Shreds advice to budding seasonaires

It all started on a ski lift. To be honest when does it not!

We have been Snowsports heads for as long as I can remember, having done seasons and university Snowsports (completely loved it) but the time was nearing when university was coming to an end and we would have to start making some ‘adult decisions’ worryingly soon. However, even more pressing than that was, how the hell were we going to get on the slopes next year?

It was quickly decided that returning to family holidays was simply not an option but in reality nothing else seemed to fit. We wanted something, rowdy and social that let us enjoy the mountains first lifts until last orders. The mountain festivals looked amazing but completely out of budget and the thought of sleeping on seasonaires friends sofas wasn’t exactly scalable.

Thus, Shreds was born. Based on the university model we wanted to create a community of riders that united skiers boarders and bar supporters for ski weeks in the alps and events back here in the UK.

Since that chairlift we have recruited two more into the business the first is Henry (a long-time friend from university) who manages all things Shred Ski Week.  It has been an absolute tornado since then and we won’t even talk about the lack of sleep – but it has been an amazing journey. We can now take you skiing for just £299, for accommodation, lift pass and a basic events wristband which I really think is testament to everyone’s hard work. Sound too good to be true, check out for more info.

We also managed to bring on board our main man Xander Seddon, who alongside being an incredible DJ in his own right is well versed in the alpine events scene. He is in charge of organising our parties (yes that’s a real job). In fact we would love to see as many friendly faces down at our festival on November 17th. We are building a rail jam, in a brewery HQ, in Zone 1 London – plus inviting a load of our friends down for a full day of good music, cold pints and pop-up shops. Oh and there is an afterparty of course – check it out and buy tickets HERE.


Before we started Shreds we were out in the mountains and have over 10 years seasons experience, ranging from Austria – New Zealand, Canada – Greece.  So in partnership with Cool ski jobs, we sat down scratched our heads and came up with our 3 most important bits of advice for surviving your first season as a chalet host!

1. Get your hands dirty

As seasonaires you will find yourself doing almost everything regardless of your job title. If you are precious, find another job. You will soon be scrubbing toilets, clearing up sick, building tennis courts and painting rooms all on a healthy hangover. Muck in and pull your weight, people quickly loose respect for you if you’re not a team player but on the flip side if you can help another department you will get so much more in return. Oh and one tip, buy a multi-tool: anything you can fix yourself will put you in maintenance’s good books (and that’s the best place to be) at the end of the day they aren’t paid to change lightbulbs or replace hoover bags.

2. Be resourceful

If you are in it for the money, stay at home. Less than £300pcm is what I got for my first season job – and while it does vary between companies and roles you are never going to become a millionaire. With that in mind, never pay full price for anything. Ever.  It goes back to, help others and they will help you – it’s a motto we still live by today on the other side of the fence. Ski service, meals, gear, beer there are seasonaires rates for everything as long as you make friends in the right places. Use the training weeks before the guests arrive to go out and meet other workers to make sure they know your face and who to serve when the bar is rammed.

In addition use what is at hand. Yes you may have to lower your standards; but shower gels, deodorants (please god not roll on) and toilet rolls, think about what guests are leaving behind that you can still make use of and save money. It’s great, you smell different every week and it saves you a shit ton of money.  

3.At the end of the day remember where you are

Even if you master the routine there will still be days when you want to curl up in a ball and die. Ill, poor, malnourished and fucking grumpy you will hate everyone and everything – especially guests. When this happens just take a moment to step back and realise where you are. You are paid to play in one of the most stunning locations in the world. I have lived in 5* hotels and by the most stunning mountains/ beaches with everything on your doorstep. Oh and you are living there for free. That feeling of appreciation never dies away and sometimes it pays to remember that  “My job is better than your holiday”.


But most of all, just enjoy it. Even having this conversation we are incredibly jealous of you all! In the meantime, come down and see us on the 17th to stock up on last min winter essentials. We would love to grab a beer and answer any questions you may have about seasons – Shred Ski is always willing to help.  

Who knows maybe one day we will see you on one of our ski weeks!

Ben (on behalf of the whole Shred Ski team)


Why apply for a ski season in February or March?

