Ski Season: Why the French Alps is Awesome for Workers and Travellers
I have arrived in Flaine and I already feel so settled into life here. It’s my sixth ski season so I know what to expect and I’m so excited because it’s already very, very snowy. When I did my first ski season, I only thought it was a one-off experience but I easily got addicted to the lifestyle. I soon learnt that season life is ideal for travellers needing a job and a temporary home over winter, and here’s why…
Variety of Jobs
You don’t have to be an expert in the ski or snowboard industry to get a job in the French Alps. There are so many different types or workplaces available and as long as you are adaptable and prepared to work hard, but also play hard. The most popular type of work for British and European workers is catering in chalets as a host and/or chef where you work in the morning cooking breakfast and in the evening serving dinner. You can also get a job working behind a bar, cleaning in hotels, driving airport transfers or if you’ve ever been in a management role you could be a resort manager for a chalet company. Ski Jobs, Natives and Season Workers are the three best websites to use to find jobs.
Good Work Packages
Included in your work package, you usually work for a lower wage in return for a ski pass for your resort, food and basic season accommodation. Even though you may have taken a pay cut, there’s little to pay out for apart from beer which can come out of your tip money if you give your guests an exceptional holiday experience.
Living the Chalet Girl Dream
Being able to ski or snowboard every day is the absolute bonus of a work package and if you get stressed or tired of your job, remember why you went to the French Alps in the first place! Get out in the mountains and you’ll soon remember that you actually love your job. It’s a totally different lifestyle to the ordinary 9-5 and it can sometimes take some getting used to.
Experience Living Abroad
Living in the French Alps is like nothing you’ll ever experience. Some ski resorts are very French, like Flaine, where you are surrounded by locals and you are forced to practice your French. Other resorts like La Tania and Morzine are full of Brits and it can create a nice expat community where you can make lots of new friends. France is a great country with amazing food, if you’re a cheese lover you’ve got to try raclette, tartiflette and fondue. They’re apart of daily life in the French Alps.
Learn a New Sport
When I did my first ski season in La Tania, I’d only had a go on a snowboard a few times in Scotland which was harrowing. Learning to snowboard on real powdery snow high up in the mountains was totally different and because you get almost 20 weeks worth of skiing over the season, you improve very quickly. I’ve worked with people who have never ever skied before then by the end of the season they have fallen in love with a new sport. Some resorts have ski schools that will offer free ski and snowboard lessons to seasonaires so be sure to ask around at offices like New Generation and Magic Ski School.
If you want to escape the cold, drizzly winters in the UK then the French Alps might not seem like the first place you’d want to go but believe me, it is sunnier more times than it snows. Obviously there are winters with more snowfall, but that’s what you want to happen and there will be amazing blue skies in between that take your breath away.
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