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East coast rules

Blue Mountain Resort

Located on the scenic shores of Georgian Bay with mountain to lake views, Blue Mountain Resort is one of Canada’s leading ski areas and holds the title of being Ontario’s only year-round mountain resort.

A self-contained ski hill and alpine village just a 90-minute drive from Toronto, Blue Mountain is Canada’s third-busiest ski resort. This family-friendly resort and weekend favourite offers 42 different trails over 365 acres of skiable terrain and 720 feet of vertical. Plus, plenty of beginner slopes and one of the best ski schools in the country if you’re wanting to use your season (and free staff lift pass) to learn to ski or ride. But it’s not all about winter here – a year-round resort, there’s also excellent hiking, mountain biking, golfing, canoeing, caving and more. And plenty of summer and winter jobs through yours truly to go with it.

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42 ski trails, 3 terrain parks + 12 lifts

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30 different runs lit up for night skiing

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23 mountain bike trails in summer

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Just a 90-minute drive from Toronto

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Hires for summer and winter jobs

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Blue Mountain in winter

With over 40 trails (30 of which are night runs, so great for skiing after your shift), Blue Mountain is the East Coast’s favourite ski resort. Ontario’s largest skiable area – the freshly groomed and accessible slopes cater to all levels of skiers and boarders. There are also three terrain parks – complete with boxes, rails, a half-pipe and a pretty epic line jump. As a self-contained resort, it’s a close-knit choice to work your season – where you’ll get to know all the faces. Plus, a few restaurants, bars and influx of visiting Torontonians (say that with a face full of chocolate-covered BeaverTail) give it a decent après vibe.

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Blue Mountain in summer

An all-year-round resort, Blue Mountain offers plenty of things to do every month of the year. The surrounding hills are excellent for hiking and mountain biking – and offer incredible panoramic views of the UNESCO-listed Niagara Escarpment. Plus, a vast golf course if you’re wanting to practice your swing. For something a bit different, head up the open-air gondola to the top of the mountain with a picnic, or head deep into the aptly-named Refrigerator Cave for a subterranean adventure. There’s also a bike park with 23 different trails, plus a mountain coaster, ziplining and axe throwing for thrill-seekers/wannabe woodcutters.

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What the squad say

Cat, our resident Canada expert, says about Blue Mountain: "If you’re looking to work outdoors on the East Coast during your working holiday visa, then Blue Mountain is the place to do it. You can work year-round (ish) – minus some off season months where you could travel or head back to the city. With subsidised staff housing and a lift pass included, it’s a great choice vs some of the pricier resorts in B.C. if you’re on more of a budget. Plus, if you haven’t seen a pair of ski before, it’s a good place to learn. It’s quieter in the week, giving you more runs to ride, with livelier nightlife at weekends."

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Just some of the jobs at Blue Mountain

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Blue Mountain, Ontario

Front Desk Agent

Winter season (Dec-Mar)

CAD $18/hour

Staff housing ($152/week), free lift pass

Based on Canada’s East Coast, Blue Mountain Resort is an alpine village and Ontario’s only four-season resort – just a 1.5 hour drive from Toronto.

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Public Spaces Associate

Winter season (Dec-Mar)

CAD $18.45/hour

Staff housing ($152/week), free lift pass

Based on Canada’s East Coast, Blue Mountain Resort is an alpine village and Ontario’s only four-season resort – just a 1.5 hour drive from Toronto.

Hiring now

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Ski Instructor

Winter season (Dec-Mar)

CAD $18.45/hour

Staff housing ($152/week), free lift pass

Based on Canada’s East Coast, Blue Mountain Resort is an alpine village and Ontario’s only four-season resort – just a 1.5 hour drive from Toronto.

Cool things to do at Blue Mountain

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Jozo’s Original Après

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The original après ski spot in Blue Mountain, Jozo’s is all about laid-back vibes, tasty pub grub and pints, pints, pints! There are regular open mic and game nights here as well as sports showing on the screen – not to mention giant burgers, cheese-laden nachos and plenty of other seasonal staff to hang out with after a shift.

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Scandinave Spa

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Now if you’re wanting to wind down after a day of pounding the slopes, then you really could do worse than head to the Scandinave Spa. Nestled in the forest just a short drive away from the resort, this award-winning spot offers everything from thermal baths, dry saunas, cold water plunges, massage parlours and even a eucalyptus steam room.

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Northwinds Brewery

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Locally-brewed pints of beer and buck-a-shuck oysters? Race you there. This buzzing spot is open until 11pm every night and is right by a scenic lake – so is also good if you prefer posting photos of your food versus eating it. They also do takeout, plus an impressive range of cocktails and whiskey.

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Open-Air Gondola

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While Blue Mountain isn’t short of things to do – we’d argue that this ride up the mountain aboard the open-air gondola is a must-do. Soak up 360-degree-views of the UNESCO-listed Niagara Escarpment and Georgian Bay, then tuck into a hearty meal at the Summitview Pavilion – located right at the peak.

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Stories from the slopes

Most people tend to know each other, through work or staff events.

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Come snow or shine

When to apply for Canada jobs

Hiring for summer jobs with May/Jun start dates typically open in Dec/Jan, and hiring for ski jobs with Nov/Dec start dates typically open in May/Jun.

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