Originally Posted by sibhusky
You notice everyone is suggesting a region of the country not on your list.
I suggest you research rent in those areas. Focus less on the skiing and more on the practicalities of living. Rent, local pay scales, availability of employment, cost of living. Cost of lift tickets should you not get a resort job. Gas prices. Distance from living area to job so you know the impact of those gas prices. Even your ability to network. If you know people already there, it helps get you employment and housing. Is the area dead in the off season or still a thriving community? Is there employment in the off season? All these practical considerations will go a long way towards a successful move, way ahead of fish, bars, and ski terrain. The girl issue may be a legit issue. On the other hand, speaking as the mother of a daughter in a ski town, the odds for the girls aren't as good as the numbers might imply. Guys are either married or are not marriage material by any stretch of the imagination. Ski towns attract guys who never want to grow up. The ones who do are snatched up quickly.
Consider sibhusky's comments carefully. The dream is not so dreamy if you can't afford housing, skiing and beer.
You said you want to work for the resort. You will have lots of competition, and many resort jobs do not pay well. Sometimes, even "real" jobs don't pay well because employers seem to think you should be willing to work for less in order to live there.
What is your skill set? Your degree? Your experience? What can you offer a resort employer? Remember, they don't really care about you. They want to know what you can do for them that somebody else can't. Until you bring something compelling to the table, you're just another in a long line of college kids or recent graduates who thinks living in a resort sounds fun. Remember, too, that resorts have just as much, or even more, low paid grunt work to be done as anywhere else, and it's not fun, which is why nobody wants to do it.
In other words, it often takes a lot more work to work in a resort town, and it's not necessarily a living.
On the other hand, speaking as the mother of a daughter in a ski town, the odds for the girls aren't as good as the numbers might imply. Guys are either married or are not marriage material by any stretch of the imagination.
The odds are good, but the goods are odd.