Ski Season Jobs

Most seasonal workers know that skiing is a winter sport, and that if you’re planning to work as a ski ‘seasonnaire’ your job will last from roughly mid-November to the end of April. The bulk of the skiing public take their holidays between mid-December and mid-April so as winter season staff your roles will entail some set-up and clean-down time at each end of the season.

Skiworld Jobs

Part-Ski Seasons

There are some exceptions to this way of working though. Whether you have prior engagements – a full-time job, travels or studying being the most popular – or you just hadn’t thought about ski seasons before, many Ski Operators look to employ staff throughout the season. This is a perfect opportunity to experience one of the greatest life experiences going – living, skiing and working in the mountains…

There are disadvantages to joining a ski season half-way through: The resort teams will have an established camaraderie built over the past couple of months of working and living together and there may not be the range of jobs to apply for as at the start of the season, for example.

Top 7 Reasons to join a ski season late

  1. You’ll miss the difficult and demanding Christmas and New Year period
  2. You’ll dodge the dark and sometimes bitterly cold month of January
  3. The resort teams will be well-oiled and able to train you very efficiently and quickly
  4. The weather is improving by the day
  5. The snow-base (the amount of snow that’s compacted on the ski slopes) is pretty much at its maximum, making for amazing skiing and snowboarding conditions
  6. The days are longer meaning more time on the slopes
  7. There are events such as live music and ski competitions happening more often as the spring skiing season progresses

A Great Ski Season Employer

As a purely winter season employer, and one of the most established in the industry with over 35 years’ experience; Skiworld are a great option to consider if you’re looking for a ski season job. Amongst other benefits they offer a full employment package including return travel from the UK, your accommodation, food, lift pass and ski or snowboard equipment, plus you’ll get two days off per week.

Skiworld are still taking applications for this winter season up until the end of March, so you’re in with a great opportunity to be offered a job as a chalet host, resort rep, maintenance person, kitchen porter, chef, driver or one of many other roles!

If you’re interested, please see the opportunities we have advertised on Cool Ski Jobs and apply today.

The Telegraph ski show

Well it’s about that time of the year again ?!

With a good dusting of snow last week across the Alps all our thoughts are firmly turning to winter. The season is less than 2 months away and to be honest job applications are reaching fever pitch ! It seems like everyone wants to do a season this year and no wonder after last season’s epic snowfall .


Telegraph Ski & Snowboard Show

So if it’s October and snow has started to fall then we must just be around the corner from the ski show. This year there are even more things going on over the 3 day snow extravigansa ❄️❄️

The Festival will bring together world resorts, winter sports retailers, alpine food, pro-athletes, experts, après and entertainment for all the family.

This year we see a dedicated apres ski bar , mount Battersea and a climbing wall along with ski show classics such as meeting the British Olympians / avalanche talks and a host of (in)famous mountain gurus.

If you haven’t got a ticket yet then grab one here .

Plus we will be around on Thursday to Saturday , so msg on Instagram/Snapchat or Twitter to grab us and sort out next season’s job!

If you are still looking for work … There’s too many jobs to mention here .. just head to COOLSKIJOBS and apply there


What makes the best seasonnaires?

Around the end of summer, recruitment for ski seasons really hits fever pitch. University graduates think about gap years, returning seasonnaires come to the end of their summer jobs and plans for the winter are hatched en masse. But how do you know you have what’s needed to be the best ski seasonnaire?…


Seasonnaires are the foundation of Skiworld

Over the years we’ve been very fortunate to have so many exemplary members of staff throughout our resort teams during winters in the mountains. Both first-time seasonnaires and multiple-season veterans have proven themselves in some very difficult conditions, not least the 2017/18 season with its record-breaking snowfall made working life pretty tricky at times to say the least. When the hardest challenges were levelled at us, we saw the quality of our staff come to the fore. Their residual energy supplies were released like Adrenalin, seasonnaire auto-pilots were turned off and superhuman acts of ‘going the extra mile’ became as commonplace as a baguette on a chalet breakfast table. To put it simply, our staff are our foundation.


