Find ski jobs in France

When people talk about skiing and working in a ski resort, the first place that comes to mind is the Alps. You can travel as far as Japan, New Zealand, Canada, but for the majority of Brits, the European Alps are the most popular destination for those wishing to work a winter season. The area stretches more than a thousand kilometres and encompasses eight different countries. If the Alps are the most popular ski region in the world, the favourite place to find ski jobs is France.

Why does everyone want to work in France?

location, location, location

The magnet that is French skiing is certainly felt by us Brits, with thousands and thousands of us heading out each winter to find jobs that allow us to enjoy the seasonaire lifestyle. Although the popularity of the French resorts guarantees a higher cost of living while you are out there, if you have your wits about you, there will be ways to avoid the obvious tourist traps.

One of the biggest plus points for France is its location. A short flight or long train ride (heck you could even drive there!) means you aren’t too far from home, and as a member of the EU, there are no restrictions for British nationals in terms of work permits and visas. Make sure you have an EHIC (European Health Insurance Card) to cover the cost of any medical treatment – don’t assume you will never actually need it, you’d be surprised how many people do themselves damage while working a ski season.

Don’t expect to earn big wages in France – think more about the perks of the job! An amazing working environment that people back home would trade every day of the week. Your employer will likely provide everything you will need in terms of ski or board hire. They probably have an arrangement with the local hire place that will get you boots and skis, though you will need to take your own appropriate winter clothing. Season long lift passes will also be included as a perk for the majority of jobs.

Ski resorts in France

Choosing your working environment

Ski resorts like Alpe d’Huez, Chamonix, and Val d’Isere will be instantly recognisable to anyone who has even the slightest knowledge of skiing. If you are looking for reliable powder and ski conditions, slopes and snow parks that will suit all abilities from complete beginners to advanced skiers, and places with a great night life, France has it all, in spades! As winter sports attract so many tourists it is hardly surprising that numerous ski areas have become established to take their money. There are more than 350 resorts attracting upwards of ten million people a year, contributing billions of Euros to the French economy.

Types of ski resort in France


Occupying a large chunk of the Western Alps, France has every type of resort you can imagine, but is perhaps most famous for linking resorts together to create huge ski areas. Examples include the Paradiski and The Three Valleys.

Mega resorts – attracting the most tourists, they are found at higher altitudes where snowfall will be more predictable and reliable and will allow the tour operators to extend the season at both ends due to early and late snowfalls. In order to attract the maximum number of visitors, each ski area will have plenty of interest for all ski abilities, so plenty of blue as well as black runs. The associated towns will have more hotel beds, and there will be more restaurants and bars. This means more staff to keep the resorts ticking during the season.
Example resort: Tignes. Resort altitude 2000m. Capacity 30,000 beds

Small to medium resorts – tend to be quieter, sometimes more picturesque, and attract more in the way of families and French tourists. Resorts in this category may target beginner to intermediate, or intermediate to expert skiers – certainly worth thinking about if you plan to take a ski job off the beaten track. On the up side as far as we are concerned, a resort of this size is likely to give you a feeling of being in France, rather than on the side of a mountain that could be anywhere in Europe.
Example resort: Le Corbier. Resort altitude 1550m. Capacity 9000 beds

Requirements for ski jobs in France

rules and regulations

- You may be looking after British guest most of the time but you are still living in France, so the ability to speak at least a bit of the language is often a benefit if not a requirement.

- Some jobs will have age restrictions. If your job requires you to drive you will need to be +21 for insurance reasons.

- Make sure you have a UK bank account and that you have a national insurance number. It is cheaper for British companies to pay you this way so most of them insist upon it.

- Although (at the time of writing) we still don't know exactly how Brexit is going to affect your opportunities to work a ski season, we will keep you posted with any new developments. At the moment, ski companies are still recruiting British staff for the up coming 2019/20 European ski season.

