Ski Resort Jobs Abroad

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Alliance Abroad Group GUARANTEES a 6-12 month PAID hospitality job BEFORE you land in Australia. How do we do it? We have a great team in Australia and the US that have established excellent relationships with leading Australian hotels and resorts. We also ensure you are taken care of every step of the way. We help with your visa, housing and even organize Meet Ups with other AAG participants i...


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Paid jobs programmes all around Spain in Hospitality Management, Teaching English, etc. You won't get rich, but you will earn enough to cover basic expenses. Paid Job Placement: From 1 month - No maximum stay! * Eligibility: EU members, USA, Australia, Canada, Japan, South Korea. * Required Level: All levels welcome, from initial. * Affordable accommodations in shared apartments from 2...


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Our Work & Travel Canada program gives U.S. college students or recent graduates a chance to experience the beauty of our northern neighbor while earning money throughout the year. Start with an arrival orientation in Vancouver or Toronto and continue with job support throughout your program. If you already have a job in mind we can also help you organize your 12-month working holiday visa! ...


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BUNAC's Work Australia program offers you the opportunity for the trip of a lifetime. Choose from 2 support packages based on the level of support in this beautiful country. Work Australia is a program authorized by the Australian Government to allow young Americans (aged 18-30) to work in Australia for up to 12 months. Australia, one of the largest and most beautiful countries in the world,...


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Work a ski season in New Zealand this winter and claim the ultimate bragging rights. With a guaranteed job interview prior to departure and Smaller Earth assistance throughout the whole process, participants can arrive in New Zealand confident and ready for their next big adventure. Small Earth has plenty of job opportunities for the summer season, too. With start dates throughout the fall a...


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China has captivated the minds of people around the world for thousands of years. In recent decades, China has been widely acknowledged as a global powerhouse, from cultural exports to business prowess, from the fine arts to technology. Chinese organizations have long understood the value of foreign employees for enhancing the effectiveness of their work. With an increasing number of multinatio...


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Responsibility for the daily supervision and instruction of a small group of children in an international ski camp environment. In addition to instructing a daily programme of skiing and snowboarding, counselors will participate in a programme of evening activities, supervise meals and be assigned to some wake-up, lights-out and other duties. All staff must be a role model to the children, act ...


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USEH International offers paid culinary internship and traineeship opportunities in the United States. The program will allow participants to have a rotation within the Culinary Department, where they will be able to see applications in different outlets, including Main Kitchen, Banquet Kitchen, and Inventory. Placements are based on the interns' experience and interest areas, such as hot kitch...


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Have you always wanted to live abroad but never knew where to start? The Language House helps you turn dreams into reality by guiding you from a rough idea thru to a solid action plan to actually carrying out that plan. Why continue to put off having the life you really want? Don't postpone joy, come and join us. The Job Abroad Coaching Package is designed for those who want to live and work ab...


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The Working Holiday in Canada program offers you the chance to experience beautiful, natural Canada including ski hills, modern cities, vibrant multiculturalism, wilderness and the highest quality of living in the world. Whether you start in Toronto, Calgary, Montreal or Vancouver you will always discover something new and exciting like the Olympic ski runs, Niagara falls or the Calgary Stamped...


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If you LOVE to ski then this is the program for you! Our Swiss programmes run in beautiful, picturesque villages in the Alps. Our current locations are; Verbier, Grimentz, Saas-Fee and Zermatt. They allow you to train, qualify and work all in the same season. After two orientation days you will train at world-class resorts then once you are ready you'll take your level 1 exam. Our qualifica...


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International Recruitment Exchange Services, Inc is recruiting for Food & Beverage and Front Office departments for well-known hotels in Key West, Florida, Aspen, Colorado, and New Jersey.


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Connecting Worlds specializes in organizing gap year opportunities in Argentina. A gap year is perfect for recently graduated students from high school or college who want to experience a different culture. Students who sign up to one of the programs has the opportunity to experience a true cultural exchange, stay with local people and gain practical experience during their stay in Argentina. P...

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Ski Resort Jobs Abroad

Fancy hitting the slopes daily for a season? Whether you are a freestyler, a free rider, or just a snowplougher, working abroad at a ski resort will allow you to spend months carving down some incredible hills AND get paid for it. There are as many different kinds of experiences as there are people when it comes to ski resorts abroad, it all depends on the job, the company, and the location you choose to go for. There is one thing for sure: if you love winter sports, living and working abroad at a ski resort is absolutely worth doing at least.

Why Work Abroad at a Ski Resort

Unless you live on a mountain top in the middle of epic ski country, chances are your love for the mountains hasn’t equated to an address in the mountains (quite yet). Now is your opportunity to not only become a more adept skier or snowboarder, but to also mix it up with an international friend group, too. If you’re anything like me, then you might secretly be hoping your mere presence around talented winter-sport-enthusiasts will be contagious/rub off on you (it can only help, right?!).

Afterall, the powder of Argentina may pale in comparison to that of northern Canada. There are many mountains to be conquered, and it can’t be done if you continue to sit on your ski bum instead of truly becoming a ski bum!


