How to Work the 2022/2023 Ski Season in Canada

Call us biased, but we think Canada has the best snow season in the world. Whether you’re an advanced skier or snowboarder chasing powder, or have never so much as looked at a pair of skis, there is something for everyone. The 2022/2023 ski season in Canada is shaping up to be the best yet; travel restrictions have lifted, ski season jobs are in plentiful supply and a whole roster of incredible winter activities await. Interested? Read on to discover how to work a ski season in Canada.

Working a ski season in Canada will give you unparalleled access to some of the best ski resorts in the world

Why You Should Do a Ski Season in Canada

Hailed as the Great White North, Canada’s snow season is characterized by consistent deep snow, soaring mountains, authentic ski towns and world-class skiing – both on and off-piste. The icing on the cake? Canada also boasts one of the longest snow seasons in the world – on average running from mid-November to late-April. Working a ski season will allow you to take your time experiencing all that Canada has to offer.

Worried about finding Canada ski season jobs for 2023? Staff shortages mean there will be more opportunities for those seeking employment, with extra perks to make sure that you enjoy your experience and commit to your employer during the full season.

Apply for the 2022/2023 Canada Working Holiday Visa

Before you start packing your winter gear, you will need to apply for a working holiday visa. Canada’s International Experience Canada (IEC) Program provides temporary work permits – otherwise known as the Canada Working Holiday Visa – to youth from approximately 35 countries. Each country has individual working holiday visa requirements. You can find out the requirements for each country here.

Eligible to Apply? Create Your IEC Profile Now!

Canada issues invitations to apply (ITA) through a ‘pool’ system, which selects IEC profiles through random weekly draws. Chances of an invitation vary depending on a country’s quota of visas, the number of people in the pool and the time of year. So the earlier you can get your name in the pool, the better!

Some countries have filled their quota for the 2022 IEC season, however, we can help you get prepared for the 2023 IEC season so that you can get your application in as soon as it opens. You can find out more about the application process here.

On our Canada Ski Working Holiday Program, we will walk you through the entire application process, ensuring you secure your 2022/2023 Canada Working Holiday Visa with no issues.

Where to Work a Ski Season in Canada

Once you’ve secured your working holiday visa for the 2022/2023 ski season, you can start planning the fun stuff. First on the agenda: pick a mountain.

Spanning a whopping ten million square kilometers, Canada boasts 294 ski resorts, 3,976 kilometers of slopes and 855 ski lifts; not to forget some of the worlds best backcountry ski touring. The best ski resorts to work at in Canada can be found in British Columbia and Alberta, with the most popular ski resorts being Whistler and Banff. Still undecided? See our breakdown of each province.

Stepwest participant Karolina explores Blackcomb Glacier, which can be accessed by the Showcase T-Bar on Blackcomb mountain

Where to Work a Ski Season in British Columbia

If you’ve done your research, chances are you’ve heard of BC’s Powder Highway. Running through the Kootenay Rockies, the Powder Highway passes eight world-class ski resorts, including Panorama, Kimberley, RED Mountain, Whitewater, Fairmont Hot Spring, Fernie, and two of our favorites: Kicking Horse – known as the ‘Champagne Capital of Canada’ – and Revelstoke, home to the longest ski run in North America. Outside of the Powder Highway, Big White, Sun Peaks and Whistler Blackcomb are some of the best ski resorts to work at in Canada.

Canada's snow season is characterized by consistent snow, deep powder and incredible terrain!

Where to Work a Ski Season in Alberta

In Alberta, most holiday workers opt to work during the Banff ski season. Located in Banff National Park, this small mountain town is close to some of the best ski resorts in Alberta, including Lake Louise, Sunshine Village and Kananaskis. Banff is also located nearby to several of BC’s ski resorts, allowing for some epic ski trips during your days off. Other popular resorts include Norquay, Marmot Basin, Nakiska, and Castle Mountain.

Stepwest participant Gabriel got to tick off ice fishing from his bucket list during his time in Canada

It’s Not All Skiing…

Canada’s snow season is far from linear. You can go snowshoeing, dog sledding and seek out the northern lights; play ice hockey or ice skate on frozen lakes, search for frozen waterfalls and try your hand at ice climbing! Canada’s top ski resorts are also within driving distance to cosmopolitan cities like Vancouver and Calgary for a dose of city life.

If you’re struggling to decide where to work for the 2022/2023 snow season, get in touch and we can advise you on the best options according to your interests.

Securing a Ski Season Job for the 2022/2023 Season

Next on the agenda: find a job. The good news is that you will have a lot of opportunities to work! Following two years of travel restrictions, Canada’s ski resorts are seeing huge demand for the 2022/2023 ski season and employers are on a hiring binge to keep up. Post-COVID, the hospitality industry is suffering from staff shortages, so you won’t be facing the problem of not getting enough working hours.

