I'm an Aussie Heading to Vancouver in a month for a working holiday. Can Anyone give me a few tips or web sites to get some info on getting work in a the ski fields and a place to stay in vancouver when I arrive. Not just a run down backpackers. Any info would be great or even travel mates. Cheers.
Whistler Blackcomb is the hot spot for skiing and snowboarding, but it is very competitive. It's only about 2 hrs north of Vancouver so you can always go check it out. Even if you don't get a job there, it is work seeing and for sure a fun time.
Yuo may have better luck getting a job at one of the resorts in the interior such as Big White in Kelowna. Fernie is another amazing resort on the aouthern Alberta/BC border (I think it's on the Alberta side). It's the powder capital with tons of glades and bowls. Another resort you may have luck finding a job is Panorama, owned and operated by Intrawest. They used to have a big campaign across Canada looking for employees.
Perhaps, Intrawest is a good place to start. It is the corporation that owns tons of resorts across Canada.
BC is awesome but the Alberta Rockies are twice as nice. BC has a better reputation for good times and parties, and Alberta has a little slower pace. You may have some luck trying Lake Louise or Banff.
Intrawest is the largest employer at Whistler and Blackcomb. But, if Whistler and Blackcomb villages are too expensive for you, stay in the Vancouver area. We've got some great skiing in the winter months on our North Shore Mountains but the snow usually doesn't start to fall until November. Check out Grouse Mountain's website at www.grousemountain.com; or Cypress Mountain's www.cypressmountain.com; or Mount Seymour's website at www.mountseymour.com, they all have career sections. We have lots of international workers there - it's quite common to hear Australian or New Zealand accents from our lift operators for instance. Good luck with your job hunting!
Will be heading to Vancouver (and then Whistler for the ski season) myself in about 5 weeks. If you want to get a job in the snowfields, Whistler has their jobs fair from the 23rd to the 29th Oct. Go to the official website and you can register for an interview. If you want to stay in staff accomodation you should book a check in date now too, as I think it fills up pretty quick. You register online and then call them up to book a check in date. The website is www.whistlerblackcomb.com, had a mate go a couple of years ago and he said it was a blast. Hope this helps. Cheers.
Whistler is definitely some of the best skiing and snowboarding there is in BC but since they're starting to get ready for the 2010 Winter Olympics, things might be pretty hectic. As well, like Victim said, the competition to get in will be high.
If you don't make it, come to Kelowna!! We're about 4 hours drive from Vancouver, in the center of the Okanagan Valley. Big White has some of the best powder to be found outside of Whistler, and the party scene is ridiculous. A lot of the staff are Australian or Kiwi...plus all the girls here are suckers for your accents haha. As well, the living costs would be a lot more affordable then Vancouver.
(the job fair being Oct 13-14)
Also, the Okanagan has several other ski resorts to look into.
Apex Mountain Resort outside of Penticton. (1.5-2 hrs from Kelowna)
Silver Star Mountain Resort outside of Vernon (45 min from Kelowna)
Banff is also a place to start, I met an Aussie couple a few weeks ago in Calgary that were headed here looking for work, and they had no problems finding any. As far as ski hill work goes, you are coming at the right time, look for work when you get here but you might have to find something else part time. There are numerous ski hills around the Banff area, the biggest being Lake Louise, and Sunshine. Good Luck!!