"I worked as part of a small ski sales team in this
Scottish-run shop which had mainly British and Scandinavian clients.
boss was a young French guy called Cedric who, despite being the only
Frenchman in the whole of the company, was still very much part of the
team - except for the fact that he smoked 40 a day and had a big appetite
for... yes frog's legs... yuk!!!
The other guys in the team included a fellow Scot who was rather fond
of his nights out on the beer, as well as sneaking out to sell his 'Think
Drink' T-shirts (which can be a good money earner if you work hard at it) - and a 3 week skier who
was just so keen, that he was promoted from the rental shop in the first
Rental is generally where first time saisonniers start off.
as specialist and can be manic! Imagine 40 tired people queuing outside
the shop with smelly feet and a short temper.
It was fun, hard work (contract is 38 hours but expect to do more). There
was some training, but you were expected to learn quickly about everything
from skis and bindings to off piste equipment, telemark stuff, servicing
and loads more.
Wages were not great, but perks of the job included being able to take
out any unused test skis, testing of new products, plenty of ski time
- far more than the average shop and beers after work.
Lift pass and accommodation
were not included."
Workshop - mostly evening and night work preparing skis
The boot lab - long hours, very specialised, good bonuses, respect!
Driver - couple of hours in the morning, few more in evening
Till - or 'till totty' - as they tend to get called, which is general
sales & till
Precision Ski has a good reputation as Customer Service is emphasised
Clients generally leave the shop happy and therefore the
atmosphere to work in is normally good. Would I go back? Yes, if the package
was right... and I could get my French up to scratch!"