Advice needed!! Is a ski season for me?? //

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  Topic Started By:  mac133    On:  Mon 29th September, 2008 at 09:19
mac133
Member Since: 2008
Posts: 2
Manchester
#1  Advice needed!! Is a ski season for me??  29 Sep '08 at 09:19
Morning all!

Due to the fact i am young free and single (plus this country is getting worse) I have recently been considering working a season in resorrt but would like some advice on whether its right for me!

I have worked abroad at a US summer camp before and have done some travelling so i'm not strictly wet behind the ears but my skiing is very basic and has never been on snow. However the worker scene and hard graft seem appealing so i'm more than willing to give it ago!

Thanks to this website i've got a pretty good idea of what to expect but
Is there any jobs that should be recommended/not recommended for a first timer??

How much money do you need to have saved before going over there?

Do you need to have much ski experience to enjoy it??

Any advice you can give would be much appreciated!

Cheers!
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lindos
Member Since: 2005
Posts: 2,492
Godalming, Surrey
#2  Re: Advice needed!! Is a ski season for me??  29 Sep '08 at 09:58
Pure and simply, yes it is!!

Dont worry about the cash or the amount you have skied, just go for it!!

:P
Tact is for people not smart enough to be sarcastic!
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Member Since: 2008
Posts: 606
Oxford
#3  Re: Advice needed!! Is a ski season for me??  29 Sep '08 at 10:13
agreed!! im doing my first season this winter. im going through one of the tour operators - means you get accomodation, food, ski equipment, lift pass all free. the pay isnt exactly amazing but considering the over all package you get its not really an issue. also means that i will be working as part of a team in a hotel rather than on my own in a chalet = less major responsibility on you plus instant socialising group!!

basically.....DO IT!!
xxx
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sandgroper61
Member Since: 2004
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London
#4  Re: Advice needed!! Is a ski season for me??  29 Sep '08 at 10:53
Anyone asking a forum of ski season workers whether it's a good idea to work a season is really only looking for one answer.

So that would be yes, then.
I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence, or insanity to anyone, but they've always worked for me.

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anj
Member Since: 2007
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Morzine
#5  Re: Advice needed!! Is a ski season for me??  30 Sep '08 at 10:32
Nah, I wouldnt bother, you'll have a rubbish time.
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mac133
Member Since: 2008
Posts: 2
Manchester
#6  Re: Advice needed!! Is a ski season for me??  30 Sep '08 at 14:24
Ha!!

Thanks for all the 'helpful' responses!!! Point taken about the asking the question on workers forum though

I'm 95% up for doing it, my only concern was my distinct lack of savings. But if you can survive on what you get paid then its all good.

I better get applying now!
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emtop
Member Since: 2008
Posts: 167
devon
#7  Re: Advice needed!! Is a ski season for me??  1 Oct '08 at 17:02

Originally posted by mac133

Ha!!

Thanks for all the 'helpful' responses!!! Point taken about the asking the question on workers forum though

I'm 95% up for doing it, my only concern was my distinct lack of savings. But if you can survive on what you get paid then its all good.

I better get applying now!

Dont worry too much about your savings, im heading back to St Anton with very little in the way of savings...should be able to live off tips pay...Also if you go with a TO you will get stuff like skis, pass, accom, flights out ect so all you need is beer money...
have fun
Pom-bear
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anj
Member Since: 2007
Posts: 735
Morzine
#9  Re: Advice needed!! Is a ski season for me??  2 Oct '08 at 09:43

Originally posted by techmonkey

Get an Abbey Zero credit card[/b:247a26fcbe], the interest free period of 6 months will cover your season and there aren't any fees when you use it abroad.

Assuming you don't spend all your wages on ho's and ski gear then you can pay it off when you get back.



Ha! I've just realised how [b:247a26fcbe]preposterous
that sounds! I am not a financial advisor and this is not financial advice.

haha it does sound so bad encouraging someone to get a credit card, but good idea if your good with money, however, I'd just spend it all even if I didnt need to and pay it back in about 5 years, not so good!
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Shezgav
Member Since: 2008
Posts: 4
#10  Re: Advice needed!! Is a ski season for me??  13 Nov '08 at 10:16
Unless you have commitments to your UK bank account such as a hefty mobile phone contract, child maintenance, or debts then money shouldn't be a prob. You can live on what you earn in resort in tips alone, well, I did, and managed to clear my overdraft by not spending any of my wages.
I was working ina chalet and made the same amount in tips as I earnt in a wage.
I guess the only piece of kit you may wanna buy fairly soon when you get there is a pair of your own ski/board boots as it's nice to have your own that fit really well, and helps you get off to a good start in your skiing.

Let us know if you go and where you get posted, have fun!!
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