BIG MOUNTAIN TERRAIN. SMALL COMMUNITY FEEL.
JOIN OUR TIGHT KNIT TEAM TODAY AND REVEL IN POWDER PARADISE.
With less than 200 employees we’re a small, passionate team of winter enthusiasts. Here, we’re all family and you will quickly find you are right at home.
Our resort is not owned or operated by a large ski conglomerate; rather by a bunch of local skiers and riders who are passionate about steep terrain and great snow. Operational decisions are made here (head office = the basement of the day lodge) and our long term direction is plotted by a group of passionate, volunteer directors who represent more than 200, predominately local shareholders.
Nestled in the southwestern corner of Alberta, in the rugged and legendary Canadian Rockies, Castle is as authentic as it gets. Hard working, hospitable, and here for the powder is what we’re all about. If this sounds like you, then we want you to join us.
Our nearest town, and the one we’re generally most closely associated with, is the Town of Pincher Creek. Pincher, as we often call it, is about 30 minutes from the resort and is a quaint agricultural and service town located on the edge of the prairie land. The Municipality of Crowsnest Pass is also nearby and is 35 – 45 minutes to the north and is located nearly equidistant between Castle and Fernie, BC.
Getting here isn’t extraordinarily difficult with most staff either driving directly to us or flying into Calgary (YYC) and then driving our way. For more information on getting here, click the links below.
Generally, we start posting job openings in May and start interviewing in August and September depending on the role. Most employees start work in late November or early December although there are exceptions to this.
While most of our positions are full-time, we do hire a number of part-time or casual staff to help with the extra volume of guests on weekends and school holidays. Our part time staff often work less than a full 8-hour day, so they can work and hit the slopes on the same day!
Most part-time positions are in Food & Beverage, Guest Services and Lifts. Part time staff also receive many of the same discounts our full-time staff do, so if you are looking for a bit of extra work when you are out here skiing, take a look at our part-time positions.
Most full time positions work 8 hours per day and 5 days week for a 40 hour work week. However, there are some roles that work longer days (or overnight) with compressed work weeks.
Our busiest days are weekends, statutory holidays, and school holidays which means most staff receive 2 weekdays off mid-week. Mid-week is a great time to take advantage of the free skiing and riding, through reciprocal benefits with other resorts, when the mountains are quieter.
Remaining consistent with our community focused values, we do give preference to local and regional candidates. If you are from Pincher Creek or the Crowsnest Pass, we would love to have you as part of the team!
We have a number of international staff who join us for a season, or years. Every year Castle has a diverse team with a number of local staff (Albertans), staff from across Canada and then many internationals (Kiwis, Australians, Brits, Czechs, Scots, Germans, and more!)
All candidates must be legally entitled to work in Canada and/or have, or be in the final approval stages for an open work permit. More information on work permits and visas can be obtained from Immigration Canada (click here). We are unable to assist international applicants with visa applications nor are we able to sponsor workers.
Staff coming from international locations are responsible for meeting quarantine and vaccination requirements set by the Government of Canada. We are not able to assist incoming staff with these requirements.
You’re probably not here for the money – working at a ski resort is a lifestyle choice. The good news is that we have a pretty impressive list of perks including:
- A free or discounted season pass
- Reciprocal benefits at other resorts (free or discounted skiing / riding at dozens of other resorts in western North America)
- Ski / ride breaks – the best part about the job (you can get out every day)
- Food and beverage discounts
- Discounted child minding
- Discount ski / snowboard repairs / tuning
- Free or discounted passes / lift tickets for partners and/or dependents
Adaptability and a positive attitude will be key to all areas of our operation this year. Things may change overnight – quite literally – but we are up to the task.
Castle is actively tracking and working to adhere to all public health guidance when it comes to operations, accommodation, and international travel. All staff should expect that there will be activity, living, and travel restrictions put in place during the season. While we hope to be able to operate at full capacity and see a ‘normal’ season, all offers will be subject to operational capacity.
As in other years, preference will be given to local and regional candidates. With the large number of unknowns due to COVID-19, such as border and travel restrictions, timelines for visa applications, etc. we will be giving applicants who currently reside in Canada, and are Canadian Citizens, Permanent Residents and those holding valid work permits preference over international applicants.
STAFF ACCOMMODATION FAQ'S
We have a beautiful 3 story building located in our base area for staff. The apartment style accommodation consists of 5 apartments, with 5 spacious rooms per suite. Each room typically has 2 or 3 beds per room.
Included in rent is your bedding, all appliances, cooking needs, basic WiFi (you can pay extra for faster streaming) and each suite is fully furnished with couches, chairs and dining tables.
Due to demand, we are unable to guarantee you a private room.
We do our best to put couples in the same apartment and same room.
Apply early and indicate on your staff accommodation application that you will need this. We cannot guarantee couple’s rooms, particularly if you are arriving once the season has started.
Private rentals suites / condos / homes are available in the village but many first year staff will elect to stay in staff accommodation. Once here, many staff network with the locals and find themselves in other accommodations in subsequent years / seasons.
Beaver Mines, Crowsnest Pass, and Pincher Creek do have some rental accommodation, but it can be limited to start looking early. Community Facebook groups (such as the Castle Community Residents Facebook group) are often the best way to find rentals.