Ski Jobs in Canada
The ski season in Canada is a massive draw for tourists from all over the world, including the USA, Japan and Europe. Canadians love to make the most of their amazing natural resources too, and during the winter, between December and April the resorts are full of skiers and snowboarders.
The kind of jobs available during the ski season include lift operators, janitors, food and beverage staff, guest services, equipment rental and repair, day care, ticket checking, parking attendants, cashiers, retail staff, room attendants and of course ski and snowboard instructors.
Many resorts have recruitment fairs in Canadian cities during October or November, so it’s important to time your arrival to coincide with the start of the recruitment period.
Most positions require you to have some experience in the relevant field - whether its just customer services or catering. If you want to work as a ski or snowboard instructor, you will need to have the relevant qualifications.
The provinces with the largest number of ski resorts include Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario and Québec. These are the places where you are most likely to find work. As an employee of one of the big ski resorts you can expect to have low pay and shared accommodation. However, you can also expect a discount on ski passes, subsidised accommodation and food, as well as an active social life! So if you are there for the love of the snow, rather than the need to earn lots of money you’ll be fine.
Ski Work With A Tour Operator
Instead of heading off into the great unknown of Canada with nothing but a work permit and your skis in hand, you could apply for a job with a tour operator before you leave the UK. The benefits of getting work this way is that you get your accommodation, transport, ski pass, uniform and wages all included in the package. Ideally you should speak a second language, German or French is especially useful. A number of British package holiday operators have employment opportunities in their Canadian resorts during the winter.