Even in Turkey the summer sun is only just beginning to get serious about beating down on us with any concentrated intensity. The duvet is still on the bed, the fan sits in bits unused on the office floor and, despite being a man overly fond of winter coats and shade, I’ve yet to cast a spiteful eye at the fiery orb in the sky and wish it would just bugger off already. Nonetheless, recruitment for the ski season is already well under way.
Ski resort employers often post their vacancies to our Jobs Abroad Bulletin but we are not so grand to realise that not everyone advertises their jobs with us. To get around this we lurk on other websites and, like scabby street cats dragging a piece of discarded chicken bone under the bin, we regularly pounce on any vacancy we spot that has been left lying around elsewhere.
Unlike the scabby street cats we are into sharing our findings, so for the next month we will be centring our JobSpy column solely on winter jobs. Please check in there every day, except Monday and Friday, to see what we have found.
Other useful resources we have written in the past and on our other sites include:
Ski resort links in the directory of the Overseas Job Centre
Ski Resort Jobs in the Alps for Nannies and Childcare Staff
Blogger’s Guide to Ski Resort Jobs
Ski Resort Jobs
We have also been spending a lot of time recently collecting a big list of ideas for working abroad, including in ski resorts, so in no particular order perhaps some of these links and leads might prove helpful to you for finding work next winter:
* Organised and efficient with a head for numbers are the key requirements of Powder White’s assistant resort managers, the vital lynch-pin between each of the company’s dozen resorts and head office in London.
* Ski Armadillo is an independent company, privately owned since 2001 that, to deliver the bespoke product they offer in Verbier, look for enthusiastic, motivated individuals with a passion for customer service. Hard working chefs, hosts and drivers should also consider working for CK Verbier. The Nevai Hotel might also have a few jobs needing filled and Pub Mont Fort invites you to download an application form for the next season. Inghams is one large tour operator that might send you to Verbier to be their resort representative. More vacancies in the resort can be found listed on Verbinet. Elsewhere in the region Hidden Dragon are a luxury mountain hideaway that recruits hospitality professionals, or make enquiries to Mira Chalet Services, who are known to hire a gardener and resort assistant.
* A family run luxury holiday company, Simply Morzine recruit chefs, hosts and guides for winter and summer season employment with the promise you will be treated as an individual not a number. More chalet staff can earn their living with AliKats Mountain Holidays, Riders Refuge and Mountain Spaces. Restaurant Le Clin d’Oeil might also have a few vacancies for chefs. Jack and Jill Holidays look for look for mature candidates with a bit of life experience. More ski accommodation and a list of the tour operators in Morzine are given here. Morznet can also be used to research the resort, or just go direct to these jobs or this Facebook page.
* Massage Me work in partnership with hotels and chalets to offer a wide variety of treatments in French ski resorts. Road and mountain bikers are their clients in the summer. They look for enthusiastic and professional massage and beauty therapists to join their team.
* The Chalets Direct Job forum is mostly jobs wanted ads but a few jobs offered can be found too, mostly posted by smaller businesses. We found the idyllic looking Chalet La Giettaz hunting for a couple of people with good kitchen experience and able to drive to help run their French chalet in the summer. I would expect they need help in the winter too.
* Green Rides Ski & Snowboard Holidays have used JAB to find chalet couples to host their catered chalets in La Rosiere in the French Alps, and another couple to do airport and in-resort transfers, ski fitting and ski hosting and general liaison with clients. They also have chalets in Val d’Isere and should they not be looking for season workers at this particular moment their list of bars and restaurants in the area might be useful. Wannabe seasonaires can improve your chances of finding work by enrolling in their cookery school.
* The renowned Dick’s Tea Bar will be familiar to anyone that has worked a season in Val d’Isere. The club and bar has been popular with the resort’s season workers since it opened in 1979 and hires staff from around the world to serve their international clientele. Interviews are usually held in London each September, however for candidates based outside the UK, interviews will be conducted over Skype. Successful candidates will be required in Val d’Isere from December.
