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

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
Posted by: Ski Peak
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Black Diamond Head Chef

Black Diamond Head Chef


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renumeration icon Competitive Salary

World class skiing, luxurious chalets designed by four time World Free Ski Champion Guerlain Chicherit, experienced team that provide the highest level of service. Are you intrigued? You should be. Join the GC Kollection team this year with Whitegold Hospitality and together lets #changetherules
Posted by: GC Kollection
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Chalet Host

Chalet Host


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renumeration icon Competitive Salary

World class skiing, luxurious chalets designed by four time World Free Ski Champion Guerlain Chicherit, experienced team that provide the highest level of service. Are you intrigued? You should be. Join the GC Kollection team this year with Whitegold Hospitality and together lets #changetherules
Posted by: GC Kollection
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Kitchen / Catering Assistant

Kitchen / Catering Assistant


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Come and work in our beautiful French Chateau as part of our Catering team. Learn new skills and improve your french at the same time in a fast-paced but fun environment.
Posted by: Chateau de la Baudonniere
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Hotel General Assistant Winter 2020/21

Hotel General Assistant Winter 2020/21


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renumeration icon £500

This position crosses over between housekeeping and breakfast service - applicants can expect to gain experience in different areas of a busy hotel.
Posted by: Chamois dOr Hotel
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Black Diamond Commis Chef

Black Diamond Commis Chef


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renumeration icon Competitive Salary

World class skiing, luxurious chalets designed by four time World Free Ski Champion Guerlain Chicherit, experienced team that provide the highest level of service. Are you intrigued? You should be. Join the GC Kollection team this year with Whitegold Hospitality and together lets #changetherules
Posted by: GC Kollection
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Experience Assistant

Experience Assistant


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renumeration icon Competitive Salary

World class skiing, luxurious chalets designed by four time World Free Ski Champion Guerlain Chicherit, experienced team that provide the highest level of service. Are you intrigued? You should be. Join the GC Kollection team this year with White Gold Hospitality and together lets #changetherules
Posted by: GC Kollection
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Chalet Host / Driver

Chalet Host / Driver


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We are looking to hire two Chalet Host / Drivers as part of our of a team of four. Applicants should have a positive and mature attitude, enjoy working in team environment, be adaptable and have ski season experience. We provide a great service for guests and a happy work environment for staff.
Posted by: Clarian Chalets
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Black Diamond Manager

Black Diamond Manager


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renumeration icon Competitive Salary

World class skiing, luxurious chalets designed by four time World Free Ski Champion Guerlain Chicherit, experienced team that provide the highest level of service. Are you intrigued? You should be. Join the GC Kollection team this year with Whiteg&²old Hospitality and together lets #changetherules
Posted by: GC Kollection
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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
Posted by: Ski Peak
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Chalet Manager

Chalet Manager


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renumeration icon Competitive Salary

World class skiing, luxurious chalets designed by four time World Free Ski Champion Guerlain Chicherit, experienced team that provide the highest level of service. Are you intrigued? You should be. Join the GC Kollection team this year with Whitegold Hospitality and together lets #changetherules
Posted by: GC Kollection
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Driver/ Maintenance

Driver/ Maintenance


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renumeration icon Competitive Salary

World class skiing, luxurious chalets designed by four time World Free Ski Champion Guerlain Chicherit, experienced team that provide the highest level of service. Are you intrigued? You should be. Join the GC Kollection team this year with Whitegold Hospitality and together lets #changetherules
Posted by: GC Kollection
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Experienced Chalet Chef/ Host Couple

Experienced Chalet Chef/ Host Couple


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renumeration icon Negotiable

We are currently recruiting: Experienced and/or qualified Chefs for our Catered Chalets to join our team in Chamonix. We will also consider couples - a chef and chalet-host for example. We also run a full summer program so offer the opportunity to live and work both seasons and enjoy the Cham
Posted by: Nomadic Ski
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Receptionist (French Speaking)

Receptionist (French Speaking)


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renumeration icon £650

Meticulous in detail and presentation, our Hotel Reception team are customer facing ambassadors who use initiative and flexibility to best manage a lot of the day to day operations of the hotel and make our guests experience the ultimate in relaxation and enjoyment.
Posted by: Chamois dOr Hotel
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Chalet Chef

Chalet Chef


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renumeration icon Competitive Salary

World class skiing, luxurious chalets designed by four time World Free Ski Champion Guerlain Chicherit, experienced team that provide the highest level of service. Are you intrigued? You should be. Join the GC Kollection team this year with Whitegold Hospitality and together lets #changetherules
Posted by: GC Kollection
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Experience Manager

Experience Manager


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renumeration icon Competitive Salary

