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Bar jobs in ski resorts and how to get one

Bar jobs in a ski resort : how to get one and what to expect

Riding all day in powder then working in the evening , with live bands and great mates … sounds perfect ? There’s a whole lot more to working as bar staff in the alps then just pouring pints and having a great time.

So you turn up in resort and there’s snow on the ground , you can’t wait to get your pass and hit the slopes  .. HANG ON A MINUTE !

What you can expect in those first few heady days in the snow

To get your ski pass you’re going to need your new boss to provide you with your contract , and lets face it they are probably mega busy right now.Don’t expect it to be put in your hand the second you arrive .If there is snow on the terrace the best thing you can do is ask your boss if they want it cleared and start digging … always seems like fun for the first hour ( just try doing it in a blizzard at midnight ) , once you have teamed up with some of your new work buddies and shifted some neige ( try not to put it on next doors terrace !) the boss will probably have printed your contract off and signed it , you just need to scoot to the lift pass office with your readies and all the paperwork and you are off ..OR ARE YOU ?

Realities of bar job in the alps Bar job staff day off

Well you kinda thought you would be doing shifts from say 7pm til close 6 days a week so you could get some serious park time in , BUT in reality working/riding and partying will burn you out in 2 weeks flat , plus the bar is open from 10am …so they need you to cover shifts over lunch / apres ski and evenings ( the classic triple split shift ) .

To be honest even working day shifts can be great , if its dumped then throw your work gear in a backpack and hit first lift and do a few loops on the nearest chair/bubble lift , then fly into work and get grafting. You will be the one with the biggest smile on your face all day taking the first lines before half the resort actually got on the slopes .

Bar job responsibilities clearing snow from chalet

So what can you expect in terms of work , well most bar/restaurants need you to be able to multi task , so don’t expect to be hanging round serving drinks if the kitchen is flat out .Be prepared to jump in with the KP’s and help wash up ( plonge !) , ask chefs if anything needs chopping /peeling etc .. the chefs can be your best buddies ! If its snowing then get ready with the snow shovels and move blackboards in so they don’t get wrecked etc. Stock rooms need tidying , stock checks need doing , glasses polished , Vin Chaud making , Knives & Forks polishing , restaurant mopping .. TOILETS CLEANING … yep you name it and you will be doing it …” if there’s time to lean , there’s time to clean ”  … but when the band kicks off and the beers / jagers are flowing then the bar is the best place on earth to work !

Nothing beats that feeling at the end of the night when you have just persuaded the last punter to go home after a staggeringly busy night , you all look at each other and think S**T did we just get through that ?! The stories all come out about who left with who , and which chalet girl is not going to make it up for work in the morning etc etc

Of course then you guys need to grab a beer at the local club and do it all for yourselves ….. but don’t forget , lifts open at 9am and you are on a split shift tomorrow !!

Take a look at these positions on the site right now :

Bar Staff Courchevel 

Bar Staff Les Arcs

Bar Staff Wengen

Bar Staff France

Latest jobs are all found HERE

Meribel & Mottaret Ski Resort

Snowy scenes from Meribel

Meribel ski resort and where to get a job

At the heart of the three valleys , Meribel is really where the British ski industry kicked off in France with Peter Lindsay investing and planning the resort from the late 1930’s .

This resort along with Mottaret hosts hundred of thousands of Brits every winter , the valley itself is very wide , open and sunny but the main problems you really get here are the queues in the bottom of either meribel or mottaret as people are trying to head up the other side .

That said a season here will offer you great skiing and a great seasonairre vibe as there are simply thousands of staff working the bars / restaurants / shops /chalets etc etc


Bars..where to start ?

Jacks bar in the Chaudanne area ,that kicks off a lot of peoples après ski , but will go on into the early hours .

Meribel is now famous for the Folie Douce bar which hosts a party every day from around 3pm onwardsBar job staff day off , dont miss your last lift to Courchevel though.

Resort centre

La Taverne & the Doron Pub , two of the most established institutions in meribel , hosting live music , DJ’s , raffles and madness.

La Poste .. if you have the money !! there will always be a few of the old school ski bums looking at this shaking their heads at what was once the Capricorn (just ask someone when you get there )

Barometer Bar .. always a laid back atmosphere in here .

Lodge du Village , higher up in Meribel Village , this is now a firm favourite for all seasonaires and hosts the Charity Day which moved from La Tania.

Meribel valley slopes

Depending on the time of the year , you will want to plan your day around the sun , now one wants to be skiing back in the cold shadowy runs!

But you have to head up to Mt Vallon for some brilliant wide open fast skiing , from there you can drop over into Val thorens ( and maybe head to the fourth valley !)

The Moon Park Meribel One of the big draws are the two parks : DC area 43 snow park and the Moon park … you will be spending a fair amount of time hanging around here !


Top Tips

The Meribel Couloir ( or Death Couloir ) has been slightly toyed with this year and you can now get your ride filmed and posted straight to facebook .. although this has taken the mystic away .

On powder days with lots of snow , head into the trees and ski down to Brides les Bains , and don’t miss out on the trees  above Raffort.

If you have a three valley pass and Meribel / Mottaret is heaving , then head up to Saulire and drop over into Courchevel 1650 and get away from it all !



There is a wealth of opportunities here , every big ski company along with smaller chalet companies , you sometimes wonder if you are in France when you hear the amount of English staff !

Bar & restaurant jobs are plentiful here too.