therealsassyYeah a family friend has some connection at big white (mustang powder? might be thinking of the wrong place), looks a cool.
Everywhere I've emailed so far have said they don't start advertising/looking for workers till late summer which is annoying, and yeah thinking of heading out a few weeks before the season starts to sort house etc. friend says the week before a resort opens is a mad rush when everyone rocks up so probably before that.
Best case scenario - show up in the late summer to find a place to live. If that's not an option, rolling into town in late October to find a place for Nov 1st. Come December, it's a battle for housing. Problem with that is, if you are gunning for a seasonal job based at or around the ski hill, you won't have any guarantees on work until after you have already locked down a place to live. If that's something you are going to have a problem with, you might want to narrow your options to applying only to ski hills with staff housing options. Apply to them all, do the fall road trip around to all the interviews and pick the one you liked based (out of those that offer you a job of course). Not many hills have staff accom though. Whistler and Sunshine do for sure. Maybe Silver star, big white, sun peaks, and lake Louise?
If you want park foremost with good terrain your options are: Whistler, Lake Louise with Revy and Red as b listers
If you want just terrain parks and not down with Whistler and Lake Louise look into Silver Star.
If you just want terrain, Red is the best (IF it has the snow - which some years, it doesn't). Kicking horse, Whistler, Fernie (not the most playful, but by no means shitty), Revy (long laps and short fall line, but the little skiing you do get per run is quite fun - and it's one of the few places that can pretty much gurantee pow - but even like JApan so far this season, nothing is truly a gurantee).
Generally - if you want pillows and the like go to Whistler and the west Kootenays (Revy, red, Whitewater).
If you want alpine and drier snow the east kootenays/Banff (kicking horse, fernie, sunshine, lake Louise)
Stay away from the okanogan unless all you want is park and groomers (sun peaks, silver star, big white)
Don't bother with panorama, apex, or Kimberley.
Whistler has it all (there's a reason it's so busy and expensive). And as for maparty/club scene: besides Whistler Nelson is quite decent, Banff is alright, Revy is passable and if for some reason you end up in the okanogan Kelowna has stuff, but as a small town mountain guy I'm not down with the kelowna/kamloops vibes.