The Guide to ‘Doing a Season’ in Whistler

Welcome to the guide to ‘doing a season in Whistler’. I was meaning to write this straight after I finished there so that it was all fresh in memory, but fortunately it’s all come back pretty easily.
I guess the advice here could apply to any season in general, but the info I’ve given is based on my time in Whistler during the winter 04/05 season. Incidentally 04/05 was the worst snow season on record! Which means that all you lucky people are gonna get KILLED with snow. Damn.
Ok here we go….

As you may or may not already be aware there are only two things that you really need to sort out for the season – JOB, and HOUSING.

Jobs

Basically there are two choices when it comes to jobs. Either you work for Intrawest, or you don’t!
A big mistake that many make when they come here is to pin their hopes on one specific job. This is a very bad idea. I would say that only about 50% of people got their first choice, so don’t be too picky!

Good jobs are:

  • Ski school (if you’re competent you can get a job even if you have no teaching qualifications)
  • Caf’s (second cup, moguls, java etc.)
  • Mountain Hut Bistros (unfortunately you can only apply for general food & beverage positions, but if you blag it maybe you’ll get put here.)
  • Taxi driver (the company will pay for you to get a BC drivers license, and the money you can make is much better than average)
  • Concierge (you probably need some hospitality experience, or make it up, but you can make good tips here too. Only downside is you end up working quite a lot)
  • Housekeeping (there’s usually loads of this type of work around ‘ if you work for a private cleaning company it’s pretty kushy, plus you often get to take home supplies that people leave behind!)
  • Restaurants (often evening hours = major bonus, plus everyone generally shares tips from the night’s takings)

It’s very difficult to get bar work unless:

  • you’ve been in town for years ‘ i.e. you’re a ‘local’
  • you’re a super hot female ‘ this will get you FAR in Whistler

In general, most jobs are pretty okay. Some are definitely better than others, but if you get down just remember that it’s not forever and try to make the most of your time in Whistler! It’s easy to become blas’ about the whole thing as time goes on, but when you leave, it’s pretty much a certainty that you’ll think, ‘damn, if only I’d made more of an effort to get up early on those powder days’, or, ‘I wish I’d gone out that night instead of worrying about being late for work, it sounded AWESOME’. Well, you get the picture :)

If you get a job with Intrawest (the company who operate the resort and own about 60% of it) then you are eligible for their staff housing. There are a few locations but almost everyone lives up at Glacier (park?), next to Base II on Blackcomb. This is about 10 minutes walk up the piste from the village centre, and there is a bus service that goes every half hour during peak times. Note though that if you’re out on the piss, which you invariably will be, then you’ll have to walk home. This isn’t all bad though as the climb is quite sobering! Plus it gives you good training for skiing/boarding ;)

The standard of living in staff housing is generally ok. You’ll either have bunk beds, or a single if you’re lucky (or book early enough and don’t mind paying a bit more, see below). The staff buildings are very much like university halls of residence ‘ rooms are pretty basic and cramped but very liveable, with cooker & bathroom in each unit. There are communal areas in the buildings too, with internet facilities. Don’t expect everything to be squeaky clean and new ‘ it isn’t ‘ but the atmosphere in staff housing is fantastic and you can party pretty much every day if you want to.

If you ARE going for a job with the mountain (Intrawest is commonly referred to as ‘the mountain’), then you’ll want to pre-book an interview ASAP after they open their recruiting lines. There’s a ratio of about 2 or 3 applicants for every job available, and in some popular areas this ratio can be as high as 10:1. DO NOT LET THIS PUT YOU OFF THOUGH! If you don’t get a job with the mountain straight away it is BY NO MEANS the end of the world. There are plenty of other jobs around – you just have to stick it out for a while until something comes up.
Likewise with staff housing – you WILL need to book this as ‘appointments’ to get a place there go pretty quick.

So, if you haven’t called yet, and you’re planning on going for a mountain job, or staff housing, or both, CALL NOW! Those who get in early will be best rewarded. They will tell you otherwise, but it’s definitely beneficial to have an interview earlier rather than later during recruiting week. This is not to say if you have an interview on the last day you’re definitely not getting hired, on the contrary, just that if you get in early you’re giving yourself a better chance of getting hired as they won’t have seen so many faces at that point.

