I just graduated university and after doing 4 ski seasons in the US and one in NZ I figured that I needed one more before I get a real grown up people's job. I moved to Germany with my boyfriend and we're staying with his parents while we apply for jobs at ski resorts in Austria. The problem is that good jobs appear to be few and far between. Here is what we seem to be finding:
- In Austria people who work in hospitality are mainly employed by hotels, your accommodation is part of your pay and they give you free food which is great, but they expect you to work 6 days a week and 8 hours per shift. This is more than a full time job and very different from my experiences in the US and NZ, where you can get part time jobs or job where you work lots over Christmas but relatively little over the rest of the season. The main reason for going to Austria is to snowboard as much as possible, working this much leaves very little time for getting on the mountain. Ideally I'd like to work 4 or 5 days a week and only in the afternoons and evenings.
- There aren't many cheap places to live in Austrian ski resorts. I haven't been able to find any cheap apartments on or really close to the mountain, it seems that you have to work for a hotel if you want to live close to the mountain.
- I'm also worried that with all this work everyone will be doing there's going to be hardly any local scene, perhaps mainly tourists?
Has anyone out there done one or a few seasons in Europe and maybe want to give some advice? I really like to snowboard as much as possible. In the past I've been able to go every day or at least 5 days a week, this is what I'm looking for but it appears is not a simple task here... (I am not qualified and do not want to be a ski instructor)
I also heard that you are not allowed to go off piste in a lot of places in Europe, what is the deal with that? Do they do any avalanche bombing? Do they have good tree runs? Do they have chutes and stuff or can we only really ski groomers? I'd really like to improve my german, but not by working 50 hours a week and missing all the skiing.
Edited by mediumbuildkev - 12/15/11 at 6:52am