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Advice needed Revelstoke Season 19/20

Discussion in 'Canada' started by April, Apr 21, 2019.

  1. April

    April Hard Yards

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    Hi Guys,

    I plan to work a Winter Season in Canada (flights booked, visa obtained) and I think I have finally settled on Revelstoke....maybe

    My question is in relation to work. What kind of work would you guys recommend trying to get or jobs to steer away from (Good work life balance is the goal)

    Anybody got any 1st hand experience ? And would recommend a particular place of work?

    Anybody ever worked for The Sutton Place Hotel?

    Also open to any general tips or advice any of you lovely knowledgeable Powder hounds have for me

    Thanks guys.
     
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  2. FNM

    FNM First Runs

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    My brother and I have decided on Revelstoke as our first preference as well, albeit aware that there could be some difficulty finding work and accommodation.

    I’ve emailed the resort re work but haven’t heard back yet.

    Have read that most non-locals are returning seasonal workers who will receive priority in employment. On top of that, I read that most typical tourist jobs (read hospitality) will go to locals, which is fair. My preference would be to work in town.

    We’re aware that there is a chance of not finding work, so are open to several other mountains in the ‘area’.

    I’ve also emailed a real estate with questions about renting. They weren’t able to answer my broad questions but said to fill out an application form as the first step.

    It’s a tricky one - I’d love to find a place in advance, but it’d suck to then not find work!

    I’ll keep you posted if there is any relevant communication with the resort.
     
  3. sly_karma

    sly_karma Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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    Canada is currently experiencing the lowest unemployment since record keeping started over 50 years ago, and BC has the lowest unemployment in the country at just over 4%. Most towns are strewn with 'help wanted' and 'now hiring' signs in businesses, on noticeboards both online and actual, and on vehicles and other various forms of signage. Your chances of finding a job are very good. There have been some sawmill closures which would cause local unemployment in the relevant towns, but Revelstoke isn't one of these. Every ski hill in the province is relies heavily on people with working holiday visas from Australia, NZ and UK to fill the myriad frontline positions.

    I'd look for something in food and beverage service, obviously the lunch and evening shifts are preferred so you can hit first lifts for the powder and still make it to work. This format is attractive to many people of course, not least because tips expand income potential and it can be quite lucrative if you're able to work smart as well as hard. I hate to say it, but looks still count for a lot for front line table service, experience being in demand as well.
     
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  4. gareth_oau

    gareth_oau Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    If you choose Revie there’s a greater chance of working in the town rather than the resort itself.

    If you want to work on snow there is likely to be fewer jobs so you might have to be more flexible
     
  5. Monsta

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    No point being there if you don't get to ski. Restaurant or bar work, preferably evenings is king! In town is fine as its just a short trip up to the hill

    Reasonably priced - season long accommodation is more likely to be your issue in Revy than availability of work. Everybody is happy to grab fewer, but higher value AirBnB listings than renting out to ski bums for a season it seems these days. We were there last season and like Sly said - there were 'help wanted' signs up all over the place.

    Revy rocks! You'll love it
     
  6. Crystal

    Crystal Sand skier extraordinaire Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    I've been told stay away from housekeeping as you get less time to ride.
     
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  7. WickedPowder

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    I moved to Reve in December 2017. There is no other place I would recommend to take a working holiday if its mountains are what you are looking for.

    As mentioned by some above Reve (in winter) is unlike the most of Canada, there is a plethora of people looking for work, so my recommendation is to get there in September or October and find yourself work at that time before the masses arrive. If you want to work on the mountain there are also plenty of jobs and they are always looking for more, but shift hours are low and unless you choose housekeeping (or have your Level 2 or higher CSIA) then it is very unlikely you will earn enough to pay for rent and food, let alone afford a beer or two.

    Reve is rated the 3rd most expensive city in Canada, behind Victoria and Vancouver. So if you want to enjoy yourself make sure you save and bring some extra cash.. for a season you will need to bring an extra 5 to 10K in my opinion.

    If you are serious about skiing then there are only 2 resorts in Canada that you need to visit... They are Reve and Kicking Horse, unless you are chasing night life (then go to Whistler) then these 2 will give you the best powder and terrain you can find anywhere. So my advice if you are on a 2 yr working Visa is to plan to spend at least 1 season in Reve, and personally I would stay in Reve or spend the 2nd in golden (for Kicking Horse).

    Hope that helps and good luck with you choice.