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Time:10:54 pm
Has anyone worked at Whistler/Blackcomb?

I'm thinking about heading down there and working there next winter. And I've talked to a few people who worked at Banff/Louise, but haven't really came across anyone who's worked at Whistler. I was wondering how it was...the people you worked with/for, what you did, where you lived, if it's retardedly expensive, if you recommend the experience to someone else...etc etc etc. Pretty much anything that anyone could tell me would be appreciated!

I was also thinking about Kicking Horse in Golden, BC...these are just ideas for now, I'm just trying to explore my options, and I'd like to know if anyone else had worked at any other Canadian ski hills as well and what they thought of them, etc. I've checked some of the sites and they've got the basic info for what you wanna know, but I want some actual feedback from people!

Any help/info/suggestions/tips would be greatly appreciated!!!!!! Thanks in advance!!!


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Time:2006-02-22 08:06 am (UTC)
I live and work in Whistler.

It's bloody expensive, but a really good bar scene. It's definetley worth it, if you're willing to pay almost 3/4 of your salary on rent .. Make sure you have alot of money saved up!
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alicasablancas
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Time:2006-02-22 02:17 pm (UTC)
I lived and worked in Whistler from June 2004-June 2005. I would highly recommend it.
Make sure you arrive BEFORE the winter season has even thought about starting. Summer is the best time to find a nice place for a reasonable price. Most of the people who struggle with money do so because they are being ripped off by their landlords, something that is VERY common in Whistler during winter.
It is also MUCH MUCH easier to find work from July-Sept than it is in the winter.
Avoid working for Intrawest (the mountain) if possible. The free pass is very tempting, but the wages are dreadful and you wont be able to scrape together enough shifts to live.
The majority of people need more than 1 job to get by. I worked at Gap and Footlocker for 6 months before getting the managers job at Footlocker and quitting Gap, only then did I have a salary that would allow me to live on less than a 45 hour week.
I lived in Emerald Estates, its the development that is the greatest distance from the village (but only 15mins on the bus...which is cheap). I chose it because it was quiet compared to Creekside and some of the other estates. But like I said, everywhere is about the same price before the winter crazy season kicks in. So if you lock-down a rent contract with your landlord, making sure your rent cant increase in winter, then you will be fine.

Hope this helps. I loved my time there. The riding is great and the bars are fantastic. You should go, but i would recommend going early and having the benefit of being settled down before winter starts, it really helps.
Good luck
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beybladesabre
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Time:2006-02-23 07:34 am (UTC)
Thanks for the tips!!! Greatly appreciated:)
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