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Ski Season on its way

message posted 24-Oct-08 16:05:25
Its that time of year again, so for you younger chefs out there, with no commitments here is some info for you.

With the first snows of winter already falling from the French Alps to the Scottish Cairngorms, resorts across Europe are gearing up for the ski season.

So if you fancy sloping off this winter, now is the time to snap up a seasonal job, with positions available for hotel reps, bar staff, waiters, chefs, managers, nannies, drivers, masseurs, handymen, housekeepers, porters and even plongeurs - that's washer-uppers to you and me!

These jobs often run from mid-November until April but some start in January and February and, according to Moira Clarke of Esprit Holidays: "The nature of ski jobs means someone is always breaking something or having to drop out, so there is a constant trickle of new jobs available through the season."

You won't make your fortune working in a ski resort. You will be expected to work up to 60 hours a week and pay can be as little as 50 per week for a general job in a hotel or chalet, or up to around 150 for a rep.

But if you join one of the leading ski companies, this will just be part of a package which will include free travel, accommodation and food, ski equipment, insurance and often a free ski pass for the season, which can be worth thousands of pounds. In many jobs, you can also expect to top up your salary with tips.

So who's recruiting? Esprit and sister company Total Holidays say many jobs, including elves assisting Santa Claus in Lapland, have gone but there are still vacancies in France, Switzerland, Austria and Italy for qualified staff including chefs, housekeepers and nannies at Crystal Holidays, Thomson Ski and First Choice each require about 1,500 staff for hotels, chalets and apartments in more than 140 resorts across 14 countries, ranging from those aimed at families and beginners on learn-to-ski packages to resorts for advanced skiers and boarders. Visit

Independent ski company Skiworld employs about 370 staff each season and says competition is fierce for jobs in resorts across Europe and North America. Go to for details.

Inghams, which has specialised in ski holidays for 75 years, is now recruiting resort managers and reps as well as a wide range of chalet and hotel staff. Visit for more info.

All these positions and more will be on show at a jobs fair this Saturday at the Novotel West London, in Hammersmith, from 11am until 4pm.

The jobs exhibition, which is to run alongside the Metro Ski and Snowboard Show at Olympia, has been organised by ski recruitment website, which says visitors will be able to meet employers to discuss various job options. Visit for more details.

This fair is followed by the British Ski And Board Show, which comes to Birmingham NEC on October 31 from noon until 8pm as well as November 1 and 2 from10am until 6pm. Visit

Prepare well to survive the season

Winter as a "saisonnier" isn't all fun, so here are some top tips on surviving from

Burn-out: It's tempting to ski all day and party all night but, when you have got to get up at 7am six days a week, this can lead to burn-out. Avoid this by having an occasional night in.

Mid-season blues: It's hard to believe but a routine in a ski resort is still a routine. Keep the blues at bay with variety - use your day off to visit the nearest town, try snowshoeing or telemarking.

Day Off: You only get one a week, so use it wisely with a big lie-in or a big ski day. Don't get drunk the night before!

Changeover Day: The worst of the week. A 20-hour day with lost luggage, avalanches, traffic jams and lost lift-pass photos.

Take food and a good read!

Gossip: This is the lifeblood of the ski workers' world, so don't expect to have a private life!

message posted 14-Nov-08 03:37:14
150?? per week u must be joking ? i from Ukraine , bat i am a resedent in the uk , is it hard to get a visa?? i am a freelance chef and thinking of going to france for a month or 2 . .is it worth it .I beng on ur websaite , coz i thought i know ur face . sorry my speling is not verry good et , bing liveng here 7 yers now.
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