What Qualifications They Might be Looking For
For most chalet host jobs, you do not need to take special courses or have a college degree in order find work. Because of the low wage and short-term contracts, many of these jobs target students on gap year or travelers looking for a season of work- professional experience isn’t typically required. If you were to take one of the cooking courses mentioned above, or have a degree in hospitality for example, I am sure that you would have better luck finding a job, but these are not required qualifications. Work through previous ski seasons or in the restaurant industry would also be preferred, but is not necessarily a prerequisite.
Something else that would be desirable but is not a requirement: it definitely helps if you are able to speak more than one language. You will be interacting with guests from around the world, and having more than one language under your belt will come in handy for sure at some point. I have noticed that some of the jobs in the European Alps require an EU or UK passport. Make note that some companies may not be able to legally hire from outside of Europe, and redirect your search as necessary. You might also be asked for proof of a driver’s license and clean driving record. Availability & Pay (is it seasonal, year-round, do they pay hourly, salary, commission, etc.) As mentioned, this is a seasonal job. The ski season generally runs from mid- November / December until April. As for pay…let’s just say that the number on your weekly paycheck will definitely not be your reason for becoming a chalet host!
This is the type of experience that’s more about the location, included benefits, new friendships, and opportunity to work outside of the office cubicle! Chalet hosts will only be earning between $100-$200/week. HOWEVER, because major expenses such as accommodation, food and ski passes are covered, you will not need to spend much money through the season. You will also have an opportunity to earn tips. Although this may not be ideal for people who are looking to earn and save a lot of money, it is a good option for someone who is wanting to spend a season in a unique and fun work environment, with the majority of their living costs covered.