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Hi all. My 22 year old daughter has just graduated in Physiology and Sports Science but is taking a year off in between doing a Master's. She has BASI 1 and been teaching for 4 years now at a local dry slope in Glasgow. She had been looking at getting a Canadian upgrade but was going to take too long and cost too much to get any benefit from it. She is at a reasonably advanced stage of getting a Canadian visa and wants to work in a hotel in Whistler (ideally), or somewhere that will provide digs, thus allowing her to ski during the day. She is hoping to head out in October.
Does anyone have any experience doing similar and where should she look for jobs etc. In an ideal world she would work with a ski team analysing performance etc but not enough experience to do so (I'm assuming), although she has worked with a woman's football team here in Glasgow for the past year doing that.
As always any guidance greatly appreciated
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Getting a job in Whistler really won't be a problem. Getting accomodation is the real challenge. Getting out in October and really hustling though is a good start. Every ski bum wants a job that is afternoons and evenings only.
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Forget working with pro skiers. Unless you are hugely qualified with lots of experience and/or know the right person it's not happening.

Getting a job in whistler is easy. Getting one with employee housing is more difficult. Getting one before you have your visa is almost impossible.

As said above getting out there before the season is a good bet. There is a job fair. You are putting your eggs in one basket so to speak though, if you don't find anything suitable what's plan b?

The best chance of employee housing might be working for the mountain. They prioritise first year workers for housing and you get a free lift pass (at least you used to). Downside is work hours will certainly eat into ski time.

You should be aware of the downsides of employee housing:
The jobs offering it are the least well paid (although in fairness probably a net gain still).
You can become trapped. I know people who's jobs ended up being very different to what they expected, hating it, but unable to leave as would lose housing. It certainly seems like there are cases where the mountain in particular uses the accomodation as leverage.
Although subsidised it's still kind of expensive. You are probably looking at $600+ for a shared room.

In comparison to whistler somewhere like fernie you can have a private room with no strings attached for $650 per month. If money is an issue definitely consider some of the interior resorts which are much cheaper, still offer fantastic skiing, but do lack the nightlife.
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@boabski, KK jr is currently on gap life in Canada and he's been in Banff all season. We've just returned and there is plenty of work in Whistler and elsewhere. Speaking to both staff and managers, they are crying out for people to work and quite a few places are closed as they cannot find staff.

Most hospitality jobs do seem to offer accommodation. Junior pays around $22 per night at the moment, at his previous job he was paying $15 per night, but wages are just above the minimum.

My son looked on Facebook groups in the locality (Banff) and then found jobs advertised. He was interviewed shortly after arriving in Vancouver last September and started in Banff in early October.

Once in place he negotiated evening shifts, having been given day shifts to start. They seem to give all newbies the day shifts.

Look at more than just Whistler as this will be the first choice for many. My son loves Banff and found it easy to change jobs and do other work, eg as a pizza delivery driver.

Whistler, like Banff is expensive and a party town and as my son found out, you have to work hard to play hard.

Good luck to your daughter.
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boarder2020 wrote:
Forget working with pro skiers. Unless you are hugely qualified with lots of experience and/or know the right person it's not happening.

Could still use the time out there to work on getting qualified to work in that area. Do CSCF 1 with a Whistler club, or do UKSS 1 during the summer in the UK then work on CSCF 2 in Canada.

The UK performance coaching pathway has always had links to the Canadian one, particularly through Scotland, the current Canadian national head coach is a Scot.
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The son of a friend got a job with the lift company, cleaning the gondolas at the end of the day, with hostel-type accommodation in the deal. Not exciting but it worked to give slope time.

And the daughter of a different friend succeeded in doing exactly what @boabski's daughter plans, though I am not sure which Canadian resort she worked at. Also a sports scientist. She qualified as an instructor, and then returned for several succeeding seasons, all the while deferring her Masters.
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Thanks everyone. Have passed on the good info
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I agree about getting certified as a race coach. Then look on lots of websites for jobs. They are all advertising at the moment. Try Alberta Alpine (under resources) , BC Alpine etc.
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