Australian couple looking to work European ski season 18/19, help required.

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  1. lukej1994

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    Hi all,

    My girlfriend and I are Australian citizens (UK residents, WHV) and are looking to work a ski season somewhere in Europe. We will happily to any kind of work provided it allows us plenty of time on the slopes. Most recruitment companies seem to require a UK/EU passport so it is proving hard to find work considering we are only on UK WHV's.

    Does anyone have any advice, experience or contacts that could help us out?

    Thanks in advance!
     
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    Do you two still want to be an item by the end of the season? I take it you've read about how to be a chalet bitch?

    http://belledeneige.blogspot.com.au/2011/01/chalet-bitch.html
     
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    It actually was...in a roundabout way.
    Many uk chalet companies (there are lots) readily employ those on uk visas. You are paid into a uk bank account.

    Otherwise, if you are under 30 you can apply for a WHV to your destination of choice (assuming whv elegibility)
     
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    Save like mad now and ski all day all season is how I would do it.
     
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    Personally, many moons ago when WHVs were not available for Australians in most (mountainous) European countries i just winged it in my van and ended up with a cash job cleaning a high end chalet in france. Was only booked half the season and i got all sorts of goodies at guest changeover. And tips. Lucked it big time.
     
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    unless you have certain unique skills in a field that are utilized mainly outside of ski time (chef, waiter, bar staff, etc) , your likely to find the work involves being undertaken when you most want that ski time.
    making that work for both of you, at the same time, so you can ski together and experience it together, is a whole nutha task in itself.
    Looking for unskilled labour in the Euro ski fields is likely to land you a job where most of your low paid work hours are spent when the ski fields are in use - lifty, snow shoveller, hospitality on the ski feilds, etc
    And if you don't have a language behind you finding a job generally is going to be hard, especially one that is even slightly bearable. You are essentially competing with extremely cheap labour from the Eastern Bloc, which there is plenty of and they are probably going to be willing to do alot more than you for each dollar earnt
     
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    You might not appreciate it now, but dig past the style and there is a lot to learn there.
     
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    This. Just rock up and wing it.
    Like the OP, I had similar issues with all the UK based companies wanting a National Insurance no. Going to hazard a guess the OP will have one of these (I didn't).
     
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    Your chances of work are higher in Austria or France. Switzerland is near impossible, or it was a while back. For Aussies, work in Europe, excluding UK, can be difficult to find.
     
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    Why not just apply for an whv for France, Austria or Italy ?
    Rock up to large resort. Hopefully make it work.
     
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    Cheers for the responses to the thread! We have a couple of interviews lined up with some UK companies.

    Does anyone have any experience on what we have to do visa wise? Like mentioned we have UK WHV but does this entitle us to stay in France for 4/5 months? If somebody has experience doing the same thing please let me know.
     
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    Aslong as your whv for the UK remains valid you should be fine.
    Perhaps a visit to Switzerland midseason for a stamp although in my dated EU experience I didn't bother.

    And just enter France/EU on a tourist visa.
     
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    Sounds like you're committed to Europe, but what the hey. Canada is essentially at full employment now, and BC has the lowest unemployment rate in the country at 4%. Worker shortages in pretty much every sector. The first industries to feel the pinch are seasonal ones like the snow resorts, because most workers understandably prefer year-round work. It's been gospel for years that the western Canada ski industry couldn't survive without the small army of Aussies with WHV papers, but it's especially true at the moment. This October's hiring fairs are going to be pretty competitive as the resorts all try to sign up workers for the coming season, because it's very likely there won't be enough to go around.
     
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    My Aussie mate did 5 seasons in france just rocked up on tourist via went to a French ski resort with relatively large numbers of English holiday makers (there loads of options) and just did the rounds until he found work. Much easier for someone to pay you cash in resort that bus or flight out a replacement from UK when their 18yr old gets fired for being drunk and missing breakfast service 3 times. But you should be fine using your UK WHV
     
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    Hey, do you mind me asking how this ended up for you guys?

    My partner and I are in the same boat, Aus citizens with UK WHV's and keen to work a snow season in Europe 2019/20 but finding a lot of companies needed a UK or EU visa. Did you get there in the end?

    Cheers
     
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    Given you can get a whv to Austria, Germany, France and Italy, why not do your UK one in the UK and choose one of the above for a ski season?
    Would have loved that option 20 years ago!
     
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    For all those WHVs you need to apply in Australia within 3 months of arriving in the country you wish to work. We're already in the UK and don't really want to fly back to Aus just to get a visa. But if you know of a way around this (eg. applying for these from London), please let me know!
     
  19. The Plowking

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    Maybe contact respective embassies in London? :)