The ski representative role

If you look at a job description for a ski resort rep role you will see the usual buzz words like committed individual, good communicator, hard working. Of course you need those attributes, but so does anyone else who wishes to gain employment, of any kind. Unfortunately that requirement list, typed out by someone in human resources who has probably never done the job, tells you absolutely nothing about the type of person you need to be to make a good in resort company representative. Here is our description of the ski rep job and we know it is accurate because we've done the job for several seasons.

As a 'rep', you are the person that the tour operator is putting up as the public face of the company. Getting people to the slopes involves a team of people, from those who look after the website, to the person who posts out the tickets. But once in resort, you alone are the company in the eyes of the holiday maker. Needless to say it is a position of real responsibility and you will often come under quite a lot of pressure, but the work can be rewarding too.


Resort Representative

Resort Representative


A Resort Representative is the first point of contact for our customers when they arrive on their holiday, so first impressions are key! You will be at the airport to ensure that the transition to resort is smooth, providing them with a wealth of information and knowledge on the way.
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French Speaking Ski Resort Representative/Technician Winter

French Speaking Ski Resort Representative/Technician Winter


For many of the school children that come on holiday with us at Equity Ski, the Ski Reps ARE their holiday. You are the one that greets them at the airport, organises all their ski hire, lift passes, ski lessons and all their fun activities after skiing like ice skating, bowling or running a quiz!
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The Best Way To Become a Ski Instructor - EA Paid Internship Program
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The Best Way To Become a Ski Instructor - EA Paid Internship Program


EA Ski & Snowboard Training offer paid ski and snowboard instructor internships programs, at 9 world class resorts in Japan! A paid internship is the best way to become a qualified instructor and start working for a prestigious ski school all in one season!
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Ski Technician
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Ski Technician


By far one of the best jobs available in the Alps, we’re recruiting for the highly sought after position of Ski Technician to manage our in-house ski hire in our hotels.
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ClubHotel Staff
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ClubHotel Staff


Had a taste for the hospitality industry and now fancy getting away and giving it a go abroad? Equity have exciting opportunities for motivated, hardworking Hotel Staff throughout the stunning French Alps for the 2017/18 winter season.
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General Assistant - Summer 2018
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General Assistant - Summer 2018


Our hotel hosts are the engine to our well oiled machine. Our General Assistants keep the hotel moving and will have some great experiences along the way! You’ll be happy to roll your sleeves up and be involved in all areas of the hotel.
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Ski and snowboard instructor paid internships
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Ski and snowboard instructor paid internships


Snow Trainers has teamed up with Coronet Peak to offer you an amazing opportunity to work and train with their legendary ski school. Based in beautiful Queenstown you'll train for your internationally recognised Level 1 & 2 qualifications while gaining valuable work experience at the same time.
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Ski Technician
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Ski Technician


Alpine Elements Ltd is a medium sized tour operator specialising in ski and summer beach & alpine activity holidays operating throughout France, Greece and St.Anton, Austria, with their sister company iGO SKi offering short ski breaks.
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BASI Ski Instructor Course Level 1 & 2
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BASI Ski Instructor Course Level 1 & 2


A comprehensive level 1 & 2 BASI ski instructor course in the greatest resort in the French Alps. With a huge ski area, in the most snow sure area in Europe, there is no greater place to train for your BASI ski instructor qualification.
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Resort Assistant
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Resort Assistant


Being part of a flexible team and happy to give anything a go is an essential part of this role. If you are a person who is a good all rounder willing to go the extra mile and happy to assist your colleagues in all areas of our operation this could be the job for you.
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Commis Chef
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Commis Chef


Are you a passionate chef looking for the opportunity to escape the UK this winter? Our Equity ClubHotel kitchens cater for large groups of school children, throughout various locations in the stunning French Alps.
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Senior Resort Representative
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Senior Resort Representative