World class skiing, luxurious chalets designed by four time World Free Ski Champion Guerlain Chicherit, experienced team that provide the highest level of service. Are you intrigued? You should be. Join the GC Kollection team this year with Whiteg&²old Hospitality and together lets #changetherules
Posted by: GC Kollection
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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

We are looking for hosts to join our team in the beautiful ski resort of Megeve, France. The job is varied and fun & needs to be done to the highest standard. Basic job involves housekeeping & customer service but variations can include apartment repping, cooking breakfasts, deputy managing etc.
Posted by: Stanford Skiing
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Chalet Host

Chalet Host


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Working along side the Chalet chef, As a chalet host you are responsible for cleaning and tidying the chalet, serving meals, clearing snow and some basic maintenance, responding to guest requests and making your guests feel welcome and happy.
Posted by: Ice and Fire Ski
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Chalet Chef

Chalet Chef


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Ski Hame are looking for chalet chefs or people with strong cooking skills to join our small team in La Tania.
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Ski chalet chef/driver hosts

Ski chalet chef/driver hosts


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We are looking for conscientious couples with relevant experience or skills to operate our ski chalets in Meribel and La Tania. The main tasks include providing meals to a high standard, keeping the chalet clean, changeovers, and generally managing the chalet as well as driving for 1 member.
Posted by: Ski Hame
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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

If you are looking for a small family run ski holiday company look no further. We love what we do and are looking for staff who share our passion. With nearly 40 years’ experience and 6 resorts across Europe see why we are the industries best kept secret.
Posted by: Ski Miquel
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Chef for Luxury Ski Chalet

Chef for Luxury Ski Chalet


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NINE & TENNE Chatel is looking for an outstanding professional and experienced chef to work in one of our luxury chalets to produce delicious menus for our discerning guests. Fantastic food and award winning wines are a big part of our luxury offering, and something guests come back for each ye
Posted by: Nine and Tenne Chatel
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Driver: Airport & resort transfers, chalet assistant, logistics and minor maintenance

Driver: Airport & resort transfers, chalet assistant, logistics and minor maintenance


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As a driver you are the guests first impression of the company when you pick them up at the airport and their last impression when you drop them off.
Posted by: Skiology
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Chalet Host
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Chalet Host


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renumeration icon £390-520 per month plus tips and benefits

This person makes the guests holiday. From welcoming the guests, performing a welcome speech, helping with lift passes and equipment hire to keeping the chalet in tip top condition, having an in dept knowledge of the resort and serving food. A “can do” enthusiastic attitude is essential.
Posted by: Snow Retreat Chalets
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Chalet Chef

Chalet Chef


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renumeration icon £390 to £520 plus tips and benefits

We aim to deliver the best budget chalet holiday food in the alps.The chefs primary responsibility is the cooking the Snow Retreat set menu serving beautifully presented, appetizing breakfasts and three course evening meals in a customer facing kitchen. All supplies are delivered to resort.
Posted by: Snow Retreat Chalets
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Chef and Host Couple

Chef and Host Couple


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Working together you will provide breakfast, afternoon tea, cocktails and canapes and a four course evening meal 5 nights a week. You will be responsible for the cleanliness and tidiness of the chalet, as well as providing excellent customer service.
Posted by: Ice and Fire Ski
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Driver/host

Driver/host


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We are looking for a suitably qualified individual to work as a driver and to assist chalet staff where required.
Posted by: Ski Hame
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Chalet Couple

Chalet Couple


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renumeration icon Competitive package

We are looking for a hard working couple to join our team this ski season. You will be based in one of our luxury chalets in Chatel. No specific experience is required but we are looking for reliable, hard working people with a big smile and lots of energy.
Posted by: Nine and Tenne Chatel
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Chalet Host

Chalet Host


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renumeration icon Dependant on experience

NINE & TENNE Chatel is looking for an outstanding professional host to work in one of our luxury chalets to produce delicious menus for our discerning guests.
Posted by: Nine and Tenne Chatel
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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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Chef

Chef


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Chalet Chef From menu planning and food ordering to budgeting and stock control, you will be jointly responsible for the efficient and smooth running of the chalet. Providing a cooked and continental breakfast, homemade afternoon tea and delicious, well presented four course evening meal.
Posted by: Ice and Fire Ski
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Chalet Chef Host Couple

Chalet Chef Host Couple


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The role is to run one of our two neighbouring 10-14 bed chalets in Morzine. The couple will have in-chalet accommodation provided with own room but lounge a bathroom shared with couple running the other chalet next door. Teamwork makes the dreamwork so must be well motivated team members.
Posted by: Skiology
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Ski Chalet Chef

Ski Chalet Chef


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renumeration icon Competitive

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 2019/2020 season is now underway.
Posted by: OutdoorJAC
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