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So, you need a job.

Fortunately, there's thousands of them in Whistler. The trick is picking which one works for you. Here's some quick info, for more details on jobs, staff housing and job finding tips, check out our ebook.


  • Ski/Snowboard Instructors - ski all day, every day

  • Lift operators (lifties) - 4 days on/3 days off

  • Zipline guides

  • Hotel bellmen/valet - get tips for carrying people's suitcases to their rooms

  • Ski valets split shifts to allow you to ride every day

  • Cooks - free food, often evening shifts

  • Housekeepers - free guest leftovers, often food & booze!

  • Daycare workers/babysitters - often cash in hand

  • Restaurant servers - cash monies, food discounts

  • Bartenders - more cash monies

  • Night audit - the only job that you can legitimately sleep on

  • Retail sales clerks - discounts on all ya gear

  • Boot fitters/ski rental techs - ski friendly shifts

  • Reservations agents/front desk - access to free tours like snowmobiling

  • Shuttle drivers - for local hotels & down to Vancouver

  • Maintenance worker - often 4 days on/3 days off

3 things to consider when choosing a job.


Do you want to shred pow all day and head into work at 5pm? Do you want to work an early shift and be done by 2/3pm to catch the last few hours in the bike park or at the lake? It is not uncommon for folks here to have different summer and winter jobs with opposite work schedules that correlate to their activity choice. The preferred pattern tends to be to work afternoons/evenings in the winter and mornings in the summer. 


Bagged that dream job as a lifty? Kids bike park guide? Dog walker? Keep in mind that whilst working outdoors seems fitting in a mountain town (and lots of people love it!), the weather can be unforgiving and change rapidly. Lifties often have to endure 10 hour shifts in double digits below zero, or in the high 30s (90sF) in summer. Sunstroke, frostbite and health problems from poor air quality in forest fire season are all issues facing outdoor workers. That being said, is there a more beautiful place to work outside than Whistler? Perhaps not. Those who work in Whistler Blackcomb's mountain top restaurants get first and last lifts every day, freedom to shred away from the crowds. 


Perks - Some employers will spot you a ski pass or bike pass for the season, and others may provide private healthcare. One of the best job perks you can get are FAM tours (familiarisation tours) - this is when companies offer hotel staff (mostly front desk/guest services) the opportunity to try out their activities for free so that they can recommend them to guests. This can include free dinners, snowmobiling, zip-lining, bungee jumping, ATVing, bear viewing, tubing, free spa visits.. you name it, you can probably get a free tour if you work on the front line of guest services. 

Cash - Alternatively, you can work in food and beverage and have a shitty wage but make heaps of cash. Serving, bartending, bussing... all of these positions will have you walking home with notes in your pocket at the end of your shift. However, servers have a lower minimum wage, so be prepared to make much less money when the tourists don't come to town. ​

For much more information, including job finding tips, check out our brand new ebook below. 

Moving to Whistler: The Ultimate Guidebook

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