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post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 

Hey guys,


Firstly my name is Josh i am 23. I work as a roof plumber in Perth, Australia.I am leaving for Europe in june and will be coming to Canada later on this year (possibly november -december).Does anyone know the best time come to Canada for a ski sesson?



My partner and myself( she is 23 also) are looking at working on a mountain for a ski season. We have not really ski'd or snow boarded before. I have been looking at possibly staying at Big White,Silver Star or Whistler.Does anyone have any recommondations for what would be best for begginers?


I have been in construction nearly eight years and my partner has been in hosptality six.i would need a job if i was to stay a seasson.But i dont really know where to look or how to go about the hole situation.Can someone please give me some advice if there is much work and how hard is it go get a job, and also how to go about getting one lol.


Also is there alot of accomadation and how hard is it to get?


I have still got alot of time to prepare.


If anyone had any advice or head me in the right direction that would be great.


Thanks heaps Josh ;)

post #2 of 15

I'm not sure about the labor laws in Canada, but you could check with a few resorts to see if they have openings for general services, food service or lift operations. 

post #3 of 15

I don't have time for a detailed reply but I just wanted to say in Canada we would not be able to operate our ski resorts if it were not for the Aussies and Kiwis(and to a lesser extent Brits and Europeans) that come here to work for the winter.  Many are on a year long working holiday where they are travelling around the world before going to university or starting to work.

Many resorts in Canada have job fairs each season - both on line and in person, to find workers.  many of these jobs are very low wage but usually come with subidised housing and with two people sharing it would be better.  The perks are usually ski lessons and free skiing and sometimes subsidized food.  An email to the personnel department at the resorts will give you an idea of when they do there hiring and the process.

If you check with local Aussie forums they may have better advice - possibly Lonely Planet forums may have some info.

If you have some kind of skill such as carpentry, mechanics or better yet millwright or lift mechanics, you can usually get better pay than working as a liftee or food server.

If you come, I hope you enjoy



post #4 of 15

Whistler, Whistler, Whistler.


Start looking applying now for next season. Canada labor laws allow Ozzies to work for three (?) years, same as Canadian citizen. Whistler because it is big and lots of job opportunities and it is near Vancouver, for more job opportunities if you don't land a Whistler job. Whistler also has a substantial year round business.

post #5 of 15



As you are both under 30 you can get a "working holiday program visa" which allows you to work in canada for 2 years. It can take a couple of months to organise so get onto it.


It is easiest to get season accomodation and a job around the end of November, although often the snow doesn't get good until a while later. Unless you have two heads you will have no problem getting a job in somewhere like whistler. It is a little harder to get a job that lets you ski a lot, ie an evening job etc.


Have a look on the aussie ski forums http://forums.ski.com.au/forums

There are lots of threads on there which will answer your questions

post #6 of 15
Thread Starter 

Sorry for the late reply. I thought that the website would foward an email if anyone replied to my post.


Thank you for your advice and infomation. i have been speaking to some people and i am heading towards Whistler.

post #7 of 15
Tremblant is great for beginners their ski school is amazing
post #8 of 15
Also Montreal Is about an hour away and very fun . You also don't need to speak French I'm American and I get by fine going there the week after New Years for 3 years now
post #9 of 15

Isn't the entire country of Australia overflowing with folks that spent a season or two working at a Canadian ski resort biggrin.gif?

post #10 of 15
Originally Posted by yuik View Post

Also Montreal Is about an hour away and very fun . You also don't need to speak French I'm American and I get by fine going there the week after New Years for 3 years now

Montreal is fine but Tremblant (more like 2.5 hours away) isn't, you need French to survive in town because the chances you'll find anyone who can communicate in English outside the resort is slim to none.
post #11 of 15

in montreal ? i never had a problem but i guess i look friendly and i selectively choose who i will ask things to.   actually there was one sports bar (a boston pizza which was odd to see in canada), where only one server knew english roughly. lucky for us the gave us her and we got buy. 

also having been to moscow for a half a day when our friend who spoke russian was sick in the hotel was interesting considering no one spoke english. we were able to buy things and got by with drawing pictures and pointing. It was a fun experience but it may get old after a week or so. 

post #12 of 15
Originally Posted by yuik View Post

in montreal ?

No, in the towns up north around Tremblant, the vast majority really don't speak any English.
post #13 of 15
Originally Posted by jzmtl View Post

No, in the towns up north around Tremblant, the vast majority really don't speak any English.

Are they seasonal homes or do people really live there year round?
post #14 of 15
Regular small towns like any other in the south, lol.
post #15 of 15

Also coming from Australia the -10 or so temperatures that are the lowest he'll find at Whistler will be MUCH more palatable than the consistent -30 he'll find out east.


Not to mention the snow is infinitely better.

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