There comes a time when every skier or snowboarder considers ‘doing a season’. The allure of spending a winter in the mountains and being there on every powder day is enough for to give most 9-5ers a career change. So what jobs are available and which offer the best blend of accomodation, pay and the all important time on the hill?
Jobs with Crystal Ski Holidays
A Chalets Supervisor looks after larger chalets or a collection of chalets and through their team of chalet hosts supervises the production of excellent food, top notch housecleaning and providing a personalised service to each chalet guest. You need to be highly sociable, a great communicator and be able to truly put the customer at the heart of your work. Ski chalet jobs offer a great lifestyle but involve hard work and discipline. You’ll likely be earning from £80 per week (plus tips) and have your living expenses, ski hire and lift pass included.
A Chalet Chef is responsible for the smooth running of the chalet kitchen and providing & presenting top quality food for up to 40 hungry guests! Duties include breakfast, afternoon tea and a 3 course evening meal within an allocated budget. You need to understand and maintain the best hygiene standards and practices throughout the chalet. Companies recommend attending a cookery course prior to starting your role and you do need to prove previous experience as a chef.
A Resort Adminstration role is a key cog in the wheel in ensuring admin runs efficiently in resort to enable resort teams to focus on delivering the best customer service. Your provide essential support to not only the resort teams but also the country office. You need to work well with a wide variety of people from resort staff to office suppliers and you need to be able to motivate yourself to get stuff done on your own from time to time. Office and social media skills are a necessary requirement.
Operations Executive Reservations staff are a key interface between customers and accommodation suppliers, securing the best accommodation for customers and negotiating great prices. You’ll need to resolve over-bookings and unforeseen problems ensuring the best outcome for the customer so strong communication and negotiation skills are a prerequisite.
Other ski season jobs
Kitchen porters or night porters help in the kitchen and keep watch over the hotel in the evenings. As such, working hours are anti-social however you do get the most free time to spend on the slopes, if you’re awake that is! Expect to earn from around £70 per week.
Bar work is more often than not the most sought-after resort job as you can get paid whilst talking to people however you can end up working day shifts as well as nights and the work does not always come with accommodation. You can earn from £80 per week with a tour operator to around £140 per week at a private bar.
Ski or snowboard instructors are perhaps the most glamorous job in the resort as you get the powder & bluebird days but you do need to get qualified. The pay is often as good as it gets at around £15 per hour plus tips but demand fluctuates throughout the season. Lift pass, ski hire and the outfit are all included but accommodation and food are often not.
Look out for some of these jobs advertised on our Crystal Ski Overseas Jobs facebook page.