Last winter was a bumper ski season in France, with record snowfalls in December and powder up to the end of the season in April. We’re offering a $100 discount to all 1st Contacters wanting to apply for this coming season’s jobs via Ski Jobs France.
What are the options for working in France next winter?
Many employers in France are now recruiting now for ski jobs in ski retail and rental shops, chalets, hotels, restaurants, bars and airport transfers. They require availability from the end of November up until the end of April.
Working a French ski season offers the opportunity to ski some of the largest ski areas in the world, experience the relaxed mountain culture and lifestyle, and of course indulge in the wine, cheese, real French baguettes, pastries and chocolate (all to die for). In the resorts, you can normally stay within your comfort zone and just speak English or alternatively immerse yourself in the French language, creating a unique cultural experience and lifelong friends.
Speaking French will count in your favour
Speaking French is not essential, though it does help. We highly recommend that you enrol at an intensive French language school for at least one week. Ski Jobs France has actually partnered with If Alpes French Language School, situated in Chambery and Annecy at the base of the Alps. If you book to learn French here, you can save up to €70 for your first week of tutoring. For more information on the school and this offer, see the Learn French in France page.
To work in France, most companies will require either a French Working Holiday Visa (which is fairly easy to obtain) or a UK/EU passport.
Alternatively, some ski tour operators and chalets employ under UK contracts. Normally, they require previous work experience in the UK, a UK/EU passport, a UK bank account and a permanent UK National Insurance Number. However, some of the chalets will employ Aussies and Kiwis with a UK Youth Mobility Visa.
Jobs and assistance
Ski Jobs France can assist with the process of working and travelling in France, including visa assistance, a guaranteed ski or summer job, and assistance finding seasonal ski accommodation. They also provide discounts at leading French Language Schools, access to discounted Ski Travel Insurance and exceptional Ski Instructor and Snowboard Instructor Courses.
The Ski Jobs France programme is closing soon, so check out www.skijobsfrance.com.au for more details or visit them on Facebook. And if you quote “1st Contact eNews” when signing up, you will receive $100 off the full-priced programme fee. This discount is only available until 3 August 2012, and is not valid with any other offers.