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working a ski season 2009/2010

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1. Posted by honestmomo (Budding Member 12 posts) 7y

hi there,
I am really interested in working a ski season over the 2009/2010 period in possibly france or austria(but am open to other countries) I have checked out the ''natives'' website which seemed to be ok but was just wondering if anyone had any recommendations for other websites,also for anyone who may have done a european ski season i've noticed that a common theme for the jobs i have checked out already seems to be that you must be able to speak fairly fluent french,spanish or italian which i unfortunately don't,did you find this imperative? and are there countries that traditionally have more english speaking visitors than others?
I know there are a lot of questions here but if anyone could give me any advice to any of these it would be greatly appreciated,cheers!!

2. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 7y

essential information is missing: your nationality and country of current residence. If either is outside the Schengen area, I'd strongly suggest that you look for an alternative region to work in, as it is highly unlikely that you will be able to get it arranged.

3. Posted by honestmomo (Budding Member 12 posts) 7y

oh yeah sorry, I am australian and i currently reside in London on a UK working visa, I dont know alot about the schengen visa but assumed i would be able to get a working visa in the country i decided on,again I am quite flexible on the country.

4. Posted by j3nn1f3r14 (Budding Member 60 posts) 7y

if you wanted to work as a ski rep or something similiar you could apply through a company like 'crystal ski' - they're a british company so you have the visa and then they send you somewhere in europe to work?

also i did a ski season in whistler, canada last winter... i hear its very easy for aussies to get visas in canada... if you fancy doing a season there - last season about 80% of the season workers there were australian

[ Edit: Edited on 22-Jul-2009, at 13:10 by j3nn1f3r14 ]

5. Posted by honestmomo (Budding Member 12 posts) 7y

beautiful, thankyou very much for help,i'll check it out right now,cheers!

6. Posted by Tsjebber (Full Member 58 posts) 7y

If you wanna work in Austria your only chance is to work under the table. But I guess that will be the same in the whole of Europe at the moment if you're not an EU-Citizen you won't get a working visa. I don't know how you are on the languages, but it helps a lot if you speak german. If not don't worry to much. Places like Kitzb├╝hel have a lot of English speaking visitors and (illegal) workers. If you're not to picky on the kind of job you'll do it shouldn't be a problem to get a job as a dish pick or something alike. I know a lot of Australians that work under the table in Austria and having a ball in the snow. :)

Just get to Austria on a holiday visa around the end of november, pick a town to settle, go to the AMS (Austrian Employment Service) for an official job list and just go by all the hospitality businesses. Be sure to tell the hospitality business (not the AMS!) you dont have a visa beforehand. You could get in trouble with them if you don't.

I've done 7 seasons in the snow now, if you've any more questions you're welcome to ask

7. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 7y

Try Switzerland, the very posh resorts that get a lot of clients from the Middle East. The rich sheikhs want private instructors giving them one-on-one lessons and there aren't nearly enough English-speaking teachers there.