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Advice for working/snowboarding for a season

post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 
Hi friends,
Me and my buddy are planning on flying out to either colorado or lake tahoe area with the intention to enjoy the slopes and work at a resort as well . Our goal is to snowboard as much as possible and work just enough to get by while we are there.
We are planning to stay for about 2 months starting february.
I will be more than happy for advice on a ski resort with the following attributes (ordered from my top priority to the least)
1. Best Ski/snow conditions
2. Part time Work that will allow a decent amount of hours on the slopes
3. Apres ski, social life and activities outside the slopes
4. Convenient lodging

If anyone has gone through a similar experience i will be very grateful for advise smile.gif
post #2 of 13

Work a lot more than usual til February, then move out here and scrape by on your savings without working at all. Imagine going to the bar and telling people that you're a full-time snowboarder. They don't have to know that you're not getting paid for it. Rad!


But if you're planning to work at the mountain, my local mountain is opening their online job applications at the beginning of October. I figure it'll be about the same for the rest of the ski areas around Tahoe. 

post #3 of 13

It might be hard trying to get work in February, and probably harder to find housing. One of my ski bumming rules is to get to a town by at least September to start getting everything in order for the season. Most employers don't want to hire someone for just two months either. It might work but it probably won't be easy. Also. if you can, don't work a ski area. Get a night job and ski/ride every day. Working day shifts at a ski area watching other people get first tracks sucks. 


Go with what Bro12 said, save your pennies and just ski/ride for the time. Figure out housing sooner than later. If you can save enough maybe just rent out a vacation property. 

post #4 of 13

Also here in Tahoe I imagine you'll be competing with college students (UNR) for part-time work around the northern Tahoe area. Students won't pass up that free employee pass even if they don't get much opportunity to use it.

post #5 of 13
A friend of mine worked as a janitor one season at Crested Butte. Worked nights, skied days.

That was a long time ago.
post #6 of 13

You don't say how old you are which makes a little bit of a difference with the advice i'll give you.When we were 19/20 years old me and a couple buddies went to mammoth ( we were in swimming pool construction,our jobs were waiting in the spring )They got caught up for some reason into trying to make money and became maids and actually had responsibilities and had to actually work,I was a dishwasher and got to screw around most of the time.Looking back they told me they screwed up and shouldn't have worried about the money.I would assume your young,you have the rest of your life to work and make money.Get a job with one of the resorts,get a free pass and probably an employee discount on food; scrape by and have fun.And good luck with the gals,lots and lots of dudes.

post #7 of 13
Thread Starter 
Haha thanks, yea we're 22/23 after military service looking to just get by and have as much time out on the slopes. Any suggestions for a certain resort?
post #8 of 13

If I were you guys I would drive, not fly.  Be nice to have a car where ever it is you end up.  Also, I think it will be tough to find decent lodging and jobs mid-season.  Not impossible at all, just tough.  


As much time on slopes as possible means finding second shift jobs.  Restaurants, bars, etc.  


If you are not going until February then you have the luxury of waiting to see who has the best season going as far as snow.  South Lake Tahoe probably gives you the most options for lodging.


Have fun!

post #9 of 13
Some mountains have on site employee housing if you go with the working on the mountain route. Kirkwood might
post #10 of 13

South Lake Tahoe has Casinos and places you can work at night.  You can get around on public transit.  The nightlife is good BUT there hasn't been much snow.  Summit County in Colorado is great.  There are jobs you can get in hospitality that will allow you to be off most days e.g., bar tend, bell hop, wait tables, etc. for a resort property. You might still get a free pass- you don't always need to work on the mountain.  Would you really want to work on a powder day?  If you have a skill or trade or can apprentice a tradesman, you can likely make a lot more money and just buy a pass.  The resorts will not pay you much at all so if you do the math, the free pass really isn't all that free.  The nightlife in Colorado is decent- the Village at Vail is fun but you would need a car unless you lived nearby which is expensive.  My pick for you would be Aspen.  It is a self contained town and a lot of fun but pricey and hard to find a place to stay.  Any place can be fun- just approach it with a fun attitude and be willing to work hard.  It's great that you have an opportunity to do this type of thing- you will never forget it!  

post #11 of 13
Its a crime scene but yes indeed they do!

Edit, in response to kirkwood housing.
post #12 of 13
Originally Posted by snoseek View Post

Its a crime scene but yes indeed they do!

Edit, in response to kirkwood housing.

Well that could be a good option if there are any job openings. Usually at most ski areas a couple of employees break a serious bone by February. If El Niño delivers Kirkwood could see one of those 600 to 800 inch seasons
post #13 of 13
Theres always jobs if youre not choosy it seems. Housing im not sure but i bet theres room....no idea i drive in myself. The mountain will want commitment to the end im sure.

Ill settle with average. Id be thrilled actually!
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