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1. Posted by N_walflwer (Budding Member, 4 posts) 31 Aug '09 10:21

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hey,
myself and friend are looking to head out to whistler at the start of april 2010 to work and are thinking going through bunac. the problem is thats as far as we have got in planning basically. Nowhere has a program open at this time and i am at a loss to where i begin. I have no idea about getting jobs accomodation how much things cost etc

does anyone know how easy it is to get work in whistler/blackcomb resort along with accommodation? we want to work in roughly the same area such as blackcomb ad live together so im guessing that will be pretty awkward to begin with?

Also has anyone did bunac and attended a bunac careers fair? and if so what happens at it?

im 18 and have never travelled without my family before so going from a small town in ireland where i know everyone to canada is a really big step. all help would be greatly appreciated

danielle x

2. Posted by j3nn1f3r14 (Budding Member, 60 posts) 31 Aug '09 13:04

Hi,

Im from Scotland and moved out to Whistler last Nov and worked the winter season there until May. I went through Bunac to get my visa.

Mid April is prob a really good time to be arriving, as most people leave for the end of the winter season from mid april to beginning of May, so there will be lots of places hiring new summer staff and lots of appartments for rent.

Rent costs between $700-1200 per room and people i knew during winter shared a room with a room mate. The best place to look for accomodation is a magazine called Pique, they also have a website that you can look on.

Jobs were quite difficult to find this winter with the bad economy, but i think that should change with the olympics in whistler next year, its mainly just a big village made up of travellers so everyone relies on temp workers. I found a job within the first 2 weeks of arriving just by just dropping in cv's to restaurants, shops and hotels, most places pay between $8-13 per hour! You can also check pique for jobs its really useful. Also the whistler blackcomb website has jobs on it, they also offer really cheap staff accomodation.

Whistlers awesome!! You'll love it!

Hope this helps!!

[ Edit: Edited on 31-Aug-2009, at 13:08 by j3nn1f3r14 ]

3. Posted by YourKard (Budding Member, 5 posts) 31 Aug '09 19:07

j3nn has excellent advice and direct experience with what you want to do.

http://www.whistlerchamberofcommerce.com/ may be worth contacting by email.

Good luck!

If Whistler doesn't work out for any reason you can always look at Banff and Lake Louise in Alberta as options.

4. Posted by N_walflwer (Budding Member, 4 posts) 4 Sep '09 13:04

thank you :) i emailed whistler chamber and am waiting on a reply. preference is def working at whistler blackcomb and staying in the staff accommodation, but if need be is it actually affordable to live and work in? im not afraid of 40+ hours but there is a liit to how much you can work to make ends meet without being exhausted.

on a lighter note,

whats whistler like?

5. Posted by j3nn1f3r14 (Budding Member, 60 posts) 11 Sep '09 15:23

whistler is awesome your gonna love it! its a really friendly atmosphere, mainly everyone living there are travellers, so everyones just laid back and having a good time! summer is meant to be a really beautiful time of year and the weather is nice, lots of people there mountain bike in the summer!

its def affordable to live there, its probably like the most expensive place you will ever live since you will be paying tourist prices everywhere, but working 40 hours a week and people can afford it. i did (and most people there) have 2 part time jobs, sometimes its difficult to get full time hours from the one employer, so a lot of people do 2 jobs!

if you work for whistler blackcomb then the accomodation is dead cheap, and if you have to find other accomodation then you and a room mate can split rent and it wont be too expensive!

anymore questions just ask!

6. Posted by N_walflwer (Budding Member, 4 posts) 14 Sep '09 12:39

Thank you im just getting impatient waiting for everything to be set in stone. any travel advice? things i should bring? how much money should i have realistically when i go there?

7. Posted by j3nn1f3r14 (Budding Member, 60 posts) 21 Sep '09 14:23

i took £2000 with me, which seemed to last quite a long time, but i wanted to buy snowboard stuff and a season pass which cost a lot!

if you imagine rent to be $800 and then think you need a $400 security deposit (most people ask for that - just half of what a months rent is), most places pay you fortnightly, so you need money to buy food for a month, food is quite expensive, since its a tourist resort super market, so yeah im not really sure how much to tell you to take, but i was comfortable taking that amount with me! you need money for hostel for the first few nights, a greyhound up to whistler from vancouver is like $30.....

8. Posted by N_walflwer (Budding Member, 4 posts) 25 Sep '09 12:59

thank you :) what did you travel with bunac? and if so what did you think of them? did you go on a group flight etc?