Work and travel Whistler Blackcomb 2024
Status: Summer 2024 - CLOSED | Winter 2024/25 - FULL


Winter Season:

Early November – late April

Summer Season:

May – October

Multiple Seasons:

Most people stay 12 months,
if not the full 2 years.


British Columbia


For most roles – allocated
by department managers

Min age:

19 years

Nations eligible to apply:

Anyone eligible for a
Canadian Working Holiday Visa

Interview locations:

Online or in person
in Australia/NZ

  • Lift Operations
  • Tube Park
  • Food & Beverage roles
  • Rentals & Retail
  • Ski School Sales
  • Guest Services
  • Ticket Sales
  • Base Area Ops

Live Here

All house residents must be Whistler Blackcomb employees and are filled on a first in best dressed basis.

You have to have been offered, and accepted, a full-time job with Whistler Blackcomb to live in HOUSE during the winter season. Once you have accepted your full-time job, you can move into housing a maximum 7 days before your start date.

Housing in Whistler is by far the hardest thing to secure in town. Staff housing offers fantastic locations and social environments to live with other Whistler Blackcomb Staff members at a subsidised cost.

  • Besides our 14-night minimum stay, we have no leases, and you are free to check out at any time.
  • We have a 24-hour on-call maintenance team, as well as a cleaning team that make sure each unit is fully cleaned and ready before you move in at the start of the season.
  • Our office is open seven days a week, to answer all your questions, and help with any issues that may arise. On every level of each building, you will find a House Advisor.
  • These individuals are on-call overnight to deal with lockouts, noise complaints, or anything that arises after the office closes at 6:00 pm. You will be living with our Whistler Blackcomb employees, who are here to make the most of their season, and have an awesome win

A damage deposit of $215 and the first 30 days user fee are required at check-in. HOUSE only accepts a credit card payment for the damage deposit. NO EXCEPTIONS.

Credit card and debit card can be used for other payments. Sorry, NO personal cheques. Once working for the mountain, rent will come off your paycheck every two weeks.

We have a minimum stay of two weeks. We reserve the right to withhold any money paid for the initial two week period if a resident checks out or is asked to leave during this time.

Summer rates:
Brio – $262 – $310 CAD Fortnightly
Glacier – $189 – $209 CAD Fortnightly
Westside – $262 – $310 CAD Fortnightly

Winter rates: Brio – $262 – $310 CAD Fortnightly
Glacier – $189 – $209 CAD Fortnightly
Westside – $262 – $310 CAD Fortnightly

We have a minimum stay of two weeks. We reserve the right to withhold any money paid for the initial two week period if a resident checks out or is asked to leave during this time.

Individuals who are unsuccessful at finding employment with Whistler Blackcomb, second season staff members and those who are not making full-time hours, may be asked to leave HOUSE to create room for Whistler Blackcomb first season, full-time employees. If occupancy permits, HOUSE will accommodate as many individuals as possible as long as all first-season, full-time employees who need housing have been accommodated.

* Housing is allocated by department managers. The earlier you are on board and fill in the housing forms the higher chance you have of securing housing.


Glacier Park, located near Base II on Blackcomb Mountain, is perfectly situated for mountain access via the Blackcomb Gondola. We offer five buildings consisting of three different types of units. Each apartment holds up to six people.

Brio is located just on the outskirts of the Village, approximately a five-minute walk into town via the Valley Trail. We offer one and two bedroom units holding up to six people. There are no single rooms in Brio. All units are shared.

Located a couple of kilometres south of Whistler Creekside, Westside is our newest building. Westside groups contain spacious living rooms, dining areas and balconies. The closest bus stop is steps from the front door. Whistler Creekside offers a grocery store, various retail and rental stores, restaurants and two pubs. Uploading at Whistler Mountain is just five minutes away from Westside. This building is a mix of one and two-bedroom units, similar to Brio, holding up to six people. All units are shared.

Play Here

Vail employs over 4500 staff at Whistler Blackcomb during winter and upwards of 3000 in summer.

This location has 3 locations for shared staff housing, and rooms are generally 2-4 people per room with bunk beds or single beds – Allocations are determined by the resort, NOT TWHC. Once you have a job contract and access the Vail Staff Housing portal, you can put through any requests to Vail, who you want to share with.