Within the Intrawest sphere, people who work retail generally get a lot more perks than the rest of the divisions. These include lots of staff parties, great discounts on equipment, and a certain amount of freebies. This ‘favouritism’ is kinda out of order, but it’s how it is. Incidentally, those in food & beverage (F&B), particularly in the large restaurants such as the Roundhouse and the Rendezvous, generally get a pretty bum deal. Having said that, in the large locations there’s an excellent social scene among the staff, so it’s not all bad. Plus, any mountain job you get entitles you to a free lift pass. This is compensated by the fact that you are often paid minimum wage. If you’re working for Intrawest, don’t have any savings, and you’re getting minimum wage, the only way you’re going to have any spending money is if you don’t drink ever, or you live in staff housing. So try to get in staff housing. After the initial crazy period it’s generally pretty easy to get a place in there, so just keep on at them. More on that below.

The best thing to do when you arrive in Whistler is get out there and start job hunting. If you do this early you will potentially save yourself a lot of hassle later. Try to talk to everyone. Even if you’re not feeling in the mood for job hunting, get out there and visit the places you already dropped CVs (or r’sum’s, as you will be referring to them). Do NOT rely on people to call you back, it simply doesn’t happen. You have to harass them continually if you want to be sure of what’s going on! The system of recruiting there is VASTLY different to here, and this is only made worse by the fact that so many people will also be doing the same thing as you that it’s difficult for the guys who are hiring to remember everyone, so try and stand out somehow!

Also, don’t feel bad about holding a number of jobs and stringing people along until one you like gets sorted out. Employers will do the same to you (in reverse) as that’s the kind of market it is; their business is largely dependent on visitors, so if it’s a quiet time, you might not get any shifts, i.e. you won’t be getting paid. This becomes less of an issue as the season goes on, but it’s worth being aware that you might not be required to work all the time, especially in early season. Of course the only people likely to have lots of job offers are aforementioned hot females (hot girls might even get headhunted ‘ seriously), although it’s not unheard of for us normal folk.

If I were going to do a season now, I would probably try and get a job NOT with the mountain. The reason for this is freedom. If you buy your lift pass yourself, then it’s yours to keep should you wish to quit one job and take another half way through the season. If you’re working for the mountain and living in staff housing, well, you’re pretty stuck. If you quit your job you lose your house & pass. Ouch. You CAN transfer between departments with Intrawest if you want, but this is dependent on what comes up internally, plus you have to get approval (probably), which might not be straightforward.
In fact, I would advise you, if you have the money available, to buy a lift pass in advance. Once you gain employment you can get your money refunded, whether you get a free pass through Intrawest or a ‘Spirit Pass’ through your employer (basically a quite heavily discounted season pass). Plus, this way, you don’t have to wait around for your employer to arrange your pass (it can take a while at the start of the season, or they might be stingy and say you have to work for a certain period before they’ll allow you to have it ‘ stand up Four Seasons hotel :) so you can go skiing/boarding as soon as the lifts open. Yay!
It’s also good to take this route just in case you don’t get a job straight away, as you’ll have the pass already so it won’t be an issue that you’ve already spent all your savings on alcohol and can’t afford to buy one there and then, plus it’ll keep you out of trouble when you’re fed up of job hunting all day every day.


Housing

You’re probably going to be at least a little confused about the variety of communities that exist in Whistler. E.g. how far is each area from the village? How long does it take to get there? How often are the buses? And so on.

Basically, the housing situation in Whistler is pretty crazy. There is no regulation over how much people charge, and what the quality of the housing is like. In general, the standard is pretty good, although at least a few of my friends ended up in places where they had waaay too many people sharing the space (think 15 person dorms). You should steer clear of these! Something better will come up. Also, be wary of a landlord called Ivan Beller, he is a ripoff merchant and you should avoid renting from him if at all possible!!

Ideally you should look to pay about $500 per person per month. This may prove to be infeasible because all the best houses generally get taken in August/September, but there are still good places around, you just have to get lucky! Finding a house will involve placing MANY phonecalls. If you have not heard of the ‘Pique’ yet ‘ you will be referring to it a lot over the course of the season ‘ then you should check it out right now: http://piquenewsmagazine.com. In this paper, which comes out every Thursday (website publishes a day early on Wednesdays at 5pm), you can find out the lowdown on what’s on around the village, read articles etc. but you’ll probably be more interested in the classifieds section. This is a great resource for house & job hunting, and you should start looking right away! Like I say competition for housing is FIERCE at the start of the season, it might be pretty okay looking individually, but if you’re in a group then it’s a bit of a lottery. It may or may not be worthwhile calling ahead from home to try and get some viewings; I’m not sure what the landlords are like for waiting on people to get out there. You can certainly apply for jobs from home though, take a look at the classifieds in the Pique or try searching on the ‘net, e.g. try contacting Spicy sports and Affinity rentals if you’re after rentals ‘ Spicy especially seemed like a wicked bunch to work for.

