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Leaving for Canada in 10 days, dont have a job rethinking where to go!

post #1 of 32
Thread Starter 

Hey everyone, Nick from Australia here!

 

so im getting really excited about the Canada ski trip however are rethinking my plans because i don’t have a job yet

I was going to go to Banff, but now considering other resorts

 

- a mate is trying to get me a job a whistler but no news yet

 

- iv herd whistler is a great party town and id rather stay on the snow than 2 hours away

 

- i wanted to work for a resort for the pass and easy accommodation but thats looking doubtful.

 

 

Basically im looking for some advice and opinions of how dire my situation is, will i find it hard getting a job once i rock up at a resort?

any light you can share would be appreciated, if you have a job that needs filling somewhere or have some contacts that would be fantastic!

 

hope everyone has a tops season!

post #2 of 32

Uhhh, If you are willing to leave Canada look up Winter Park Colorado. They have great benefits for single full time staff.

post #3 of 32


 

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- iv herd whistler is a great party town and id rather stay on the snow than 2 hours away

 

- i wanted to work for a resort for the pass and easy accommodation but thats looking doubtful.

 

 

Basically im looking for some advice and opinions of how dire my situation is, will i find it hard getting a job once i rock up at a resort?

any light you can share would be appreciated, if you have a job that needs filling somewhere or have some contacts that would be fantastic!

 

hope everyone has a tops season!

 

You might tell us a bit more about what sort of work you are willing to do/are qualified for. On the off chance you haven't checked the employment pages of the resort web sites, here are a few, starting with Whistler: http://www.whistlerblackcomb.com/employment/applicants/index.htm.

 

The ski season has already begun at Whistler so you've probably missed the best hiring opportunities, though that's just a guess. Whistler might be your best bet, in any event, since it is a mega-resort, with a huge retail and hospitality presence. If you don't care about working on the hill, you can probably find something. I'm assuming you've got your work visa issues all sorted out.

 

Whistler is an expensive place to live, though there is some employee housing. See the website for info on employee accommodation.

 

Another impressive ski hill, but a day's drive away from Whistler is Revelstoke Mountain Resort. Revelstoke the town is not the whoop-it-up party town that Whistler is. Not so many Aussies, either. http://www.revelstokemountainresort.com/RESORT/Employment/Current-Opportunities.html.

 

RMR seems to be looking for parking lot attendants/greeters and lift attendants. I couldn't tell whether those jobs come with a lift pass.

 

Red Mountain at Rossland, BC (a half day's drive from Revelstoke) is a fine ski hill, though on the small side compared to Whistler, Lake Louise, Sunshine, etc. A good place to be a ski bum. http://www.redresort.com/jobs/

 

Whitewater ski hill in nearby Nelson says it has filled all its winter season positions, but you could still look for something in the town. Vibrant ski and outdoor community there.

 

http://www.skiwhitewater.com/employment.php

 

No doubt other people will have some suggestions for you.

 

Good luck.

 

 


 

post #4 of 32
Thread Starter 

Thanks for your help,

iv got alot of experience working in cafes and also cleaning.

im willing to do anything.

 

has anyone experienced not working for a resort at a bar or somthing and working out your own accomodation etc?

post #5 of 32

Don't you need a visa to work in Canada?

post #6 of 32

He's an Aussie....  Easy to get working holiday visa's for Canada, so i'd safely assume he already has one.

 

For the Colorado sugestion up above, he has no chance due to US visa requirements........

 

Whistler and Banff do overseas hiring clinics so are usually fully-staffed at the start of the season.... But still present yourself at the staffing office in person and say your are here with a visa and ready to work and chances are someone would have not shown-up/quit/been fired already and you'll fill-in that spot. Otherwise, try again in Jan, when a lot of the Aussie permits expire and many return back to Uni in Aus.

 

Otherwise pick a town and keep your ear to the ground.... Work is always available if you are not picky.

 

The BC resorts mentioned above are a good bet for on-hill work, but the towns have less jobs available in the first place.....  Good luck

post #7 of 32
Thread Starter 

thanks ramzee, thats right.

im getting a bit nervous now, the find your own accomodation/buy own skii pass/find town job looks alot more difficult.

do only jobs working for the mountain provide ski passes?

