Working at HI Whistler

Live and work in Canada's #1 ski resort town!

There's a reason people from all over the world flock to Whistler to find a job and set down some roots, even just for a little bit. This world-class outdoor resort offers a ton to do, and a ton of people to meet. A job at HI Whistler comes with staff accommodation so you don't need to struggle to find housing like so many do when they arrive here. Plus, you'll get to live and work among a community of like-minded travellers and get access to outdoor gear to help you get out and see the best of this place.

Meet your managers

Alfie McKenzie, General Manager

Alfie has worked in hostels since 2017 and in three different continents. He's forged a solid hostel management experience - and a vivid passion for it - while working at properties in Holland, in the Yukon, in Scotland and in Costa Rica. He started his HI career as Assistant General Manager at HI Vancouver Jericho Beach, before taking on the General Manager position at HI Whistler in 2023. If he's not hanging around the hostel, you'll probably find him jamming somewhere. Alfie spends all of his free time creating music, at musical events and building community.

Sam Stephenson, Assistant Manager

Sam began his HI journey in 2019 as a Line Cook/Bartender, later becoming the Food and Beverage Manager at the HI Banff Alpine Center where one winter ski season turned into three. After working several positions at a number of HI locations across BC and Alberta, Sam joined HI Whistler as the Assistant General Manager in March 2023. When not working, Sam enjoys getting out in nature and hiking up mountains, playing tennis, snowboarding and enjoying a flight of Whistler’s finest craft beer – preferably brown and at room temperature.

Living Here
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Staff Accommodation

Our staff accommodation is one of the most affordable ways to live in Whistler. At no more than $10/day, you'll end up with more money thanks to these housing savings compared to other options in town. Staff get free wifi and free laundry, plus use of our spacious kitchen facilities. Staff can also take advantage of 40% off at our on-site Cheaky's Café in the lobby

Cost: $7-10/day in a shared room

  • Fully furnished
  • Free wifi
  • Free laundry
  • Free access to bikes, snowshoes, sleds, sports equipment and a pool table
  • 40% off at Cheaky's Café
  • Free stays at other HI Canada hostels

Live your best life

in Whistler

Whistler is one of the best ski destinations in the world, but adventure thrives there year-round. In summer, the mountains become a mountain biking mecca while the lakes are made for kayaking and swimming. The pedestrian-only village is packed with shops, restaurants, bars and even a seasonal farmer's market. More than just a tourist destination, the town has all the community amenities you could want in a home base: groceries, liquor store, a library, medical services, public transit and more.


There's no denying Whistler Blackcomb ski resort is the big draw to Whistler, for good reason. The two-peak resort has almost endless runs to master your skills on, plus an après culture that puts this place among the best in the world.


Come summer, Whistler turns into a mountain biking destination with trails for all ability levels. If you're more of a spectator, the village hosts the annual Crankworx bike festival every summer, drawing in pro riders from around the globe.


There's a lot more than skiing in this ski town! There are tons of hikes, plenty of lakes. Not to mention bungee jumping, rock climbing, ziplining, axe throwing, rafting, wildlife spotting, ATVing, kayaking and on and on...


Whistler Village is steeped in mountain town charm and most of its streets are dedicated to pedestrian traffic only, making it a picturesque spot to go for a stroll and enjoy all the many restaurants, bars and shops along the way.

Hear it From Our Staff

"One of the reasons I love working at HI Whistler is everyone is encouraged to be themselves in their role. You don’t have to leave your personality at the door."
- Amy, Assistant General Manager

"Arriving in Whistler I knew no one and had nothing prepared, but within a few short days I had my affairs in order, a job lined up and a group of friends that rapidly became family. This is all due to the amazing staff that I was so fortunate to join. They are the best anyone can ask for. You start as a guest and, if you are half as lucky as I was, you leave with a family that will span the globe. Coming here and joining this team is the single greatest decision I’ve made. You won’t regret it. Trust me."
- Will, Night Auditor

"I have too many good things to say about my time at HI Whistler. I made lifelong friends, learned to snowboard and met the love of my life. Over five years later and we still talk about going back to Whistler where it all began."
- Jordan, Front Desk Agent

"When I was working at HI it’s honestly like a family. The people you work with there will go on to be lifelong friends and travel companions. We did a lot together, from communal dinners to themed parties and nights I won’t ever forget. Would go back in a heartbeat to meet up again with my HI family. The bosses are pretty cool, too "
- Nolan, Front Desk Agent