Ski Jobs in Austria

As a ski destination, Austria is more popular than you may think. Well known resorts like Kitzbühel and St Anton attract a huge number of tourists each winter season, largely due to the lower cost of living and skiing. Still not quite as popular as France, but definitely starting to improve on tourist numbers, Austria have copied the French trick of combining multiple resorts into huge ski areas which offer more choice and more terrain options. Stand alone resorts still pull in their share of the crowds, especially the good ones like Alpbach, but the linked resorts like area known as the Kitzbühel Alps, or the Gastein Valley are the ones that are attracting people who would otherwise have been compulsive visitors of places like 3 Valleys and Portes du Soleil.


snow splat POPULAR SKI JOBS IN AUSTRIA

Ski Chalet Chef

Ski Chalet Chef

location France

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.
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Childcare

Childcare

location Europe

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.
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FEATURED SKI JOBS AUSTRIA


Maintenance People

location France and Austria Val Thorens, Val d'Isere, St Anton, Meribel + more

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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Resort & transfer driver

Resort & transfer driver

location France Courchevel

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.
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Chalet Hosts

location France & Austria Val Thorens, Val d'Isere, St Anton, Meribel + more

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!
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Chalet Host Couple

Chalet Host Couple

location France and Austria Val Thorens, Val d'Isere, St Anton, Meribel + more

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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Ski Resort Manager Jobs

location France Various

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!
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Ski and Snowboard Instructors

Ski and Snowboard Instructors

location France, Italy, Austria, Switzerland Various

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!
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Chalet Couples

location France Various

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.
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Chalet Managers

Chalet Managers

location France and Austria Val Thorens, Val d'Isere, St Anton, Meribel + more

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?
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Resort Managers

Resort Managers

location France and Austria Val Thorens, Val d'Isere, St Anton, Meribel + more

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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Driver/Maintenance Person

location France, Italy, etc Various ski resorts

We are looking for qualified and experienced drivers, and maintenance people, to help maintain chalet for the coming winter season.
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Ski Chalet Chef

Ski Chalet Chef

location France Various

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.
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Experienced Chalet Hosts

location France, Italy, Austria, Switzerland Various

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.
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Childcare

Childcare

location Europe Europe

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.
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Working a ski season in Austria

Do you need a visa: If you are an EU citizen you do not need a visa to work in an Austrian ski resort. If you are a British citizen your employer will apply for a seasonal quota permit lasting 6 months. They will then help you obtain a visa that will allow you to work for them in Austria.

Do you have to learn another language:
Austria's official main language, the one that is taught in schools, is German. Most people speak this as their first language, but like many other European countries, English is widely spoken. One thing you will notice if you do decide to work in Austria, is the tourist profile. There are definitely less English people and more Germans and Dutch. Even if you cannot speak German, learning enough to be able to order meals or do your shopping would be a good idea.

So what is it like to live and work in an Austrian ski resort?
In a word, lovely. Austria has a lot going for it, not least the food and friendly welcoming atmosphere. And the fact that you won't feel like you are spending half your wages on food and drink is a big plus. Like all alpine ski resorts, the winter population is a largely cosmopolitan affair, but many of the more popular resorts still manage to hold on to their unique Tyrolean and Alpine charm and 'Austrian-ness', perhaps because they are slightly smaller and less sprawling than the popular French resorts - the resort of Alpbach that we mentioned above is a great example - the kind of place that you could see yourself living all year round, let alone during the winter. Perhaps this is a bit of a generalization and won't be true of all resorts, but many Austrian ski villages seem less commercial than in other parts of the Alps. Of course they exist to make money, but somehow it is not quite so obvious.

What types of work are available?
If you want to work at a resort with a snowboard bias, the main contender has to be the SPC snowboard centre at Mayrhofen, though plenty of other resorts cater to snowboarders and better facilities being added each year. If you want to teach skiing, you are spoilt for choice, though speaking German, while not strictly essential, is recommended. We feature some great teaching courses on this page, with the Austrian Anwärter qualification being highly regarded around the world. Most companies who offer to get you the Anwarter qualification will also improve your language skills - part of the test is German language proficiency, though nothing too difficult. Definitely have a look at the Ski Instructor Academy advert below as they offer a great instructor course with a guaranteed job once you qualify.

Less specialist jobs such as in hotels and chalets are not as easy to find as they once were, with plenty of Austrian nationals more than happy to roll up their sleeves and get stuck into the more menial tasks. There are still opportunities to find work though, especially with UK based tour operators who tend to recruit British staff where possible. If you can speak German, you may be able to contact Austrian companies directly to seek employment, especially towards the end of the summer or right at the start of the season when they may be more receptive, especially as time is running out for them with those more difficult to fill chef and catering roles.

However you decide to get established there, Austria is a great place to start your ski instructor career, or to simply enjoy a winter season with a great atmosphere.