Stories12th August 2019
Scenes from ‘Chalet Girl’ could be the first thing that jumps into your mind about working a season; you suddenly become a pro snowboarder, get taken on helicopter rides and party all night long. However, in reality, probably not. Although this doesn’t mean it’s not going to be an amazing experience.
There are a number of different jobs you can do depending on your previous experience and qualifications. Whether you become a Chalet Host, Chef, Resort Rep, Bar Staff or even Ski Instructor, all jobs have their own pros and cons and varying levels of how much mountain time they allow. Regardless of what job you choose here are our five top reasons why you should become a seasonnaire.
You live in the heart of the mountains. Imagine going from your 9-5 office job getting on a jam-packed tube, to breathing in that fresh mountain air admiring the beautiful sunrise peaking over the mountains as you walk to work. Suddenly that 7am stroll to your Chalet looks pretty tempting.
Whether you choose France, Italy, Switzerland or elsewhere there is scope to learn a new language. One of the best ways to learn is to immerse yourself into another culture and surround yourself with the language. While the majority of ski resorts will speak English it’s worth learning some helpful key phrases and chatting to the locals to expand your understanding if you’re keen to learn.
There aren’t many jobs where you can work, live and ski with your friends on a daily basis. Many villages in ski resorts are well connected and you can travel from one end to the other easily enough so that all your friends are just a short walk away. Something you will realise you took for granted when you come home for the Summer and suddenly everyone is hours away.
You will make friends for life. Friendships form hard and fast on seasons due to the intense nature of it all and they attract a similar type of person. Everyone has a love for the mountain and an enjoyment for the sport so you immediately have something in common to talk about. Not to mention the Après; where else is it acceptable to start on the beers and dance on tables at 2pm on a Wednesday afternoon..
If you’re a total newbie to the mountains then doing a season is one of the best ways to learn. Much cheaper than a week’s ski holiday, and certainly more enjoyable than endless hours on the dry ski slope it provides you with a continuously time frame in which to progress. You will be amazed at how quickly you can improve and what you can learn in just a few months.
If you can already ski or snowboard then it’s a great way to improve your existing skills, or perhaps try a new discipline. However, trying something new doesn’t have to stop here. Many resorts have a whole host of other activities for you to experience. La Plagne for example has parasailing, husky rides, skidoo trips and an Olympic Bobsleigh run just to name a few!
Seasons give you the opportunity to work in a foreign country and to experience a new culture. You should develop a good work ethic and expand your skill set making you a more attractive candidate for future jobs. Suddenly you’ve become Jack of all trades; fix a leaking tap? Sure. Make an epic birthday cake? Why not. You will talk to people from all walks of life, hear about their families, jobs, successes and regrets and perhaps change yourself as a person.
So…If you’re feeling inspired then why not check out our available jobs and come and join us as an Alpoholic this Winter!
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