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Old 10-13-2009, 06:53 PM   #21 (permalink)
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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.
Thanks for the info man.

So I'm guessing if you want to experience more than snowboard, work and drink, Banff is the better option for accommodation (but more expensive)? So how far is it from Banff to Sunshine Village and from Banff to Lake Louise? Are there ways of getting to either mountain without a car (wouldnt really want to fork out money for a car)? And while were talking about SV and LL, which do people think is better?
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Old 10-13-2009, 07:02 PM   #22 (permalink)
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Thanks for the info man.

So I'm guessing if you want to experience more than snowboard, work and drink, Banff is the better option for accommodation (but more expensive)? So how far is it from Banff to Sunshine Village and from Banff to Lake Louise? Are there ways of getting to either mountain without a car (wouldnt really want to fork out money for a car)? And while were talking about SV and LL, which do people think is better?
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Lake Louise is 60km from Banff and Sunshine is about 30km. They run buses to both daily and if you work at the hill you'll get a free bus pass so that isn't an issue. If you don't work for the hill then you'll want to buy a season bus pass as it's overall cheaper.

As far as the mountains go most people say Sunshine has better snow but Lake Louise has better terrain, I've done a season at both and I prefer Lake Louise to be honest, however if its the same as the last load of years if you work for one of them you get free passes to the other hill except during the blackouts in holiday periods.

If you wanna get a job at the hills though call them or email them ASAP, a lot of the jobs are filled already so your gonna wanna be quick.
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Old 10-13-2009, 07:39 PM   #23 (permalink)
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Lake Louise is 60km from Banff and Sunshine is about 30km. They run buses to both daily and if you work at the hill you'll get a free bus pass so that isn't an issue. If you don't work for the hill then you'll want to buy a season bus pass as it's overall cheaper.

As far as the mountains go most people say Sunshine has better snow but Lake Louise has better terrain, I've done a season at both and I prefer Lake Louise to be honest, however if its the same as the last load of years if you work for one of them you get free passes to the other hill except during the blackouts in holiday periods.

If you wanna get a job at the hills though call them or email them ASAP, a lot of the jobs are filled already so your gonna wanna be quick.
Cheers for great info!

When you did both your seasons did you live at Banff and travel up each day for work? Or did you live and work in Banff and head up the mtns on days off?

The trip is actually planned for 10/11 getting info early I guess Prior to landing in Canada I will be travelling 6 months Asia/Europe so I want to be organised. But interesting you say many jobs are already filled as its only mid Oct. Is end of Oct beginning Nov a pretty ok time to start job hunting or is that already cutting it fine?
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Old 10-13-2009, 07:46 PM   #24 (permalink)
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Cheers for great info!

When you did both your seasons did you live at Banff and travel up each day for work? Or did you live and work in Banff and head up the mtns on days off?

The trip is actually planned for 10/11 getting info early I guess Prior to landing in Canada I will be travelling 6 months Asia/Europe so I want to be organised. But interesting you say many jobs are already filled as its only mid Oct. Is end of Oct beginning Nov a pretty ok time to start job hunting or is that already cutting it fine?
Ah ok in that case you have plenty of time! First season I travelled from Banff, the last 2 seasons I lived in Lake Louise and this year I'll be back in Banff. One disadvantage of living in Banff, if you work at Lake Louise for example, is that the staff bus is at 6:45am. Ouch. Plus if your anything other than say an Instructor or Patroller your on minimum wage hence most people live in staff accomm, however if you live in banff theres opportunity to get a 2nd job at night or something, or if you can work as a server at the hill tips are good.

Applications for the next season often start coming in as soon as the season is done. I'm pretty sure we started interviewing our instructors in like August/September, so june/july is a good time to get applications in, pretty much once the season is done this year keep an eye on the websites of the hills for the vacancies to be shown and get on them quickly! If your happy to not work at the hill then you can leave it later, it's just obviously hill jobs are hot property for lots of people because of cheap housing and free passes.
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Ah ok in that case you have plenty of time! First season I travelled from Banff, the last 2 seasons I lived in Lake Louise and this year I'll be back in Banff. One disadvantage of living in Banff, if you work at Lake Louise for example, is that the staff bus is at 6:45am. Ouch. Plus if your anything other than say an Instructor or Patroller your on minimum wage hence most people live in staff accomm, however if you live in banff theres opportunity to get a 2nd job at night or something, or if you can work as a server at the hill tips are good.

Applications for the next season often start coming in as soon as the season is done. I'm pretty sure we started interviewing our instructors in like August/September, so june/july is a good time to get applications in, pretty much once the season is done this year keep an eye on the websites of the hills for the vacancies to be shown and get on them quickly! If your happy to not work at the hill then you can leave it later, it's just obviously hill jobs are hot property for lots of people because of cheap housing and free passes.
Cool, thanks for all your help!
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No problem, something to bear in mind, if you end up with a job at Lake Louise and can't find a place in Banff or are short on cash for Banff, employees of any business in Lake Louise village are entitled by law to staff housing I'm pretty sure, which will mean you'll have to share a room with someone but if your really stuck its only about 6 or 7 bucks a night and beats having no house right?
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No problem, something to bear in mind, if you end up with a job at Lake Louise and can't find a place in Banff or are short on cash for Banff, employees of any business in Lake Louise village are entitled by law to staff housing I'm pretty sure, which will mean you'll have to share a room with someone but if your really stuck its only about 6 or 7 bucks a night and beats having no house right?
Ah ok, thats good to know.

I will be travelling with my girlfriend so I'm sorta in two minds about staff accommodation. I mean it will be the cheapest and closest to the mountain/work, but I'm imagining no privacy and the possiblity of us being crammed in a room with a only a single bed, or even worse, having to share a room with other people...
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Ah ok, thats good to know.

I will be travelling with my girlfriend so I'm sorta in two minds about staff accommodation. I mean it will be the cheapest and closest to the mountain/work, but I'm imagining no privacy and the possiblity of us being crammed in a room with a only a single bed, or even worse, having to share a room with other people...
You can request to be in the same room. The Lake Louise staff accom is basically all 2 person rooms, and you can request to be a couple there, I spent all last season there in the same room as my girlfriend so that shouldn't be a problem if they know in advance.
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Old 10-13-2009, 08:36 PM   #29 (permalink)
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You can request to be in the same room. The Lake Louise staff accom is basically all 2 person rooms, and you can request to be a couple there, I spent all last season there in the same room as my girlfriend so that shouldn't be a problem if they know in advance.
Thats great news! Lake Louise sounds like a goer then
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Old 01-29-2010, 01:07 AM   #30 (permalink)
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If you want to live in a large city, Montreal would be your best bet. If you prefer something smaller, but bigger than rural, any of the capital cities in Atlantic Canada should suit you.

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