- Season:October / November – April
- Province: British Columbia
- Accommodation: Some staff accommodation is offered, however housing is easily found
- Min Age:19
- Jobs: Central Reservations, Front Desk, Hotel Bellman, Hotel Duty Manager, Housekeeping, Maintenance, Laundry, Custodial Team Member, Guest Services Support, Retail Sales Associate, Rental Shop Associate, Lift Operator, Skating Rink Host, Ski & Board School Sales Desk Agent, Receptionist, Ticket Agent, Server, Bistro Attendant, Bartender, Concession Attendant, Food & Beverage Support, Cashier & Events, Prep/Short Order Cook, Dishwasher
- Interview Locations: Australia (Skype): Australia (Skype)
When the snow falls (and we guarantee it will) on a pow or bluebird day, Big White’s vast and varied terrain is more than enough incentive to make every day a ski day. Big White is a family ski wonderland with over 118 trails and annual snowfall of over 7.5 meters (25ft). Even on our busiest day, there is room on the slopes to spread out and explore.
With a population of approximately 153,148, Kelowna is the largest city in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley. Bordering Okanagan Lake, Kelowna is well known for its hot summers and temperate winters. Kelowna is one of the most liveable cities in Canada. In the recent Canada Pulse survey, 90% of residents reported “My city is a great place to live”.
Kelowna boasts all the amenities of a major city: fine dining, unique shops and vibrant culture, yet orchards and vineyards thrive within a 10-minute drive of the downtown core. Spectacular vistas await those ready to explore. A delightful day can be spent sampling the award-winning wines of our numerous internationally-acclaimed wineries, while several championship golf courses draw enthusiasts from all parts of the globe.
Situated on the eastern shore of Okanagan Lake mid-way between Penticton in the south and Vernon in the north, Kelowna residents and tourists alike find the lake offers wonderful opportunities for boating, swimming or fishing. The nearby mountains attract hikers, skiers and outdoor enthusiasts of all descriptions.
Nightlife & Pubs
30 nightlife options that are sure to make any visitor feel like a local. Kelowna has welcomed many internationally acclaimed artists, bands and DJs, but Kelowna is also home to some of the greatest local artists anywhere in British Columbia. With Kelowna nightlife, there is something here for everyone to enjoy.
Winter Hours of Operation
Season Open Date: Wednesday, November 23rd, 2022
Season Close Date: Sunday, April 9th, 2023
Surviving on your wages
The average entry level position for a first-year staff member at Big White starts at a wage of $15.20. Positions requiring experience, additional skills, or supervisory responsibilities start at higher rates per hour. Most staff work from 32 to 40 hours per week.
The average employee pays from $600 to $800 per month for shared accommodations. This ranges from several friends renting a house to two to four folks renting a one-bedroom condo. To help you in your search here is a link for hostel information at Big White.
Types of jobs you can get when booking your Canada working holiday with us:
- Front Desk Agent
- Reservation Agent
- Housekeeping Supervisor
- Laundry Supervisor
- Night Auditor
- Mountain Check-in Night Audit
- Concierge Desk
- Hotel Duty Manager
- Maintenance Personnel
- Hotel Houseman
- Mountain Check-in Front Desk
- Mountain Check-in Duty Manager
- Mountain Check-in Bellman
- Custodial Team Member
- Guest Services Support
- Retail Sales Associate
- Rental Shop Associate
- Lift Operator
- Skating Rink Host
- Ski & Board School Sales Desk Agent
- Ticket Agent
- Bistro Attendant
- Concession Attendant
- Food & Beverage Support, Cashier & Events
- Prep/Short Order Cook
Surviving on your wages
The average entry-level job at Big White has a starting wage of between $15.20 and $16.20 per hour, and most staff work from 32 to 40 hours per week. A majority of staff pay from $600 to $800 per month for shared accommodation located at the resort.
Employment start dates vary depending on the position/department, so some time can pass between your arrival at Big White and when you will start working full-time hours. Because of this, you should come with sufficient money to support you for at least one month.
The fall and early ski season are a very busy time at Big White Ski Resort. Many prospective employees are arriving for job interviews and work. Also, everyone is looking for a place to stay during the winter. However, we still strongly recommend you arrive with pre-booked accommodation.