There are five major destinations to consider when looking for ski resort jobs abroad. Each of which have well-established work abroad programs and positions that can broadly be broken down into four main categories: operations, resort services, hospitality, and snowsports. Almost any job abroad at a ski resort will require a particular set of qualifications and experience, which will vary according to each role. Nevertheless, all applicants should have a competent grasp of the English language that allows them to communicate clearly with co-workers and guests alike. The most popular destinations to work in ski resorts abroad include the following:

Australia. Known as one of the largest and most beautiful countries in the world, Australia offers an exciting and diverse environment for work, travel, and exploration. Most ski resorts in Australia are located in the mountain ranges surrounding New South Wales and Victoria. Even though ski resorts are smaller in Australia in comparison to other countries, getting a job as lift operator or instructing snowsports will be far easier than in the European Alps, for instance. The ski season lasts from about June to October, and recruitment always starts as early as December or January. 

New Zealand. For those who love spectacular mountain ranges as well as glaciers, the Southern Alps in the South Island of Aotearoa are some of the most beautiful ranges in the world to find ski resort jobs abroad. Most staff working at Treble Cone and Cardrona reside in Wanaka town, while Queenstown is the main town for getting at Coronet Peak and the Remarkables. There are a couple of belters to the South of the North Island, but living costs are much higher. When it comes to ski jobs in New Zealand, positions are usually in retail, hospitality, catering, private lessons, and lift operating. One of the greatest advantages of working abroad in Australia is the Working Holiday Visa, which is a multiple-entry visa.

Japan. Strewn with excellent winter resorts (over 600!) and an abundance of reliable snow, Japan is one of the top ten countries for winter sports in the world. The ski season starts around December and runs until March, and great skiing conditions can be found specifically in the mountainous areas of Honshu and Hokkaido. However, Japan is not a cheap destination to live abroad in by any means, and it is much more difficult to find a ski resort job in Japan than in the U.S. or Europe. Nevertheless, there are still a handful of worthwhile ski resort job opportunities.

North America. Every year, some of the best ski resort staff in the world provide some of the best services in fantastic facilities throughout North America. For this reason, and the fabulous snow, ski resorts in both Canada and USA are extremely popular and plentiful, providing opportunities for foreigners to work in thousands of shops, restaurants, and bars as well as in positions as rental assistants, lift operators and snowsport instructors. However, most ski-related jobs in North America are only available during the winter season, and many require applicants to be enrolled at either college or university and between the ages of 18 and 30. Still, there are some ski resorts that actively recruit for the winter and summer season, which can be a great option for those who are looking for a gap year experience in North America. 

Europe. European mountains attract thousands of tourist each season. Skiers, snowboarders, and snow lovers from all around the world choose Europe as one of their favorite winter destinations, and thanks to that, plenty of ski resort job opportunities are available for both locals and foreign workers annually. Massive resorts in France are probably the best place to find a ski resort job in Europe, but Switzerland also enthusiastically welcomes foreigners, with great job opportunities for snowsports instructors.

Ski Resort Jobs Abroad

The vast majority of available ski resort jobs abroad are casual and seasonal in nature, coming about as the seasons change across the world. The most common types of ski resort employment range from those that are highly outdoors, such as snowsports instructors, lift operators, ski patrollers, snowmakers, and car park attendants, to more indoors oriented, like retail shops, guest services, child-care workers, bar attendants, kitchen staff, and receptionists. Depending on the nature of the position, some ski resort jobs abroad will require past experience or educational background. At the very least, international workers will need the obvious skills to carry out ski resort jobs, such as the ability to ski or customer service skills.

In general, ski resorts jobs tend to pay foreign workers competitive salaries (enough to get around and enjoy life abroad). Keep in mind: you will be on the clock for eight hours a day, six days of the week in most cases, so choose your work carefully to avoid becoming a stalagmite if you are too sensitive to the cold.

Accommodation & Visas

Most ski resort jobs provide subsidized accommodation, ski passes, and even subsidized meals. Although each resort will offer various benefits for employees, depending on the type of job that is being performed, usually the latter three are a given.

Whether a working visa is required will depend on the country you decide to work abroad in and your country of origin. Luckily, information for international applicants, visa information will always be provided by their employer or work abroad program provider. Furthermore, most employers or program providers will help facilitate employee’s paperwork related to visas (though sometimes at an additional cost).

If a working holiday visa, or any type of visa for that matter, is needed, it is better to start all required paperwork as soon as possible. Application processing is an average of three months for most ski resort jobs abroad, so you should definitely not leave everything for the last minute!

Benefits & Challenges

While working abroad at a ski resort, you will learn a great deal about the ski resort industry itself, from the gear required to the way ski resorts are run. Additionally, many ski resort employees have access to free ski/snowboard lessons or simply free access to the slopes. No matter what your skill level upon arrival, you will surely up your skiing or snowboarding skills while working abroad at a ski resort. You will likely also have the opportunity to travel to other ski resorts in the area, getting even more practice on the slopes, not to mention you can travel for fun to any number of neighboring locations for the simple purpose of exploration.

Overall, working at ski resorts abroad will give you the chance to become part of a close-knit community, gain great life experience, have fun, ski until you drop, and make some friendships that will last a lifetime.

Of course, there are downsides to working abroad at ski resorts. Regardless of the job you choose, whether you become a lift operator, food and beverage attendant, retail salesperson, or ski instructor, there will likely be hard work to be done, especially during busy holiday weekends. Sometimes it will be necessary for you to stay extra-hours or even work on your day off; however, the good news is that extra-hours are usually very well paid!

If you have gotten this far then you probably already know that skiing and snowboarding are two of the greatest winter sports on the planet! So, if you want to get to ride the pow like a pro, what are you waiting for? There are definitely more pros than cons when it comes to ski resort jobs abroad, and now is the perfect time to start looking for the perfect position for you!

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