Working a ski season in Verbier: a guide
Working a ski season in Verbier could be the best time of your life – you are paid to ski, you get to meet and build relationships with lots of new people and much more..
You may learn a new language, and gain fantastic experience for future career prospects and opportunities.
Whether you are a serial skier with an appetite for topping up your skills, or you have never been up a mountain before, a ski season can be an incredibly rewarding experience.
Did you know: the word ‘ski’ is derived from the Norwegian word ‘skíð’, which means a split piece of wood? There is much to consider when organising your ski season, so you must prepare to carry out the right research. Think about it – what do you want to gain from your time in Verbier? How long would you like to work? You must be sure to do your homework before jetting off, to avoid feeling unprepared.
There is much to consider when organising your ski season, so you must prepare to carry out the right research. Think about it – what do you want to gain from your time in Verbier? How long would you like to work? You must be sure to do your homework before jetting off, to avoid feeling unprepared. This handy guide will provide the most essential information when it comes to planning and working a ski season:
Reasons to work a ski season
- Improve your snowboarding and skiing skills
- Forge new friendships with people from all over the world
- Remain flexible and constantly discover new beginnings
- Indulge in foodie heaven, prepare to try stunning cuisine
- Save money by decreasing your expenditure on outgoings
- Gain inside knowledge of the location and discover hidden treasure
Why choose Verbier?
The swiss village of Verbier is one that exudes luxury, and is considered one of the most exclusive ski resorts in the world. The areas draws in many of the world’s most affluent people, many visiting from Britain and Scandinavia. If the scenery alone isn’t enough to encourage you to head to the Alps, then the flexible working hours might just prompt you to pack a bag, as there’s plenty of time to indulge in wonderful skiing and snowboarding activities.
A combination of great weather, beautiful scenery and energetic nightlife means that the location has attracted a wealth of visitors. In addition, the challenging terrain in the surrounding area offers extreme sports fans a chance to thrill-seek, and for visitors to watch and participate in exciting spectator events.
Verbier is known as the freeride capital of Europe and recognised as one of the optimum off-piste resorts in the world! A globally renowned name & the most famous resort in the extensive 4 Valleys ski area, Verbier has made a name for itself as a decadent retreat for all.
With some of the most hardcore descents in the country, the polished resort offers a whole new world for a range of skiing levels.There are many people working around the clock to ensure all guests are given a service that is second to none. There are plenty of opportunities available should you wish to spend some time here and doing a season could be one of the best experiences you’ll ever have, but you’ll need to contemplate the kind of role you’ll want to take on.
Different job roles to consider
The next step is to consider the type of job you want when you’re there. The tourism sector has plenty of offers, so pick something that utilises your current skills, or that you are genuinely interested in gaining experience in. Research shows that the most sought after staff are chefs, shop assistants, ski reps, hotel staff and group organisers, but there are an array of positions that are waiting to be filled.
This role requires that you are fluent in an extra language. Benefits include potential to ski during the day as many of the guests will be hitting the slopes around this time, and the opportunity to talk to lots of people. Unfortunately, these positions are generally not very well paid.
The chalet host is responsible for cooking (usually three meals a day), and at a fairly reasonable level (i.e. not just beans on toast). In addition, you will be expected to clean and maintain the chalet, and treat guests like royalty. While there is a potential to make great tips, this job has a lot of responsibility, you mostly work independently and may find little time to hit the slopes.
Experience and qualifications essential. Benefits include reasonable pay; downsides include missing out on potential ski time as you will be in the kitchen.
Requires qualifications to teach at a professional level. While this job will enable you to spend all day out on the slopes, you may be confined to the beginner courses when teaching learner skiers. Other positions include ski host, ski shop assistant, childcare, resort rep and bar/restaurant staff. Find out more about these other positions before choosing the one that most suits your skills/experience/interests.
The application process
The quality of your CV is paramount when it comes to applying for a ski season position. Its best to remember the following tips when writing your CV:
1.Ensure there are no spelling/grammar mistakes – get someone else to proofread your cv if you are worried.
2.Give your CV a good headline.
3.Draw attention to your skills/experiences in a clear and concise way – ensure these are relevant to the job you are applying for.
4.Details must be in chronological order and dated.
5.Try to limit your CV to one page.
6.Personalise your CV depending on the job you are applying for – although its time consuming, it will show your enthusiasm for a particular position
7.Keep it clean and professional – do not use lots of colour, clip art or sequins – the words should speak for themselves.
8.Many employees will require an additional covering letter – this is your opportunity to persuade them that you are the most appropriate candidate, and well as show some personality and enthusiasm.
If you are still unsure about working a ski season in Verbier, why not visit this magnificent village and test the (icy) waters for yourself. We would love for you to stay in one of our luxury chalets during your time here, and we hope to show you why Verbier truly is a magical wonderland. To find out more, please contact us today.