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1. Posted by Dantcol (Budding Member 9 posts) 10y

My self and two friends are wanting to work from Jan - Mar in Banff or Whistler. We have a work permit but have been told it is difficult to get work. Is this correct? Any suggestions on where we should look etc? Any advice is greatly appreciated

2. Posted by jcmartin69 (Budding Member 26 posts) 10y

If you are keen on doing a season on the hill then you might want to think of some other hills as well. I am from Kamloops, BC. There are alot of Aussies that have gotten jobs there as well as Jasper. I have spent a couple seasons there as well. Great asmosphere. Summer is great there as well. Better to get there a couple of months before the season stats because that is when they hold all the interviews for the job at the hill. I don't think you would have too much trouble.
Cheers Jamie

3. Posted by Dantcol (Budding Member 9 posts) 10y

Thanks Jaime...we can not really get there earlier than Jan due to financials (I wish we could) so we are crossing our fingers that we can get jobs on arrival (we hope!!) two of us (including my self) do not ski or snowboard, so I am presuming this will be a strike against us. Hence we have been told itwillbe difficult just have to think positive I guess....Cheerio Danielle

4. Posted by ChubbDub (Full Member 132 posts) 10y

Are your hearts set on working at a ski hill? There's lots of oppurtunities out there that some of us can help you with...

[ Edit: Edited at Aug 13, 2006 10:30 PM by Delthefunk ]

5. Posted by Dantcol (Budding Member 9 posts) 10y

No not set on a ski hill (my self and my sister can not ski/snowboard...my friend can though) my friend would like to be able to get there easily though (May be 1/2 hour - 45 min travel if thats possible)??.

What kind of opportunities are out there that we may be able to get help with? sorry this may be a naieve question but we have not travelled or worked in a different country before.

I appreciate all your help...Cheers

6. Posted by Peter P. (Budding Member 35 posts) 10y

Hey - I don't want to sound patronizing or anything, but I've herad of and met a number of Aussies who have travelled up here and been caught off guard by the weather, despite what they've anticipated. It's kind of like when we go down to Aus and think Cairn is "really warm" in January... then the air is actually warmer than our body temperature - which is something I've certainly never experienced in Canada :P
That said - and again, not to sound patronizing - you mich want to check out these sites:

Enivronment Canada's Meteorology reports, and
VIA Rail's Canada tourism page for non-Canadians and Travel Canada pages.

Oh, and if you need stuff when you get here - support the Mountain Equipment Coop. They're good people and sell good gear. And they're a coop, so its not overpriced!

7. Posted by Dantcol (Budding Member 9 posts) 10y

I appreciate the heads up about the weather...beleive me I have been a bit worried about your cold weahter over there I am such a summer bunny and am feeling a little nervous of freezing my little hiney...Thank you so much for the info about the gear also this will be great to check out as we are going to purchase all our winter gear over there.

You have not been patronizing one bit...

8. Posted by rrobe18 (Budding Member 4 posts) 9y

Hey Dantcol,

Hey i was just wondering how you went with finding a job, have you found one yet, as i am in the same boat and still looking, i will be travelling in mid to late desember to Alberta and hopefully have a position on the ski lifts in banff if i can find one.
So yeah just interested on how you went.
If you are interested i know of a ski hill that will give you a job in no time i have already been accepted but am still looking into Banff with hope.

Ta bud
Ryan
Cairns Australia.

9. Posted by wotthefiqh (Inactive 1447 posts) 9y

Yo,
My 25 year old stepson from here in Perth would now be into his second week working at Lake Louise.
I think he went through either www.owh.com.au or http://www.whpcanada.org.au/.
Can't really tell as he has both sites in 'Favourites'.
Hope this helps.
I worked on an oil-rig off the Labrador coast back in 1976 from May till November, so stay rugged up whatever you do!!!!

Enjoy

El Leg

10. Posted by outofhear (Budding Member 3 posts) 9y

:)I'm an aussie in Banff at the moment working at sunshine mountain. theres heaps of work in Banff and some on the hill just depends on experiance. send a few resumes out and you'll be right. it's just hard to find a house or room to rent in Banff at the moment. good luck!