Ski Resort Employment Resources
In the northern hemisphere the summer sun is still some way off beating down on us with any concentrated intensity. The duvet is still on the bed and winter coats still in use – well, they are in Northern Ireland anyway. Nonetheless, recruitment for the ski season is already under way.
Ski resort employers often post their vacancies to the 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.
Ski Resort Jobs
We spent a lot of time a few years ago collecting a big list of ideas for working abroad, including in ski resorts, and update those links every year for this page. So, in no particular order, perhaps some of these links and leads might prove helpful to you for finding work next winter (though please note some of the organisations listed below might not yet have updated their employment information from the previous season and uncertain times mean information correct at the time of writing can change in an instant):
* 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. Pub Mont Fort is currently closed due to covid but in better years invited 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. They should start recruiting in the next couple of weeks via www.workaseason.com. More vacancies in the resort can be found listed on Verbinet. Some of the businesses we had listed here previously are no longer around but Mira Chalet Services, who we had down as known to hire a gardener and resort assistant, still seem to be a going concern. Their site is in French.
* A family run luxury holiday company, Simply Morzine recruit chefs, hosts, reps, drivers and maintenance staff for winter and summer season employment with the promise you will be treated as an individual not a number. Their invite to join Team Simply is here. More chalet staff can earn their living with AliKats Mountain Holidays. They usually advertise in JAB but when we checked their website were still displaying info from the last normal season.
* We had Riders Refuge as a candidate for having a few vacancies for chefs. Their website seems a little out of date so their Facebook might be a better line of investigation. Restaurant Le Clin d’Oeil and Mountain Spaces might need chefs too. Mountain Spaces also list a few places in Morzine that nannies might wish to check out. Jack and Jill Holidays look for mature candidates with a bit of life experience for chalet host and transfer driver roles. SeeMorzine.com and Morzine Avoriaz can be used to research the resort, or just go directly to this jobs page and see if you have better luck than us. We found Hunter Chalets there, which list their staffing requirements here.
* Chalet jobs in Les Gets, a family friendly French village a few minutes away from the livelier Morzine, may be found with Rush Adventures, VIP Chalets, and Mountain & Tradition. The later provides a handy guide to working a season and allows other companies to use their jobs pages too. Host Savoie was included amongst those three businesses but for the moment has blanked out, but not removed, their join us page. Hotel Christiania advertises its vacancies via JustJobs247. Reach 4 the Alps have made all their chalets self catering, reducing their staff needs, but they may need someone to drive a minibus around the resort on occasion and do airport transfers.
* 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 Snow Trippin hunting for chalet staff to work a season in the 3 Valleys here.
* 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 over Skype each September. Successful candidates will be required in Val d’Isere from mid November.
* 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.
* 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 resorts including Val d’Isere, Val Thorens, Meribel, 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. Ski Austria lists hotels in the resort and, while you are there, read this article on the realities of looking for work in an Austrian ski resort.
* 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. Of those, and the clue is in the name, Meriski focuses its efforts on Meribel. 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 a jobs page for those hoping to join the 4000 season workers that make Courchevel their home each year. Alpine Escape and Ski Magic are two of the employers that might be paying your wages there next season.
* Cold Fusion Chalets is the 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. They now have employment information on their site but also use JustJobs247.
* A few years ago the Daily Telegraph ran a few articles on doing a season in Val d’Isere, (sign up now required to read) 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 Weekends, Flexiski, SkiWorld, Inghams, Le Ski, and Ski Olympic.
* Le Chardon Mountain Lodges, who operates five traditionally designed luxury ski in / ski out chalets, used to put together an impressive recruitment brochure to entice the staff they need each year. We couldn’t find it this year but they still need staff. Other nationalities visit Val d’Isère too. Danish company Nortlander, for instance, hires guides, bar staff and chefs. The website seems to be only in Danish now so how we know this, I can’t remember. SeeValdIsere has 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 may need 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, while MorzineLets hires airport transfer drivers.
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