Ski Host / Snowshoe Walk Organiser
This really is a 'ski job' with a difference, and it would be fair to say it might be one of the few of its kind on offer in the industry. We are looking for proficient skiers, who are also keen hillwalkers with good outdoor navigation skills, as we offer not only informal hosted ski days to our guests, but also snowshoe and winter walking, as well as cross country skiing, five days a week.
The basis of our holidays is similar to the traditional idea of a ski holiday, with our guests staying in catered/hosted alpine chalets and self catering apartments. The main difference being the type of guests we get and the way we interact with them. From all walks of life and of varying ages our guests are more often than not 'outdoor enthusiasts' who love the mountains in winter and summer for the variety of activities they offer, not just the skiing. More than half of them will have been on a Collett's holiday before, winter or summer.
As a 'Ski Host / Snowshoe Walk Organiser' you would spend half of your time out on the hill accompanying guests skiing, snowshoeing, and even a bit of cross country skiing. The other half of your time is spent in the chalet as a general host, doing a range of tasks from domestic chores (room cleans, helping at breakfast and dinner) to helping guests sort out their walking or skiing plans for the next day, manning the bar, airport transfer driving, and lots and lots of guest interaction. It is very a very genuine hospitality role.
Unlike traditional 'Resort Reps', we make no money from our guests in resort as all of the activities we offer included in the accommodation price. With no corporate sales targets to meet you can actually be yourself and engage with the guests on a one to one level, sharing your local knowledge and just helping people to get the best out of the area. We don't even put you in a uniform as we want our guests to get to know you as an individual and not just a 'Collett's employee.' Each evening we meet with our guests for a drink and a chat to discuss the next day's activities and offer local advice and information. We call this 'office hour', but it is much less formal than it sounds. At dinner in the chalets you not only help our Chalet Cooks to serve and wash up between courses, but you sit and eat with the guests as a host, enjoying great food, a glass or two of wine, and the banter and spontaneous enjoyment that comes from such occasions. People are normally on a high after a great day out in the mountains together and ready for a good meal.
If you are looking for a job which maximises your own ‘personal’ ski time then this is not for you. Although you would get time to ski independently through the week, one of the principle pleasures of this job is the amount of time you get to enjoy the various winter activities with our guests. If you are a genuine outdoor enthusiast, then experiencing the fun of the skiing and the adventure of the snowshoe routes in an area of such dramatic scenery is sure to blow your ski socks off.
If you are looking for a 'party season' then this is not the job for you! The Dolomite villages are very quiet in terms of après ski. We tend to socialise with our guests in our chalets after dinner, so if you see this as 'work', it won't be your cup of tea. If, however, you genuinely enjoy your outdoor activities, if you enjoy building relationships with people and are not afraid of a bit of hard work this has the potential to provide a fantastic experience.
We are very interested in finding people who are interested in doing the winter season followed by a summer season with us in the mountains as a Walk Organiser.
Skiing - You need to be a proficient skier, confident on any grade of groomed piste and happy to accompany groups of mixed ability guests. If you are primarily a snowboarder you would still need to be able to ski when accompanying guests.
Snowshoeing Walking - Reasonable experience of walking in hilly or mountainous terrain, confident with map reading and general outdoor navigation skills. You need to be relatively fit and happy to accompany groups of guests on any grade of walk whilst enjoying the day yourself. Outdoor qualifications are a bonus but not essential.
Because of the airport transfers and shuttling we run it would also be beneficial for you to have a driving licence and at least one year's experience of driving, preferably more. You would need to be confident about driving a nine-seat minibus on mountain roads in winter conditions, although the roads in the Dolomites are kept in excellent condition throughout the winter.
Qualifications & other paperwork:
The First Aid Course can be done online if you don't already have time to do a course elsewhere.
As well as the weekly wage of £85 we provide you with a full Superski Dolomiti Ski pass for the season, ski and boot hire, all meals (except on the day off) accommodation, travel to and from resort, medical insurance, and a two week period of orientation and training at the start of the season. You would need to be available for the whole season, which runs from late November until mid-April.
Click on the Apply button on this page which will take you to our recruitment site. Then use the online application form.
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Ideally you would then be available for an informal interview in Saffron Walden, 12 miles south of Cambridge. We would also consider Skype interviews if getting to us would be difficult, if you are living outside the UK etc.
We are particularly interested in finding people who can commit to two seasons, a winter followed by a summer as a Walk Organiser in one our five summer destinations. These are the Italian Dolomites, Pyrenees & Picos de Europa in Spain, Zugspitz Arena & Hohe Tauern National Park in the Austrian Alps.