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What better way to spend your half-term or Easter break than by accompanying a school group to one of PGL's ski resorts? We take on peak season Ski Reps during February Half Term and Easter to ensure that our guests have a great holiday.
Our Ski Rep roles are ideal for people already in full-time employment who want to do something different for a week or two...and get paid to ski/board. Our Ski Reps are our front-line support in resort, making sure our groups have a smooth, enjoyable trip. You can apply to work for only one week, however it is a pre-requisite that you are available for the February school half term week. We are only able to offer up to a maximum of four weeks’ work.
Most people Ski Rep for with us for just one or two weeks per season and no 'full-season' ski employment is available. Ski Reps working with PGL for the first time will be required to attend one of the following training courses run by the PGL Ski Team.
Applications for the 2015 ski season are now closed! We will start recruitment for the 2016 season in July 2015.
The key qualities required to work as a ski rep are experience of working with groups of secondary school-aged children in a residential setting. You must also have excellent organisational abilities, first class customer service skills and, of course, skiing/snowboarding experience in a European ski resort.
In addition to the above, preference will be given to applicants who are able to speak a second language (German, Italian or French) to a conversational standard. However, if you don't have any language skills, please don't be put off from applying.
Our Reps are the real front line people in resort who ensure that all the work carried out in preparation for the trip pays off. Your main role is to ensure that trips runs smoothly, abd involves liaison with the hotel, drivers, ski school, ski hire shop, doctors, evening entertainment venues and, of course, the Party Leader.
One major aspect of your job will be to provide a full evening entertainments programme for your group. This is normally a mixture of non costing ‘in-house’ events run by yourself plus the hiring in of local facilities i.e. ice rink, bowling alley etc, if the group require it.
Our Ski Reps will have the opportunity to gain invaluable knowledge, skills and experience. Prior to going out to resort you will be invited to attend a pre-employment Ski Rep training/assessment course. These informative but fun weekend courses are based at one of our residential activity centres in the UK and will focus on making sure that you know what duties you'll be responsible for.
We’ll go through all the paperwork that needs completing, discuss group safety and welfare and talk you through what the clients will expect. You'll also get some useful ideas of what evening entertainments you can run. Meals and accommodation are provided free of charge for the duration of the course.
There are a number of opportunities for you to extend your experience, knowledge and skills at PGL. Career progression routes for Ski Reps include roles such as EFL Tutor / Course Director, Language Reps and Head Tour Leader. Alternatively, the knowledge gained working out in resort gives you a real advantage when applying for roles in our Head Office.
Euan Aitken, Ski Rep
My role involves getting the ski equipment sorted out when getting to resort and arranging ski lessons to suit all parties.
As the week progresses, I run or arrange the evening entertainment for the group which might be a quiz or trip to see a ski show or local ice-hockey match.
The key thing is liaising with the Party Leader to ensure they're happy with everything and making the week as successful as possible!
I like being able to ski in a different resort each year to expand my skiing experience and have an interesting week whilst doing it.
I worked for PGL as an Activity Instructor many years ago so when I started skiing, repping for PGL in my holidays from work was the natural choice as it is a company that I trust and enjoy working for.
I just take a week off from my regular job, as an Ozbox Programme Coordinator working for Derbyshire Police where I run diversionary youth activities for local young people.
The training prepares you for the job so don't worry about your first trip, and its great to meet other Reps before you go and when you're in resort to share tips and great ideas.
All Ski Reps are paid a basic salary of £175 per trip plus in-resort expenses.
In addition to your wage you will be provided with a free lift pass, ski or board hire for the week, PGL uniform and full winter sports insurance.
Accommodation and Travel
As a PGL Ski Rep you will receive full board accommodation, transport to and from the resort .
Key PGL Facts
Need more convincing to apply? Surely not, but if so – here are a few ‘must know’ key facts:
- we employ over 3,000 people every year
- over 400,000 guests visit a PGL centre every year
- we are old! We have been providing activity holidays since 1957 (almost 60 years)
- we have the most competitive staff package
- we are the employer of choice within the outdoor activity industry!