or Connect
EpicSki › The Barking Bear Forums › On the Snow (Skiing Forums) › General Skiing Discussion › What ski resort should I work at for the winter?
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

What ski resort should I work at for the winter?

post #1 of 20
Thread Starter 

Hey guys!

 

I hope i'm posting this in the right place. I'm wondering what is the best ski resort to work for in the us. I have applied for a ski lift operator at a few places. I have scored two interviews one at vale and the other at jackson hole. I just got home from my annual rock climbing trip at yosemite and I'm now bored out of my mind. I want to work ASAP. I would prefer employee housing but I could make something work if it's worth the trouble. I'm somewhat new to the sport and haven't been able to ski allot since i've been investing all my time into rock climbing. I just wanted to know what a few of you guys thoughts were about where I should work and what kinda job I should shoot for. All replies are greatly appreciated!!!!

 

Thanks,

Will

post #2 of 20
Sort of late to be looking? I think our resort started hiring in September. Some resorts are already open.
post #3 of 20

Vale for sure.

post #4 of 20
Since you are not already a hard core skier I assume you are looking for a good party scene in a beautiful mountain setting that will allow you to get in a fair bit of skiing. In that case your best bet is lifter. Either Breck or Winter Park. At places like that there is usually a lot of churn so you can probably still get on throughout the season.
post #5 of 20

Vale for sure.

Quote:
Originally Posted by SpikeDog View Post
 

Vale for sure.


 Well, Jackson Hole is too cold.  Just ask these guys.....

 

post #6 of 20
Thread Starter 

Yea vale is what I was thinking. I wonder what the chances of me scoring the job? I don't really have any skiing background but I have a pretty stellar resume in regards to climbing cell towers and welding.

post #7 of 20
Thread Starter 

What is the party scene like at vale?

post #8 of 20
Thread Starter 

How is working at Copper Mountain?

post #9 of 20
I don't know about the cost in vail, but i doubt the workers can afford to live in jackson hole.
post #10 of 20

It is a bit late, but probably not impossible, at least for Colorado. Unfortunately, my best suggestion is to apply for a job anywhere that you can find housing, which is getting almost impossible in the mountain ski towns these days. Summit County (Breckenridge, Keystone, Copper Mountain, Arapahoe Basin) probably offers the most job opportunities, with high turnover at most of the ski areas. But the housing crunch has reached epic proportions, perhaps exceeded only by the Aspen areas. This article in the Summit Daily News will give you an idea of what you're up against. But the Summit Daily News classifieds may give you a few leads on housing. 

 

Contact the resorts you're interested in and ask about employee housing. They may be helpful. Or plan to live in your car (I lived in a van my first winter in Breckenridge myself), or an abandoned railroad car if you can find one (watch Aspen Extreme).

 

But do it! We're anticipating a great snow season, and it's already started out strong.

 

Best regards,

Bob Barnes

post #11 of 20
You might best off in either summit county co (e.g. copper, breck, ...) Or salt lake, utah. The trick is finding a job and housing on short notice. You have applications in. Time to follow up!
post #12 of 20

Copper employee housing used to be the Club Med building.  Cafeteria, pool tables, computers, etc.  About $350 per month for employees.  You might try there.  Good luck!

post #13 of 20
Thread Starter 
Thankyou guys for all the helpful replies!!!!
I'm going to follow up at a few places tomorrow it looks like literally everywhere is hiring I don't have to be a lifty but I'd think I would enjoy it the best. I can do food service practically at any resort, every resort I have looked at has available food service jobs. It looks like they might just still have housing at vale so I'm going try to work there if not I'll probably be sleeping at my car.
post #14 of 20
I heard the restaurants in Whitefish are desperate for cooks. One owner even turned his wife, who was the hostess, into his sous chef this summer (wasn't her idea) because there were nights they couldn't open because they didn't have the bodies. BUT, the rental market is almost non-existent unless you're sleeping on a floor. It was in the single digits last night. Not sure about sleeping in a car all winter.

And at this point, you'd be paying full boat for a lift ticket unless you got a job at the resort. Want a housekeeping job?
post #15 of 20
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by sibhusky View Post

I heard the restaurants in Whitefish are desperate for cooks. One owner even turned his wife, who was the hostess, into his sous chef this summer (wasn't her idea) because there were nights they couldn't open because they didn't have the bodies. BUT, the rental market is almost non-existent unless you're sleeping on a floor. It was in the single digits last night. Not sure about sleeping in a car all winter.

And at this point, you'd be paying full boat for a lift ticket unless you got a job at the resort. Want a housekeeping job?

I was talking more specifically about a food service job at the resort which will include a lift pass. I am interested in any job I just want to ski ASAP! I don't know how enjoyable sleeping in my car will be but I've been through some rough stuff. I'd just sleep in my gear. I've slept on the ground in the dirt for a month at a time while I've been out rock climbing. I'm willing to do whatever it takes to ski at a decent resort.

post #16 of 20

Jackson Hole is the best skiing resort.  The housing is very tough.  There is a mission you can crash at for free.  I don't recommend it though.

post #17 of 20

Silly,no one is going to get you a job except yourself.  It is very late to start, but not getting after it will yield predictable results.

post #18 of 20
Quote:
Originally Posted by tetonpwdrjunkie View Post
 

Jackson Hole is the best skiing resort.  The housing is very tough.  There is a mission you can crash at for free.  I don't recommend it though.

In Jackson, the billionaires ran all of the millionaires out of town. Filthy peasants :D.

post #19 of 20
Quote:
Originally Posted by offpiste View Post
 

In Jackson, the billionaires ran all of the millionaires out of town. Filthy peasants :DThen the rich people came.

FIFY

post #20 of 20
Jobs are easy, housing is a lot harder. The best positions for both, are always filled in person.
Pick a place with good climbing like Jackson, Aspen, CB or Mammoth. You'll probably want to stick around a while.
People come for the winters and stay for the summers!
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: General Skiing Discussion
EpicSki › The Barking Bear Forums › On the Snow (Skiing Forums) › General Skiing Discussion › What ski resort should I work at for the winter?