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Hi,

 

Im looking for some advice. Im from the UK and have just finished University. I have always wanted to do a ski season. I've skied mammoth, Tahoe, and the vail resorts in summit county a number of time when younger, and much prefer it to Europe. However due to needing a visa it seems like it'll be a lot harder! Due to the number of resorts im leaning towards summit county, I have also heard that brek has some of the best resort nightlife?? (At 21 this is fairly important smile.gif) .... please correct me if im wrong!! 

 

Does anyone have any advice of which companies to go through in order to get a visa/ jobs? This appears to be the biggest problem for someone from the UK, and I cant find a huge amount on the web about others that have done it. I have good bar work experience and this is ideally what id love to do as the hours would give me loads of ski time. However i know these are likely to be popular. 

 

Accommodation wise, how hard is it at these types of resorts? Honestly I really dont care what the place is like, spending as little money on it as possible would be ideal. 

 

Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

 

Thanks 

post #2 of 8

You would have a much easier time of it work visa-wise if you expanded your region to include Canadian resorts.  As I understand it there is much less problem in getting permission to work or stay in Canada since you both have the same queen.  Ours retired yesterday, by the way.

 

If you're looking to ski hard and party down for an entire season then Whistler is a perfect match for you.  People will say it rains, and it does, but if you're there for the season you'll be able to slough off a few damp days to be there for the much more frequent incredible ones, and nobody in North America can rival the W/B terrain.  Also, the nightlife scene is beyond comprehension.

post #3 of 8

Most of the major resorts have a ton of employees from outside the US these days... and they make it easy by taking care of the visa issues for you.  I know Vail does this.

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The resorts have to arrange the working visas, as they are the employers.  You can't just wander into a foreign country and get a job!   There's two main types of working visa for working in ski resorts... if you are enrolled in full time study (Uni or technical training), you can get quite a good visa... you have to go through companies set up for this but the advantage is you're not tied to one employer. These are J1 visas.

 

The other sort is the H2B, short-term seasonal skilled workers. The resort has to arrange these, and you are tied to that employer only, doing the occupation listed on the visa.

 

If you check the Jobs bit of the website of the resorts you're interested in, and find the bit about International Applicants, that will tell you what their process is. 

 

The visa processes are usually reciprocal, too. So the requirements for a UK person working in the US will mirror the requirements for a US person wanting to work in the UK.  

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Originally Posted by Posaune View Post

You would have a much easier time of it work visa-wise if you expanded your region to include Canadian resorts.  As I understand it there is much less problem in getting permission to work or stay in Canada since you both have the same queen.  Ours retired yesterday, by the way.

 

If you're looking to ski hard and party down for an entire season then Whistler is a perfect match for you.  People will say it rains, and it does, but if you're there for the season you'll be able to slough off a few damp days to be there for the much more frequent incredible ones, and nobody in North America can rival the W/B terrain.  Also, the nightlife scene is beyond comprehension.


I second this recommendation. There are a lot of young people from the commonwealth (mostly Aussies) working at ski resorts in Canada.

 

I have skied both Vail/BC and Whistler, and I definitely prefer the skiing at Whistler.

 

Of all the resorts in North America, Whistler probably has the best night life.

 

The downsides include coastal weather, crowds and expense. 

 

post #6 of 8

Except for the weather, Whistler is a good choice.  I would say that Jackson Hole could rival Whistler.  I had a lot of fun when I worked at Whistler.  That was a long time ago, but I am sure it has only gotten better.  Lots of social activity and plenty of work too.

post #7 of 8

I agree that Whistler is probably the best fit for what you're looking for.  Definitely has the best night life skewing towards an even younger crowd than Breckenridge.

post #8 of 8

I've worked with quite a few Brits/Irish/SoAmers over the past 2 seasons. Several of these folks participated in some program where they got a visa, came to the States in November, were guaranteed a job, actually trained for the job, and also given housing. The program also included them getting their Level 1 ski or board certification and in some cases also their Level 2 during the season. HOWEVER....it's a pretty expensive program, as I recall (at least a couple of grand U.S.).

 

I'll ask around and find out what it's called.

 

Another option is New Zealand. They also have similar programs (a buddy of mine from the States participated in one, which included him getting a visa, a job, and Level 1 and 2 snowboard and Level 1 ski certifications, all the while he was working as an instructor).

 

That said, dig around on the resort sites. They will have information about jobs/hiring as well as visas,

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