 

 

i really cant decide between banff or whistler, does anyone have any opinions on this?

 

thanks

post #8 of 32

Either Banff or Whistler will give you a great winter memory. I think the limiting factor for you is where you can get a job. I'll toss another possibility into the mix. Big White and Silver Star are fairly large resorts in BC operated by the Schuman (sp?) family who also have resorts in Australia. I know the grooming crew and some of the ski school at Big White go back to Oz for the season there. You might find it possible to line up a job before you come to Canada through them.

 

Winter is actually not high season in Banff, so accommodation may not be as much of a problem (and Canmore is around 20 clicks down the road which gives another possiblity). Note that the three Banff area resorts have different ownership, so a pass at one will not transfer to another resort. There is a multi-resort pass, but it is pricey and I think it is comparable in cost to a Whister pass. There is a fairly high turnover in the service industry at Banff so jobs do come up during the year. There also are a number of folks on work visas who switch over into the summer season jobs when they come online (and a significant number who end up settling permanently in the area). The IYH at Banff used to offer a jobseekers package for extended stays until you could find a place to kip on a long term basis.

 

Both Whister and Banff are party towns, and although Whistler is #1 in Canada for the rate of STD infections, Banff is not far behind.

post #9 of 32

Even though the resorts have filled their spots, if you want to increase your chances of being hired as a last minute replacement do bring along copies of your resume to show that you are serious about working and familiarize yourself with the kinds of jobs available so that you can talk about them intelligently to the human resources department.

post #10 of 32
Thread Starter 

thanks gnjantzie, thats helpful stuff haha and yea aschick im deff going to bring lots of resumes.

the acommo availibility of banff is a good point, although its still got that 2 hour commute which might prevent a few post or pre shift runs.

i wish i was able to arrive early so i could have landed those mountain jobs :(

 

 

 


post #11 of 32

2hr Commute????....  Where you planning on skiing?

 

As you have Australian blood you will have no problem finding a doss-house when you arrive in Whis or Banff (so you share a room with 4 others, so what!).  Book into a hostel for a week, progress to the doss-house, find some friends, step upto a house, etc, etc..... It will all come together if you have a little patience and a lot of perseverance...... That is the difference between the ones that stay and those who go home..... Remember 10's of thousands have done this before, you're not the first, nor the last to bed in this situation.

 

On mountain jobs will supply a pass, but supply the worst wages/conditions/hours combo (not a lot of time for riding).

 

Off mountain jobs will have slightly better wages (only slightly) but more flexible hours so you can maximise your riding time.  Downside is you have to cough up for a pass.  Some employers will have some sort of scheme for passes/day tickets but not all.  Look for jobs where tips can be earned or hours are anything but 9-5.

 

 

 

post #12 of 32
Thread Starter 

i was under the impression banff was a while away from the resorts..

anyway, that makes me feel better, im going there to ski as much as i can so maybe the off mountain jobs could be better.

 

also, my plan is to get boots fitted in calgary and buy 2nd hand skis, is this a terrible plan?

post #13 of 32

Like ramzee said.  You shouldn't have a problem finding something in Banff.  If you want to stay on the mountain, go to Sunshine and apply for an opening.  They have staff accommodation on the hill, but lots of people grab the staff shuttle from the town of Banff to the ski area.

post #14 of 32

Nick,

 

If you do settle on the Banff area and want initially to get your bearings from an inexpensive spot closer to the skiing you might try staying at the Alpine Center in Lake Louise; it's jointly owned by the Youth Hostel Association and the Alpine Club of Canada. It's an excellent arrangement, with cooking facilities and many opportunities to get the inside track from like-minded travellers. If you get a International Youth Hostel membership you're in. Here is the link: http://www.hihostels.ca/PM/en/lakelouisehostel.aspx?sortcode=2.22

 

I don't know what time limit there is for staying there, but at least you could get started without having to stay in expensive lodgings, or desperately unpleasant digs, for that matter.

post #15 of 32


 

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also, my plan is to get boots fitted in calgary and buy 2nd hand skis, is this a terrible plan?



