Imagine spending your winter days off experiencing mind-blowing mountain adventures in Canada’s best ski resorts. On our Ski Resort Working Holiday program, we’ll secure you a ski season job in Canada, accommodation, visa and tons more!

Start Dates

September — November


4 — 24 months


From C$1,190

Program Overview

If you’re dreaming of knee-deep powder, incredible terrain (both piste and off-piste), and spectacular mountain scenery, a ski season job in Canada is just the ticket. Want champagne powder throughout the season? Look no further than Big White and Sun Peaks. Iconic mountain views? Work in a ski resort in the Canadian Rockies. For the ultimate Canada ski season experience, Whistler Blackcomb is one of the top ski mountains in the world.

We work with highly rated ski resorts in Whistler, Revelstoke, Banff, Jasper, Lake Louise and Sun Peaks, among other destinations. Whether you’re learning or an experienced skier or snowboarder; or want a good mix of professional work experience and other adventures during a winter season, we’ll find you the perfect ski resort job in Canada to suit your interests.

What’s Included


  • Step-by-step guidance on applying for your Working Holiday Visa
  • Interview & resume preparation
  • Interview with Canadian employers
  • Guaranteed job offer before travelling
  • Subsidized shared staff accommodation
  • Assistance with travel insurance
  • Pre-departure orientation to help you prepare for your arrival in Canada

In Canada

  • Guidance on getting your work permit upon arrival
  • Welcome orientation
  • Assistance in setting you up for life in Canada: bank account, SIN, Canadian phone number and more!
  • Transport organization to the resort
  • You’ll have our Vancouver-based team to answer any questions throughout your time here

The Fun Stuff!

  • Live and work at a world-famous ski resort
  • Make friends from all over the world
  • Spend time off skiing and snowboarding at Canada’s top ski mountains
  • Try new winter activities, from ice skating on frozen lakes to tobogganing and dog sledding
  • Stick around for the summer season and experience a whole new roster of adventures

What’s Not Included

Flights, medical insurance, IEC visa and/or work permit application fees, local transportation, food and shared staff housing rent.

Ski Season Jobs

With Canada being such a big country, there is a huge choice of ski resorts to choose from. We’ll hook you up with a guaranteed ski season job at some of the top hotels and resorts at ski destinations across Alberta and British Columbia. Whether you want to gain experience as a pastry chef for your career development, work in guest services at a five-star hotel or get paid to spend days on the slopes, we’ll set you up to make the most of your ski season in Canada in a job you truly enjoy!

Ski Season Jobs May Include:

  • Server
  • Host
  • Busser
  • Bartender
  • Banquet Server
  • Rental Shop Clerk
  • Cashier
  • Cafe and Quick Service Attendant
  • Kitchen Steward
  • Dishwasher
  • Prep Cook
  • Line Cook
  • Cook/Commis 1
  • Cook/Commis 2
  • Sous Chef
  • Chef de Partie
  • Pastry Chef
  • Pastry Cook
  • Room Attendant
  • Housekeeping Leadership
  • Laundry Attendant
  • Front Desk Agent
  • Guest Services Agent
  • Reservation Agent
  • Bell Desk Attendant or Valet
  • Concierge
  • Maintenance Technician
  • …and many more!

Let’s Get Started!

You can apply at any time of the year, however the earlier you start planning, the better. Ski season jobs in Canada typically begin in September, October and November each year, but the recruitment process starts months before!

Please check out our Eligibility page to see if you can apply for a working holiday visa.

Want More?

Summer Working Holiday

On our Summer Working Holiday program, land a summer resort job in Canada’s most beautiful destinations; spending time off exploring turquoise lakes, mountains, surfer beaches and tons more!

Vancouver Working Holiday

Combine cosmopolitan city life with some of Canada’s best wilderness on our Vancouver Working Holiday program. With the help of our Vancouver-based team, you'll be living like a local in no time!

Optional Services

We want you to arrive in Canada stress-free and fully prepared. We offer things like tax returns, English study and medical insurance, so that you can arrive in Canada ready to hit the ground running.


What visa do you need to work a ski season in Canada?

You will need a Working Holiday (IEC) visa. For more information and to see whether you are eligible to apply, check the Canada Working Holiday visa requirements.

