Originally Posted by hugo
Just a few observations.....
As lifties and instructors, Ozzies and Kiwis are some of the best I've seen. Most of them are young, and here for the adventure more than the money. They are unfailingly friendly and helpful.
You may have noticed that many of the food service workers and housekeeping workers at eastern resorts are Jamaican. Most of them are supporting families back on the island, and go directly from their winter resort jobs to summer resort jobs. Most of them are excellent workers, with a very professional approach to what they do (as opposed to the 'local' workers, whose approach is less so). Many of them have been trained (at least the food service workers) at trade schools back in Jamaica.
They may be a little less outgoing than the Ozzies; but then, living and working in the cold and snow must be like another planet to many of them....to say nothing of what they must think of all those crazy people who go out in that cold to play.
Resort managements like the foreign workers because they constitute a 'captive' work force. They can't say "Take this job and shove it!", although no doubt, many of them have thought it.
edit for tone
I cannot cherry pick out of the racist, xenophobic, generalized, stereotypical, completely based on a few resort experiences, opinion that has been spewed forth.
This particular post allowed me to elaborate on a few things.
One of which is if you take the above and replace with "Mexican/ Salvadorian" you would capture most of my experience with the housekeeping/line cook/stewarding jobs in the resorts of the west.
The reasons these hardworking folks migrate towards the resorts is the wages are higher.
If you are gonna clean rooms, you wanna do it for $6 in Kansas City or $9 in Aspen.
Trust me, from first hand experience hiring folks for these jobs in a variety of western ski towns (and observing many more) no 'ski bum" kids want these jobs.
As to the lifties, front deskies, bellmen, valets, waiters, etc. positions occupied by Chileans/Aussies/kiwis/Peruvians. They are paid the same as the folks born and raised in the same zip code.
Many are there for the mountain year round experience. This can be fantastic or terrible dependent on the person involved.
Employees are chosen upon a myriad of qualities, why do you focus on where they are from or lived last year.
There are + and -s to both.
Most of us are from somewhere else, even if it happens to be nearby or where you are from.