Ski Japan For Free! Ski Resort Jobs in Japan

Posted by | July 15, 2010 | Resort Careers

Besides being a culturally and historically rich country, Japan has some of the finest powder snow conditions in the world! Every year, more and more foreign tourists are flocking to Japan’s Ski fields every year. Try working and living on the slopes this year, and you’ll experience why, first-hand! This article details some of the many Ski jobs you could work in.

Working in a Ski Resort gives you the chance to live, work, and breathe with Japanese people. Every day, you’ll be interacting with others of a similar age and interests – a love of the snow! You’ll meet great new people, learn Japanese, and gain a unique insight into authentic Japanese culture. You’ll also be exposed to nature, seclusion, and heart-warming hospitality. Please remember though, that you’re going there to work – you’ll have the time of your life, as long as you’re willing to work hard too.

There are many different types of Ski Jobs that you can do. The positions you’ll be eligible for depend on your Japanese speaking ability. The positions listed below are in ascending order (easiest to hardest) of Japanese ability required:

1. Ski Jump

Working Hours: A typical day starts at 7:30am and finishes at 5:00pm (1-1.5 hour unpaid lunch break). Overtime work is called ‘Nighter’ – hours are 5:30pm – 9:00pm.

Morning Preparation: Primary duties include clearing away snow after a big dump. Setting up guide ropes leading up onto the jump boarding ramp or steps.

Regular Duties: Helping customers safely board the lifts/steps to the top of the ski jump. Giving verbal instruction to customers who aren’t familiar with ski jump facilities. In the event of heavy snowfall, lift paths may need to be cleared. A physically demanding position. A good job for true beginners to learn Japanese.

Additional Duties: Greeting customers with a nice smile and a friendly ‘hello’.

2. Lifts

Working Hours: A typical day starts at 7:30am and finishes at 4:30 or 5:00pm (1-1.5 hour unpaid lunch break). Overtime work is called ‘Nighter’ – hours are 5:30pm – 9:00pm.

Morning Preparation: Primary duties include clearing away snow from around the boarding ramp onto the lift, and wiping off snow that has settled on the lift seats overnight. Guide ropes leading up onto the lift boarding ramp will sometimes need to be erected.

Regular Duties: Checking customer tickets and clipping if required. Helping customers safely board the lifts – giving verbal instruction to customers who aren’t familiar with riding lifts. Stopping lifts in case of emergency. On snowy days lift seats will need to be regularly cleaned (brushed) before customers sit down. In the event of heavy snowfall, lift paths may need to be cleared. A physically demanding position. A good job for beginners to learn Japanese.

Additional Duties: Greeting customers with a nice smile and a friendly ‘hello’.

3. Restaurant

Working Hours: A typical day starts at 6:00am and finishes at 10:00pm. An average 9 hour shift (1 hour unpaid lunch break) covers two out of three meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner).

Morning Preparation: Primary duties include briefly sweeping/vacuuming your work area each morning. Most restaurants operate on a ‘cashless’ ticketing system – negating the need to fill cash registers with the days ‘float’.

Regular Duties: Serving drinks and dishes to customers at their tables, clearing them away after customers have finished, and wiping down tables in preparation for the next customers. Some of the ski resorts have self-serve facilities, whereby customers serve themselves (leaving only the clearing of tables for restaurant staff). Showing customers to tables and taking orders. Restaurant work may sometimes includes the serving of food onto dishes for customers, and even simple food preparation duties, such as making hotdogs, sandwiches or pizzas. A good job for beginners to learn Japanese.

Additional Duties: Greeting customers with a nice smile and a friendly ‘hello’.

4. Ski Rental

Working Hours: A typical day starts at 8:30am and finishes at 5:30pm (1 hour unpaid lunch break). Overtime work is called ‘Nighter’ – hours are 5:30pm – 9:00pm.

Morning Preparation: Primary duties include briefly sweeping your work area each morning, and filling cash registers with the days ‘float’.

Regular Duties: Helping customers with any queries and offering recommendations about Ski Equipment (eg. Skis, Snowboards etc). Briefing customers on the safety and handling of equipment. Taking customer details (name, address, contact numbers) when organizing rental equipment. Ringing up customer rental charges on the cash register and controlling cash inflows-outflows (great care needs to be taken in giving the correct change to customers).

Helping customers choose appropriate sized equipment (according to body weight and height, etc.). Adjusting stances on skis/boards to suit boot sizes. Waxing of skis/boards and general maintenance of equipment. Collecting rental gear from customers at the end of each work day and checking stock levels to make sure all rental equipment has been returned. Closing and balancing cash registers at the end of the work day. A good job for beginner-intermediates to learn Japanese.

Additional Duties: Greeting customers with a nice smile and a friendly ‘hello’.

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2 Responses to “Ski Japan For Free! Ski Resort Jobs in Japan”

  1. Comment made by Nikolett Molnar on Sep 17th 2011 at 12:26 pm:

    Hello,

    How can you apply for this job?

    Thank you
    Nikolett

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