Seasonnaire qualities, skills and traits

It got us thinking… What are these qualities that beset our incredible seasonnaires? How do we keep getting so lucky with such amazing people joining the Skiworld ranks? And could we figure out the secret formula to find more of these people, or better yet, teach mere mortals the mysteries of ‘The Skiworld Way’? In a kind of snow-covered Dr Frankenstein spin-off, we came up with the following parts-list:


11 things that make the best ski seasonnaire

1. A team player who is always willing to help

2. Someone who possesses an infectious zest for life

3. Welcoming affability; someone who’s door is always open

4. A person who strives and isn’t afraid to try, fail and try again in the quest to achieve their goals, no matter how small or large

5. Adventurous and boundless energy, with a desire to explore the furthest boundaries of, and exceed their comfort zone

6. Enthusiasm to live in the mountains and make the most of everything the lifestyle can offer

7. Personality that’s full of initiative and ideas to improve professionally, from individual, team and company perspectives

8. A natural motivator of people who will always look to encourage

9. Clear communication; willing to both listen and learn just as much as imparting their knowledge on others

10. Someone with the flexibility to tackle any individual task with a positive can-do attitude for the betterment of the team

11. And finally, most importantly… A dab hand with a snow shovel!


A ski season job could change your life

One thing that has changed a lot over the years is how employers view a ski season on a CV. In the past there was a perception that a ski season was just a bit of a doss for 6 months. A time to let your hair down and forget responsibilities. Times change.

Now a ski season is looked at more favourably by a whole host of employers – not just those in the hospitality or the tourism industry. The beauty of the range of skills our seasonnaires learn,  develop and hone, is that they are all transferable. Dealing with pressurised situations in a calm manner, communicating efficiently to a range of different people or maintaining a ‘can-do’ attitude in the face of adversity are just three examples of skills that being a seasonnaire allows you to perfect.

At Skiworld we want our staff to be able to effectively promote these skills as they look forward in their careers, so we help them do just that. In our CV Workshops towards the end of the season we teach our staff how to contextualise their ski season experiences verbally for interview and translate them onto their CVs in preparation for their futures.


Are you a Skiworld seasonnaire in the making? If the answer is “yes”, or if you know someone who is, we want to know about it! Get in touch with our recruitment team today


See all cool ski jobs HERE 


Thanks to Skiworld for the guest blog 🙂

Recruitment day success

Ski jobs recruitment day blog

And as the sun settles on a long sunny Saturday afternoon , the coolskijobs teams pack up at The Snow Centre. It’s been an amazing day up here and we want to thank all the people that came along and supported us.

From the morning session where we heard all about it life as a resort rep in the mountains , then the life (and lifestyle) of a ski instructor . We then learned all about the daily tasks involved in being at chalet host.

Our morning speakers came from the following companies :


With a 30 minute break to mingle and get a chance to speak to the presenters, along with a chance to show off CVs  … we all grabbed a swift coffee.

Back into the Valais suite and a fantastic presentation about the different resorts across the Alps to live in. Plus en ex-seasonairre who is working in the industry but in the UK to give us all a real feel for ski season life.

Our guest speaker in the afternoon can be seen below , click on the logos to see more info :


So many candidates came up to me and said one of the clearest feelings they got from the day was the love we ALL had for working a winter, and the vast choice of jobs out there.

More and more companies are posting jobs and still looking for the right people to work this winter, the time has never been better to get a job in the alps this winter.

See all our latest jobs HERE

Subscribe to ski job alerts HERE

Good luck this winter and don’t forget to give us a shout if you are at the Telegraph Ski & Snowboard Festival


How to get a ski job this winter

What a year it has been, the biggest snowfalls seen in the Alps for about 40 years  and then the winter moved down under and Mt Hotham has announced it will stay open until 7th October! This has certainly been the best ever year to grab a ski job and enjoy life in the mountains.

Mt Hotham skier

At we have been working hard ourselves this summer with lots & lots ski/chalet companies posting ski jobs on the site and organising our first ever ski job recruitment day.

