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post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 

Hey guys,

 

I just graduated college in December and I'm planning on beginning work at some point next year AFTER the 2014/2015 winter/spring season out west.  I was wondering if anyone has worked for just a season or two at a resort like Vail and what their experience was.  I'm an advanced (not pro) skier and I'm thinking of trying to get a job in Ski School or Ski Patrol if it's possible....if anyone can shed any advice on those topics that would be great as well.

 

Thanks

DJ

post #2 of 15

I stole this from Summit at TGR because I'm lazy.  3,4 & 5 are the most important.

 

 

1. You are trading living luxuries for location. Used to live in a house? Now its a studio or one bedroom. Used to shop at whole foods and target? Now its Aldis and Family Dollar. Once you establish yourself, you can step up to Walmart and Kroger.
2. Bring the woman with you or import.
3. Want to not work 3 jobs managed by a 21yo 2nd season local earning min wage? Make a reputation by showing up on time, sober, not baked, doing more than the minimum, and don't no-call no-show every time it snows an inch. Then use that reputation and connections to get a real job.
4. Don't work for the mountain. They want you to work during skiing time and powder days! They pay crap and the ski pass is less than $1/hr of bonus. Also, never have your job, your ski pass, and your housing all in one basket.
5. Seasonal jobs are dumb. They peak your hours when the season is best then you have free time in shoulder season when you should be working.
6. Don't be afraid to commute to work or school if it pays and offers 10,12, 24 or 48 hour shifts. Commute to income. Live by the fun.
7. Having friends over for beers is way cheaper than apres.

post #3 of 15

So you're looking to get a job for the 2015-16 season? Not much need for ski patrol or instructors AFTER the ski season. Might want to list some other job ideas/skills. 

post #4 of 15
Thread Starter 

Beginning my full time job after the ski season.  I'll be up in the mountains during the winter/spring seasons....sorry for the confusion.  Wounder if it's realistic to get jobs in that scope (paid or volunteer) at a mountain like Vail, Aspen, Telluride...

post #5 of 15
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Originally Posted by SkiBum001 View Post

Beginning my full time job after the ski season.  I'll be up in the mountains during the winter/spring seasons....sorry for the confusion.  Wounder if it's realistic to get jobs in that scope (paid or volunteer) at a mountain like Vail, Aspen, Telluride...


 



What's the motivation for this? Do you just want to ski? I would look to get a permanent job in Denver than. Taking a eyar off after graduating will make it that much harder to find a job not to mention all the people I know that work in the mountain towns never have time to ski cuz that's when they work.

Living in denver you'll ski just as much as a seasonal job and live in a nice place. One friend this season had about 8 people living in a two bedroom because people were between places tryign to afford their own place.
post #6 of 15

What was your major? I would suggest that you use your college education to get a job that pays you good money so you can ski when ever you want. I do see some people that teach ski school and scuba diving classes as a second job that they do for fun. Granted they do it part time and at most it only pays for itself and not much more. I like to ski, but don't know much about the ski school programs. Though being an avid diver and having many friends that teach diving I see there are two types:

 

1) Most of the guys I know that are instructors do it as a fun activity that barely breaks even and they have a different much larger source of income: i.e. computer programmer, lawyer, manager, shop owner, etc.

2) The 40yo guy that lives with his folks on the off season and goes to nice places and lives in a car. He really enjoys it, but I have no idea how he will put money away.

 

The only reason I mentioned this is for the parallel between the two sports. If you really love it and want to do it, by all means go for it, though you really should think wisely about it.

post #7 of 15

I agree wholeheartedly with Lonewolf.

 

You have your college degree, put that to use to get a nice job that doesn't make you work on fresh powder/bluebird weekends. Plus, you can afford the nicer gear.

 

I understand the sentiment of working in a mountain town or resort, but I can imagine it will only wear you thin and potentially kill your love for the mountain.

 

Anyway, good luck to you!!! I hope you get a chance to just enjoy life and enjoy skiing without too much hassle!

post #8 of 15
Google: skijob1 For Vail: http://jobs.vailresorts.com/

Bartending or evening waitering in the ski towns gives you a way to ski days.

Check out ski school at Breck for the rest of this season. We need instructors.

Be aware of the circumstances described in Post #2. Lack of reasonably priced rent is a significant component of why we need instructors now.
post #9 of 15
Thread Starter 
Seems I've done a poor job explaining myself. I have a full time consulting job that I'll be starting spring 2015 (I'm required to have certain exams done prior so I have a very late start date). That said, I have already signed and received a very nice signing bonus. I'm looking to spend some time this winter on the mountain and would like to get a job teaching or on ski patrol simply to meet people, network, and make a little extra money (although as I said above I wouldn't mind volunteering for ski patrol or something if that's an option). Im just wondering if getting a seasonal job on the mountain as an advanced skier is easier said then done.

I'm absolutely not planning on ski bumming for the long term...but being that im working in NYC for 80+ hrs a week I'd like to get out west for one season before real life kicks in.

Thanks!
post #10 of 15

Any professional qualifications?  PSIA or NSP?

 

Don't expect a 'walk-on' job if you don't have them.

 

If I was looking for a ski area job, I'd look for a 'service' job in hotel or food and beverage. 

 

If you can find a night job you can ski/board a good portion of the day.

post #11 of 15
A name of skibum001 can also give the wrong impression of your intentions as well. smile.gif
post #12 of 15
Thread Starter 
Only professional certifications in finance and accounting...which won't get me far in the seasonal job category :/. I was thinking of trying bar tending or similar services but I figure I would most certainly get a busser job without the experience.

@solarity at heart smile.gif
post #13 of 15

Night auditor gigs? Light on technical accounting but quals that indicate higher level numeracy might help push up the CV pile.

post #14 of 15

If your only doing one season, save up your money now and don't work at all.  Season passes are cheap in Summit County or maybe get a college pass at Snowbird? I think you could easily do December thru April for 5k.

 

Ski your brains out and get some skills that would be hard to acquire later in life.

post #15 of 15
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Originally Posted by SHREDHEAD View Post
 

If your only doing one season, save up your money now and don't work at all.  Season passes are cheap in Summit County or maybe get a college pass at Snowbird? I think you could easily do December thru April for 5k.

 

Ski your brains out and get some skills that would be hard to acquire later in life.

Might not be a bad idea. At least you got a degree that will pay for itself. I know to many people that got fun and interesting degrees that will not help them at all. Go to college to get a job, get a job to pay for things, then have fun.  I just happen to like IT, so I get paid to have fun.

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