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.
While those looking to spend a couple of weeks whizzing up and down mountains and in and out of bars have plenty of time before they need to book their hols, those of us wanting a job in Europe's ski resorts have to start acting now.
Last Friday we highlighted working in summer camps but other countries also have summer camps but with the focus for participants centred more on learning English rather than sports and outdoor activities.
A camp counsellor has been described as a "cross between a teacher and a big brother or sister." Your main role will be to keep the children safe and occupied for as long as they are awake, while those that don’t want to work directly with children may be able to find work in the background in catering, cleaning or maintenance positions.
There are two main ways to get a job before you go caring for children in a ski resort. Find work through an au pair or nanny agency or get yourself hired by a tour operator or chalet company.
Unlike most other ski tour operators PGL don’t offer full season ski employment. The maximum work period is four weeks with most reps choosing to sandwich in a couple of weeks’ work in between their normal employment.
Though the summer season has not long started it is already time to start thinking about snow covered mountains and what they can do to please the bank manager.
Les Elfes organise spring, summer and winter camps in Switzerland for children and teenagers aged eight to 18.