A career in the snow sports travel industry is one that many people seek, because it is thought to be one of the most rewarding ways to work and see a new part of the world at the same time. There are various roles that exist in this part of the travel industry, and in this article we will look at some of the major ones.
The rep job obviously pops up in various walks of the travel industry, as it is an essential way that travel firms communicate with their customers. A good rep will help keep holidaymakers happy as well as help generate more profits by getting those tourists to buy other holiday experiences and products whilst on their break. In terms of snow sports, reps also organize hiring of ski and snowboarding equipment along with ski lift passes – all essential for having a good ski holiday.
The humble ‘dish pig’ might seem to be a role that people in the travel industry try to avoid, but in terms of snow sports, it can be quite advantageous. The job itself is not really well paid, but you can often get jobs doing this that include accommodation, ski pass and snowboard or skis. In most hotels, you would work in the morning – cleaning the breakfast dishes and cutlery, and do some prep for dinner time. After this most pot washers have around 4 hours off in which they can go snowboarding or skiing. Few other hotel based travel industry positions offer this amount of time on piste.
The hotel manager would of course get more money than many other roles in the travel industry – because the job involves a lot of responsibility and indeed can involve working long hours and dealing with problems at any time of the day or night. Although it pays well, the hotel manager job might not allow for a great deal of time for activities such as snowboarding or skiing.
These are just a few jobs that might be considered by those wishing to work in the snow sports travel industry. There are many UK based companies that run hotels in places such as the Alps (Italy, France, Austria etc.) who offer jobs that include accommodation and food. In theory, it might be possible to save some money in this period, but that in reality would involve avoiding going out to bars and restaurants – which might impair the overall experience.