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Leila Dukes, 28, worked as a chalet host in Tignes for one season, before heading to Morzine to be a restaurant manager at a hotel with more than 200 guests a week, working for Crystal.

“I was responsible for a team of 18 staff across breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner,” she says.

“I got on the slopes up to four times a week. I did my first season having been able to ski since the age of five, but never having snowboarded. Now I’m a better snowboarder than skier.

“The pay was enough for beer money, and the contract included accommodation and food, so that’s all I needed. I’d definitely do it again, it was one of the happiest times of my life.”

As a travel fan, you could find yourself on the slopes anywhere in the world. In Europe, France is the most popular option, while it’s cheaper to live in Austria.

Wannabe pros tend to head to Switzerland, but expect the cost of living to be high.

And it’s not just months of a jolly that will count against your career.

Dukes adds: “I did it as an experience and to make friends, but I have had employers in the ‘real world’ who have been impressed by my seasons – I guess what they show is that I had drive and independence at a young age.”

Say what?

A natives.co.uk survey reveals funny seasonaire customer queries:

Can you make the skis less slippery, I keep sliding backwards when I try to get to the lift queue?

I’d like to try snowboarding but I’m comfortable on my skis, could you just fasten them together for me with Sellotape instead?

Is there anything you can do about this weather/ snow?

Is that a gluten-free toaster?

Do you have a hosepipe ban here at the moment?

So if it’s winter in New Zealand when it’s summer in America, what month is it there?

 

Photos: Thinkstock; David Miller


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