GET YOURSELF KNEE-DEEP IN WORK, JAPAN!

25. April 2019

You have surely heard about the generosity of Japan powder gods. Japan is known for its enormous snow falls and that is very appealing to snow sports instructors who “need to experience “Japow” once in a lifetime.

That is why we spoke to the Club Med™ chief of ski schools and found out more about the situation of snow sports instructors, conditions and how everything operates there.

 

JAPAN – FREERIDE PARADISE

SR: Japan is well known for its enormous snow fall. Please describe what does it feel like to have that much new snow all the time?
CM: The atmosphere is incredible! You can’t believe the amount of snow that is coming down for several days in a row. Snow is dry, soft and powdery!

SR: Can instructors enjoy some freeride with friends or do they work all day?
CM: Instructors are usually booked for up to 5 hours per day, and they can ski/ snowboard as much as they want in their free time or on their days off.

SR: Can there be any discomforts because of all the snow? Who does the shoveling?
CM: We have the fantastic maintenance team that shuffles the snow. Only the Kids garden and Magic carpet area are shuffled by ski and snowboard instructors. On the really snowy days we have to wake up early and clean the snow from the magic carpet.

SR: Is there ever too much snow and the lifts can’t operate?
CM: Yes, taht happens. Sometimes we have to wait a few hours in the morning for the lift operators to dig out and clean the snow from the chairlifts and then we can start the day.

SR: When do you usually get the first snowfall and when do you end the season?
CM: First snow fall is normally in the middle of November. Last season we had 20cm of fresh powder on the closing day of resort: the 8th of April. That was just amazing!

SR: Which snow sports does Club Med teach?
CM: Ski and snowboard alpine, racing, freeride, freestyle.

SR: How many instructors are there in each of your ski schools?
CM: There are about 65 instructors in Sahoro and 85 in Tomamu.

 

CLUB MED AS A COMPANY

Club Med is a worldwide company with over 60 villages situated on 5 continents. It offers all inclusive packages situated in summer and winter locations, offering great holidays to their clients.
People who work for Club Med in the winter time can also work the summer season! Different location, same company that takes good care of their employees.
Club Med has built a heritage of strong values: Pioneer, Freedom, Kindness, Multicultural & Responsibility.
With the main office in Tokyo there are two ski resorts in Japan: Tomamu and Sahoro, 140 and 166 kilometers east from Sapporo.

 

GUESTS

The ClubMed guests are coming from Japan and other countries. Guests are likely to have been in a ClubMed resort before because ClubMed is a worldwide company that is offering many different holiday packages.
Speaking English is a must, any other language is a plus.

 

WORKING FOR CLUB MED AS A SKI INSTRUCTOR

SR: What is a typical day for a ski instructor of ClubMed?
Breakfast in the main restaurant, first lesson at 10am, lunch, afternoon lesson, team meeting (weekly), break, dinner, ClubMed entertainment, socializing with guests.
Instructor’s work is divided into “Professional time” and “Convivial time”.

Professional time: Instructing, attending meetings… Instructors are rostered for lessons up to 5 hours per day.

Convivial time can be participating or assisting in the nightly entertainment, sporting events and ambiance of the village.
- Welcoming guests to the village assisting in their complete arrival and orientation of their stay.
- Dining with guests for lunch or dinner.
- Participating in nightly entertainment, team games and events with the guests different locations throughout the village.
- Helping other departments of the village when needed.
- Participating in the “Crazy Signs”. These are special moments where everybody comes together to share in the traditional Club Med dances.

    THE INSTRUCTOR’S PACKAGE AND PAYCHECK

- Travel reimbursement up to 1000 EUR and bus transfer from the airport
- Season ski pass
- Uniform
- Housing (room shared with max 2 people)
- 3 meals per day with non-alcoholic beverages included
- Work accident insurance
- Free use of the resort’s facilities on your day off
Free transport to the closest bigger town, Shintoku
- Monthly salary (depending on your certifications, experience, skills,…)

*There is a very fair deduction from instructor’s monthly salary for housing and meals.

    STANDARDS

There are requirements and standards of personal hygiene and policy about piercings and tattoos of employees. They are expecting instructors to be professional, sincere and flexible working alongside their coleagues. 

 

THE RESORTS IN JAPAN:

TOMAMU
- Thee highest peak: 1239m.
- 29 ski courses (4 black, 14 blue, 10 green and 1 orange – first timer runs).
- 145ha of powder snow.
More info about the slopes.

SAHORO
- The highest peak: 1030m.
- 21 ski courses (10 black, 3 blue, 8 green).
- The longest run: 3000m.
More info about the slopes.

 

 HOW CAN YOU APPLY?

If you would like more information about working for Club Med, apply to their job vacancy  and get in touch with them!

1.
Register as a certified instructor on Snow Recruiter  and upload information about your competences.
2. Click here and read more about their offer.
3. Click “apply for job”.
4. You will be contacted by Club Med HR office with further instructions.

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