April 12, 2011
Ash from trailAddiction has fired us over news of a vacancy for The Best Job In The World a Trail-Guiding job vacancy in Les Arcs, starting from this summer. We can tell you now that it’s going to be an extremely hard job but if you’re up for it, love your riding and don’t mind spending days and day riding down Alpine descents (oh, the horror) then it’s one of the best things you can do. Here’s the rest of the info:
“MTB tour operator trailAddiction is looking to add a further long-term employee to its already large and established team of trail guides.
Based in the Peisey Valley, slap-bang in the middle of the huge lift-accessible Les Arcs / La Plagne massif, trailAddiction provide fully-catered, fully-guided mountain biking holidays to 300 people per 3-month Summer season. The focus of the trailAddiction experience is giving clients an unforgettable gravity-assisted singletrack experience using the area’s huge trail network as a playground. Most of trailAddiction’s trails are either not marked on maps or simply hard to access without familiarity with the terrain and lift-system, and hence the knowledge and judgement of good trail guides is the fundamental underpinning of the trailAddiction operation.
In order to meet with increasing demand (not just more customer capacity, but new resorts) and keep guiding quality high (small guide groups, knowledgeable staff) the company recruits and trains at least one new guide each Summer season in preparation for paid employment the following Summer. This is a trainee role with a view to full employment for at least two Summers after 2011. The trainee’s main task this Summer will be to gain a working knowledge of the Les Arcs / La Plagne trail network under instruction/guidance of trailAddiction staff. This will be followed by a short practical phase at the end of the Summer where the trainee will be asked put his/her knowledge into practice and guide a real group – supported by an experienced trailAddiction guide.
As well as being friendly, enthusiastic, loyal and hard-working and a good communicator, applicants must possess the following…
- a valid driving license
- a mountain bike guiding qualification (or at least pending). SMBLA or MIAS preferred.
- a good sense of direction and ability to use a 1:25000 topographical map
- a fair amount of Alpine mountain biking experience (prior guiding experience welcome but not crucial)
- a comprehensive set of mountain bike maintenance skills
- a high level of technical competence on a bike
- a good level of general mountain awareness (non-biking mountain sport experience or qualifications is a bonus)
- a desire to live in the Alps for the lifestyle and outdoor opportunities on offer, not necessarily with a view to becoming rich from it 😉
In addition to an extremely competitive pay and benefits package, you will be shown one of the best and most closely guarded secrets in the Alps – that the Les Arcs / La Plagne natural trail network that has been uncovered over a 10 year period of exploration. You’ll get to ride your bike every day, all Summer if you want to, and will not be expected to perform an excessive amount of non-biking menial support tasks such as cleaning, driving and cooking.
The training phase will take place for ~5-6 weeks in Les Arcs during August / September 2011 where all expenses will be covered (lift-pass, comfortable accommodation, full board). The 2012 and 2013 seasons run June – September when you will be contracted to be available to work as a paid guide for a minimum of 8 weeks during this period.
Only highly competent and committed individuals should apply. If you feel that could be the the job for you, please send a covering email and CV to Ash (firstname.lastname@example.org).