Whistler Blackcomb
Employees enjoying a snow day at Whistler Blackcomb   (Photo credit: Paul Morrison)

Recognized as one of BC's Top Employers

Here are some of the reasons why Whistler Blackcomb was selected as one of BC's Top Employers (2018):

  • Along with working in the heart of one of the country's most popular vacation destinations, employees can balance their work and personal (recreation) time through alternative working options, including flexible hours, shortened and compressed work weeks and and earned days off program
  • Whistler Blackcomb provides housing for its full- and part-time seasonal employees (with room for approximately 1,300 full- and part-time employees) along with discounted mountain passes and free access to an onsite fitness facility that features instructor-led classes, including yoga and mountain-fit programs
  • Whistler Blackcomb provides its many younger employees 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, formal mentoring and tuition subsidies for courses taken at outside institutions
Whistler Blackcomb employees during the summer season   ( Photo credit: Paul Morrison)

Highlights

Industry Skiing and Resort Operations
Established in Canada 1997
Publicly traded yes
Parent company Vail Resorts Management Company
Parent company head office Broomfield, CO, United States
Major Canadian hiring locations Whistler BC, Vancouver BC, Montréal QC, Toronto ON, Winnipeg MB, Ottawa ON, Saskatoon SK, Calgary AB, Halifax NS
Full-time employees in Canada 3,459
Part-time employees in Canada 1,233
Average age of employees in Canada 34 years
Longest serving employee 48 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
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
Scope of charitable involvement local, national, international
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

Here are some of the reasons why Whistler Blackcomb was selected as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2018):

  • Whistler Blackcomb provides paid internships and co-op opportunities to students in a number of areas, including sales and marketing, human resources, benefits, retail, guest services and snowmaking
  • 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 Whistler Blackcomb upon course completion -- the program also features cooking classes taught by Whistler Blackcomb's Executive Chef
  • In partnership with the Sto:Lo Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training Program, Whistler Blackcomb created a 16-week culinary training program in Pemberton BC
Whistler Blackcomb employees on the sundeck of the resort's Rendezvous Lodge   ( Photo credit: Paul Morrison)

Highlights

Industry Skiing and Resort Operations
Major Canadian hiring locations Whistler BC, Vancouver BC, Montréal QC, Toronto ON, Winnipeg MB, Ottawa ON, Saskatoon SK, Calgary AB, Halifax NS
Full-time employees in Canada 3,459
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, hosts tours for schools throughout the year to showcase its operations

Recognized as one of Canada's Greenest Employers

Here are some of the reasons why Whistler Blackcomb was selected as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2018):

  • Whistler Blackcomb's Environmental Fund provides annual grants to registered non-profit organizations working to improve the natural environment in the Sea to Sky Corridor -- individual donations are matched by the Foundation and the fund has collectively provided over $400,000 in support of over 90 local projects
  • 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 as much as 70% annually over a baseline year of 2000, and recently created a full-time "Waste Reduction Specialist" position to spearhead waste diversion initiatives
Whistler Blackcomb employees enjoying a summer hike in the alpine at Whistler Mountain   ( Photo credit: Paul Morrison)

Highlights

Industry Skiing and Resort Operations
Major Canadian hiring locations Whistler BC, Vancouver BC, Montréal QC, Toronto ON, Winnipeg MB, Ottawa ON, Saskatoon SK, Calgary AB, Halifax NS
Full-time employees in Canada 3,459
Formal employee "green team" yes
Senior executive who oversees initiatives Vice President, Planning, Government Relations & Special Projects, Mountain Planning and Environmental Resource Manager, Energy Manager/Environmental Coordinator
Formal strategy/policy name Every Step Counts (a branded and all encompassing program)
Green highlights Whistler Blackcomb Foundation Environmental Fund (matches employee contributions for specific environmental projects), eco-tourism initiatives in the summer months (includes educational tours and programs for kids), transportation emissions (introduced an idling policy, lower-emission snowmobiles, electric vehicles, is testing hybrid snow grooming equipment, shared-use bicycle program, longstanding carpool program for company vehicles), ongoing programs to reduce energy consumption in all areas, from snow-making to food and beverage operations (even with ongoing expansion, the resort consumes less energy today than it consumed back in 2008), created a full-time Waste Reduction Specialist (conducts waste audits and manages related initiatives), unique "Jackets for All" program to de-brand and donate winter jackets, thermals and pants to northern communities, at home and as far away as Nepal, recently opened an entirely vegan restaurant (Raven's Nest), and offers vegetarian and vegan options at all restaurants
Extended recycling all plastics (including plastic bags, sleeves, food wrappers, cup lids, polystyrene containers and even 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% and continues working towards the ambitious goal of zero waste to the landfill)
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 Earth Hour, Bike to Work Week, Environment Week, the Commuter Challenge, partnership with BC Hydro to identify and implement conservation projects, Habitat Improvement Team (community group has completed over 130 projects since 1997)
Building footprint includes PV solar panels, electric vehicle charging stations, solar air heating, hydro-electric partnership (the Fitzsimmons River Plant) that generates as much electricity as the resort consumes annually, ongoing studies for new hybrid micro-hydro electric power generation and ongoing lighting retrofit, building automation controls and an energy saving snow-making compressor control project

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 walking towards the resort's Roundhouse Lodge from the Peak 2 Peak Gondola station

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, Toronto ON, Winnipeg MB, 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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