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.

Resort Representative & Flexi-Host

Resort Representative & Flexi-Host


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The Resort Representative & Flexi-Host position is a hands-on role combining chalet hosting with enhancing our guest experience and assisting the Resort Manager. Applications now open for the Winter 24/25 season, based in the French Alps!
Posted by: The Alpine Generation
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Resort & transfer driver

Resort & transfer driver


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We are looking for experienced Drivers to join our small Boutique chalet company based in Courchevel. The duties of a driver role will include: providing in-resort Driving, guest support and local airport transfers.
Posted by: Alpine Escape
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Maintenance People

Maintenance People


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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.
Posted by: Skiworld
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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

Now in our 16th season, Alpine365 is an award-winning, friendly, independent chalet company with 5 lovely chalets in La Plagne. We're looking for chalet couples for Winter 2023/24 - one of you is a professional chef with restaurant experience; the other a welcoming, experienced host.
Posted by: Alpine 365
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Experienced Chalet Hosts

Experienced Chalet Hosts


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We would like to hear from people who have previous experience working as chalet hosts in a winter resort. If you have at least one season under your belt please get in touch.
Posted by: OutdoorJAC
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Chalet Hosts (French Alps)

Chalet Hosts (French Alps)


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Across our portfolio of properties in Morzine, Courchevel/La Tania and La Plagne, our chalet hosts are responsible for providing our guests with a great catering experience, a clean and comfortable chalet and a wealth of knowledge about the resort. Applications now open for the Winter 24/25 season!
Posted by: The Alpine Generation
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Chalet Couples

Chalet Couples


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If you and your partner or close friend would like the chance to work a ski season as what the ski industry terms a chalet couple, we would love to hear from you.
Posted by: OutdoorJAC
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Chalet Host Couples (French Alps)

Chalet Host Couples (French Alps)


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Our chalet couples host our larger 14-16 person chalets. The role is an all-round chalet hosting role shared between the two of you, and includes preparing & serving delicious homemade meals, housekeeping and providing an excellent guest experience.
Posted by: The Alpine Generation
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Driver/Maintenance Person

Driver/Maintenance Person


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We are looking for qualified and experienced drivers, and maintenance people, to help maintain chalet for the coming winter season.
Posted by: OutdoorJAC
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Childcare

Childcare


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Fancy spending your winter living in a ski resort? We are looking for qualified childcare staff who have a great work ethic and fun and engaging personality.
Posted by: OutdoorJAC
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Ski Chalet Chef

Ski Chalet Chef


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Each year we recruit chefs to work in luxury chalets throughout Europe. And our search for qualified and experienced chefs and chalet cooks to work during the coming season is now underway.
Posted by: OutdoorJAC
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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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Ski Resort Manager Jobs

Ski Resort Manager Jobs


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We regularly receive jobs for ski resort staff of managerial level. If you have already worked a season and are looking to step up to a more senior role, or if you have management experience in another field, we may have the right job for you!
Posted by: OutdoorJAC
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Chalet Chef

Chalet Chef


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renumeration icon Highly competitive salary, free accommodation, training course + great benefits in kind

Are you either someone with plenty of cooking experience or a qualified chef? We are a small, fun and fabulous ski company in the outstanding ski resort of Courchevel Le Praz. Would you like to utilise your hospitality skills whilst working in one of our 5 chalets in the 3 Valleys.
Posted by: Skivo2
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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
Posted by: Skiworld
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Chalet Chef

Chalet Chef


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renumeration icon French CDD contract, 1507€ per month net (NIV 1 ECHELON 3), 2 days off p/w

We are looking for talented Chefs to join our small team and spend this winter in one of our Boutique Ski chalets in the 3 Valleys, France. Our chefs have two full days off per week, cooking breakfast, afternoon tea & dinners only !
Posted by: Alpine Escape
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Chalet Hosts

Chalet Hosts


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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. Just imagine living and working in one of the top snow-sure ski resorts in the Alps, where you can ski or snowboard almost every day of the week!
Posted by: Skiworld
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Chalet Hosts

Chalet Hosts


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Jack & Jill is a small independent chalet company based in Morzine, France and we offer amazing catered chalet holidays to skiers and snowboarders. We're a friendly team and our focus is on providing an exceptional service whilst enjoying what the mountains have to offer.
Posted by: Jack and Jill Holidays
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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.
Posted by: Skiworld
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Ski and Snowboard Instructors

Ski and Snowboard Instructors


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Looking to get paid to teach people how to ski and snowboard this coming winter? At OutdoorJAC we help recruit for multi-resort tour operators and small specialist independent ski holiday companies. Share your CV with us to improve your chances of a job offer!
Posted by: OutdoorJAC
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Resort Managers (French Alps)

Resort Managers (French Alps)


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Our Resort Managers are required to effectively manage the hosting team, develop & maintain supplier relationships and deliver the highest standard of customer service to ensure our guests have a great holiday! Applications are open for positions in La Tania & Courchevel Le Praz, and La Plagne.
Posted by: The Alpine Generation
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