Welcome to the SkiBound recruitment section, whether you are looking for a permanent position based in our UK office or a seasonal role in one of our many ski resorts overseas, you will find all you need to know about a career with SkiBound right here.
Part of the TUI Travel Group, SkiBound is a Tour Operator which has been specialising in group travel for over 26 years. As one of the most recognised brand names in schools skiing, SkiBound operates as a very personal company where we pay great attention to detail and deliver superb customer care, which is why so many of our customers travel with us year after year.
The SkiBound team are one of the most important aspects of any group's stay, so we are looking to recruit the very best in the business! Can you help deliver the outstanding SkiBound service?
Working in a ClubHotel
SkiBound operate a number of ClubHotels; these are exclusive properties operated by our own mainly British staff. All our ClubHotels vary in character and size and aim to provide a more relaxed and social atmosphere whilst offering excellent value for money. Based across the beautiful French Alps, all our resorts offer something different, from traditional French charm to lively and well established.
If you would like to work in one of our ClubHotels you need to be available from December until the end of April.
Short Term Positions
As well as ClubHotels, SkiBound also operates an extensive program of locally managed hotels throughout Europe, USA and Canada.
A dedicated Representative will accompany the groups to and from their destination and cater for their needs during their stay.
To apply for a short term position you need to be available during Christmas, Easter and/or Half Term weeks.
What we can offer you
SkiBound is much more than just a job, it's a lifestyle. As well as offering a chance to meet like-minded people you will have the chance to develop yourself in an exciting and growing company... not to mention spending a winter skiing or boarding!
As part of your contract, we offer: return travel to and from France, seasonal local lift pass, accommodation, all meals, ski equipment (skis, boots and poles), ski insurance, uniform, discounted drinks at ClubHotel bar and a monthly salary.
Working in the UK
Our customers experience begins with the UK team based in our centrally located offices in Brighton. The team are dedicated to providing exceptional customer service and ensuring that each group booking is tailor made to their exact requirements.
Working as part of the TUI Travel Group, you'll have plenty of opportunities to enjoy your 25 days holiday experiencing some of the unique brands available at discounted rates.
So if you are looking for a complete change of career, want to work within the travel industry or looking to return to the UK after working seasons; our friendly, knowledgeable and professional team are waiting to hear from you.
Our Recruitment Process
We aim to make the Recruitment process as easy as possible; our online process includes a vacancy search facility, online application form and online interview booking. The majority of our communication with you is by email, so you will need an email address that you check regularly.
You can take as long as you like to fill in the application form but don't hang around otherwise your dream job might get snapped up by someone else!
The selection process for most roles usually consists of an interview or assessment day and may also include a written test, presentation or group exercises. During the selection process, you will also find out more about working for SkiBound and the role you have applied for. Interviews are held across the UK.
You may also be asked to bring along various documentation depending on the role you have applied for e.g. passport, qualifications and all our staff are asked to complete a Criminal Record Disclosure.
To look at jobs click here. Once you have had a look at the positions available around the website if you would like to have a chat with one of the recruitment team you can call us on 0800 169 5692 or email [email protected]
SkiBound Team Profiles
Name: Chris Powell
Position: Hotels Supervisor
My SkiBound experience:
At the wrong side of 25 I decided to take a career change and fancied doing a season, as this was prior to everything being on the internet I found an advert for First Choice/SkiBound that focused on working in the Alps during the summer season. I thought why not and attended an interview, which was very relaxed and gave a great insight in what seasons are all about. Having been successful I was asked if I would be interested in starting ASAP as a Bar person.
What happened next?:
I arrived in France at the start of June and started working in the Hotel Gai Soleil, La Clusaz as a Bar Person/GA, throughout the season (June until the end of October) I worked in many hotels throughout the Alps in different roles, GA/KP/NP/Commis Chef and even spent a few months as a handyperson at the Chateau du Molay situated in Normandy. After this brief spell of working in the Alps and enjoying the summer skiing in Tignes, white water rafting and generally enjoying myself I was basically hooked. My first winter season back in 2001 was as a hotel manager and since then I have worked in chalets, hotels, many different resorts and I am now the Hotels Supervisor responsible for the day to day management of the SkiBound units here in France and nipping back to the UK to assist with interviewing.
