Each year as the ski season draws near, hordes of young women (and men too) descend on my region - I live less than two hours from major Western Alpine resorts - in search of a free winter season.
Some will find those coveted ski resort jobs, others will move on, unable to afford the high prices of mountain life in season.
So if you can do something others cannot, this is your chance to market it.
If you're a qualified ski instructor, head straight for the ski school.
Do you have any other official qualifications? As a sommeliere, a certified nanny, a cordon bleu chef or a hospitality professional, you'll be far better positioned so snag one of those snowy jobs.
The same goes for any sports-related activity or anything that helps skiers ski better. If you're a massage therapist, you'll find it easier to get hired. Same thing goes for a sports coach, yoga teacher, spa assistant, especially if you're qualified - or if you can prove extensive experience.
Even if you don't have a physical skill or formal qualification, plenty of ski resort jobs may still be within your reach. Can you juggle? Sing? Paint? Tend bar? The ritzier resorts often hire entertainment or support staff to keep their wealthy clients - and their little ones - healthy and amused. A relative of mine once made a decent living as a photographer in Zermatt, so whatever your skill, brush it up and get an edge over the competition.
What if you can't do any of the above? There's almost always work for 'chalet girls' - cleaning house, taking care of guests, shopping and cooking. It's not the most glamorous thing to do but often comes with a free ski pass for your day off - and you'll be in the snow and mountains round the clock.
Here are a few tips to put success on your side.
If none of these avenues work for you, you can just show up. If you're not European, this might be one of the few ways you'll actually find a job. Someone who accepted a job back in July may have changed her mind by November, leaving employers in the lurch. It happens.
If you show up in the right place at the right time, there's a chance you might find a job right then and there. If resorts are desperate to fill slots at the last minute, they may turn a blind eye to your non-European passport or even try to get you a temporary permit on the basis that no Europeans are available.
Often, ski jobs come by word of mouth so make sure you network!
It's a great way to meet the people you need to know - those who already have jobs and can provide you with information. Many ski resort staffers do this several years in a row so they'll be great sources of information, since they've been there, done that.
And don't forget to visit the resorts' own websites. I know it's obvious but sometimes we neglect that. Most resorts have their own websites and some are huge, complete with job offers and valuable housing information. Barring that, some umbrella sites like Ifyouski cover a range of resorts so they can be a one-stop site for you as well as a great source of information for names, phone numbers and email addresses.