* Snow loving wait staff, chefs, receptionists, breakfast hosts and bar tenders can each find a place in Switzerland’s Ski Lodge Engelberg. Most positions require German and English. Hotel Hoheneck may also have some vacancies.
* Billed as the ‘dance floor on top of the world’ La Folie Douce is one of Europe’s most famous après-ski bars in Europe. Represented in each of Val d’Isere-Tignes, Val Thorens, Meribel-Courchevel, St Gervais-Megeve and Alpe d’Huez, they take on numerous staff including cashiers, kitchen assistants, admin staff, security, writers, dancers and DJs.
* Chalet accommodation is sparser in the upmarket Austrian ski resort of Kitzbuhel, Austria. Guests are more likely to stay in hotels such as the Grand Tirolia. Ski Austria lists more hotels in the resort and, while you are there, read this article on the realities of looking for work in an Austrian ski resort. A few situations vacant are listed here too.
* 600 kilometres of piste make the Three Valleys the largest ski area in the world, and a happy hunting ground for ski job seekers. Courchevel, Meribel and Val Thorens are the biggest resorts in the area but La Tania and St Martin de Belleville might also be worth a look-see. Consensio needs employees to staff their luxury chalets in both Courchevel, Meribel, and two other resorts elsewhere in the French Alps, while Meriski focuses its efforts on the one resort. Fill in the online application to be considered for a job with them. This accommodation directory with contact details and locations in Val Thorens might divvy up a few leads there. Courchnet has both advice on working and a jobs page for those hoping to join the 4000 season workers that make Courchevel their home each year. Powder White, Alpine Escape, Ski Magic and Supertravel are some of the employers that might be paying your wages there next season.
* Chalet jobs in Les Gets, a family friendly French village a few minutes away from the livelier Morzine, can be found with Rush Adventures, VIP Chalets, Reach 4 the Alps, Host Savoie and Mountain & Tradition. Hotel Christiania advertises its vacancies via JustJobs247.
* Cold Fusion Chalets is largest operator of singles ski and solo snowboard holidays in the French Alps, promising a family and child free environment in all of their ski chalets in Chamonix, Morzine and Les Houches. There’s no employment information on their site but their staffing requirements and rewards are profiled on JustJobs247.
* A few years ago the Daily Telegraph ran a few articles on doing a season in Val d’Isere, officially the number one ski resort for British skiers, and home to the biggest presence of British tour operators in the world. These include Scott Dunn, Ski Weekend, Flexiski, SkiWorld, Ski Total, Inghams, Le Ski, and Ski Olympic. Le Chardon Mountain Lodges, who operate five traditionally designed luxury ski in / ski out chalets, put together an impressive recruitment brochure to entice the 35 staff they need each year. Other nationalities visit the resort too. Danish company Nortlander, for instance, hires guides, bar staff and chefs. Valdinet also has more advice on finding work in the resort, along with a jobs page, while Vie Val d’Is is an association for season workers living in Val d’Isère.
* A smart title for an unsophisticated chore of a job, the plongeur essentially does the washing up. Foreign languages are generally unnecessary – if you could speak French you wouldn’t have fallen for the fancy job title, would you? YSE hire four plongeurs in Val d’Isère, combining the role with chauffeuring their guests around the French ski resort.
* Don’t ignore the Pyrenees when looking for work in a European ski resort. Transitions Abroad has some information on working in Andorra.
* Experienced drivers, preferably licenced to drive a minibus, can find work taking holiday makers between the airport and their ski resort destination. Alpybus driver positions are based in Geneva, Chamonix, Morzine and Verbier, the last of which comes with accommodation. Mountain Drop-offs also serves Chamonix and Morzine from Geneva airport. Try also Chamexpress. Large tour operators also often recruit their own dedicated driving staff but we’ve picked a smaller company, Zenith Holidays, to highlight their resort driver position. MorzineLets also hire airport transfer drivers.