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Old 07-29-2009, 10:10 PM   #11 (permalink)
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i'm doing the same thing, fortunately, i got an interview for sunshine village, so hopefully that works out. check out these websites for job postings

Job Resource Centre - Job Information - Employment Opportunities and Resources in Canmore and Banff, Alberta Canada
Job Bank - Search
Banff Hostels | Banff Backpacker Hostel > Working Holiday Makers
Careers at The Banff Centre

hopefully these websites help you out.
thanks heaps theyre great!!
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The 2 clubs I like is: Hoodoos and Aurora. They are small but fun for a while.
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Old 08-22-2009, 12:05 PM   #13 (permalink)
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There are 4 Hostel style accommodations in Banff:

YWCA cheapest weekly rate, can include breakfasts, just over the bridge 1 block from downtown
Banff Locals (the brown building on Marten street, 313 i think, across from the Job Resource Center) 2nd cheapest weekly rate in town, downtown, pretty basic and strict
Samesun Hostel marten street & banff avenue corner, 4 blocks from downtown, standard hostel style and services (pool table, hot tub, etc)... LOTS of australians
The HI (hosteling international) is up on tunnel mountain, still within the townsite but pretty far from downtown, 20+ minute walk, bus service, great services, bar etc, tones of cool events going on

Otherwise you can check bulletin boards for postings. The best ones are: 1. downstairs Below the Lux Cinema (corner of Wolf&Bear) 2. Internet Cafes (there are only two) 3. Coffee Shops. By far #1 is the best one though.

Word of mouth goes a long way. You'll have better success after arriving instead of trying to line something up in advance. Tell everyone you meet your situation and you'd be surprised how many know of places needs roomates (even temporarily) or will even offer you a couch to crash on for a week (don't abuse this!!!)

Remember, summer is Banff's busy season. (Summer = 3 million tourists / Winter = 1 million tourists)
October and November are the DEAD months, very quiet in town, nothing happening, not many jobs besides ski hills hiring. However, hotels and restaurant often have specials (50% off) during this time. So if you are looking for accomodation for 2-5 people, it may be cheaper to get a hotel room for a week rather than a hostel room. The hotels with the cheapest prices are:
- The Arrow Motel
- The Voyager
- Bumpers Inn
- Best Western Siding 29 (you can bargain with them to make a deal, trust me)

Hope that helps. If you need more info just ask I lived in Banff the past 7 years.

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Samesun Hostel <snip> ... LOTS of australians
hahah we're a plague
they advertise like a motherbitch over here
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There are 4 Hostel style accommodations in Banff:

YWCA cheapest weekly rate, can include breakfasts, just over the bridge 1 block from downtown
Banff Locals (the brown building on Marten street, 313 i think, across from the Job Resource Center) 2nd cheapest weekly rate in town, downtown, pretty basic and strict
Samesun Hostel marten street & banff avenue corner, 4 blocks from downtown, standard hostel style and services (pool table, hot tub, etc)... LOTS of australians
The HI (hosteling international) is up on tunnel mountain, still within the townsite but pretty far from downtown, 20+ minute walk, bus service, great services, bar etc, tones of cool events going on

Otherwise you can check bulletin boards for postings. The best ones are: 1. downstairs Below the Lux Cinema (corner of Wolf&Bear) 2. Internet Cafes (there are only two) 3. Coffee Shops. By far #1 is the best one though.

Word of mouth goes a long way. You'll have better success after arriving instead of trying to line something up in advance. Tell everyone you meet your situation and you'd be surprised how many know of places needs roomates (even temporarily) or will even offer you a couch to crash on for a week (don't abuse this!!!)

Remember, summer is Banff's busy season. (Summer = 3 million tourists / Winter = 1 million tourists)
October and November are the DEAD months, very quiet in town, nothing happening, not many jobs besides ski hills hiring. However, hotels and restaurant often have specials (50% off) during this time. So if you are looking for accomodation for 2-5 people, it may be cheaper to get a hotel room for a week rather than a hostel room. The hotels with the cheapest prices are:
- The Arrow Motel
- The Voyager
- Bumpers Inn
- Best Western Siding 29 (you can bargain with them to make a deal, trust me)

Hope that helps. If you need more info just ask I lived in Banff the past 7 years.
thanks man. very helpful
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Hope that helps. If you need more info just ask I lived in Banff the past 7 years.

Hey brah, is it easy ot find a place to live in march/April and work ? Im heading too SE Asia for a couple months and just got laid off , soo i would like to move up to Banff for spring/summer and maybe head to Revelstoke for next season.
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Hey brah, is it easy ot find a place to live in march/April and work ? Im heading too SE Asia for a couple months and just got laid off , soo i would like to move up to Banff for spring/summer and maybe head to Revelstoke for next season.
End of April start of May is your best bet, the hills shut and alot of us seasonal staff leave meaning theres loads more accom around. March is still in season so not too much in the way of room openings for longer stays.
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Snowjoe is right. In Banff summer is actually the busy season (3 million tourists vs 1 million over the winter).. so spring time is the time to go if you want to find housing and employment. Lots of seasonal employees are leaving, opening up housing and jobs. Plus employers are actively recreuiting for the summer rush. April-May (and even through June) are a no brainer.
Plus, since Sunshine Village is open until May.24 (and I mean OPEN, like 80% open with a 120+cm base on closing day), you can buy a spring pass for $275 and get a few weeks of riding in. And you know that the spring riding at Sunshine is generally their best conditions of the season, with April-May being more like mid-winter at many other resorts, you'll only have a couple of days where it's slushy. Spring pow dumps are the norm.
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Some great info on this thread!!

Ok so I dont know much about Canada/Banff, so bear with me. I'm interested in working on mountain near Banff, any tips on good ski resorts, I heard Lake Louise is good? Does a mountain such as Lake Louise have its own town to live/work in or do most people live at Banff and travel to the mountains for work / to ski each day?

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Some great info on this thread!!

Ok so I dont know much about Canada/Banff, so bear with me. I'm interested in working on mountain near Banff, any tips on good ski resorts, I heard Lake Louise is good? Does a mountain such as Lake Louise have its own town to live/work in or do most people live at Banff and travel to the mountains for work / to ski each day?

Thanks
If you work at Lake Louise then there is staff accom in a little village near by but theres nothing to do there but drink really. But most of the lakes staff live there because its super cheap housing and banff can be expensive. Sunshine Village is closer to banff, there is staff accom on the hill but once the gondola closes down your trapped so alot of them live in banff.
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