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natives.co.uk is a good place to start - lots of good advice on there.
I would second the shout for www.natives.co.uk, which is a good place to start for those looking for casual seasonal work. He'll have a good time wherever he goes and whatever he does - I know I did and even with the long hours it certainly beats working for a living!
It's probably too late to apply this year to a tour operator as they will be training staff rather than recruiting at present.
The best bet is to concentrate on a resort like Meribel where there is a large resident population of ex-pats who have set up bars and businesses. Get numbers off the website and get him to call them up. If they answer in French, don't be afraid of trying to speak French, or at least say bonjour they will soon work out he are English.
I agree on the Natives advice, a good start. He needs to get his backside in gear very quickly.
Sorry for a slight hijack OP.
Has anyone got any experience of doing a ski season when they are slightly older (early 30's)?
Potentially taking a year long career break and this is one of the things I wished I'd done but didn't!
Thanks. Will have a look. Won't be till next season at the earliest so I've got time...
Apply for jobs online with large companies who have jobs in lots of resorts which will probably involve getting your food and accomidation but very little pay, an easy option for a first season and there will be loads of similar aged people doing the same thing.
Or pick a few resorts he would like to go to and google them, find bars, hotels, resturants, transfere companies, cleaning companies, or what ever jobs his skills would fit and email them all about jobs, then find a place to rent. Pay will be better but expenses will be higher.
There are also some jobs that you wont find online but just hear about, like labouring for cash and also a lot of people dont make it through the season an jobs become available so it can be worth just going somewhere and looking when you get there.
If it's a year away the best advice I'd give is start saving and working like billyo now and get as much money as possible to do as little work as possible when he's there.
If he get's it right he can have accommodation/ski pass/insurance/kit covered and just have to do a cpl of nights bar work a week for food and beer.
It also means he can pick his resort and head there and look for work, rather than getting placed somewhere shitty.
Hi check all the usual people, crystal, neilson, thompson bla bla. Don't worry about it being short notice, worst that will happen is he won't get a job till january which is when most people drop out cause they miss home! Come the 29th im off with crystal for a second season and couldn't reccommend it more. good luck to him!
Thanks to everyone for there advice hopefully will get something sorted
daniel. like others have said there is always quite a large staff turnaroung after new Year when loads of people realise that workingin a chalet.ski resort is hard work and they just want to party, cold and they don't like snow, etc etc. get registered on natives and with a few larger copanies as a reserve, or head to a big british resort and put the work around and something will come up.
I'm 29 about to be 30 and did my 1st season 7 yrs ago and not quite made it back. You'll be really in demand as a rep in charge of a resort for a chalet company, or could get a job in a ski school office etc, brush up on a local language though as you'll stand out from the others...
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