My boyfriend and myslef are planning to work in the ski fields in Canada this winter 2004. We aren't too fussed what ski field to work in and we dont know much about them all. Do you have any advice about working in the ski fields and which fields are better? We would also like to know the best time to be in Canada to apply for these jobs or is there a website that helps you once you arrive in Canada? We woud like basic jobs eg. ski lifts, retail etc.
I appreciate your help.
I think it depends where you want to go really as far as where's best. There are many areas in Canada where you can work in a ski field, such as the Laurentians (in Quebec) and Whistler (in British Columbia) and Banff (in Alberta). These places are pretty famous for their ski hills and are places where you can get a job and live. They each gave their respective websites as well, where you can learn more about the area and find a job. As for the Laurentians, there are many ski hills but if you want to live somewhere as well, Mont Tremblant offers one of the quaintest villages of all. Another one is Mont St-Sauveur, which has a small village at its base.
Tremblant: http://www.tremblant.ca/about/emploi.asp (that's a direct link to the jobs page)
I don't have a good web site for St-Sauveur but I will get back to you on that one. I'll be posting more info as soon as I collect it.
I found a super website that includes all info you need about Canadian Skiing. http://www.skicanada.org has all ski hills listed by province, and offers links to almost all ski hill websites in Canada. They also offer a classifieds section but it's a bit empty (particularly the jobs page) .
Although I do live in one of the coldest countries in the world, I don't participate in any winter sports so unfortunately I cannot offer much advice on working in the ski resorts . One thing I can tell you is that if you plan on working in jobs that aren't necessarily linked to the ski hills themselves, you can apply pretty much any time during the year although late summer to autumn is probably the best time (due to the forthcoming ski season). If however you want to work directly on the ski hill, that would be best during early autumn. One thing you can do definitely is, as you suggested, check the websites for areas of interest to you. They will have job postings, be it on the ski hill or at the base of the hill.
Personally, I prefer the ski hills that offer skiing as well as quaint touristic villages like Banff, Whistler, and Tremblant, because they offer year-round attractions. We've made it a habit to go to Tremblant with my family at least one weekend per summer, and we take in the atmosphere which is alive. They offer activities such as horseback riding, white water rafting (not too far away from the village), biking, alpine lugeing, and even a chance to try your expertise on the circus swings(... I think that's what they're called), and much more. So, especially if you're going to be working there past the winter season, I think these places will give you the snowy ski hills (and related jobs) in the winter, and also offer many retail and restaurant jobs once skiing season is over.
Hope that helped!
P.S. Once you're on the skicanada.org website, check out the whistler-blackcomb webpage. If the advert isn't there the address is http://www.whistlerblackcomb.com/.