As far as the different districts go, well, Whistler Village, Nesters, White Gold, Whistler Cay, Cay Heights, Tapleys, Brio & Blueberry are all within walking distance from the village, though Tapleys and some parts of Whistler Cay might be a bit of a hike. Being able to walk to the village is a definite plus as it means you don’t have to fork out for a bus pass every month, not to mention the fact that it’s great being able to walk everywhere.

For some reason they don’t have a season pass type thing for the buses, so you have to fork out $50 for an unlimited 30 day pass if you’re taking the bus a couple of times every day. You can also buy 10 & 20 ride passes, if you live centrally and like going to the gym, for example. There is a free shuttle service that runs around the central village area and up to Blackcomb, handy for getting around if you’re feeling lazy or carrying gear.

All the other areas (if I haven’t forgotten any) you have to ride a bus to, or be prepared for walking a long way. The three most common outside the central ones are Alpine Meadows, Emerald Estates and Creekside. These look kinda far away on the maps, but they really aren’t. I mean, if you’re on a bus, you’re on a bus, so what’s 5 minutes.

Creekside is better serviced by the buses (more regular plus express services), there’s a gondola which runs up to Whistler from Creekside base, there’s some local bars, and you can ski in/out – conditions permitting. The downside is that the main road between Vancouver & Whistler goes through here, so the traffic is pretty heavy. Last ride home to Creekside is at 3am, I think. The buses take about 10 minutes from the Village. There’s an area called Nordic which is between Creekside & Brio ‘ that’s on the bus route and slightly closer to the Village. Out past Creekside are Tamarisk (also a nice place to live but a bit further out), Westside (about a half hour trip), Function Junction & Spring Creek. I wouldn’t advise living in the latter two places as function’s a hole and spring creek is faaaar.

Alpine Meadows and Emerald Estates are pretty serene. There’s some awesome houses around and the scenery is fantastic. Buses from here take about 15 minutes and the last ride home is around 2am (which is when all the clubs close anyway, but doesn’t give you much time to go get some food). There are no bars out here, it’s pretty residential, but the vibe is cool. The sports centre in Whistler is adjacent to Alpine, so if you’re into gym/squash/ice skating/swimming/hot tubbing ‘ maybe that’s a plus. Actually quite a few of the houses in Whistler have hot tubs, so maybe you’ll get lucky.
Out past Emerald is Pemberton. This is a serious commute and I’d only advise living there if you’re holding out for somewhere closer temporarily, or you’re on a tight budget! The bus service sucks too so expect to be crashing on friends’ floors a lot of the time if you’re out for the night.

In Whistler, having somewhere to live is almost more important than getting a job. Employers WILL ask you if you have somewhere to live for the season ‘ if it’s the case that you’re still looking for somewhere then just borrow a friend’s address and tell them you have, cuz if you don’t then they won’t wanna know. If you’re struggling to find a house, job or both, then it’s really a case of hanging in there until something comes your way. It WILL HAPPEN if you stick at it and don’t lose faith. Do whatever you have to ‘ sleep on sofas on rotation, become a hermit, whatever. Once you’re set up it will all be worthwhile. Most people I know who were struggling to start off with ended up with a pretty sweet deal, they just had to wait for things to work themselves out. I didn’t meet anyone who went home because they couldn’t get set up, so fear not! (Although I knew plenty who had to go home because of injury ;)

If you can’t find something you like right away, try and get on a month-to-month arrangement as you can always move later in the season. Lots of people start moving around as time goes on, so keep checking papers, boards & asking friends if you’re wanting to shift.


