Hi, Im looking to do a ski season as part of a gap year and don't really know how to go about it
Ive heard about chalet hosts working anything from 6 to 14 hour days with terrible pay.
If anyone has done a ski season or knows the best way for an 18 year old to have a sick season, whether it be chalet hosting or instructing etc... then any advice would be greatly appreciated!
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- Thread Starter
- 26-01-2015 23:41
- 29-01-2015 20:04
I went through applying to ski seasons last year and had 3 job offers (unfortunately i didn't get my results so i couldn't take my gap year as planned). One thing I'd say is if you want an easy well paid job then working through a season is probably not for you. The other option is going out there and just chilling, or BASI ski instructor courses (which are very pricey). I applied to work as a chalet host for thompson (who own crystal ski), iglu-ski, and mark warner. The applications are all pretty standard really, but obviously phone their recruitment service if you need help or have questions before you apply. As far as I can remember the chalet assistant job I was offered paid me around £100 a week (which for the hours really is not much) BUT with most of the companies you get ski hire, lift pass, accomodation and food included. So really the only thing you need money for is socialising/drinking-which is also cheaper than standard for seasonairres. From what I gather you pretty much spend all your pay, but not a lot more than that per week. Also you tend to get tips too!
If you're chalet staff a general work-day will be: Breakfast/tidying 7am-11am, then you wont need to be back in the chalet will around 4pm (obvs this varies a fair bit but from talking to seasonairres thats a rough idea) so you tend to get a fair few skiing hours in.
There are tons of different jobs you can apply for- hotel assistant, childcare, chalet host, chalet assistant, kitchen porter etc. http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/showthread.php?t=346509 this thread has tons of info on the different jobs.
North america/canada is worth considering, but a lot of their companies want staff to be over 21.
In general the life of a young person on a ski season is hard work, epic friends, skiing every-day, lots of booze, and crap pay. So it depends really if you think its worth it!