How To Plan Or Work A Ski Season - Our 100 Top Resources And Tips
Okay so adult-ing is getting to be a little too much like hard work, you are pretty much “over it”. You have started to let your mind wander and casual daydreams have turned into full on lapses in time, hours go by, unaccounted for but you did decide which skis you were going to buy. This leads you to the obvious, unavoidable reality that its time for you to do a snowboard/ski season, or for the more monetarily challenged, work a ski season!
The mountains are calling and you must go! Therefore we thought we would put a guide together- “The Ultimate Resource” for anyone looking to do a season or go on an extended trip. You need this , it’s good for the soul, please CR us when you use that line to your boss before you do a #MicDrop and storm out the office before trowing your skis over your shoulder and demanding everyone follow you on Insta!
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So why delay, let’s get stuck in and cover the different sections. Hopefully, with a few ideas, resources, inspiration and lists, you will be able to head to the mountains to “do a season” or spend time in the resorts, having the experience of a lifetime.
30 Ski Website, Resources & Forums
Weather Apps & Resort Info
Il MeteoIl Meteo is an Italian weather app and website that provides national and international coverage. The app is super user-friendly and if you are riding in the Italian Alps, the level of accuracy and information if next level, especially for windy results. Very accurate.
Magazines & Publications
Freeride World TourOkay okay, you may not be competing, but man oh man is it incredible to watch. Big lines, all the stoke in the world and totally unmissable, history-making riders. If you get the feeling you could have a go yourself, why not enter their qualifier series ;)!
Planning & Travel
24 Instagrammers You Have To Follow
25 Perfect Ski Season Resorts
Party / Apres Towns
Val D’Isere is one of the worlds most famous ski resorts for good reason. A ski town that can also become home. Val D’Isere doesn’t just offer Apres ski, in fact none of the resorts in the list are simply just for apres ski, Val offers an incredible all-rounded experience but man oh man, when 3pm hits, the town comes alive. La Folie Douce, need I say more?W. valdisere.com
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Mayrhofen, again not just a singular resort where you will only find epic apres. The vibe overall is relaxed and like most Austrian resorts, it has the dream set up, ride all day, party all afternoon and be tucked up in bed by ten ready to do it all the next day.W. mayrhofen.com
Morzine is a timeless destination originally blotted against a tiny picture postcard village, that has expanded into a hub for apres ski and a fun mountain atmosphere. Situated in the stunning Portes du Soleil, the perfect resort to access all the other amazing destinations in the area.W. morzine-avoriaz.com
The ski towns of Banff and Lake Louise are home to the distinctive mountain resorts of Banff Sunshine, The Lake Louise Ski Resort and Mt Norquay. Banff has been a low key mecca for riders and we wish to keep it that way, go there, ride hard and enjoy the non competitive linesW. skibig3.com
Another well kept freeride secret. Nestled deep in the Aosta valley by the Monte Rosa. Champlouc is home to an increasing freeride zone neighboured with Gressoney, pair that with a little of the Italian dolce vita- You have a dream season destination.W. Aosta-valley.co.uk
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Home to the most iconic mountain in the world, the Matterhorn. Zermatt has pretty epic apres, beautiful piste, a great community and awesome freeride in plenty of designated zones and out of bounds areas. Live the luxury lifestyle or live frugally, it suits all styles an budgets. Literally an all-rounder.W. zermatt.com
Cham’ is a destination popular the world over. In the streets of this high-mountain town you’ll hear languages from every corner of the globe. But the people who come to this ‘summit meeting’ share the same way of thinking, the same love for mountaineering, its legends and its ethics.W. chamonix.com
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Park & Piste
Betterpark Hintertux is the highest freestyle-spots in Austria and is considered by many to be the best Snowpark in the Alps. The entrance to the park is at 3,200 metres above sea level at the foot of the majestic Olperer Mountain and is a favourite meeting point for local riders as well as the international scene.W. hintertuxergletscher.at
What To Pack- The Ultimate Adventurers Backpack
Invest in a steel water bottle. It will be a trusty companion. Perfect for keeping drinks warm or cold. Cup of tea on a mountain top anyone?
It’s a smart choice to keep items such as a lighter in your backpack. You never know when you may need it.
Ideal for doing equipment fixes, its any good adventurers companion.
Always carry a mid layer with you on the mountain, you never know when the weather will change. Ideally something light and compacts, preferably made of down or man made down.
Invest in a good battery charger on the go, always having a battery on your phone is even smarter on the mountain.
Buy a bottle of spray on ski/snowboard wax, if your equipment is being weird, you can do last minute sprays to get you back to the shop to wax the equipment properly.
This is a total luxury for cash-strapped seasonnaires but bury a 20 in your backpack so its there for emergencies.
There is so much to be said for a good playlist, music has a way of changing your perspective. If it’s work or play or indeed anything in-between, perhaps a walk in the Forrest or a Heli ski descent, a playlist will fill you the thrill, excitement and get those happy endorphins flowing.
UVA and UVB rays are extremely damaging to your eyes. To protect your eyes and your vision, essentially your ability to take in all these experiences in visually, invest in a good pair of polarized sunnies.
Often overlooked and an unnecessary addition to your pack, a simple first aid kit should not be ignored. Whether you are first aid trained or not (of course we recommend everyone undergo first aid training to aid them on their travels), this kit will be your new best friend.
And Finally 10 Different Resort Jobs
There are so many awesome jobs to do on a ski season. Perhaps you don’t speak another language or have any direct skills, there will be something for you rest assured. If you are qualified, ie experience in hospitality or maybe you are bilingual, it could be worth going to local businesses directly and sending your CV like you would back home. If not there are so many amazing website that can help!
Remember to play up your skills, any work experience you have and that you are in town to work hard, ski and have a good time. Employers want to know your are dedicated and committed without letting the whole seasonnaire life get in the way. (It will, but they don’t want to know that ;))
- Chalet Host
- Chalet Chef
- Resort Guide/ Rep
- Ski Instructor
- Bar Staff
- Kitchen Porter/pot washer
- Ski Tech
- Hotel Reception
- Child care
Where To Find Ski Season Jobs Online
That’s it that’s all folks. I hope this article proves helpful when planning the adventure of a lifetime. Be sure to follow us on the gram and on FB. You can also leave us comments below and we can answer your questions directly. But one thing is for sure, above all else, wherever you go on your season, whatever you end up doing. . . You better be wearing products from Ridestore, trust me it will help!