Reporting to the Area Manager you will ensure the overall smooth running of the resort and be available to answer any questions our guests may have.
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Ski Instructor / Snowboard Instructor Internship
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Ski Instructor / Snowboard Instructor Internship


Life on a ski or snowboard internships is pretty sweet! Spend the first 3 weeks training to be a ski or snowboard instructor with some of the top pro-instructors in Canada. At the end of the 3 weeks you'll take you exam and have a guaranteed job with the sports school for the rest of the season.
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Gap Year Winter Work - Get paid and get a qualification
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Gap Year Winter Work - Get paid and get a qualification


Want to get paid to ski (or snowboard) AND get a qualification? EA Ski & Snowboard provide full training with a guaranteed instructing job at over 30+ resorts in over 5 countries! Whats the catch? You just need to be a motivated, personable and have a passion for the snow and mountains!
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Hotel Manager
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Hotel Manager


Think you have what it takes to manage one of Equity’s excellent ClubHotel’s in the Alps? With over 80 years in the business we are leaders in the educational travel sector and as such are looking for hotel managers who lead and inspire their teams!
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Paid Ski Instructor Courses
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Paid Ski Instructor Courses


We are looking for skiers and snowboarders with at least 1-2 weeks experience to train to become qualified instructors and work the whole length of a winter in a paid instructor job in Canada, Japan and Europe. Think you've got what it takes? Check if you are eligible below!
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Resort Representative
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Resort Representative


A Resort Representative is the first point of contact for our customers when they arrive on their holiday, so first impressions are key! You will be at the airport to ensure that the transition to resort is smooth, providing them with a wealth of information and knowledge on the way.
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Arriving in resort

Your job will start a week or two before the first guests are due to arrive. This is pre-season and you could find it is as busy as it gets, with so much to sort out and arrange before the snow starts falling in earnest and skiers start filling the hotels and chalets. Getting everything organised at this point will save you many headaches later on. If it is your first season, make sure you know where and how to get hold of everything you need. You don't want lots of questions at the arrivals meeting, and not have a clue how to answer them, or for someone to get ill and not know the procedure for getting them the help they will expect from you. Chances are you will be able to speak the language of the country you are working in, as well as English. It isn't always listed as a must have for the position, but someone who does is likely to get the job ahead of you, all things being equal.

Changeover days

Arrival and departure days are often the stuff of nightmares because there can be more problems on this day than any other. It doesn't help that flights often rotate at unsociable hours, so expect an early start, or a late finish, or both! Once you have collected your guests and taken them back to resort, you will show them to their accommodation, hand out lift passes, tell them where to hire their ski or snowboard equipment, and where to get lessons. A lot of people wave to you after the welcome meeting and the next time you see them is on the bus back to the airport at the end of their holiday, but as the local expert, you will make yourself available for any advice or assistance they may need. Perhaps they want to know which restaurant you would recommend, or maybe they have injured themselves and need medical assistance. A rep's work is never done.

Ski Resort Rep Perks

Let's get on to the good bits of the job. A way to top up your salary (which is never going to be as big as it should be considering your position on the front line) is to sell extras. Not every company is the same, but quite often as a rep you will be expected to be a reasonable skier. You certainly won't be taking them anywhere challenging, but you may offer a half day ski safari including a mountain top meal. As well as a commission on each person who signs up to join you, it's almost certainly going to be a free feed. And the same thing goes for a bar crawl. In fact you ability to bring a high rolling hoard of hungry holiday makers into an establishment, could see you on very friendly terms with some of the bar and restaurant owners.

While technically always on call, and there will always be a fair bit of paper work to get through during the week, on the whole you can manage a fair bit of free time, especially on weeks where the guests are less demanding. An opportunity then to make the most of those all season lift passes that the company sorted out for you.

As you will have gathered, it isn't the type of ski job you take if you are looking to do a bit of work to subsidise a winter long party. But in return for working hard to make sure your guests enjoy their time in resort, you will get to meet lots of people, make some valuable contacts, and get the kind of management experience that is going to look fantastic on your CV.