Gday mateys. In October I'm heading over to Canada from Aus to do my first ski season. I've been studying and working for the last 5/6 years and this is sort of my travel present to myself at the end of it all. I have my Canadian work permit approved and a one way flight to vancouver, and that's about all the solid planning that has been done.
I'm thinking of heading to revelstoke, and getting there a month or so before the ski season starts to try and get set up with a room and hopefully a job.
However, I'm indecisive about the whole job situation. After trawling through forums it seems the general consensus is not to get a job with the resort because then you'll be working when you want to be skiing. I'm just a bit worried about turning up and not being able to find a job in town. My questions to anyone with any experience or opinions are:
1. How much money would I need to have saved to get through a season without having any income? (I mean this in a sense of everyday expenses - at least things like insurance, gear, and lift passes can be added up and sorted out before I arrive)
2. If you have done a season at revie, what was the job market like?
I have some savings so It wont be the end of the world if i can't get a job, i should be able to get by if i'm stingy with my money. But I would love to do some more travelling in North America when spring hits. My dilemma is: do i pull out all stops to work while I'm there and still get a couple of days skiing per week on days off, which would mean I have more money to travel with afterwards OR do I be a real bum and just focus on skiing and risk having not much $ left at the end of it all.
Your thoughts on this would be appreciated - cheers!