When to Apply For 2022/2023 Ski Season Jobs in Canada

By June we are already starting the hiring process with our employers in popular ski resorts such as Whistler, Banff, Jasper and Lake Louise. It pays off to be organized as the sooner you are ready for interviews, the more ski resort job positions you will be able to choose from. If you are a last-minute planner, there is no need to panic as we can secure you a job through our Ski Working Holiday Program.

How to Find Accommodation For The Ski Season

Finding affordable accommodation for the ski season can be like finding a needle in a haystack, therefore we recommend securing a ski resort job with staff accommodation. Our Ski Working Holiday Program will always include guaranteed staff housing, saving you the time and stress of having to find housing on top of a job in Canada. You will also get some incredible staff perks (think: discounts on food and retail, ski passes and other activities).

You could live and work at Sun Peaks Mountain Resort during the 2022/2023 Canada ski season!

Next Steps: Planning Your 2022/2023 Canada Ski Season!

Ready to get the ball rolling? Here’s what to expect…

  1. Contact us today to make sure you can still apply for a working holiday permit for Canada. Have you already secured your Canada Working Holiday Visa? Then we can start working together to get your ski season job sorted.
  2. If you are eligible to apply for the working holiday permit, we will organize a free consultation to understand what type of job you are looking for and how we can help you.
  3. Submit your work permit application – don’t worry, we’ll walk you through each step of your application to make sure it is perfect.
  4. Interviews with employers in Canada from the comfort of your home.
  5. Work permit approval and trip preparation
  6. Hoorah – you’ve landed in Canada! After setting up for life in Canada, it’s time to move into your staff housing and start your Canadian snow season adventure!

Don’t Forget! Insurance for Winter Sports

You are required to get travel insurance in order to receive your working holiday permit upon arrival to Canada. Make sure that you include winter sports coverage with your insurance plan, as you want to make the most of the winter sports that Canada will give you access to!

As an international traveller, medical care in Canada is very expensive so do not risk getting the cheapest insurance, as if you really need it (we hope you don’t) it can turn into a huge headache and a very pricey problem! Find out what insurance our participants use.

Want to Learn More?

Now you have discovered how to work a ski season in Canada, you can start planning your 2022/2023 ski season in the Great White North.

First, check to see if you are eligible, then get in touch to hear more about our Ski Working Holiday Program, and how we can help you embark on the trip of a lifetime!

FAQs

When Does the 2022/2023 Ski Season Start in Canada?

Canada boasts one of the longest snow seasons in the world. While the exact months vary each year, on average the snow season will run from mid-November to late-April.

If I Apply for My Canada Working Holiday Visa Now, Will I Get It in Time for the 2022/2023 Ski Season?

It depends on your nationality. If you are from Australia, Ireland, Germany, the UK, Japan or Sweden – among other lucky countries with unlimited quotas – then yes, you will make it on time. We will support you through the application process to make sure you get things running with no issues.

If you are from a country where the working holiday is more competitive – like Chile, Spain, Taiwan and France – we can get you ready for the 2023 IEC season, so that you can start planning ahead!

What are the COVID-19 Travel Requirements for Canada?

Canada has removed its COVID-19 travel requirements for fully vaccinated travellers. Therefore, if you are fully vaccinated and have an approved working holiday permit, you can enter Canada to work the 2022/2023 ski season. If you are not vaccinated, you will not be allowed to enter. Plus, the borders between the USA and Canada are open again – meaning you can travel to the US during your time off!

What Destinations Are Available on Stepwest’s Ski Resort Program for the 2022/2023 Ski Season?

We have so many options! You could work in a ski town or village – like Whistler or Banff – with lots of restaurants, great nightlife and close connections to cities like Vancouver or Calgary. Or would you prefer to work a ski season in the Canadian wilderness? Whatever your preferences, we can make it happen.

What Are the Ski Resort Staff Perks or Benefits?

As a general rule you will get:

  • Staff housing at a discounted rate with an easy commute to work!
  • Discounts on food and retail purchases
  • Discounts in other hotels from the same group
  • Discounts on skiing passes and other local activities
  • …Among other benefits! Each employer will have their own benefit plan for the season

How Will I Get to the Ski Resort if There Is Too Much Snow? Will the Resort Pick Me Up at the Airport?

We have got you covered. We will organize everything – including your airport transfer – so that you can arrive stress-free and ready to go. 

On arrival, you will stay in the closest city for a few days so that we can get you ready for work. This includes sorting your SIN, free bank account, Canadian cell phone plan, and anything you might need before heading to the resort.

What Are the Average Working Hours For a Ski Season Job in Canada?

You can generally expect to work between 30-40 hours. Want to work more? Your work permit will allow you to get a side job!

Afraid of Taking the Step Because You Are Traveling on Your Own This Upcoming Winter Season?

Don’t be! Did you know that 95% of our participants travel alone to enjoy their gap year in Canada? Our Ski Working Holiday Program is the best way to get to meet people as you will get to live and work with working holiday travellers with the same interests – to have an epic 2022/2023 ski season in Canada!