Other Stuff

You’ll need a Social Insurance Number to work in Canada, your organisation (e.g. BUNAC) will be able to sort you out with this in the arrival meeting. Likewise, you need a SIN to open a bank account. You’ll have to do this when you get up to Whistler, as they won’t let you open it in Vancouver if you’re not going to be living there. In Whistler village, there are branches for TD Canada Trust (at the marketplace), and Royal Bank of Canada, or RBC, next to the conference centre. There’s a couple other smaller ones, but TD & RBC are the main ones. In Creekside there is a Scotiabank branch, so if you end up living there it might be better to go with them. The banking in Canada is kinda antiquated compared with the UK – they charge you for having an account & charge you for withdrawals from machines etc. Same with mobile phones, or “cellphones”. It might be worth getting a contract if you use it a lot – you can get a month to month contract which is basically like a prepay thing. Anyway, you don’t have to sign up for 12 months. One particularly good one was with Fido and let you call or text free on the same network locally (almost all BUNACers will have Fido phones as they sell it to you in the welcome meeting :) make sure you ask for a Whistler number though, because if you get a Vancouver number then you’ll be calling long distance (in America, there’s not really a distinction between mobile phones and landlines like there is in the UK). If you’re taking your phone with you from the UK, you’ll need to get it unlocked. If you have a Nokia, you can get this done for free on the internet. Maybe you can for other makes too, but you might have to pay someone to do it. Don’t pay more than ’20, if you have to pay to get it unlocked.

Social networking is very important. Knowing the right people can land you all you need. When you arrive, talk to everyone. If you need something, let people know! You never know whose friend of a friend can help you out. By the end of the season, you’ll probably be connected with everyone in resort somehow anyway!

Canadians ID harshly. Way more than in the UK. If you’re blatantly old enough to go drinking, take your ID anyway. I’ve seen them turn away 50 year old people, no joke. If you’re underage, you might have some problems. I knew a couple people who got fake ID made up – this worked for a while until a guy who knew his shit busted them :) still, if it’s your only chance, so be it. Either that or borrow someone elses ID, although this isn’t reliable either and could get it handed in to the police if they don’t believe it’s you!! Note that they will ask for 2 forms of ID, one government issued i.e. passport or driving license, and something else with your name on. A credit card will suffice.

TIPPING. There is a HUGE tipping culture in North America. Maybe you know this, maybe you don’t. It was certainly one of the hardest things to get used to when we were there. Basically, you are obliged to tip servers, taxi drivers, and hairdressers. They are big on table service in bars, but even if you go up to the bar and order yourself, they will expect you to tip. 10% is expected on anything, and is a base amount. If you’re happy with something, it’s polite to tip 15% or even 20%. To be honest, I never really tipped the ‘bartenders’ in Whistler, as they’re not really going to remember you, plus a lot of them in the clubs are dickheads. If a girl is serving your table though, you really should leave a tip. You see, in almost all places the girls get paid minimum wage, i.e. they make their money on tips which is supposed to encourage them to give better service, which it kinda does, and if they have a shortfall in their tips for the night, they have to compensate out of their own pocket. This system really sucks, I know, but this is why you should always leave at least 10% for your servers!

There’s probably more to know than that, but at least it’ll get you off on the right foot :)

TODO: ski areas; bars & clubs


64 thoughts on “The Guide to ‘Doing a Season’ in Whistler

  1. Gustav

    Hey, me and some other mates from Stockholm, Sweden are planning a trip to Whistler next season (06/07) I wonder when you should leave to go there we were thinking about leaving around christmas is that too late. I also wonder if you need a working visa to get a job and probably a lot of other stuff I can’t come up with now. any tips? This site was nothing bu FANTASTIC.

    With regards. Gustav Sandström

  2. jon Post author

    Hey Gustav,

    To be honest Christmas is probably a bit late.. I mean it’s doable (basically a lot is dependent on your determination to make things work out plus flexibility on type of job/where you live), but you’d be making things harder for yourself than if you got there in October.. It is doable though. Perhaps if you grabbed some short-term accommodation and are willing to separate your group then you could stick it out ’til something better comes along, which would probably be around February time. Good luck with everything anyways.

    Glad you like the site/guide dudes :)

  3. Shawn

    Thanks! I thought I was losing my mind trying to figure out where some of these rentals were located with a map of the village!! I appreciate the 411.
    Shawn

  4. Boarder

    Gustav,
    You really should get a working holiday visa before going over. It’s not to say you can’t find work under the table but it’s not easy and you will probably only find the bottom jobs or the jobs that not many people want such as snow shovelling, labouring or cleaning. It’s also quite possible your employer will not pay you if you don’t tell them up front about your visa (as legally you’re not supposed to work with a tourist visa).

