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post #31 of 37
Seems interesting we have one thread discussing low wages for instructors and another discussing a shortage of instructors. I wonder if they are in anyway related? rolleyes.gif
post #32 of 37
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Seems interesting we have one thread discussing low wages for instructors and another discussing a shortage of instructors. I wonder if they are in anyway related? rolleyes.gif

Which would be why I'm in Nelson making an adequate living as an engineer and free skiing at Whitewater rather than starving as an instructor at Winter Park or JH or Breckenridge or anywhere else. And, yes, I do have credentials.

post #33 of 37
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Which would be why I'm in Nelson making an adequate living as an engineer and free skiing at Whitewater rather than starving as an instructor at Winter Park or JH or Breckenridge or anywhere else. And, yes, I do have credentials.

I'm pretty sure I'd pick Nelson over those choices anyway (damn sure for 2 of them)

post #34 of 37
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At Sun Peaks, B.C., we used to have lots of Auzzie ski instructors, some who have been retuning year after year for decades. This year someone in the Canadian federal government decided that Sun Peaks had not done enough to seek out and hire Canadian ski instructors so at the last minute all the Auzzie instructors had their visas pulled and where out of work in Canada.


Actually the Australians (the younger ones anyway) were ok, Canada is pretty friendly with our Australian visitors...Kiwis and Brits not so much, and a fair chunk of the more senior instructors in the school weren't able to make it back this year. From what I hear though, it was more of an in-house issue (all the other resorts in BC still seem to have their foreign instructors...), and should be back to normal for next year.

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Actually the Australians (the younger ones anyway) were ok, Canada is pretty friendly with our Australian visitors...Kiwis and Brits not so much, and a fair chunk of the more senior instructors in the school weren't able to make it back this year. From what I hear though, it was more of an in-house issue (all the other resorts in BC still seem to have their foreign instructors...), and should be back to normal for next year.

 

Aussies 35 or younger can get a visa that allows them to work or travel in Canada as much or as little as they want, good for two years. And as I found out today while sharing a chairlift ride with a couple of young Aussies, the 2 year visas are renewable.

 

Maybe Jackson Hole and other US resorts should also look to Australia as a source for ski area workers. It sure works in Canada and I know that Sun Peaks would struggle to operate without the Aussies, both customers and workers.

post #36 of 37

Yea, I applied for a end of season job with Breck.  They expect 10 days between date of hire and end of season, with most (if not all) in march.  Starting pay is $9.50/hr and perhaps you'd get 11 with your level 1 (which I have).  They'll refund half of your season pass...

 

While I'm awaiting a call from the hiring manager, I just scheduled a visit to JH the end of march.  Somehow free skiing at JH sounds better than paying to work at Breckenridge.

 

Mike

post #37 of 37
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Originally Posted by DanoT View Post

Aussies 35 or younger can get a visa that allows them to work or travel in Canada as much or as little as they want, good for two years. And as I found out today while sharing a chairlift ride with a couple of young Aussies, the 2 year visas are renewable.

Maybe Jackson Hole and other US resorts should also look to Australia as a source for ski area workers. It sure works in Canada and I know that Sun Peaks would struggle to operate without the Aussies, both customers and workers.

Only a few US resorts currently hire foreign instructors that aren't on J1 student visas (Jackson is one of them). A lot of Aussies used to work in the States, but visa rule changes made it almost impossible.
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