Work a Scottish Ski Season

Winter is coming in the northern Hemisphere and many people start to think about a skiing holiday. If you are one of them, have you ever thought about extending your stay in the snow by working. Now there are many resorts throughout Europe where you could find work but have you ever considered the ski resorts in the Scottish Highlands? Well maybe you should!

There are five main ski centres in the Scottish Highlands to choose from: the Lecht, Nevis Range, Cairngorm, Glenshee and Glencoe. Some of the ski areas are quite remote and rely on travellers for staff which is great news if you would like to extend your stay in the snow.

The ski season generally runs from November/December to the middle of May but it does depend on the white stuff. There is a range of work at the ski resorts available including: hospitality staff for their restaurants and cafes; retail staff for shops; ski/board instructors are in demand on the ski fields, along with lift operators and maintenance people.

Accommodation isn’t usually provided so before you take on a position you must organise a place to stay. For cheap accommodation we recommend a hostel.  Some of the resorts have a work bus. Positions can be found by contacting one of the ski centres mentioned following. Some people organize a job in advance while others just turn up and try their luck.

Cairngorm Ski Centre www.cairngormmountain.org Tel: (01479) 810 261. Cairngorm is in the centre of the Highlands. It is probably the best known and has the UKs highest Funicular Railway and Restaurant. The nearest town is Aviemore, sometimes referred to as ‘Aussiemore’ due to the number of Aussies who find work there. Aviemore offers a variety of work including hospitality in the restaurants and bars and snow-related retail jobs.

Glencoe Ski Centre www.glencoemountain.co.uk Tel: (01855) 851 226. Glencoe is on the western side of the Highlands and is quite remote even though it is only half an hour away from Glasgow. It boasts some of the steepest on-piste skiing in the country.

Glenshee Ski Centre www.ski-glenshee.co.uk Tel: (013397) 412320. Glenshee is the largest of the resorts. The nearest town to this remote ski centre is Braemar, where you could find work in one of the hotels, pubs or cafes. Braemar is home to the Highland Games which the Queen attends each year in the summer months.

Lecht Ski Centre www.lecht.co.uk Tel: (01975) 651440. This place looks very close to the Cairngorm ski centre on the map but alas, there is no direct road there. The nearest town is Tomintoul. Most ski runs are for beginners to intermediate.

Nevis Range Ski Centre www.nevisrange.co.uk Tel: (01397) 705 855. This resort is on the western side of the Highlands with Ben Nevis being the highest mountain in the UK. The Nevis Range is near Fort William, so if you don’t find a position at the ski resort you may find work in this town.

Ensure you have adequate travel insurance to cover you while on your work experience in the snow.

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