Employment in La Tania
Thinking of working a Season?
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The experiences, memories and friendships will last a lifetime - or you may never go home! Of course it can be hard work, your employer's rules & punctuality can be strict and the pay is generally poor, but a season in the mountains is something you have to experience before you can even try to explain it...
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Some job finding hints - first, it's not going to land in your lap, it does require a bit of effort but the rewards (not money!) are worth it. Remember a bit of French goes down very well, as does a clean driving licence plus any relevant qualifications and related experience in what you're applying for.
Our sponsors Cool Ski Jobs often have jobs available in out parts of the Alps - they too started out working ski seasons in La Tania... There's also the La Tania Jobs Forum which is worth touting yourself on too.
Make sure you check out Natives.co.uk the website for season workers which has lots of jobs and useful info on everything about "doing a season". Back in 1999 when Natives started there was a close association with latania.co.uk and we hosted one of their first ever season workers race days and parties.
As well as agencies and season workers sites it can be worth contacting companies directly - locally in La Tania try bars, restaurants, hotels, transfer companies, ski hire shops, private chalets, property management companies etc.
Check latania.co.uk for links / contact details. Remember even specialist jobs such as ski instructors still work for companies that require sales and administration staff.
Next would be to try the ski tour operators and holiday companies (including smaller ones such as Ski Beat or Le Ski and also foreign ones such as Ski France). You may not be able to specify which resort you'll work in of course.
The London Ski Show in October/November is always worth a shout as there are lots of potential employers about although as the show has moved later in the year it's probably a bit too late now.
There some season worker job fairs which are worth attending, keep a look out on social media for these.
Cookery courses are another valuable asset to have completed - check out The Hive Cookery School which was set up by ex La Tania season workers and are based near Les Arcs from July to October. They've got a great record of attendees getting season work in The Alps.
Finally if you've got some money saved up and can survive for a few weeks and are feeling brave... Get out here right at the end of November to start looking - make yourself known in the resort (and all the bars), buy a few drinks for people and get to know everyone.
Always have plenty of copies of your CV on you, get some business cards made up with a phone number on it and use any noticeboards around resort. Make sure everyone knows you're looking for work and be prepared to do anything while keep a smile on your face!
Early season often sees the odd person going home after only a couple of weeks, they may have been sacked, injured on their first day snowboarding or just can't hack it - Never give up looking...
Hope this helps, and good luck!