Whistler Blackcomb
The view from the top of a chairlift at Whistler Blackcomb   (Photo credit: David McColm)

Recognized as one of BC's Top Employers (2019):

Here are some of the reasons why Whistler Blackcomb was selected as one of BC's Top Employers (2019):

  • Along with working in the heart of one of the country's most popular vacation destinations, employees can balance their work and personal time through alternative working options, including flexible hours, shortened and compressed work weeks and an earned days off program
  • Whistler Blackcomb cultivates an ownership culture through a share purchase plan, available to all full-time employees, and looks after long-term needs with matching RSP contributions and retirement planning assistance
  • Whistler Blackcomb provides younger employees with opportunities to build careers in the same place they play through apprenticeships, co-op work terms and paid internships -- and follows up throughout their careers with a variety of in-house training programs and formal mentoring
Whistler Blackcomb employees walking towards the resort's Roundhouse Lodge from the Peak 2 Peak Gondola station   (Photo credit: Paul Morrison)

Highlights

Industry Skiing and resort operations
Established in Canada 1997
Parent company Vail Resorts Management Company
Parent company head office Broomfield, CO, United States
Major Canadian hiring locations Whistler BC, Vancouver BC, Montréal QC, Pemberton BC, Toronto ON, Winnipeg MB, Squamish BC, Ottawa ON, Saskatoon SK, Calgary AB, Halifax NS
Full-time employees in Canada 3,380
Part-time employees in Canada 1,161
Average age of employees in Canada 32 years
Longest serving employee 47 years
Long-term savings matching RSP
Health spending account up to $150 each year
Alternative work options flexible work hours, shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), compressed work week, telecommuting, reduced summer hours, earned days off program
Vacation allowance new employees receive 2 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Outside survey period outside consultant surveys are held every 12 months
Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 12 months
In-house training initiatives apprenticeship/skilled trades programs, in-house training, leadership training, mentoring, paid internships
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Scope of charitable involvement local
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities, employees receive paid time off to volunteer

Recognized as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2019):

Here are some of the reasons why Whistler Blackcomb was selected as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2019):

  • Whistler Blackcomb provides paid internships and co-op opportunities to students in a number of areas, including sales and marketing, public relations and human resources
  • Whistler Blackcomb recently launched a Red Seal Chef Apprenticeship Program with the aim of employing three apprentices at each level every year -- participants complete the necessary courses for Professional Cook 1, 2, and 3 online at Camosun College and commit to two years of employment at the organization upon course completion
  • Additionally, Whistler Blackcomb offers various apprenticeships across its maintenance division, including electrical lift, and fleet maintenance
Kelsey, a snowboarding instructor from Whistler Blackcomb, takes her young charges through the fundamentals of hill safety   (Photo credit: Ben Girardi)

Highlights

Industry Skiing and resort operations
Major Canadian hiring locations Whistler BC, Vancouver BC, Montréal QC, Pemberton BC, Toronto ON, Winnipeg MB, Squamish BC, Ottawa ON, Saskatoon SK, Calgary AB, Halifax NS
Full-time employees in Canada 3,380
Student opportunities summer jobs, co-op opportunities, paid internships
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Career development in-house training, in-house career planning services, mentoring, leadership training, apprenticeship/skilled trades programs
Vacation allowance new employees receive 2 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Unique initiatives Peak Experience program to help high school students gain work experience over the holidays (students commit to a minimum of 10 shifts or 100 hours over the winter season and are eligible to obtain school course credits, have access to a free Seasons Pass, and receive points towards Whistler Blackcomb scholarships), mentoring for students ages 15 to 17 in the Ski and Snowboard School or Bike Park of the Whistler Kids department

Recognized as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2019):

Here are some of the reasons why Whistler Blackcomb was selected as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2019):

  • Whistler Blackcomb's new parent company, US-based Vail Resorts, reviewed and adopted the organization's longstanding goal of a zero operational footprint and launched a company-wide "Epic Promise for a Zero Footprint" -- the program was announced across resort properties worldwide with Whistler Blackcomb being recognized as a key influencer in this initiative
  • Whistler Blackcomb introduced aggressive recycling and composting programs in 2005 and has since implemented a number of initiatives as it works towards the goal of zero waste -- impressively, the resort reduced its waste by up to 70 per cent annually over a baseline year of 2000, and even created a full-time role of Waste Reduction Specialist to help spearhead waste diversion initiatives
  • Whistler Blackcomb manages a number of programs to reduce its overall fuel consumption and transportation emissions including the introduction of an idling policy, lower-emission snowmobiles, electric vehicles and charging stations, testing hybrid snow grooming equipment, managing a popular White-Bike shared-use bicycle program and a longstanding carpool program with over 65 poolers using eight company vehicles (and saving over 1.5 million kilometres of driving each year)
Whistler Blackcomb's Peak 2 Peak gondola making its way over the treetops   (Photo credit: Paul Morrison)