Types of ski jobs available in France

As we have already said, French resorts attract as many as ten million people. Chances are, if you wanted to go and find work as a plasterer or a dentist you’d be in with a chance, but the bulk of jobs in France will fall into the following broad categories:

Chalet jobs in France


Chalet work covers many areas of expertise, from cleaning to customer service. You’ll almost certainly need to know how to cook if you are looking after a smaller chalet that does not have its own kitchen staff. We aren’t talking about a quick round of sandwiches either; in a catered chalet guests will expect a substantial breakfast, often lunch, and a full three course meal every evening. If you and your partner have customer service and catering experience between you, chalet couples are in demand.

Bar work


Perhaps the easiest type of ski work to obtain in France is bar related. Clearing tables, collecting jars and serving drinks is the type of work that will see a steady turnover during a season as people do stints while passing though. The hours also mean you have a decent amount of the day free to do as you please, though you may be pretty tired if you are expected to work into the small hours of the morning. This type of vacancy may be ideal if your job in France is designed to give you as much time to ski as possible!

Childcare staff in France


Almost the opposite end of the spectrum from bar work, while you are looking after little ones you aren’t going to be drinking, and you are going to miss most of the day while other people are out skiing. If you enjoy working as a nanny then there are plenty of jobs available and the pay is comparable to similar jobs here in the UK.

Hospitality and Catering jobs in France


Another broad category but the most commonly advertised catering job is that of the chalet chef. Qualified and experienced chefs, prepared to cook at altitude and run their own kitchen with little help from anyone else, are in high demand. You can expect a reasonable salary, but precious little time out on the piste.

Drivers / Maintenance


We’d love to know the history behind this, but for some reason, these two are generally requested of the same person. As well as driving guests to and from the chalet or hotel, you will be called in to fix any problems with the fabric of the property. You will have to be fairly flexible in regards to your hours of work and the type of work will require you to be a bit of a jack of all trades. Obviously a clean driving licence is also a must. Although you could find yourself with plenty of free time, being on call means you may have to cancel any plans at short notice.

Multi-role Summer job in the alps

Multi-role Summer job in the alps


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renumeration icon €150 a week including lodgings and vehicle

Spend this June, July & August working in the French Alps! Peak Adventures (Ski Peak in the winter) are the specialist holiday operator in Vaujany, operating self catered chalets. We are a small family run company currently looking to hire a couple with European passports for the summer
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Chalet host extraordinaire for winter 21/22

Chalet host extraordinaire for winter 21/22


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renumeration icon Competitive salary and benefits

We offer a unique holiday for the independent traveller and with that what we think is the best chalet job in the Alps this winter. Working with us isn't about servicing guests but creating an experience and therefore your role reflects that.
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General assistants/chalet hosts needed for fun ski season in Megeve

General assistants/chalet hosts needed for fun ski season in Megeve


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renumeration icon Competitive salary + tips, travel to and from London, medical insurance, ski and boot hire, full area ski pass, food and good accommodation

Are you looking to have a great season and do you hold an EU passport? Then we are looking for you to join our small and friendly team in Megeve for a great ski season. The job involves mainly housekeeping and waiting but also opportunities to welcome guests and get out and get lots of skiing!
Posted by: Stanford Skiing
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Chalet Manager for fun ski season in Megeve

Chalet Manager for fun ski season in Megeve


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renumeration icon Competitive salary + tips, travel to and from London, ski and boot hire, full area ski pass, food and good accommodation

We are a family run company looking for a great chalet manager to join our friendly team in Megeve for a fun ski season. You need to have good management skills and great customer service as we want both our guests and staff to have a wonderful time with us and we hope you will too!
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Chalet Host Couple

Chalet Host Couple


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Together you’ll be the heart and soul of a catered chalet, welcoming guests from the moment they step into resort until their holiday comes to an end.
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Chalet Cooks

Chalet Cooks


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renumeration icon competitive seasonnaire salary

If cooking is your strongest suit but you're not looking for an out-and-out 'chef' role, then being a Chalet Cook will be your bread and butter! You'll take responsibility for the kitchen but work with the rest of the team to provide breakfast, afternoon tea and a 3 course evening meal 5 days a week
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Resort Representative

Resort Representative


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renumeration icon €150 - €200 a week including food and lodging, lift pass and ski hire

