Like the idea of spending your winter at a ski resort instead of in the office? 

Ski and snowboard instructor courses are hugely popular options for gappers and career breakers alike. They're fun, social, cool, and it means you can get paid work around the world. As well as the normal ski instructor courses, you can also train to become an instructor for children or disabled people, or do a first aid or snow patrol course. Many courses offer help finding a job after you qualify.

Canada has a number of resorts popular with trainee instructors, and the colder, hillier bits of Europe (Austria, Switzerland, France, Scandanavia) are also well-travelled destinations for winter sports enthusiasts. Australia, New Zealand and Scotland all have ski/snowboard resorts, as does the USA.

You should start arranging your course, flights and accommodation from September. If you want to work in a resort, the earlier you can make arrangements the better, as competition for jobs can be fierce. If you're going to the southern hemisphere, the winter ski season there is June to October.

Find out before you go what's included and what you'll need to pay for (eg equipment hire, lift pass).

Investigate the other things to do at your destination - many ski resorts are set up for people with non-skiing friends or partners, so there are a lot of other activities for you to try. They are hugely social places too, so you'll make friends very quickly!