Winter is coming – how about a job in a Scottish Ski centre?

If you love the snow, or even if you don’t, you could make a season working in a Scottish ski centre part of your working holiday in the UK.

There are five main ski centres in the Scottish Highlands: the Lecht, Nevis Range, Cairngorm, Glenshee and Glencoe. Some of the ski areas are quite remote and rely on travellers for staff.

The ski season generally runs from November/December to the middle of May but it does depend on the white stuff. Ski resorts need hospitality staff for their restaurants and cafes and ski/board instructors are in demand on the ski fields, along with lift operators and maintenance people.

Accommodation isn’t provided so before you take on a position you must organise a place to stay. Check out Hostel World for a cheap place to stay. Some of the resorts have a work bus. Positions can be found by contacting one of the ski centres mentioned following. Some people organize a job in advance while others just turn up and try their luck.

Cairngorm Ski Centre www.cairngormmountain.org Tel: (01479) 810 261. Cairngorm is in the centre of the Highlands. It is probably the best known and has the UKs highest Funicular Railway and Restaurant. The nearest town is Aviemore, sometimes referred to as ‘Aussiemore’ due to the number of Aussies who find work there.

 Glencoe Ski Centre www.glencoemountain.co.uk Tel: (01855) 851 226. Glencoe is on the western side of the Highlands and is quite remote even though it is only half an hour away from Glasgow. It boasts some of the steepest on-piste skiing in the country.

Glenshee Ski Centre www.ski-glenshee.co.uk Tel: (013397) 412320. Glenshee is the largest of the resorts. The nearest town to this remote ski centre is Braemar, where you could find work in one of the hotels, pubs or cafes. Braemar is home to the Highland Games which the Queen attends each year.

Lecht Ski Centre www.lecht.co.uk Tel: (01975) 651440. This place looks very close to the Cairngorm ski centre on the map but alas, there is no direct road there. The nearest town is Tomintoul. Most ski runs are for beginners to intermediate.

Nevis Range Ski Centre www.nevisrange.co.uk Tel: (01397) 705 855. This resort is on the western side of the Highlands with Ben Nevis being the highest mountain in the UK. The Nevis Range is near Fort William, so if you don’t find a position at the ski resort you may find work in this town.

So if you are looking for a place to spend your winter in the UK, why not consider working in a Scottish ski centre. And don’t forget the travel insurance.

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