Ski Job Recruitment Day

So on September 1st we are hosting a recruitment day at The Snow Centre  which will be a fantastic opportunity to come along and meet ski companies that are recruiting right now . The day will be all about finding ski jobs in the Alps and what life is like in the mountains , we will have a couple of inspirational speakers who have lived the life and can give you some great insights .

In the morning we will have some time to have a Q & A session with 3 key ski companies who will be speaking about various roles in the ski industry ( Chalet Hosts / Resort Rep etc )plus information on some great ski resorts. We will have the chance to quiz a ski instructor on life in the mountains along with a key speaker from The Snow Centre who has some fantastic tips & tricks on how to survive your ski season ?.

With several breakout sessions you will get the chance to grab a coffee with an employer and run through their jobs and your skills , hopefully matching these up and getting you out to the Alps this winter .

[layerslider id=”30″]

Of course we will be on hand with our recruitment desk and have the full ski job listings that are available with us on the day. We will have advise on all aspects of work in the Alps and will be able to help with your specific requirements .

Half price ski pass


We have also managed to blag a 2 hour ski pass for all attendees for only £20. With this pass you get all the equipment ( skis/poles/snowboard, boots & helmet) and a pass for 2 hours on on the slope ! All in all not a bad way to start the weekend – sort your job out and then hit the snow .

So what are you waiting for ? Just click on the button below to get your free tickets and ensure you don’t miss out on the chance to change your life forever !

What to pack for your ski resort job

What to pack for your ski job

The mountains are calling and the ski season is upon us. Now that you’ve gotten excited about your new ski resort job through Cool Ski Jobs, you need to get started on packing. Remembering all the things you need can be tricky. Of course you know you need to stay warm from the snow, but there are some things you may not even realise are important. We’ve decided to help you with your ski resort job packing list.

Buy a French Sim Card

You’re going to need to be able to stay in contact. From keeping in touch with your friends and family back home to being able to stay in contact with your new boss at the resort, to simply being able to make all the calls you need in France, you need to be sure your phone works. While there are ways to use a UK number in France, purchasing a French sim card will make things that much easier.

Keep your hands warm with hand warmers

The Alps are cold. You’ll need to keep from freezing out there. Reusable hand warmers are the ultimate must-have. Heat them up before using and stick them in your pockets, gloves or boots to keep your hands and feet warm while out on the slopes. Be sure to bring enough that you can put a couple in your gloves and two more in your boots for the ultimate comfort. At the end of the day, just take them out and they’ll be ready for use again the next day

Take adaptors with you

Moving to a different country means you need to be able to make sure you can plug in all your electronics. Check out what kinds of plugs and voltages you’ll need in France and buy accordingly. We advise you to bring more than one of the same adapter to plug in more than one item at once, and we also advise you to bring different adapters, in case you travel elsewhere at the end of your stay at the resort.

Apply that moisturiser

Spending long days in the mountains can lead to some dry skin. The weather is typically cold and, well, dry, and if you don’t have some sort of cream or moisturizer for your hands, it can be uncomfortable. On the same note, your lips may also become dry and chapped, so we suggest you remember plenty of chapstick as well.

Slip Slap Slop

Sunscreen? In the winter? Yes! If you’re working on the slopes, or even just out in the snow frequently, you can actually get a sunburn! It can be easy to not realize this can happen, between the cold weather and occasional cloudy days. The sun reflects off the snow’s shiny surface and create a pretty mean glare. That glare, combined with the fact that the sun is stronger at a higher altitude, means you can get yourself a pretty nasty burn out there on the slopes.  

Pack your dictionary

Parlez vous Francais? Remember, you’re moving to a country that speaks a different language. While you’ll surely encounter many English speakers, you’ll probably also find many who don’t speak. Tackle that language barrier with a good dictionary to look up words quickly. You can also find many books of easy phrases for when you need to ask for directions or order food and aren’t quite sure what to say.

Smile .. strike a posegopro footage in courchevel

It’s not every day you’re in the French Alps. Consider bringing a nice camera with you so you can capture the beauty of the snow-capped mountains. A GoPro is the perfect camera for your trip. Take one of these adventure-ready cameras down the slopes with you for unique pictures and videos of your adventures. Plus, your friends and family back home will love seeing your videos and photos at the end of the season.

