Working A Winter Season - A Guide
Chalet Hotel St Louis, Courchevel, France
Working A Winter Season - A Guide Courchevel Reviews
10 tips for working a winter season Apr 01, 2011
If you're thinking about working a winter season, here are my quick tips, advice and experience of working one:
1. Save money before you go.
2. Save lots of money before you go.
3. Seriously, you probably need about £1000 to take full advantage of the experience because after the company you are working for takes out the accommodation, food, lift pass and travel expenses
4. Having all your equipment before you go means you can take advantage of not having to pay the excess baggage charge (seeing as how the company you go with will pay all the travel fees). Also, you can get straight onto the slopes at the first available opportunity and not have to wait around while the whole mountain goes to the rental shops to hire their gear for the season (which is almost all worn and broken). The price of new gear out there will be around 30% more expensive.
5. Take with you as much as you're allowed, eg:
Clothes (obviously), toiletries (otherwise you're left paying more money for obscure foreign products you don't really want - but need). Other things like paracetamol, sewing kit, hair dryer, mp3 player, portable DVD player (my sanity saver!), a laptop is awesome too if you have one!
6. Buy things in bulk if you can, there's strangely some big discounts if you buy big.
7. Take full advantage of all the slope time you can get; in my experience this is who gets the most:
Kitchen/Night Porters - 6 days out of 7 (always Saturdays - when the slopes are at their quietest)
Bar people - 6 days (mainly mornings)
Hosts - 4 or 5 days (never Saturdays)
Chefs - 3 or 4 days (never Saturdays)
Then there's restaurant managers, housekeeping managers, hotel assistant managers and the hotel managers who get 3 days or less.
8. If you tell people you're an instructor it can help with quite a few things: discounts at shops, opportunities, e.g. to leave the mountain for a day, getting to know girls (or guys) etc.
9. Invite your friends and family to come and visit. If your accommodation is big enough they can stay with you for very little, or even free, then they can leave you some spending money as a thank you.
10. Probably most importantly (apart from having money to take with you) is to choose the resort you want to work in very carefully. Some resorts are better than others depending on what you want to get from your 5-ish months away, from the amount of snowfall to how many snow parks there are; what there is to do off the slopes to how expensive the resort is and things like this – whatever is important to you!
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