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grooming jobs in europe

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grooming jobs in europe

 Poster: A snowHead
Poster: A snowHead
Hello, I am a snowgroomer operator from Canada with over 20 seasons of experience in Canada, New Zealand, Japan and the U.S.. I am headed to England this spring with the idea of getting into the European ski industry. Does anybody know how to get a grooming job in Europe, all the websites I have found are for instructor and chalet/bar staff recruitment. I have a european passport so visas aren't an issue.
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canucklehead, welcome to snowHeads.

Do you speak French?
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Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name, see?
A little bit of french, doing this now so that I can kind of plan ahead and try to learn the language I might need.
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canucklehead, England may not be the best location as there's very little actual skiing in England! Suggest trying individual resprt websites to start with, but there's this link:

http://www.compagniedesalpes.com/fr/contact_rh.htm

the "Compagnie des Alpes" is an umbrella organisaton copvering several of the larger French Alpine resorts. they may be able to help.
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thanks, just heading to England to get organised, think its a lot easier to line something up from there than the west coast of canada.
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canucklehead, Welcome to SHs. You could also try the equipment manufacturers? I.e. http://www.pistenbully.de/index.php?id=429&L=2 It's also a great site if you want to buy your own.
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canucklehead, Welcome. You can try www.2alpes.com - that's our local lift company, but you would have to speak French.
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 After all it is free Go on u know u want to!
After all it is free Go on u know u want to!
Can you build parks? I'd say that there's still a bit market for cat drivers who can build N American style parks in Europe. Just an observation but unique experience you might be able to use to sell yourself into jobs.
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I have experience in just about every aspect of grooming, primarily winch cats lately, but built the first Snowboarder Magazine Superpark at Big White and have just taken over grinding the Sun Valley superpipe.
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built the first Snowboarder Magazine Superpark at Big White and have just taken over grinding the Sun Valley superpipe.

Cool Cool Got any pictures?

While you're in the UK, I don't suppose there's a chance u could build something similar on Hampstead Heath is there?

Thought not Sad
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As an aside there are English and Norwegian lads amongst the groomers in Portes du Soliel and yes they speak french too.
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provide the snow and I will Madeye-Smiley . Are there any groomers out there I can get a hold of?
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http://www.avoriazski.com/

www.morzine.com

www.portesdusoleil.com

http://www.compagniedumontblanc.fr/fr/index.html

PS, when I suggested the manufacturers, I only did so to suggest that they may know how you can best network for a job! Just in case you thought I was mad...
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 You know it makes sense.
You know it makes sense.
that's cool, I was just busy counting my euros to see if I could afford a new 600. I found I'm a little short though Shocked
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Otherwise you'll just go on seeing the one name:
you can normally find them in Mitchells around 3.30pm in Champery, do de do, unless one of their employers is reading this and I cant remember who they were looking for.............. Smile but the guy canucklehead, with the crap hockey team is looking for a job - no with a name like that he is canadian not swiss Wink

One other thing is that Europeans need work permits in Switzerland
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 Poster: A snowHead
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not sure I can deal with the swiss right now Blush Shocked Sad hockey whats hockey
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oh, knew about swiss not in eu, but how hard are the work permits to get?
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You can work for 3 months without a permit under the new legislation, you can get a seasonal employment permit unless you get a job that will employ you out of season, typically you get an L permit, then B then C or at least, I started on an L and then got the B, 2 more years for the C.

If you for example lived in France and work for a Swiss employer you then get a G permit......
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obelix67, that's perfectly clear.

canucklehead, I want a 600 myself and I don't (yet) live anywhere near a mountain. When you get a job, can I trade you a bottle of Dole for a lift in your cab?

Morzine have a hockey team that were French Champions a few times. For a long time they had a Canadian coach, really nice guy.
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David Murdoch wrote:
canucklehead, Welcome to SHs. You could also try the equipment manufacturers? I.e. http://www.pistenbully.de/index.php?id=429&L=2 It's also a great site if you want to buy your own.


They are certain to be the next craze after the SUV trend wears off.
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Lausanne have a canadian coach as do Geneva - Lausanne have the worst defensive style I have seen outside little league - breaking before making checks - sigh
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David Murdoch wrote:


canucklehead, I want a 600 myself and I don't (yet) live anywhere near a mountain. When you get a job, can I trade you a bottle of Dole for a lift in your cab?


The 600 is nice, I got a ride in one in Tignes at the start of the season.
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 After all it is free Go on u know u want to!
After all it is free Go on u know u want to!
we haven't seen any 600's over here yet, look decent on their website though. Isn't usually a problem giving rides here, we groomers are generally very bribable wink
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canucklehead, they look awesome on the web site. But then, I'm a sucker for a decent set of hydraulics. Consider yourself bribed in advance.
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alright, now I just have to get access to a machine over there
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hiya canucklehead, welcome to snowHeads.
I am the resident crazy 15 year old goth type, and I'm NUTS about piste groomers, watch em all night at the resorts and I really wanna drive one.
But how the hell would an English girl who can't drive yet and has not much money get into piste grooming? How did you get into it?
frm Julia snowHead
p.s. I'm surprised none of the snowHead's mentioned my love for the awesome machines!
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 So if you're just off somewhere snowy come back and post a snow report of your own and we'll all love you very much
So if you're just off somewhere snowy come back and post a snow report of your own and we'll all love you very much
I started as a liftie and sarted to ride occassionally. Just really needed to express interest and some sort of comittment. They are quite easy to drive, just a steering wheel, throttle and forward-reverse switch or on some machines you have sticks instead of the wheel and direction switch. Learning how to work the blade and tiller, and understanding the many snow conditions is what is challenging. I'm still learning and will continue to learn as long as i do it.
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 You know it makes sense.
You know it makes sense.
canucklehead, cool thanx, will hang around wink in the resorts if I ever get out to the snow, lol
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 Otherwise you'll just go on seeing the one name:
Otherwise you'll just go on seeing the one name:
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cat drivers who can build N American style parks in Europe.

how do parks in europe differ?
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