Highlights

Industry Skiing and resort operations
Major Canadian hiring locations Whistler BC, Vancouver BC, Montréal QC, Pemberton BC, Toronto ON, Winnipeg MB, Squamish BC, Ottawa ON, Saskatoon SK, Calgary AB, Halifax NS
Full-time employees in Canada 3,380
Employee green team Project Zero Team (formerly known as the Every Step Counts Team)
Senior executive who oversees initiatives Vice President, Planning, Government Relations & Special Projects
Formal strategy/policy name Epic Promise for a Zero Footprint (new program built upon longstanding Every Step Counts program)
Green highlights parent company, US-based Vail Resorts, adopted Whistler's longstanding goal of a zero operational footprint and launched the company-wide "Epic Promise for a Zero Footprint" across all of its resorts worldwide, company-led initiatives include discounted reusable water bottles as part of a campaign to reduce single-use plastic bottles (as well as the installation of new water filling stations), plastic free and "say no to straws" campaign, Project Zero Pledge (to engage employees and capture their feedback and ideas about environmental stewardship), numerous employee- and department-led garbage, recycling and composting initiatives to raise awareness including the "Bin-it-to-win-it" trash sorting challenge during staff meals, restaurant managed compost collection, individual trash challenges (two employees committed to carrying all of their self-generated trash for a month), donated used winter jackets, thermals and pants to northern communities and locations as far away as Nepal (to name only a few), Raven's Nest vegetarian and vegan restaurant (first restaurant across Vail Resorts to achieve zero waste to landfill), the "Spring Re-Use It Corner" where employees can drop-off or pick-up unused gear for reuse, ongoing programs to reduce energy consumption in all areas, from snow-making to food and beverage operations (even with ongoing expansion, the resort consumes the same amount of electricity as it did in 2005)
Extended recycling new clearly labelled Zero Waste Stations around the resort that capture all plastics (including plastic bags, sleeves, food wrappers, cup lids and polystyrene containers, also has a program to reduce the use of drinking straws), electronics, computers, print supplies, batteries, rubber tires and tubes, light bulbs, wood waste, all metals (including ski poles), used motor oil, anti-freeze, waste cooking oil, paint (achieved a waste diversion rate of over 70 per cent and continues working towards the ambitious goal of zero waste to the landfill, also employs a full-time Waste Reduction Specialist who conducts waste audits and manages related initiatives)
Commuter amenities transit subsidies, online car-pool sign-up, secure/sheltered bicycle parking, walk to public transit, telecommuter workstations
In-house environmental audit yes
External environmental audit yes
Publishes sustainability report yes
Some of the green community initiatives WWF National Sweater Day (hosted an evening event, turning down the heat and giving everyone a sweater), Earth Hour, BC Hydro (recognized as a Power Smart Leader for its electricity conservation initiatives), Fortis BC (natural gas conservation), Resort Municipality of Whistler (local area sustainability initiatives), Province of British Columbia (climate change), and many more, Employee Enviro-Fund (public can now make donations with the company offering matching donations of up to $50,000)
Building footprint includes PV solar panels, electric vehicle charging stations, hydro-electric partnership with the Fitzsimmons River Plant (generates as much electricity as the resort consumes annually), ongoing studies for new hybrid micro-hydro electric power generation, ongoing lighting retrofit, building automation controls, energy saving snow-making compressor control project, transportation emissions reductions (introduced an idling policy, lower-emission snowmobiles, electric vehicles and charging stations, is testing hybrid snow grooming equipment, shared-use bicycle program, longstanding carpool program for company vehicles)

The Career Directory

Whistler Blackcomb has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.
Whistler Blackcomb employees enjoying their view of the sunset from atop Whistler Mountain

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Skiing and resort operations
Parent company Vail Resorts Management Company
Parent company head office Broomfield, CO, United States
Major Canadian hiring locations Whistler BC, Vancouver BC, Montréal QC, Pemberton BC, Toronto ON, Winnipeg MB, Squamish BC, Ottawa ON, Saskatoon SK, Calgary AB, Halifax NS
Student opportunities paid internships, summer jobs, co-op opportunities
Training subsidies for professional accreditation, orientation program, in-house training, mentoring, in-house career planning services, leadership training
Other info for new grads Whistler Blackcomb offers seasonal and year-round jobs in divisions such as Ski School, Food and Beverage, Retail and Rentals, Guest Services, and Operations, to name a few.
Typical new grad positions Kids Camp Child Care Worker, Instructor, Accounts Payable / Receivable Clerk, Revenue Representative, Retail / Rental Host, Sales and Marketing, Graphic Designer, Receptionist, Administrative Assistant, Lift Maintenance Mechanic, Data Entry Clerk, Computer User Support, Human Resources, Food and Beverage, Guest Services, Mechanic, Millwright, Plumber, Carpenter, Electrician
Starting salary $25K to $30K
Work benefits health benefits for new employees, flexible work hours, telecommuting, transit subsidies, employees receive paid time off to volunteer
Vacation allowance new employees receive 2 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

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