    Around this time of year there are a lot of jobs but there are also a whole bunch of people who have arrived recently or are just arriving. They will be on the hunt for work the time as you or just before you arrive. The vast majority will have work visa’s or are Canadian citizens so they will take preferece. Best of luck!

  5. Boarder

    Also I dunno if this was already mentioned or not but in the crazy season when everyone arrives and is on the job hunt (Oct-Dec) I found that the best way to find work was to door knock with resumes anywhere you think you could work. I found that most times whatever recruiting fairs or jobs were avertised in the Pique magazing or elsewhere usually had way, way too many people show up to apply. Many didn’t even get interviews as there were that many people. I would say using the Pique is still a good place to start to look for work (and at other times of the year when half the town isn’t looking for work all at once its a pretty good place to find a job). However at this time of year I would go to any and every place that you want to work and ask them if they are hiring. I found many jobs this way and was surprised that someone else hadn’t already got them! None of those places had signs up or advertisements as far as I know that they were looking for staff.

  6. Kim

    Really good advice thanks. I really want to go and work over in canada for a season or two and a friend of mine told me that whisler was a cool place. Tell me what is it like in the summer months and are there any jobs between april and october or is it just the winter season. Thanks again kim x

  7. jon Post author

    looks like it’s set to dump so you should be ok! tbh there’s bound to be some snow there late november, even if it’s only on the upper slopes..

  8. anna

    Hey

    Thanks for all the information

    Im hoping to go out to Whistler from the Uk at the end of November with 2 friends, one of my friends knows someone who has offered us cheap accomodation and the possibility of jobs with Intrawest, but i am concerened about the visa issue, as in which type of temporary holiday visa is best, is it best to get them through BUNAC?And when?

    If you could email me back it would be hugely appreciated

    Thanks again

    xxx

  9. Mick

    Hey

    thanks for that info, really helpful. Im heading to whistler in novemeber and have pretty much sorted a job in town. I was thinking of paying for my accomadation before I go out with one of the UK companies online but the rent is very exspensive, 800-900 dollars amonth.

    Although the properties are very nice and have extermly good facilities and all bills are included. Would I be better finding accomadation when im out there. You did mention that its easier if your on your own which I will be.

    Thanks again

  10. Ems

    Hi,

    Great information – so looking forward to getting out there!

    Q for anyone who might know – am 31, so don’t qualify for a working holiday visa, so have to then have a job offer before i go, have been e-mailing my CV around but nothing back – anyone any tips!

    Thanks heaps

  11. jon Post author

    Mick:
    That sounds very pricey – I would wait until you get out there…

    Ems:
    Chase them up – persistence is key! Otherwise in the worst case you could just go out there on a tourist visa and sort it out on location. I’m sure there are provisions for changing the visa type either whilst you’re still in Canada, or if you hop over the border into Washington state. Though knowing it’s sorted prior to leaving would be a weight off your mind.

  12. Dani

    Hello everyone!
    I am heading out to Canada on 21st October and planning on going to whistler. I am travelling alone so I am keen to meet anyone who is also planning on being there for the season. I am realy worried about the acomadtion situation. I have looked at a few options where you can organise it before but it seems realy expensive. £2600 minimum for the whole season! And I think you have to pay that up front- what I cant aford to do.

    Just wondered what everyone elses plans are? I am quite nervous about the whole thing at the moment!

    Dani

  13. charlie

    My plans seem pretty similar to you Dani. Heading out on the 21st Oct aswell with BA in the evening. Booked myself in the samesun hostel that night, then heading to Whistler the next day with greyhound coaches (after the BUNAC orientation thing). Still looking for accomodation and a job though.

    Good times

  14. Dani

    Hi Charlie
    I am also flying on a BA flight and booked into the Samesun backpackers. And going to BUNAC thing and up the mountain the next day!! How funny! Is it London you are flying from? Mine is and it leaves around 5.30pm (ish)!

    Iv got somewhere to stay for a few weeks when I first go out there but I will also be joining the queue of people looking for work and acom.

    Il proberly meet you some where along the way! Stranger things have happened!

  15. Charlie

    Yeh mine’s the 17.10 from Heathrow, Mental! I’m loving it already. I’ll probably be wearing a hoody with a black North Face body warmer so if you spot me then feel free to come over.

    Where did you find your accommodation for the first few weeks? Havent done that yet.

  16. Dani

    Yeh 1710- thats the one! Il keep an eye out for you. I have no idea what Il be wearing yet but Il let you know when I work it out and then you can keep an eye out for me too.

