Yes I did search. Yes I did find, but what I found was either old, or not actually all that helpful with regards to my question, so here's another skiing for life / prioritising skiing and work thread! (It's better than continuous rants about how fat / thin / stupid our skis are getting ).
I've just started my penultimate year of university... in the UK (problem number one) and have pretty much come to the conclusion that unless my work is either directly in the Ski industry, or in a ski area, then I won't consider it worth doing.
Which gives me until the Summer of 2014 to ensure that I've got enough work experience on my CV to make a permanent life in the mountains a reality. As of now I'm unsure what exactly I'd be interested in, so I'm just asking for any tips with regards to what skills and abilities / work experience come in most handy as far as the industry and resorts are concerned. I'm doing a history degree (which, before you laugh, is probably one of the more / the most respected humanity to be studying in the UK), which does give me a decent chance with pretty much all sectors except for those that are purely science orientated.
Following JoeUT's input I thought I should add this:
I'm currently applying, on my own and through my university to pretty much all managerial and admin schemes / experiences / jobs in my area, in which I already have a small amount of experience.
Otherwise, the techy course is supposed to make finding entry level work a little bit easier, but I am really interested in tuning, gear and manufacture in general.
I'm not really a hospitality/catering/let's-be-fucking-nice-to-everyone kind of guy, and I think that's the only direction I'm not interested in.
I'm not too fussed about money, skiing is priority number one after a bed and a shower. Nor am I opposed to being a ski bum for a few years. Sure, in the long term I'd like a bit of money, but just to be clear, I'm a little bit odd (in the head) - Skiing is *the* priority, it has always been so, and it will always remain so. I daydream I'm skiing pow whilst walking anywhere, whilst I'm waiting in line I start leaning on edges that aren't there, it's all I think about and all I have thought about for the last few years. That is to say that children will not - ever - get in the way of it.
That last paragraph was just there to disparage the 'Get a decent job first and then think about how you'll go skiing', or those 'you'll think different later in life' comments. I'm skiing. Don't even mention the 'F'* word.
So yes, any tips on what sort of dry-land work I should apply for, employers in resorts or any part of the industry are looking for, would be very, very appreciated. I spent a lot of my summer volunteering with several Snowsports charities, attending a ski technicians course in November and am fluent in German, so I guess those are already a couple of things that'll help, but they're only a start.
Cheers for any help,
Edited by Lukas - 9/28/12 at 1:40pm