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Working a winter season at Big White Ski Resort in Canada

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Working a winter season at Big White Ski Resort in Canada

Beitrag von ThomasStendys » 05.11.2017 - 18:38

Hi,

I would like to tell about my experience in Canada, where I worked as a videographer/photographer for the winter season 2015/16. I worked at British Columbia’s (B.C.) third largest ski resort named Big White Ski Resort, 60kms from the city of Kelowna.

Getting the job:
The process of getting a job started in august 2015. I knew I wanted to work in a Canadian ski resort on the west coast – but I had no idea in which one. In july 2015 I was on vacation in Canada, where we drove all around B.C. for a month. On that trip we came across Whistler, Kicking Horse, Revelstoke and Lake Louise which are some of the largest and famous ski resorts in North America. I applied for various jobs at almost all the resorts I could find in B.C. and Alberta. I applied for jobs such as snow shoveller, lift operator, shaper etc. – jobs you can get without needing to have any special training or education. What I ended up with, was the position as a videographer/photographer that Big White offered me. I got offered other jobs from other resorts, but I found the job as a videographer most interesting. It gave me a lot of experiences what you normally wouldn’t get to experience.

The job:
As a videographer/photographer my job was to create promotional content for social media, their website, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, posters, catalogues and magazines. I worked for the cable car company and got paid for 37,5 hours of work a week. Some weeks I worked all seven days, and in other weeks I only worked four days – I varied a lot. An important part of my job was to deliver fresh photos from the mountain to be posted on Facebook and Instagram in the morning, before the resort opened. The best thing about the job, was that it gave me access to all the departments and the whole mountain almost whenever I wanted.

The mountain and resort:
As written earlier, Big White Ski Resort is B.Cs third largest after Whistler and Sun Peaks. The mountain summit is at 2319 m and the village is in 1755 m above sea level. The vertical drop is 777m from top to bottom. I relies 100% on natural snow. Snow guns are only being use in the park for the features. Doing the winter season 2015/16 we had a snow base of 300cm most of the season, and received a total of 900cm of snow.

It is know for being Canada favorite family resort

Stats:
Lifts: 16 (1 T-bar, 10 chairlifts, 1 gondola and 4 magic carpets) Doppelmayr and Poma
Snow guns: 4
Snow groomers: 11 (3 Prinoths and 8 PistenBullys)


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Helped out the grooming department with their submission for the PB video contest in north america

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Re: Working a winter season at Big White Ski Resort in Canada

Beitrag von bamigoreng » 05.11.2017 - 19:19

Wow, this is supercool! Thank you very much for the insights in your daily work there. Very appreciated.
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Re: Working a winter season at Big White Ski Resort in Canada

Beitrag von wellblech » 05.11.2017 - 19:36

Congrats. What a great Job. Thank You for those lovely photographs.
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Re: Working a winter season at Big White Ski Resort in Canada

Beitrag von F. Feser » 05.11.2017 - 20:38

Amazing! Thank You!
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Re: Working a winter season at Big White Ski Resort in Canada

Beitrag von Ulmer » 09.11.2017 - 08:56

I can only follow the others, thank you for the great pictures and the very interesting report!

I have a question: what would be your recommendation for an Austrian / German to apply for a seasonal job there? Any preconditions required?
Have you met Austrians / Germans working there ?

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Re: Working a winter season at Big White Ski Resort in Canada

Beitrag von Latemar » 09.11.2017 - 09:21

Great pics.
Thank you.

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Re: Working a winter season at Big White Ski Resort in Canada

Beitrag von br403 » 09.11.2017 - 15:19

Very nice, thanks a lot!


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Re: Working a winter season at Big White Ski Resort in Canada

Beitrag von Mostviatla » 09.11.2017 - 16:04

Wow, thank you very much for these beautiful pictures!
Hope we can see some more in the future. :D
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Re: Working a winter season at Big White Ski Resort in Canada

Beitrag von ThomasStendys » 09.11.2017 - 20:17

Ulmer hat geschrieben:I can only follow the others, thank you for the great pictures and the very interesting report!

I have a question: what would be your recommendation for an Austrian / German to apply for a seasonal job there? Any preconditions required?
Have you met Austrians / Germans working there ?
Of course if depends on the job, and what experience is required. But for a lot of the jobs, experience with guest service is the most important thing. For jobs like lift operator and shaper, you dont need any experience before hand. I expected before i got there, that fx lift operators would need to have some mechanical or technical knowledge, but thats not the case. And they barely expect you to be able to ski or board - of cause it depends on the job as well.

One things that is really important, is that you are fluent in english - written and spoken - since 90% of the guests are from english speaking countries.

Regarding getting a working permit, you should search via the "Working Holiday"-program found via this link: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/work/iec/index.asp

I met a couple of Germans there but no Austrians. The majority of the employees are either from Canada or Austrailia/New Zealand. 30% Canada, 50% Austrailia/New Zealand, 10% Europe and 10% rest of the world. Most of them are in there twenties.
I met up with my German friend from Canada in Ischgl this winter. He worked there as a shaper in the park. Now I got friends all over the world.

Canada is for sure the best thing I have ever done, and would at any time do more seasons there, or in any other resort in North America or Europe :-)

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Re: Working a winter season at Big White Ski Resort in Canada

Beitrag von Ulmer » 10.11.2017 - 10:45

Thanks a lot for the quick response which provides a good guidance. And I agree Canada but also the US part of the Rockies is a great experience!

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