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Best Job at a Resort?

post #1 of 8
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The time has finally come, and I have decided to make the move out west for a season (if not more as Im sure Ill fall in love with living in the mountains.) I have an interview with Vail Resorts on Monday, and was hoping to gain some insight from anyone about working at a resort. Which jobs seem to be the best? Which jobs seem great, but are actually a drag on your ability to ski as much as possible. Any stories are greatly welcomed.
post #2 of 8
Work nights if you can. I like restaurants for added benefits. You'll start at slave wages but bust your ass and it gets better. You can work at really any resort assuming so I suggest picking where you want to live/ski vs the actual company or resort. Show up with a good wad of cash.
post #3 of 8

Just be a bum.  Working conflicts too much with skiing no matter what you do.

post #4 of 8

I work part time afternoons and evenings at a ski shop owned by the resort so I get mornings off to ski, staff pass (including seasonal benefits like half off or complimentary lift tickets at several other resorts), pro deals (usually 20-30% below wholesale) on hard and soft goods from suppliers and 40% off retail for in store stock and use of a demo ski fleet that the shop wants me to test out to help me recommend skis to the customers.

 

The shop is open 12 hours per day so with staggered shifts my full time co workers usually get two hours off during the day to ski.

 

Minimum wage, but the benefits listed above far outweigh the $.

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Also, when it is really frickin' cold, I'm working inside.

post #5 of 8

Subscribed! I'm a student-worker on campus right now, but I'll be graduating in December so I won't be allowed to keep my job on campus. Right now I'm trying to decide whether to work on the local mountain (not a resort, but they still need workers), or whether to work in town during hours that aren't skiing hours. I'm mostly leaning towards a non-skiing job in town because it should give me better skiing hours and a few more months of work that will more than make up for the higher wages and free pass at the ski mountain.

post #6 of 8
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Originally Posted by Bro12 View Post
 

Subscribed! I'm a student-worker on campus right now, but I'll be graduating in December so I won't be allowed to keep my job on campus. Right now I'm trying to decide whether to work on the local mountain (not a resort, but they still need workers), or whether to work in town during hours that aren't skiing hours. I'm mostly leaning towards a non-skiing job in town because it should give me better skiing hours and a few more months of work that will more than make up for the higher wages and free pass at the ski mountain.


    ^^^ If it's an option, and you can sort out your work schedule, this! In spades! ^^^ 

post #7 of 8
Unless you get a job at a resort that has you skiing, working at a resort to ski is like working at a movie theater to see movies; ain't gonna happen. You are there so others can see movies/ski.

I however do have the best job on the mountain and has me skiing all day. I coach a seasonal program of little kids that can ski to make them better skiers. My job is to ski them all over the mountain. The only issue is it is just the weekend but I work at a small place. Larger places might have more days.

Unlike ski instructors, I don't have to wait to get picked and I know exactly who I'm going to have and what we are going to do.

Unlike race coaches, I don't have to stand around all day watching other people ski. Yes I have to watch the kids do their skills and provide movement analysis, but I ski more than I stand and I rarely take my skis off while it seems that race coaches rarely have there skis on. Least where I work and once they are on the mountain.

Another option might be to get a local job during the day if you're near a place that offers night skiing. Some prefer it.

Have fun,
Ken
post #8 of 8

Bellman on the better shifts (that may take some time).

 

Evening Bartender.

 

Building maint. 2nd shift.

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