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For all the new people…

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This is for all those who have just arrived in town and others who might care what I think.

I was new in Whistler last year so I thought it might help if I listed a few things that I wish somebody would have told me last year.

Step One, Two and Three: Study the bus schedule. The map and times on the bus schedule are your best friend until you figure out where you are. Pay particular attention to the names of all the suburbs because this will help you if you want to find a house. If you don’t have a car buy a monthly, or 20 times, bus pass because it’s always cheaper and much more convenient (and don’t forget to say thank you to the bus drivers when you get off – it’s tradition.)

Getting a house: Some of the landlords around here are very dodgy so ask these questions after you’ve found out how much they want you to pay per month.

1. Does this price include hydro (hot water), Internet (connection), cable (TV) and/or phone? 2. How much is the security deposit? 3. Is there a cleaning fee when we move out or before we move in? 4. Will you be inspecting the place or wanting to use it? 5. Do you require us to sign anything? 6. Do we have to be out before a certain date? 7. Where’s the nearest garbage depot, bus stop and shops? 8. Are there parking spots for cars? 9. Are there any other fees you will require us to pay?

Getting a job: Be persistent and DON’T WORRY YOU WILL GET A JOB. There is always a huge job shortage in Whistler, and it’s getting worse, so if you don’t get what you want, just get something in the interim and wait for an opening. Keep in mind that if you’re willing to stick around and make an impression then you can normally make great strides in your career very quickly. In some of the big retail stores, employees don’t last more than two months so if you stay for three months you’ll probably be an assistant store manager.

Getting a job with the mountain because you need a seasons pass and/or you missed out at the job fair: Same as above, but just be more persistent. One of the smartest guys I knew went for a job as a liftie last year and was rejected because there was some mess up with his name, but he was persistent and was one of only a few lifties Whistler-Blackcomb retained for spring.

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