LOTS of nightlife with bars, clubs and extracurricular options

Saturation of Aussies is HIGH; for a lot of Aussies, this is the only ski resort they have ever heard of

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Given the location of this resort to the west coast, this is the warmest resort of all alternatives, typically only suffering freezing temps (anything below -20, which usually lasts for a couple weeks)

There are a range of outdoor and indoor roles available. Lift operations, base area operations (snow clearing, parking & cleaning), retail, rentals, ticket sales and scanning, food & beverage, tube park, and ski school sales. The number of each role is based on seasonal requests from the resort.

This employer is world-renowned, so it will look great on your resume. For those looking to climb the management ladder, you must stick around for back-to-back seasons to work your way up. Remember, Whistler Blackcomb is a Vail property, and you must ask your managers about 'transferring' your roles back to Australia. This is not a process TWHC deals with – so please ask your managers should you want to head back to OZ and still work for the company.

This resort offers a free ski pass with your employment.

This resort is the largest ski resort in North America, with 2 massive ski mountains connected by the Peak to Peak Gondola. The longest run is over 11 km long. Between both hills, there are over 3000 acres of skiable terrain. She is the biggest!

Vail owns and operates Whistler Blackcomb, amongst many other resorts mainly based in the USA. Your pass gives you limited access to each alternative as a staff member. Before you leave on an epic road trip – ensure you have advised your managers of your plans to visit other Vail resorts, as they need to complete internal emails and checks before your departure. You will not be granted access if you rock up and expect to be let on the hill with your WB staff pass. Ask and clarify details before you go!

Whistler Blackcomb is an easy 1.5HR drive up the Sea to Sky Highway from Vancouver. Vancouver has a large international airport and is only an hour's drive to the USA land border with Washington state.

The TWHC will assist with your first season's contract. The ball is in your court – we help you get the job; you need to work hard to keep it. Ongoing extensions of contracts are based on seasonal performance and at the determination of management, as is Housing. If in doubt – ask your manager.

It's the biggest and most well-known. For many Aussies, it's the only resort you may have heard of, and It's usually where your mates want to go. Great nightclub and party action. With popularity comes more crowds which can mean more lines for lifts etc. This resort will do over 35,000 skier visits in one day over Christmas, so it gets hectic. There are 2 massive ski mountains in one place, so the in-bounds skiing and riding are phenomenal and plentiful. So is backcountry skiing. In the summer, if you are a keen mountain biker, alpine hiker or love to climb…yep….this is your place!

It is absolutely packed to the eyeballs and super busy. Lots of staff do find Whistler expensive. When you have more to do regarding nightlife, bars, drinking and social activities, you will likely spend more of your savings. Whistler has the most significant housing crisis out of any place in Canada. If you are not going through our program to secure a bed or having a bed pre-arranged, your chances of finding Housing at the resort are next to none. They also don't have any temporary accommodation, so you would be paying top dollar to start in a hotel if you don't have Housing.

Staff Perks

Ski/Mountain Perks!

Free passes for employees,
AND free ski lessons

Employee Discounts

Lodging, food, gear,
mountain shuttles

Employee Assistance

A support program
for employees

Employee Training

Excellent training and
professional development

Staff Accommodation

Safe and affordable housing
for first season employees

Retail Discounts

40% off for employees
on many retail stores

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Whether it’s your first time seeing the mountains, or you already call them home, joining our team means discovering (or re-discovering!) a passion for the outdoors while building lifelong connections with teammates and guests from around the world.

Jobs Available
  • Lift Operator
  • Rentals
  • Tube Park Attendant
  • Repair Technician
  • Ski School Sales
  • Alpine Snow Removal / Cleaner
  • Base Area Ops
  • Retail Sales Clark
  • Retail Warehouse
  • Barista
  • Busser
  • Food Station Server
  • Hut Bistro Worker
  • Food & Beverage Cashier
  • Food & Beverage Servery Coordinator
  • Dishwasher
  • Prep Cook
  • Shipper & Snow Removal
  • Whistler Kids Denmaster
  • (This role requires a Medical Exam as part of your visa to work
    with children which costs around $600 – $700 on top of your visa fee)

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