- Big White is pleased to offer a limited number of staff accommodation beds to our employees.
- Each manager will have a small number of beds to allocate to staff.
- Staff accommodation beds are proportionally allocated based on department size, so each department only has a limited number of beds.
- These units are in Snow Pine Estates, Happy Valley and the Village.
- During the hiring process, your potential manager will be able to let you know whether they still have any beds available. We will do our best to accommodate any location and housemate requests.
- These units range from apartments to houses, with anywhere from four people to eight people per unit. The units are fully furnished and include linens.
- These staff accommodation beds are proportionally allocated based on department size, so each department only has a limited number of beds.
- The allocation of beds will not be known until early November. Assume you do not have staff accommodation and plan accordingly.
Most staff will find accommodation through looking on the Internet, Big White’s Facebook page, calling the “For Rent” signs in the unit windows, getting our referral list, going to our local real estate companies or chatting with the building managers. The average employee pays from $600 to $800 per month for shared accommodation.
- These prices range from several friends renting a house, to two-to-four folks renting a one-bedroom condo. There are some apartments and condos available for rent in Big White, all are fully furnished with full kitchens, and some even have spas on the deck… VERY NICE!
- The cost of housing varies depending on the size and location of the apartment.
- The cost of housing is approximate $150.00 to $200.00 CAD/week, and a bond will also be payable.
- Urban Retreat Hostel is an excellent place to stay while getting yourself established, while conveniently being located on the mountain.
FREE Season Pass
Employees are eligible to receive a season pass for unlimited skiing and riding!
FREE Ski & Snowboard Group Lessons
What’s the point of living and working at a ski resort and never hitting the slopes? Group lessons are subject to space and availability, and must be booked in advance. Staff also receive 50% off private lessons.
Retail Discounts & Staff Sale
Discounts are available at Altitude, Dizzy’s, The Rider and Mountainside Gift Shop in the Village Centre Mall. All staff are eligible for 25% off soft goods (including jackets, pants, accessories, helmets, goggles etc.) and hardgoods (including skis, boards, bindings, boots, footbeds etc.) until December 15th. This is an excellent way to set yourself up for the season for a great price! When buying on the hill you know you’re getting products that work for our conditions, to ensure the best possible on-mountain experience. We have Masterfit University Certified Bootfitters onsite who specialize in ski and snowboard boot fitting to help you find the perfect fit, and a team of retail experts ready to help out!
An annual staff sale is held mid-November, where previous season’s products are up to 70% off! Ex-rental skis and boards are also available at great prices. Check with your Manager for the date and be sure not to miss it.
From December 15th onwards, staff will receive a 15% discount on soft goods and a 10% discount on hardgoods.
40% off Rentals and up to 25% off Repairs
Staff receive 40% off ski and snowboard equipment rentals, as well as 10% off for any family and friends. Ask our staff members in the Rental Shop about our great equipment!
All employees also receive 25% off services and 15% off parts in the Repair Shop.
Food & Beverage Discounts
We offer 40% off our regular prices at the Happy Valley Day Lodge. This discount applies whether you are on-duty or enjoying a day off, so bring your staff pass with you whenever you go out!
50% off Happy Valley parking permit
Big White Ski Resort and Big White Central Reservations staff have access to 50% off long-term parking in the Happy Valley overnight parking lot (discounted staff price is $200/month).
Free access to the staff fitness facilities (weight room and aerobics room)
There is the potential to earn a bonus payment upon the completion of your contract. Conditions apply.
There are great activities organized for staff – visits to hockey games in Kelowna, ice hockey tournaments between departments at the skating rink plus lots, lots more.
“It’s the snow” is our motto and we live up to our name with an average 750cm (24.5ft) of Okanagan Champagne Powder falling annually. Our bountiful, dry powder is legendary and was awarded “Best Powder” by Ski Canada Magazine in 2008!
As a family resort, we also put your safety first and want to keep you safe and happy while you enjoy our slopes. You will see our daily “Slow Zones” that make it easy for beginners and people that want to take it slow, and we also have our Safety Tips for using the resort and helping you to watch out for any little hazards Mother Nature may put in your path. We look forward to having you spend time with us out in the Champagne Powder this season!