There are a variety of working holiday job vacancies available within each resort. Some skilled positions will require previous experience and in some cases qualifications, whilst for others no direct experience is necessary.
The standard hourly rate for our gap year positions is NZ$15 per hour, although for skilled positions, i.e. Ski Patrollers and Chefs, you’ll be paid more. Positions are also split into indoor and outdoor roles.
Ski resorts couldn’t run successfully without chair lift operators! It’s the chair lift operator’s job to ensure the mountain lifts are running safely and efficiently, and customers are actually making use of them. Whatever the weather, whatever the skill level, operators are there to load and unload the ski lifts. You need to be keen on working outdoors for this kind of role.
Rental assistants are ready to get customers suited and booted for their time on the slopes. Recommending skis, boards, clothes and boots to suit each customer’s needs, as well as managing the cash register and stock levels, any general maintenance of the gear such as waxing, and handling the rental returns. This type of role is great for anyone with retail experience, or looking to gain retail experience!
Guest Services is is the place for those in the know. Whether it’s the best gear, the best classes or info about what’s happening on and off the mountain, you have to be clued up and ready to share it. Your aim is to make life simple for your guests, get their tickets out for the day quickly and ensure they get maximum exposure to the slopes. It’s one big team, so teamwork and a fun and friendly attitude is definitely required.
If you’ve an eye for numbers and know your way round a till this job is for you. Collecting payment for good and services, handling cash and card transactions, balancing the books and stock each day and offering excellent customer service are all part of your day job. Cashiers could be working in a range of departments including ticket sales, food and beverages and the gift shop.
If you love working with people and have a real zest for life, then server life is for you. Not only could you be serving food, working on the bar, taking payments and keeping the restaurants and cafes clean and tidy, you’ll be representing the ski resort, providing excellent customer service and showcasing your great communication skills. If you’ve got experience in hospitality, or love working in an environment with lots of guest interaction then you’ll excel in this role.
Is coffee your passion? If you can make a great cup of joe with a smile on your face then we want you! You’ll need prior experience working in a busy coffee shop, be able to work well under pressure and have a taste for high quality products.
Rental technicians will be working on the rental service, maintenance and repair of all snow sports gear. You’ll be providing professional and high quality service to guests, be able to work with the latest most innovative rental fleets on the resorts, and able to keep the workshop safe and tidy.
This is your chance to give your guests the most legendary winter possible! Candidates will be ready to take on new challenges, and go the extra mile when it comes to assisting guests, so much so that they will leave planning to return the following year. You need to be passionate about snow sports, excited to share your experiences and ready to share your skills.
As a line cook you’ll be responsible for food preparation every day, ensuring that you produce the best products whilst sticking to all of the healthy and safety guidelines. It’s a tough job, but the environment is supportive and friendly and you’ll get the chance to improve your culinary skills, work with professional Head and Senior chefs from all over the world and make lifelong friends!
Food outlets are some of the busiest places on the mountain, so you need to be ready to take on the challenge of feeding thousands of guests at altitude! Junior Chefs will need to hold a London City and Guilds qualification, or a National Certificate in Cookery level 3-4, and two years experience in a fast paced environment. Senior Chefs will need a Level 4 and a minimum of five years experience, plus experience working with food control.
You’ll be the first point of contact for guests in the mountain hotels. A typical day would involve checking guests in and out of their rooms and accommodating customers whenever they have a special request.
Hotel guest services work hard to ensure customers have everything that they need, whether that is extra towels, room service, or a dinner recommendation for the evening. You’ll be responsible for solving any situations that arise, and ensuring that customers have the best possible stay!
As a fine dining waiter/waitress your job is to ensure that guests have a quality dining experience by providing them with the best possible customer service. Your role will include taking meal orders, serving food and drinks, and waiting and clearing tables in a timely manner.
As a cocktail maker, you play a very important role in the restaurant. You’ll be preparing and serving drinks to customers whilst ensuring all of your guest interactions are positive and friendly. You’ll need to be able to mix and match ingredients, create drinks based on customer orders, and ensure that your guests have an all round great experience at the bar.
Do you have maintenance or gardening experience? Resorts are looking for staff who can carry out maintenance and gardening duties around the grounds of the hotel. You should have experience in digging, forking, mulching, watering, raking, weeding, edging, planting and not need much supervision.
You’ll be responsible for keeping the hotel in top condition, by dusting, vacuuming, surface cleaning, bathroom cleaning and ensuring all assigned areas are neat and tidy. Guests have come to expect the best and you’ll be ready to provide it!
Take your kitchen career to new heights, literally, in the mountain kitchens! You should be proactive and enthusiastic, ready for a challenge and able to handle kitchen and production areas. You’ll be working closely with the Head Chef, managing kitchen staff and ensuring everyone is on track. You’re second in command so in case the Head Chef is absent, you’ll be required to step up and take charge of the kitchen operations.