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post #1 of 6
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Hey guys

Myself and 2 other friends are interested in working a winter season in the states, however we are current students from Australia and are only able to work from November to late January/early march because university starts back in March.

Does anyone know if we be able to find work seeing as we can't stay the whole season?

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post #2 of 6

Hi

 

Welcome to Epic. The best starting point is probably either your Uni travel agent and or if you have an Aussie snow website (like snow.co.nz). There are also a few companies that specialise in 4 month and 12 month student working visas to the US and often these companies have relationships with individual ski resorts. I've put links to some of the NZ ones - but haven't used any so can't vouch for them.

 

You might also want to consider adding Canada to your list because it is a commonwealth country so might be easier for visa's etc. As economic conditions in the US have gotten worse there seem to be fewer Aussies and kiwis working on ski fields in the US. 

 

 

http://snow.co.nz/listings/nz/ski-travel-north-america/iep-working-adventures-worldwide/

 

http://www.iep.org.nz/usa/workusa4month

 

http://www.owh.co.nz/working-holidays/10/work-and-ski-canada-winter/#0

 

http://www.iwh.co.nz/canada/faqs-for-canada

post #3 of 6
With so much unemployment in the US, the government has limited the number of work visas available as well as the types of work they can be used for. If a company can't show the work is so specialized that there aren't enough US citizens capable of doing it, they can't get visas. There used to be lots of Aussies and Kiwis teaching skiing here, but the only ones left seem to have obtained citizenship.
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Originally Posted by Kneale Brownson View Post

With so much unemployment in the US, the government has limited the number of work visas available as well as the types of work they can be used for. If a company can't show the work is so specialized that there aren't enough US citizens capable of doing it, they can't get visas. There used to be lots of Aussies and Kiwis teaching skiing here, but the only ones left seem to have obtained citizenship.

I was under a similar impression, but talked to an Indian guy on the cafeteria staff at Keystone earlier this season who was part of a bunch of guys on visas from India.  Not as many So Hemispherers as in the past, but I still come across a few here and there so there might still be some possibilities.  

 

I forget which resort website I saw it on before this season started, but one was talking about job fairs abroad (possibly in S.A for Spanish and/or Portuguese speakers.  The dates may not work for you, but it appears Copper still hires Internationally- http://www.coppercolorado.com/winter/jobs/international/index.html 

 

While it would be better if you could at least work through the mid-March Spring Break crowds, I recall talking to some students in the past who came for 3 months while out of school in the So Hem.

 

Good luck.

post #5 of 6

I've met many Aussies (and other southern hemisphere nations) who work the ski season here in Park City, UT  -- Canyons Resort, Park City Mountain Resort, and to a lesser extent Deer Valley.  I've asked them if they have difficulty with work permits, and they say they do not.  Many, but not all, are students.

 

Jobs range from ski instructor to retail clerk on the mountain in restaurants to cooks, etc etc.

 

One perennial issue is seasonal housing.  As a seasonal employee, you most likely would like to live relatively close to work with easy access to public transportation, and you want your housing to be affordable, and you want your landlord to agree to a 3 or 4 month rental rather than a full 1-year lease.  That combination is rare.    It is not impossible - but you will have to start your search for a place to live very early.

post #6 of 6

I think the OP's requested dates would make it difficult to get employment in the US.  US resorts only get a limited amount of H1b visa's which are only good for three months.  They want employee's to start right before Christmas.

 

He's better off trying in Canada.

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