Box set heaven

You’ll probably have a fair amount of downtime, and in a ski resort, it might be difficult to get out and into the town. Make sure your watch list on Netflix is fully stocked with your favorite shows and movies to fill up your free time. Or, you can brush up on your French and check out what’s popular on France’s Netflix.


If this has got you thinking about life in the Alps then head over to Cool Ski Jobs and apply online !

Brexit and how it may affect your ski job

25,000 British tourism jobs at risk from Brexit

At least 25,000 jobs and £1 billion in tax revenue are at risk warns SBIT (Seasonal Businesses in Tourism) as it today publishes its assessment of the impact of Brexit on the outbound tourism industry.

The industry impact assessment, endorsed by over 50 independent UK outbound travel businesses, draws attention to the size of the travel and tourism industry and its importance to the UK economy, jobs and training. With outbound tourism to the EU contributing an estimated £16.5 billion (i) to the economy and over £1 billion in income (ii) for the Exchequer, it is a sector that needs solutions – and soon – the assessment warns.

The report draws attention to the estimated 25,000 (iii) UK citizens who work in the European Single Market each year supporting the seasonal tourism industry. These are the people holiday makers meet at the airport and are their contact point at hotels, villas and chalets and who ensure holidays run smoothly. If it becomes costly or impossible for these people to
work in the EU on a seasonal basis, cost may rise and jobs cut the assessment warns. As with the UK’s aviation industry with which it is closely intertwined, deadlines for planning in the outbound travel industry are typically 12 – 14 months, much earlier than March 2019. Some tour operators are warning uncertainty about the status of flying programmes and the
status of UK staff seasonally employed in the EU is already having an effect on their businesses.

Two of the largest winter operators for example have already reduced their chalet programmes for the approaching ski season by around 10%, over 8000 holidays, with a corresponding reduction in seasonal tourism jobs. More cuts may be coming for the 2018-19 season they warn.
‘Skiers start booking their flight inclusive packages 11 months in advance with businesses like ours and holidays for 2018-19 Brexit year should be on sale in a matter of weeks’ said Sarah Searson, Managing Director of Skiworld, the largest independent ski specialist in the UK.

‘’Instead we have uncertainty around flying programmes and importantly the status of our UK staff working for the 2019 season looking after our customers’’ she said. ‘‘If we don’t soon have clarity on our ability to move staff around Europe during and after March 2019 there will be significant and possibly irreversible long-term impacts on the industry.’’

European holidays make up a significant part of the UK economy. Whether it is ski chalet holidays in the French Alps, adventure holidays, sailing and windsurfing in the Mediterranean, or a relaxing summer beach holiday in one of many  European destinations, holidaymakers from the UK tend to book with British companies and are often looked after by UK nationals working in the foreign resorts.

Currently UK companies in the tourism industry can employ British workers to work in European holiday resorts under the European Single Market freedom of labour movement rules. If these rules or something similar are not in effect after March 2019 then there will be a devastating impact on companies in the British outbound seasonal tourism sector.

The activity holiday sector (skiing, watersports, etc) is particularly vulnerable post Brexit. The sector is responsible for an estimated £9 billioniv of direct expenditure in the UK and companies in this sector are very reliant on existing EU and Single Market rules.

“We train our resort teams of often young people from different social backgrounds in high standards of customer service. They are responsible for looking after our guests and their travel arrangements, ensuring they have the best possible experience with us which is good for business. They are a key part of our customers’ holiday experience, not just in managerial guest-facing roles, but also as kitchen porters, hotel assistants and nannies” said Paul Carter, CEO of Hotelplan, which operates Inghams, Ski Total and Esprit Ski.

