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post #61 of 76
Work in Canada may be difficult because threre are laws that stipulate that first you must fill all jobs with Canadians ... AFTER that you can hire other nationalities (which they still prefer british or british-friendlies like Aussie or Kiwi or South Africans).

Non-citizens need Visas to get jobs. Intrawest (like all other reorts) sponsor visas for foreigners every year -- lift attendants, cafeteria and hotel workers and the like.

Most ski companies have already hired their foreign (visa-requiring) staff because it takes a long time to do all of the paperwork and have people onsite and ready for training in October/November.

Lastly, Whistler had a very hard season last year and you may want to check into how that's affecting employment opportunities.

Good Luck!
post #62 of 76
Thread Starter 

ah

The visa thing, I am not worried about. I can get a student visa for 6 months, and those stipulations for work don't matter anymore. I know what you are talking about, but you are not completely right on all your facts.

they say that you need to be hired to get a work visa. well whistler won't do that, so they basically cater to people who get student visa's. thats it.

anyways, is working in rental better than an instructor? Or working in the caf?
post #63 of 76
besides the visa thing, they are going to hire everyone else first and then americans, because of the poor work reputation that we have earned there.

if you want to spend your days wiping noses and picking up kids then instructor is for you.
post #64 of 76
The US-Canada borders are open. But remember, that is for visitors. That is true for a Canadian looking for work in the US, too. Friendly, but protective. You'll notice at Whistler there are many non-Cannucks there but they all seem to be from Commonwealth countries. A holdover of that pro-Brit snobbery that Canadians can't seem to shake - I can say that, I'm a Cannuck. One option, maybe you can take some classes at the local U. jiving with your advanced degree and stay on a student visa. Either that, or you need to find a cash business that doesn't worry about tax deductions. Hmmmm, I wonder what sort of cash business like that you could find in Whistler?
post #65 of 76
If you have a wealthy dad, you could "invest" in Canada. Buy a business there and operate it on your own or become an employer.... Canadians like that very much.

From an earlier posting, Ski Smither is for sale, if you buy it, you can be a ski bum for all your life plus more.
post #66 of 76
Pot is cheaper and easier to score in B.C.

If I were a ski bum, Steamboat is a great place but unless you have a shop or employee pass the skiing is expensive. In Summit County you can score a pass for one third the cost of Steamboat and you can ski five different places. More towns, more jobs, places to stay cost about the same.

I'd probably end up in Frisco or Breck.
post #67 of 76
hey guys in terms of summit county... im an aussie ski bum heading there for 3 months for my uni break. Just wondering what the monthly prices are on average for a place in places like vail, breck etc and also how hard is it going to be for me to find a place for 3 months when i hit there at the end of november?
post #68 of 76
Whatever you decide, have a blast. I'm old and jealous.
post #69 of 76
Is Steamboat really challenging enough to spend a season skiing? It looks very tame to me. Gotta be Whistler, Jackson, Tahoe, or Utah.
post #70 of 76
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Originally Posted by gramboh
Is Steamboat really challenging enough to spend a season skiing? It looks very tame to me. Gotta be Whistler, Jackson, Tahoe, or Utah.
Yes. you just got to know where to look. Most of it aint on the map.
I still vote for Eroupe.
post #71 of 76
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Originally Posted by jh_16
hey guys in terms of summit county... im an aussie ski bum heading there for 3 months for my uni break. Just wondering what the monthly prices are on average for a place in places like vail, breck etc and also how hard is it going to be for me to find a place for 3 months when i hit there at the end of november?
It shouldn't be tough to find a place to rent for 3 months. Go to summitdaily.com and check out the roommates section in the classifieds. There are a ton of ads for Breck, Keystone, Frisco, Dillon, etc. As for skiing, your best bet will be to get the colorado pass, which is unlimited for Breck/Keystone/A-Basin and 10 days at Vail and BC. It should go on sale to new purchasers in the next month or so. Check snow.com for more info.
post #72 of 76
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Originally Posted by Harry Dunn
It shouldn't be tough to find a place to rent for 3 months. Go to summitdaily.com and check out the roommates section in the classifieds. There are a ton of ads for Breck, Keystone, Frisco, Dillon, etc. As for skiing, your best bet will be to get the colorado pass, which is unlimited for Breck/Keystone/A-Basin and 10 days at Vail and BC. It should go on sale to new purchasers in the next month or so. Check snow.com for more info.

The only catch about the Colorado pass is that you must be presence(Denver or Summit area) when you buy it. Not good for me, because I have to spend 200-300 just to fly there to get the pass.
post #73 of 76
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Originally Posted by jackwan1
The only catch about the Colorado pass is that you must be presence(Denver or Summit area) when you buy it. Not good for me, because I have to spend 200-300 just to fly there to get the pass.
Only the first year. After that, you can renew on-line.
post #74 of 76

Ski Bum?

Nobody cares, but I "decided" to become a ski bum in the Summer of 1982.
All my bro's have faded away except for 1! For me at 41 it's still 8 months of endless Dream Ski Seasons. We have only one ski area and a back country so large you will never ski or ride it all.

Come here and get out of the box. Focus on your turns! Life is to short to make a living working for a boss. Trust me I know...

The net can provide, as I type... I can see a peak over 11,500 that still has a patch ready to rip.

Ask yourself, where will you be a forty? Don't get trapped in the Iron Box!


Free since 83
mammothsnowman out...

ps: guess where we live?

http://www.mammothsnowman.com
post #75 of 76
Steamboat gets the POWDER and has good nightlife, but as mentioned before it is a hill, not really a mountain. It gets boring skiing there. Slummit County is dry, It does not snow there and ya have to put up with many, many gapers. Whistler is huge but not the greatest snow. I recently found the best place on earth and if you find it too I will see ya there.
post #76 of 76
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how is the Steamboat nightlife?
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