Grouse Mountain has the highest of expectations for their seasonal staff as they receive thousands of applications yearly. This resort is situated literally minutes from downtown Vancouver and easily accessible to the two other local ski mountains… and Whistler is under two hours away! Grouse Mountain offers a challenging and enjoyable work environment with a world of career opportunities.
Applicants need to be at least 19 years of age, and some roles do require previous experience. Here are just a few that are currently available:
- Grouse Grind Coffee Bar Barista
- Guest Services
- Lift Operator
- Rental Operations Associate
- Second Cook
- Third Cook
- SkyRide Operator
- Call centre operators
- Outside operations
- Ice Rink Attendants
- Sleigh drivers
Size of resort: Employs almost 800 staff during the winter season.
Staff Housing: No staff housing – As this location is a local Vancouver resort, all staff source their own accommodation in Vancouver. Housing is not provided by the resort or TWHC you would need to source this yourself.
Nightlife: Lots of nightlife and extra curricular options as this resort is just 20 min drive from downtown Vancouver
Staff Housing: While we do not currently provide staff housing, we are located on the doorstep of North Vancouver and only a 20-minute drive from Vancouver and Burnaby. Many of our international visiting staff team up to find a close place to rent, car, pool, car share, or take transit.
Getting Here: There are also several public transit options to get you to Grouse Mountain from throughout Metro Vancouver.
The public transit system offers regular service to and from the base of Grouse Mountain every half hour. Catch Bus 232 – Phibbs Exchange or Bus 236 – Lonsdale Quay to arrive at the base of Grouse Mountain.
Aussie saturation: Saturation of Aussies is moderate
Temperature: Given the location of this resort to the west coast, this is one of the warmest resorts, rarely suffering cold temps (anything below -10C is rare and only lasts for a couple weeks). But lots of precipitation off the ocean that results in lots of snow.
Job roles on offer: Grouse has a range of outdoor and indoor roles. Lift Operations, Base Operations (Skyride, parking, grounds and building upkeep and cleanliness), Retail, Rentals, Guest Services, Food & Beverage – both front and back of house.
Career progression: For those looking to climb the management ladder, you will need to stick around for back-to-back seasons. Staff are also welcome to stay through the busier Summer Season.
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 extension of contracts are based on seasonal performance and at the determination of management. If in doubt – ask your manager. Grouse operates all year round.
Ski Pass: This resort offers a ski pass with your employment.
Size of Terrain: This resort is 212 acres of skiable terrain.
Reciprocal pass options: Grouse Mountain has reciprocal agreements with dozens of other mountains in BC and Alberta offering 25% – 50% off lift tickets and even free days at a select few resorts.
Why go here? This location offers the opportunity to work in a ski resort but live in a beautiful city, full of nature, nightlife, world renowned concerts, and sporting events including Vancouver Canucks Ice Hockey Team! Not many locations world wide can offer this situation. Grouse Mountain regularly runs the longest ski season in BC due to its heavy snow fall of up to 10 meters annually and massive snow making fleet.
Challenges: While this resort does not offer staff housing and city life can be more expensive than other areas – life here is doable, just ask the 2.6 million residents in the Metro Vancouver area!
Many of our international visiting staff team up to find a close place to rent, car pool, car share, or take transit.