    Im booked into a b&b. Cant rem the name of it (il let you know) but he dosnt do a lot of advertising. Im not quite sure how I stumbled across it in the first place! It was the same price as the hostels but all the hostels I spoke to were booked out so I went for this one. Its just a small place from what I can work out.

    So have you done any seasons before? Iv done a few in france. Im wondering how this will compare. Over there the job situation was sweet and we had loads of time up the mountain. Not sure if it will work out the same over in Canada, hope so!

  17. Charlie

    I’ve spoken to the UBS hostel and I’m gonna get me and my chum Chris who I’m meeting in Vancouver shacked up til the 1st November.

    You’ve already done a few seasons?! Crazy. You really are living the dream. Despite skiing my whole life, I’m Afraid I’m a season virgin.

  18. Dani

    R u staying in a private room there? I looked into dorms there but Im sure they said they were all booked up.

    I had never seen snow out of england before my first season so it was all a bit of a shock! Loved it though!

    Are you on facebook?

  19. Mick

    hey

    This question is for dani.

    Could ya tell me the name of the b&b if thats ok. Im heading out end nov but as u know everyplace is booked up!

    Cheers

  20. pearl

    hay good info , im writing to ask what do people think the best jobs are ? going out on thu and dont know where to start applying for the best ? , any help would be greatful , thanks

  21. Amy

    Pearl:

    I’ve got a job with intrawest for this season and it comes with lots of perks (accomodation, free lift ticket, meal plan) and I really like the social aspect of being able to live with everyone you work with. If you’re going on Thursday you’ll be there just in time for the job fair (Nov 1-3) and may be able to get a job that way. The online application for the job fair is on the whistler blackcomb website tomorrow and I’m pretty sure you need to apply that way. Good Luck!

  22. Tom S

    Hello Guys, just after a few tips really!

    Gonna be heading out to whistler some time in december, possibly early jan depending on when i can get my visa (i’m not a student so having to wait for the 2009 visa to come out boo!) am i gonna have a really hard time finding work and accomodation? I’m not too fussed about what job i get as long as i have time to hit the slopes.
    Also if all goes well i am planning on staying right through the summer to do loads of biking, is anyone else doing a similar thing?
    I’m a season virgin so any tips/advice would be awesome.
    thanks,
    Tom

  23. Mick

    Hey dani, thanks for that!.

    Im also heading out on my own in mid november (booking flights 2moro, woohoo!!). i have pretty much secured a job already with dominos pizza but its accomadation that will be difficult.
    It really does seem hard to get if you dont work for the mountain! I was looking at the accomadion with th UK companies also but its so exspensive, plus paying all up front!!!

  24. Dani

    yeh i cant belive they expect people to be able to aford to pay for it up front! and its not cheap. Im just going to sort it when i get there. iv been looking about but most places only have a contact num and no email and its to costy to be calling there.

  25. Rob

    Easy!

    Thanks for this post, its very useful.

    I’m planning on being in Whistler this time next year! I want to leave october, november time 2009 and stay till the end of the season 2010.

    Anyone know how much trouble the Olympics are going to cause me? In general will it benefit my season or not? or will it be too busy. I dont want to wait till 2011!

    I have also looked at the uk companies, i.e Seasonaires but its so expensive, i cant afford 4 grand + upfront!!

    Im really worried a bout turning up with no accommodation.

    Is anyone else planning on being out there this time next year?

  26. Scott

    Hey,

    Reply to Rob’s message. Hello mate, me and my misses are planning on going out in October for the winter Olympics season, after reading this im a little concerned about having to stump up the whole accomodation up front, but im sure most people cant afford to do that.
    Im pretty sure after reading the news articles there will be loads more jobs this season so that shouldnt be a problem.
    We are gonna make sure we get to one of the job fairs early doors!

    let me know what your plans are mate.

    Scotty

  27. jon Post author

    Always advisable to get job sorted upfront if possible – saves a potential headache. Be aware that although there will be an increased number of jobs available, they might not be for the whole season (Olympics + Paralympics = 6 weeks?), and especially Olympic positions might be allocated some time in advance.

    Also be aware that loads of the property owners are jacking their prices for the 09/10 season – well, so would we, right? :) but yeah might make it more expensive than usual to secure accommodation.. Alongside the increased competition from people jumping on the Olympic bandwagon. I’m sure there will be some reasonable accommodation available, but you might be hard pushed to find it remotely.