Ski Peak is a family run company that specialises in Vaujany. We operate 4 self-catered chalets and will have 3 staff Your responsibilities will include: Welcoming guests Being approachable and helpful at all times Cleaning of entire chalet every weekend and once during week for Saskia
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Maintenance People

Maintenance People


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renumeration icon Competitive

All the gears and all the ideas! If you are a dab hand with a screwdriver steer the way into your mountain career, dividing your time between taking care of in-resort guest transportation and maintain our pride and joy- chalets.
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Chalet Hosts

Chalet Hosts


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Be the heart and soul of a catered ski chalet! Welcome Skiworld guests from the moment they step into resort until their holiday comes to an end. Preparing breakfast, afternoon tea and dinner 5 days a week, you'll be the true hero of your guests' holidays.
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Chalet hosts needed for fun summer season in Megeve

Chalet hosts needed for fun summer season in Megeve


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Are you a friendly, helpful person with a can do attitude, fluent french, with an EU passport, not afraid of hard work and eager to get out and enjoy the mountains as well? Then we're looking for you to join our team in Megeve over the summer looking after our guests.
Posted by: Stanford Skiing
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Resort Managers

Resort Managers


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Are you a logical leader, ultimately unflappable and daringly dynamic? It’s time to step up… take on the ultimate resort role which is as rewarding as it is challenging. The Resort Manager role is highly varied role and would suit a confident, capable person with plenty of ski season experience
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Chefs for Chalet Hotel in top ski resorts

Chefs for Chalet Hotel in top ski resorts


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renumeration icon £250/week + lift pass +accommodation + food+ ski Hire + insurance + flights to and from resort + share of gratuities

At Ski Miquel we are looking for well-trained and professional chefs who want to work in a chalet-hotel environment and to ensure high quality food for 25-35 guests each week. This a full-time position for the winter season, working alongside our Resort Manager and Chalet Hosts. Ski Miquel holidays
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Lovely chef/couple needed for superior ski chalet Megeve

Lovely chef/couple needed for superior ski chalet Megeve


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renumeration icon Competitive salary + tips, ski and boot hire, full area ski pass, food and accommodation

Are you a dynamic chef with or without another half who loves cooking but would also love to ski? Then we're looking for you! You will be running your own chalet, cooking & looking after 10-14 in our superior chalet. Chefs need to be dynamic & creative, hosts friendly & helpful & both keen to ski!
Posted by: Stanford Skiing
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Chalet Managers

Chalet Managers


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Is your love for food and service unrivalled? Do you know your pâté from your parfait? Do you have real enthusiasm and determination to deliver the highest of standards and are able to inspire and lead a team of hosts to do the same?
Posted by: Skiworld
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Chalet waiter/waitress & cleaner

Chalet waiter/waitress & cleaner


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renumeration icon €150 a week including lodgings and vehicle

Ski Peak is a family run company that specialises in Vaujany. We operate 4 self catered chalets and are currently looking to hire a couple with European passports for the winter to welcome our guests and look after our properties, including cleaning them every changeover.
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Chalet Couple (professional chef & host)

Chalet Couple (professional chef & host)


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renumeration icon Very competitive salary, holiday pay; 2 days off a week; end of season bonus; full ski pack

We’re looking for an enthusiastic and experienced couple to run one of our five chalets in La Plagne. One of you will be a professional, passionate chef with fine dining experience; the other will be a friendly, presentable chalet host. If you have a can-do attitude, we'd love to talk to you.
Posted by: Alpine 365
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Great chef needed for fun ski season in Megeve!

Great chef needed for fun ski season in Megeve!


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renumeration icon Competitive salary + tips (this is for you to save/spend everything else is covered), travel to and from London, ski and boot hire, full area ski pass, food and accommodation

We're looking for a great chef who loves to ski! We're looking for an exciting, creative chef who will love to run his/her own kitchen in our chalet/hotel in beautiful Megeve. Someone who can balance their time in the kitchen making great food with getting out and skiiing!
Posted by: Stanford Skiing
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