Into The Wild tells a story of a young man who gives up everything he’s ever known and owned in a bid to find himself and live a simpler life. A degree student in the middle of a tough and challenging schedule of classes, exams and written work might also daydream about throwing in the towel and enjoying a life of less stress, but hanging in there until the end has its rewards. With so many opportunities for students to take a year out of study more and more are now waiting until they’re free of education and rewarding themselves with a year – or more – of time to reflect and recharge.
With most courses in the UK ending mid-summer and graduation in the autumn, a whole bunch of graduates leave on the next plane headed to a sunny destination to spend months partying on beaches and enjoying the same experiences as every traveller in the area. But what’s the point in spending the most formative year of your life doing exactly the same things that you’d do at home? To avoid it some sign on to conservation projects and dedicate their time to something for the greater good, but for those wanting to enjoy freedom and a taste of the working world to come, Extremepie.com recommends the perfect alternative - a season in the snow. Head to the continent or west towards the Rocky Mountains where you can surround yourself with miles of alpine playground and an experience of a lifetime.
Some pay hundreds, even thousands, to enjoy a ski holiday in one of the world’s best resorts but for much less and for a longer duration you can live, breathe and experience life on the mountains day in, day out. All you need is your snow gear and a whole lot of enthusiasm. Working a season in a ski resort is open to everyone and you don’t have to be a semi professional skier or snowboarder to enjoy the benefits; roles such as receptionists, chalet staff, waiting and kitchen staff will keep you out of the cold and enjoying something you may already have experience in. But if you’re travelling overseas to work and experience more then you can get more involved with mountain life with a role as a rep, ski guide or instructor if you have the skills.
Most ski resort jobs start when the snow falls with many running until the end of May, leaving enough time for you to enjoy the rest of the year in a different location perhaps with a bit of sunshine.