Want to work a ski season in Canada? Now you can!

Skiiers walking through the village at Sun Peaks Resort. Photo: DBC/Ryan Creary

Imagine spending the 2022/2023 northern winter working and living at a ski resort in Canada.

Imagine, no more, it could become a reality as the Canadian Ski Council and the Canada West Ski Areas Association have put a call out for young Australian travellers to come to Canada and work, with various roles available, from ski professionals and hospitality, to retail and housekeeping.

Sign us up.

Canada’s winter has always been a major drawcard for Australians looking to live and work overseas, and in the wake of the global pandemic, resorts and ski operators throughout Canada are encouraging Aussie youth to swap their daily commute for a pair of skis or snowboard on a work-play adventure.

Working at Canada’s ski fields for the season offers adventure, plenty of perks, lifelong friendships and the opportunity to be part of a quintessential Canadian experience.

Whether you’re on the front line at a hotel, rental shop or restaurant, on the slopes as an instructor, patrol, lift operator or groomer, or behind the scenes in administration, there are hundreds of opportunities available at ski areas across Canada.

The Canadian governments “International Experience Canada (IEC)” visa gives youth the opportunity to travel and work in Canada for up to 2 years (depending on country of citizenship).

Aussies aged 18 to 35 are eligible for the Working Holiday IEC, once you have this you can apply at a Canadian ski field today – where the line between work and play is a chairlift ride away. Check out job applications at the Ski Canada website.

Try the Canada “job bank” for specific roles in the snow regions, or hit up Canada West Ski Areas Association jobs site, Ski Ontario’s employment page or check in with the ski resort of your choice and when they release their seasonal employment offerings.

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Rachael Oakes-Ash is the name behind @misssnowitall and the founder of SnowsBest.com. A long time travel and lifestyle journalist and ski writer, she's been published in ESPN, TIME, Wallpaper*, Action Asia, Inside Sport, Australian Financial Review, Emirates Open Skies, Conde Nast Traveler and more. She was the Fairfax snow blogger from 2007 to 2017 and the Southern Hemisphere editor for OnTheSnow. Rachael is also a documentary producer, author, radio announcer and humorist.