I'm a kiwi planning to come to Canada for the 2004/05 ski season and work on one of the mountains. I did a season at Mammoth mtn California last year, but am looking for a resort which is a little smaller and less busy/commercial, but still with good runs. I have no idea about Canadian ski fields, but does anyone have any suggestions. I am planning to work in lifts/rentals/ski school or hospitality areas.
Me and a friend of mine are planning on doing the exact same thing, that is; do a snowboard season in Canada 04/05. We've heard a lot of good things about Fernie. Also, Whistler/Blackcomb seems to be one of the most popular.
But I don't really know. Our plan is just to go over there and see where we end up! Hopefully everything will work out. Heh.
Keep in touch if you want to share tips and/or other things about the trip. Maybe we even have a chance to meet up once we're over there!
Anyway, good luck!
Hey how's it goin.
I actually work in British Columbia Canada at Whistler Blackomb but have travelled to almost every ski resort in BC which are all quite a lot smaller and a lot less commercial. I am not sure of the website addresses of these places but I am sure if you type them in on search engine you won't have any problems finding them! So here is a small list of them....
- Apex Mountain
- Silver Star Mountain
- Sun Peaks mountain
- Grouse Mountain
- Cypress Mountain
- Lake Louise ( I have had a lot of freinds work at Lake Louise before and they all had awesome experiences, but I have never been there myself)
Hope this helps!
So you recommend those smaller, less commercial, places over the more well known ones? What about jobs? Is it as easy to find/get in those smaller places? The slopes? Equally good?
Then again, we don't really care where we go. As long as we're able to get some sort of job which pays enough so that we'll survive we're happy. Of course, we also want some kick ass slopes to go boarding in, and if possible, a cool snowpark! :-)
Thanks for the tips though! If you come to think about something else that could be good to know, please let me know! :-)
I haven't worked in any of the ski hills in Canada, but I know that you are missing a few with good runs:
Banff Mount Norquay
One to avoid if you want to ski:
Nakiska- mostly man-made snow, really crappy, will ruin your skis/board. Don't even cross-country ski here!
You also could move to Calgary and work at Canada Olympic Park. I know a lot of people who've worked there and it is a good place to work. You will have to find your own accommodation, but Calgary is a University city (just don't arrive in September) and there are lots of students looking for roomates. Check the ads in FFWD (fastforward- a small indie newspaper circulated around at bus stations, shops, restaurants, malls, etc. Free on Thursdays), or sometimes in the Calgary Herald classifieds section. COP has ski hills, a half pipe, ski jumps, a louge track, a restaurant/lounge, ski schools, etc. It is open year-round- in the summer it is used for mountain biking.
Well, there are some more ideas.