“In having the opportunity to work overseas, it’s not just the way of life they fall in love with….they acquire logistics and language skills and see different cultures and learn the ropes of how a hospitality business operates. In my experience, our teams work extremely hard and have the opportunity to progress quickly within the company. We must not lose these jobs and the training and experience these people in the hospitality sector bring back in to the UK economy, we therefore need the government to urgently address the issue of visa-free movement for our staff in Europe”

Today, members of SBIT have written to MPs calling on the British Government to agree transitional and permanent arrangements with the EU that preserve their ability to operate. This will preserve British jobs in tourism, protect UK treasury tax revenues and ensure the continuation of the successful British seasonal tourism industry in Europe. Restrictions or red tape, or at worst a “no-deal” Brexit, could mean that many companies will see their business models undermined due to challenges with staff employment and cost increases to the extent that they may no longer be able to operate.

SBIT is calling on the Government to:

– Agree a transitional agreement with the EU that will continue Single Market freedom of labour movement after March 2019.
– Establish a longer-term practicable, “fast-tracked” work permit / visa process which will permit UK citizens to be able to work in Europe on a temporary basis to meet the seasonal demands of the tourism industry post Brexit.
– Retain the ability of workers posted abroad temporarily to remain in the social security system of their home nation.

Media contacts: Charles Owen: 0739 993 7244
Diane Palumbo 07712 818578


All the following can be found on the SBIT website 
Timetable of planning for ski operators 
Brexit and the Impact on British Businesses in Tourism 
More quotes

Editors notes on references:

i Based on Centre for Economics and Business Research (Cebr): “Driving Growth – The Economic Value of Outbound Travel” dated June 2015, Total expenditure within the UK by residents engaged in outbound travel was £34.4 billion (and directly contributed £11.7 billion to the UK economy in gross value added (GVA)) and 64% of all trips abroad were made for holiday purposes (excluding visits to family and friends), also ONS travel trends: in 2016, 75% of UK residents’ visits abroad were to EU countries.
ii This figure is derived from the abovementioned survey. Cebr estimates suggest that the outbound travel sector contributed £2.35 billion to the UK Exchequer in 2014, 0.5% of the aggregate HMRC tax take. The analysis referred to in footnote i gives the proportion of the outbound travel market that are holidays to the EU which are booked through UK companies
iii Ref MPI survey Sept 2017: 20,000 posted workers and an estimated 5,000 EU mobile workers on local contracts
iv This is taken from a survey of SBIT members which estimates the revenue for tour operators in this sector being more than £4.6 Bn. The Cebr survey “Driving Growth – The Economic Value of Outbound Travel”, June 2015. Cebr estimates that 53% of the expenditure in the UK derived from outgoing tourism is on tour operators. These figures taken together suggests that direct expenditure was more than £9Bn.

Wolves in Ski Resorts

Wolves in Ski Resorts


There are new reports of WOLVES in ski reports. Yep, predatory Willing Older Ladies/Lads Vying for Employment on Snow, WOLVES, are on the increase. But although they may be preying on younger Seasonaires’ jobs they also bring experience and entrepreneurial skills so, as with the Yellowstone wolves there is the cascade effect of this significant ‘keystone species’ revitalising and restoring the ski resort ecosystem. Louise Hudson hunts them down…

Watch out for WOLVES this winter. Migrating away from their city-career habitat, WOLVES. the latest acronym for Willing Older Ladies / Lads Vying for Employment on Snow, are extending their foraging field to ski areas, lured by the irresistible scent of pure mountain air, healthy outdoor exercise and wintersport action. Watch out for WOLVES this winter Seasonaires! They could be on the hunt for your jobs.

‘They can’t compete with us, we are young and keen and will do anything and live anywhere to work on a ski hill,’ a young Seasonaire might argue. But these vulpine rivals are fighting fit, highly motivated, with the added advantage of capital which means that typically they can afford their own accommodation. Due to financial security, they are happy with part-time work, lower wages and seasonal salaries – so long as they come with a coveted season’s pass. What’s more, with the clock ticking, they have a bucket list, vocation/vacation mentality and rather than retire in relaxation they crave a constructive Encore Career.

The Future for the Species…

You are bound to notice more and more WOLVES wherever you are skiing this season in North America or Europe as this trend is here to stay.

Former literary agent and film producer, John Tarnoff is a key career influencer. His book, Boomer Reinvention: How to Create Your Dream Career Over 50, is full of tips on defying aging and redefining retirement as a Second Act or Encore Career.