Was it the right decision to make having had a good job, mortgage and being 29 - most definitely otherwise I would not be here now, writing this whilst looking at the mountains and the first snow of autumn.
Name: Andy Burns
Position: Overseas Manager - Brighton
My SkiBound experience:
Whilst I was happy with what I was doing, I just needed a change! After leaving University, I had spent a number of years working my way up to a reasonable management position of a group of companies in London. It was going well but I just needed a break. I had already been on a few great ski holidays but wanted more...
After trawling over what felt like hundreds of web sites, I made what turned out to be the best choice, applying on-line for a job with First Choice and SkiBound. I remember being really impressed with the interview process and left with lots of information and eventually, an offer of a Hotel Managers position in France.
What happened next?:
I already had catering and management experience, but the company had an intensive training course which gave me a great understanding of what was to come during the season ahead. Before I knew it, I was in resort with a great team of staff around me, patently waiting for the first coach of guests. I will never forget the great times both a work around the hotel, in the kitchen (getting in the way!) and helping Gemma behind the bar and of course having some amazing times on the hill.
I only planned on doing one season, but that was 7 years ago! At the end of the winter, I just did not want to go back to the UK way of life, so I applied for some summer work. I was accepted as a Holiday Rep for Sovereign (part of the group) in Portugal and ended up over the years working in various positions around Europe. My heart was always in Ski, so following good summers work, I was always able to return to the French Alps, working in resorts from Valloire to Tignes, and my favourite, Les Menuires!
My passion for skiing has not gone away, but after 7 years of moving around I have finally settled down back in the UK. I have been able to use the skills and knowledge gained overseas back in the main office helping our staff and guest get the most out of great ski holidays around the world.
Name: Duncan Wilding
Position: North American Product/Operations Manager - Brighton
My SkiBound experience:
After a short spell of a football career in lower leagues of English football the opportunity came along to work for a student travel company at World Cup 1998 in Paris, so I was off! From this unmissable opportunity to move out of sport and into travel my life turned into the jet set lifestyle people think travel is! I moved on to work as a rep and football coach in Spain and Italy for the next six month before being offered the chance to spend the winter repping in the southern French Alps and across the border in Italy. This is where the love of snow began!
Mid winter I returned to the UK as a Product Manager for European sports tours and spend the next two years in the UK and Europe with the chance to still get on the snow during winters. My time came to return back to overseas life and anther two years were spent as a resort manager in the Summer on the beaches of L'Escala and Winters up in the mountains of Andorra in Soldeu & El Tarter. With girlfriend in tow time came to move back to the UK working for one of my old directors at a new company to build up a non ski programme and bring my resort experience to a student ski company that predominantly works in North America.
What happened next?:
At the end of one usually hectic season of flying between USA, Italy, Spain and living in the UK I was approached to join SkiBound to run the North American programme. Brilliant, a chance to focus in and take responsibility on one area and region that I have a genuine passion for and believe that the product is superior anything in Europe for schools! I'm fortunate to have a very efficient colleague that works for me on the North American product and also colleagues that work on the European product and operations.
SkiBound is one of 200 brands that make up the TUI Travel Group. TUI Travel PLC operates in over 180 countries worldwide serving more than 30 million customers. The group is divided into four sectors, Mainstream, Online, Specialist and Activity.
SkiBound is part of the Activity sector, which also includes a number of other student travel and adventure companies. Many of our staff work in other areas of TUI Travel PLC after the SkiBound season just think you could be working in the sunshine one month and based in a stunning ski resort the next.
Being part of the UK's number one tour operator means that the opportunities are endless, whether you are looking to work one season or want to build a successful career in the travel industry, you've come to the right place!