When is the ski season in Canada?

The Canadian ski season typically starts in late November and runs until late April. However, this will depend on the weather conditions and where you are. For instance, the ski season in Banff is typically longer, usually ending in mid-May, as the ski resorts have a higher base and top elevation and therefore are much colder, than, say, Whistler.

See our 2023 guide on how to work a ski season in Canada for a full breakdown of what to expect.

Do I need to ski to work at a ski resort in Canada?

Not at all! Remember that you can work on a ski hill or in a hotel in a resort area, so you don’t have to be a pro skier to work there. We 100% recommend you to try to learn during this experience because it will make such a difference and trust us, once you start you might get to like it so much that you will become a pro! If you would like to learn how to ski and snowboard, this program will be your winter paradise!

What is the staff accommodation like at a ski resort in Canada?

Each resort and hotel has different staff housing, from dormitory buildings to shared units with several bedrooms, a kitchen, a bathroom and a common area. The common denominator is that you will be able to share accommodation with your colleagues from work! Most employers ask you to answer a questionnaire for them to be able to match you with housemates that have similar hobbies and interests as you! Staff housing is the best way to get to know people, as you will be living with co-workers from other departments of the resort.

Will Stepwest guarantee me a ski resort job with staff housing?

Yes, 100%! All of our host employers know that our participants are travelling from outside of Canada and therefore guaranteed accommodation is a must. Winter is the busiest time at any ski resort in Canada, so when you want to do a winter season we strongly recommend participants secure their jobs before October for the upcoming season. Once you are hired, the resorts will be able to secure your staff accommodation. But don’t worry, we will be there to help you with the whole onboarding process.

Where is the best place to work during the ski season?

Canada is called the Great White North for a reason! There are so many incredible resorts to work at during Canada’s ski season. From Whistler to Banff, Revelstoke, Sun Peaks, and so much more. We work with employers in locations across Canada and will hook you up with a job in your dream winter wonderland.

How far are the ski resorts and hotels from the cities in Canada?

It depends on where you work, but the resorts we work with are normally in areas that are very close to nature, so it can take between 60-90 minutes to arrive in big cities like Vancouver (from Whistler) and Calgary (from Banff). If you work at a resort like Sun Peaks, it is around 45 minutes from Kamloops. All in all, you get the best of both worlds as you’ll get to live in a national park or an area known for its natural landscapes, but when you need to go to the city, you’ll have easy access!

When should I start planning for my ski season in Canada?

The sooner you start your process with us, the sooner you will get hired and can start preparing your trip! Most of our participants start to prepare for the winter season early in the year –February or March – to secure their working holiday visa, with enough time to get the invitation and be approved. For some countries like Australia, New Zealand and Sweden, where getting a working holiday invitation might be easier, we can start at any time during the summer, so that you can get ready to travel to Canada between September and November.

What jobs are there during the ski season? How much can you make working at a ski resort in Canada?

Most of our jobs are available all year round, but we also have some season-specific ski season jobs, such as a ski and snowboarding rental attendant, ski rental equipment clerk and so on. During our consultation with you, we will check your preferences, experience, English level and more, so that we can find the best job position for you.

When it comes to how much you’ll earn during your ski season, this really depends on your role! However, the base wage in British Columbia is CAD $15.65 per hour, and CAD $15 per hour in Alberta.

How do I get to the resort when I arrive in Canada?

We will make sure that you have everything organized to arrive at the resort as planned. During your pre-departure orientation, we will go through everything that happens until you get to your accommodation at the resort. We have thought about every single detail to make your arrival as smooth and easy as possible!

What are my options after the winter season?

There are so many options! We have many participants that decide to stay for the summer, because, trust us, six months pass by so quickly! The good thing is that as long as your employer knows that you are planning to stay longer, you will be able to do so! Some participants (not that many!) decide to leave behind the resort life and move to a city for the summer. Remember that options are endless and your work permit is an open work permit, so you can live and work anywhere in Canada!

Can I work a three-month ski season in Canada?

Canada’s ski season lasts six months, and most employers require ski season workers to stay for the entire season. Plus, the Working Holiday visa is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, so utilize it to its full potential! Starting with experiencing the Great White North in all it’s glory!