Tarnoff says that 65% of working baby boomers (born 1946-1964) plan to work past age 65 or do not plan to retire at all, some for financial reasons, others to give meaning and purpose to their latter years and many due to an ingrained work ethic. Increased, and fitter, longevity is also fueling this trend.

The scale is not likely to tip for future generations

‘This is not just a boomer generation issue. Estimates show that by the time millennials retire, they will rely on employment for 26% of their income as opposed to 17% for boomers,’ says Tarnoff. ‘The scale is not likely to tip for future generations. Boomers need to take the first step towards what is likely to be the norm for retirement.’


Big thanks to Style Altitude for the Wolverine blog !

Top 10 ski resorts for guaranteed snow

[layerslider id=”12″]

Top 10 Ski Resorts for Guaranteed Snow

The very beginning or end of the season can be the perfect time to ski. The only problem being that the one thing worse than no ski holiday at all is a ski holiday with no snow!


You book your ski resort transfers, you pack, you travel and you arrive, only to be greeted with the realisation that skiing is largely out of the question.


On the plus side, there are ways and means by which these kinds of eventualities can be prevented. Specifically, by ensuring you head to the kinds of ski resorts where snow is pretty much guaranteed.

…the following 10 examples being among the safest bets as far as both early and late snow are concerned:

Cervinia, Italy

First up, Cervinia lies at the heart of the Valle d’Aosta – home to the famous and imposing Matterhorn. Perched at around 2,050m above sea level with lifts going all the way up to 3,820m, pre- and post-season skiing are both very much on the cards here.


Tignes/Val d’Isere, France

Two resorts for the price of one…sort of…with combined pistes of more than 300km and altitudes as high as 3,456m. Not only does this kind of altitude guarantee superb conditions throughout the season, but Val d’Isere is also home to Europe’s biggest artificial snowmaker!

Click here for  ski jobs in Tignes

Les Arcs, France

The handful of resorts that come together to form Les Arc serve up more than 425km of incredible pistes to explore. Which means there’s a huge amount on offer for skiers of all ages and levels, with lifts going as high as 3,250m.

Click here for ski jobs in Les Arcs / La Plagne

Ischgl, Austria

Rich in history and unique local culture, Ischgl combines the quaint charms of a traditional mountain town with the OTT nightlife of a real party resort. Great snow, awesome events throughout the season and a great 1-hour ski resort transfer time from Innsbruck Airport.

Solden, Austria

Still with the party theme, Ortzal is known far and wide for its lively and uncompromising party scene – not to mention its two 3,250m glaciers for pretty outstanding ski conditions. Great for outgoing types, less so for the shy and retiring!

Val Thorens, France

Well, what else would you expect from Europe’s highest ski resort than great snow conditions? All with the added bonus of Val Thorens being a fundamentally epic resort in every sense of the word. Great for all levels, all ages, all tastes – highly recommended.

Click here for ski jobs in Val Thorens valley 

Lech, Austria

Lech is less a ski resort and more a picture-perfect postcard snapshot of a fairy-tale mountain hideaway. Put simply – it’s an absolutely gorgeous place with more than 275km of pistes on it doorstep and great conditions from early ‘til late.

Courchevel, France

Skiers flock to Courchevel every year for the off-piste experience, the shopping and the gorgeous luxury chalets. But you can’t deny the resort’s reputation for being extremely reliable for fresh powder. When the snow falls it comes thick and fast, with over 4m of cover during good years.

Click here for ski jobs in Courchevel 

Verbier, Switzerland

Enormous, exciting and unashamedly upmarket, Verbier is everything your exclusive Alps ski resort should be. Plus it’s not as if the world’s elite are happy to contend with the idea of poor snow conditions. Which is why you’d be hard-pressed to find any such problems here!

Les Deux Alpes, France

Last but not least, Les Deux Alps is definitely one of France’s first ski resorts and also probably one of the best. You’ll also find the biggest skiable glacier in its confines as an added bonus. A firm favourite among autumn skiers looking to kick the season off nice and early.

For all the latest ski jobs click here