Nationals of the EU-25, plus Norwegians and Icelanders, may work in Switzerland for up to 90 days a year without a permit. Other foreigners and EU citizens on longer assignments will need a permit. For details visit the State Secretariat for Migration online (www.sem.admin.ch).
Language skills are crucial for work in service industries and usually necessary for work in ski resorts and chalets. Working in Ski Resorts: Europe & North America by Victoria Pybus provides detailed information about how to organise winter work. Or consult Rolling Pin (www.rollingpin.at) for jobs in the hospitality industry. Two good websites for contacts and tips are Season Workers (www.seasonworkers.com) and Natives (http://jobs.natives.co.uk/switzerland).
In October, work is available in vineyards in Vaud and Valais.