    Anyway I don’t mean to sound pessimistic, so go for it! If it doesn’t work out in Whis then there’s always Big White, Fernie, Banff etc. not too far away. Or there’s always the year after when the dust has settled!

  28. Morven

    Great info, thanks so much for taking the time to write this post.

    My other half and I are considering a season in Whistler for 09/10 and I’m trying to find all the advice I can. Rob / Scott, we’ll hopefully see you there!!

  29. Tommy

    Hey

    Great post.

    Just to add, those who work at Roundhouse/Rendezvous etc do get a meal allowance for lunch which is a lot of free munch over the course of the season, means you get a change from Kraft dinner and a guaranteed hot meal every day. Adds up over the course of the season.

  30. Zara

    Hi,
    I’m also planning on heading out for the 09/10 season, aiming to work for the mountain i think, anyone know when those jobs are posted on the net?
    Look forward to hopefully seeing you other guys there come november!

  31. jase

    ive got a job with intrawest organised through OWH in aus. apparently there are way less jobs available this year as visitor numbers are usually down in an olympic year (apart from the actual olympic period), so you’d probably want to get something sorted ASAP. also everyone is right about accomm, landlords seem to be either taking it off the market so that they can rent it out for the olympic period, or putting a clause in the rental agreement and kicking you out for the olympic period. another reason why workin for the mountain may e the best bet this year, staff accommodation

  32. Albert

    Hey great info,

    I have linked it from my facebook group, hope you dont mind.

    Whistler/Blackcomb 09/10! Be there, you know you want too!

    http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=25485939924

    Congrats on the job Jase, man owh is so much quicker than iep, by the way what position have you got? two of my friends are in retail.

    If you want to work for the mountain then it is generally through working holiday programs if you are a foreigner. In Australia you can go through owh.com.au or iep.org.au.

    Anyways for those people that are planning an 09/10 season check it out and post any other tips you may have.

    Thanks! Good luck with your plans and hope to see you on the slopes!

  33. Lauren

    Hey!! I really want to work at Whistler but I need to know exctly when the season starts and ends because I don’t think I’ll be able to stay till April, it would be March. So…I am planing to go to Whistler over the next few days to go job hunting and see what comes up. I am from Melbourne but currently in Vancouver, been here since March and hoping to come back here around late November/December for the 09/10 season!! Skiing is what I live for, and Whistler and Vail are my fabourite ski resorts!! But Whistler has a better atmosphere and village, I think, so the best place to work.
    Is there a way to get a job that doesn’t go for the FULL season? Unfortunately I need to be home in March. Anyone got any idea as to if thats possible? Thanks heaps!
    Lauren

  34. Danielle Scullion

    Hey everyone, looking for tips for the upcoming summer season :)

    heading out with bunac on the 14th of April and staying to september. Wandering if anyone has any advice for jobs or places to stay when we get there. Wanting to stay in a one bed apartment so i already know its gonna be pretty costly.

    If anyone has any ideas about it all let me know :D

    Thank you!

  35. Peter Madsen

    Two friends and I are heading to Whistler from Denmark this season (11/12) and are looking for a place to stay.
    He says “The good places get taken in august/september” does that mean, that people come to whistler en august/september or just start renting places for the season in this two months?

  36. Pippa Stanton

    Hi, im thinking of heading out in November time for the season.. never done one before, eek. Would be great to hear from anyone else considering the same!?

  37. Martin Blake

    Hi Pippa,
    Me and my friend are doing a season this year, i reckon we will be getting to the resort around that time!

  38. Pippa Stanton

    Ello Martin. Ooh, thats cool. What are you planning to do out there? Are you going to work for the mountain, or find some other sort of job? If you fancy chatting about it some time then add me on facebook (went to nuca). Would be good to hear from ya.

  39. Karen

    Hiya,
    I’m leaving Glasgow at the end of Sept ’11 JUST in time for the Whistler fair, i think. I’d love to do a season. I’d would do any job that means meeting folk (colleagues / guests) and not toooo fussy with accom.
    BUT, I’m a bit concerned about money in that if the season doesnt start til December, I potentially have a couple of months to float about.
    Is it the done thing to get a short-term job in Vancouver whilst waiting for a Whistler job to start up?
    I’d appreciate any advice.
    Cheers!
    ps. would welcome any chat from folk doing the same thing this year! Cant wait :)
    K x

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