Have you checked out the Ask a Bootfitter here on Epic......  Both Lou in Calgary and Dave (mntlion) in Banff are highly regarded.... You should post in there and say Hi.

 

You will be able to pick up a good set of skis in Banff no problem, just ask around.

post #16 of 32
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by ramzee View Post


 

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Originally Posted by Nicko View Post

 

also, my plan is to get boots fitted in calgary and buy 2nd hand skis, is this a terrible plan?



Have you checked out the Ask a Bootfitter here on Epic......  Both Lou in Calgary and Dave (mntlion) in Banff are highly regarded.... You should post in there and say Hi.

 

You will be able to pick up a good set of skis in Banff no problem, just ask around.


 

yep iv got an appointment with Lou in Calgary.

iv got a possible lead working and staying in Revelstoke

iv read some good things about it

post #17 of 32

Lou knows his stuff.  You'll be very happy with the result.

post #18 of 32
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yep iv got an appointment with Lou in Calgary.

iv got a possible lead working and staying in Revelstoke

iv read some good things about it



Revy would be a great place to stay for the season and a good base for some of the nearby resorts and backcountry. Close to 6000 vertical feet at the resort and some serious snowfalls (if La Nina delivers on her promise). The Samesun Hostel has cheap rooms if you are looking for a temporary perch upon arrival.

 

If not, there are still vacancies coming up in the other centers. I was talking to a couple of folks in the gondola yesterday who  had just been hired at Sunshine the day before. Good luck!

post #19 of 32
Thread Starter 

Cheers mate, in Calgary now so pumped!

if anyones got a job going in revy or looking for someone to go in on accomo let me know

post #20 of 32

WOW have fun

post #21 of 32

Hi Nick, I hope you have a great time for the winter.  I'm heading to Castle Mountain ski hill for the winter, south Alberta, and I noticed they have a few positions still posted on their web site.  I'm not sure if they are just left up there or they need someone still but if you're interested, you could shoot them and email and see.

 

Jobs they have listed

post #22 of 32

Best of luck for the winter Nick, keep an eye out on all resort websites, especially closer to Xmas. You might find that there are more jobs in Banff as well coming into Xmas, businesses often try to bump up their staff numbers coming into the Xmas holidays.

post #23 of 32
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Best of luck for the winter Nick, keep an eye out on all resort websites, especially closer to Xmas. You might find that there are more jobs in Banff as well coming into Xmas, businesses often try to bump up their staff numbers coming into the Xmas holidays.



yea true, i ended up in Revelstoke! im glad i came the riding looks amazing here

post #24 of 32

Congrats :) Revelstoke sounds great.

post #25 of 32
Thread Starter 

now to decide what single 2nd hand ski quiver im  going to go for :)

post #26 of 32

For Revy? In the 100+ region.... With at least tip rocker and some side cut for getting back to the lift! Something like the S7, etc, etc....... Pretty much everyone out there is on a fun ski.  Should be plenty of pre-loved models from last year to be found, just ask around!

 

Cue the "You can ski everythimg with a 80mm waist" crowd!.....  duck.gif

 

Will look you up when we finally head out that way..... Have fun out there!  smile.gif

 

(And be safe, get the local knowledge, Avi gear/training, and be shown around before ducking the ropes.... FAR too may people long-lined off cliffs there just out of bounds last year!)

post #27 of 32

Yeah, don't get sucked below the boundary down below the Stoke chair unless you are with someone that knows how to get to the highway. Nasty stuff in there.

post #28 of 32
Thread Starter 

for sure ramzee,

im checking out the local 2nds shop and ex demo skis.

so far some Salomon Czars and lords have caught my eye, looks like ill be paying about 400 for 2nd hands, more than i guessed

post #29 of 32

$400 about right if they're in good condition.... better than $1000+ new.

 

 

post #30 of 32
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$400 about right if they're in good condition.... better than $1000+ new.

 

 


 

what sort of stuff should i be looking at condition wise apart from scratches / dents?
 

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