Whistler Ski Season 2012-2013
Replies: 27 - Last Post: Nov 4, 2012 7:27 AM Last Post By: Ls007
Jun 13, 2012 1:13 PM
Whistler Ski Season 2012-2013Well im kinda stuck at the moment, since a kid i have always wanted to pack up and go away to do a ski season.
Now im leaving college this year im able to, My idea is to head over to canada at around october time for the season, i already have my work permit for canada but i dont have a job, and could do with hearing off someone who has already done a season in whistler on some tips on how to get a job/accommodation out there.
My biggest issue is that ive read in other blogs and on various websites that alot of jobs you have to apply well in advance, for example april may time which i havent done. So how easy is it to turn up to whistler with nothing but a CV and a work permit and a fair amount of money to get started out there in october. am i better going out at an earlier time or is there an option that i am able to apply for a job without going through one of these companies such as BUNAC or WHC.
Also would anyone recommend going out and staying in a hostel or similar until i secured a job in whistler?
I would love to hear from anyone whos already done a season over there and any tips that they are willing to share with me on how to kickstart the trip.
Jun 13, 2012 8:26 PM
1Most hills here have job fairs...and not in April!...more like September/October Be at the fair, or its an uphill battle from there. Pleeease dont limit your choices to just Whistler....and dont use those silly hiring companies.
Back when I was a young adrenaline junky, I worked at 2 hills, had no issues finding a job.
Jun 13, 2012 9:42 PM
Jun 14, 2012 2:52 PM
Jun 14, 2012 4:03 PM
4You need to start doing a little of your own research. Job fairs @ Whistler - http://www.whistlerblackcomb.com/employment/jobs/index.htm
Jun 14, 2012 4:14 PM
5I've already looked on the website and actually emailed them.. Because I was confused because it said in one section you had to apply online first and you can only apply for one job and then receive an interview at the job fair.. Then it said about attending a job fair where you can apply for several,
Has anyone attended one of these job fairs?
Jun 15, 2012 7:00 AM
6I would imagine that your #1 priority should be accommodation, since that is extremely hard to find. There are only 2 hostels: a small one in Creekside (5 km's from Whistler village) and the other in Function Junction (10 km's from Whistler Village). Whistler-Blackcomb owns and operate most of the businesses, kind of have monopoly. Many businesses have staff housing.
An alternative plan might be to work and live in Vancouver and commute with the Greyhound bus weekends.
Whistler-Blackcomb have job fairs in Australia this month, not sure where you're from.
Jun 15, 2012 11:49 AM
Jun 16, 2012 7:08 AM
8Hey, I'm doing exactly the same!
I got my working holiday visa and was wanting to go over to canada in late october (after my semester finishes).
was hoping that one of my mate's mates can sort me out with a job up at whistlers, as a ski instructor (i have references for that, so hopefully will be fine).
if my mate's mate cant sort me out, im faced with the same trouble as you. just another problem: i cant be at the fair in september / october, as i still have uni.
what do i do then? does anyone have a good idea? was thinking that maybe asking them to interview me via skype (that's actually quite common now for jobs), after i applied online....
but yeah, let me know if you find any helpful tips..
Jun 16, 2012 7:13 AM
Jun 16, 2012 12:24 PM
10the least you could do... is provide accurate, current info... if you knew it......haha....if I knew it...yeash
#10...inaccurate? A) It was simply an opinion....and yes, it is one of the busiest hills in NA...period! B) Your response basically confirmed everything I said lol....other then stating its quiet on weekdays...which is the case around the world minus holidays!
Ps...I NEVER said I hated it, just think people should keep their options open....not just run to Whistler. Many ausies and europeans have only heard of Whistler/comb. Ive skied it a dozen or so times, it was good...but I've had better, just saying, and just my opinion. Please dont try to talk to me like I dont know what Im talkin about, Id school you on the industry standards and on the hill. Im a bit older now, but I can still rip it up around the posers clogging these hills. Actually just planning my Japan trip...bringing the snorkel for the snow they get there.
Jun 16, 2012 4:44 PM
11If you are going for one season and skiing is your main focus I would hit Revelstoke. Good hill, lots of snow but no nightlife (well almost none!)
As said above a place to live is a bigger concern than finding a job. True for a lot of resort towns in western canada.
Jun 16, 2012 7:38 PM
Jun 18, 2012 4:18 AM
13tinabee, i wouldnt actually mind couchsurfing but wouldnt have a clue on how to get started. as i am from the UK i know litterly noone over there, is there some sort of website/agency that can get you set up with places.
What do people rekon the best jobs are on the hill.. apart from bar work as those jobs seem to be like gold dust.
Jun 19, 2012 6:59 AM
I'm doing the same thing as you! I think getting a job wont be too hard as jobs as always advertised on the Whistler website!
What are you doing for accomodation? I'm thinking of booking a hostel for two weeks, and hoping I can secure something then! I'm going out late October.
I'm booking mine through BUNAC, but they don't really help with jobs...i'm not entirely sure what I have paid them for to be honest lol
(4 star Hotel)
From US$70.00 per night
(3 star Hotel)
From US$92.59 per night
(3 star Hotel)
From US$82.49 per night