope
to decide to go last minute. Also, although most companies prefer to
employ staff who intend to do a whole season you can get placements
as short as a couple of weeks - although if you can only spare a short
amount of time you might just be better off going on holiday - to guarantee
maximum snow exposure.
Anyone intending to do a snowboard season should start a body-conditioning
programme before they go, a month ahead is ideal. Not much fun? Maybe
not, but then its better than beginning the season with a series
of strains or muscle spasms, not a good start. Perhaps the most fun
form of pre-season conditioning is mountain biking as it will help to
develop the same muscle groups as youll use on the powder, along
with improving your balance.
Less adventurous, but equally effective are running and jogging. Get
on yer bike
Contacts (Note neither of this sites currently live)
offers a comprehensive recuitment service but remember its worth
shopping around all the British-based ski companies, which should all
have a recruitment link on their web sites. www.goneboarding.co.uk
is the central site for the UKs snowboarding community.
© Rachael DCruze April 2004
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