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What are some ski resorts that are good to work at?

post #1 of 16
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I am graduating soon and I am thinking about taking some time of to work at a ski resort out west. I was currious what peoples' opinions were about ski resorts, particularly about housing, job availability, etc. I just want to go some where that I am going to be able to find a job that will allow me to ski and work.

thanks.
post #2 of 16
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Originally Posted by Shwaggin
I am graduating soon and I am thinking about taking some time of to work at a ski resort out west. I was currious what peoples' opinions were about ski resorts, particularly about housing, job availability, etc. I just want to go some where that I am going to be able to find a job that will allow me to ski and work.

thanks.
I know that in general (and only in general) , tahoe has all kinds of work available, and little housing.
I live din northstar housing for awhile, it was rad.
many colorado resorts have plenty of housing.
in ski country, a group of people have far better odds of finding housing than do individuals.
not to sound like a broken record, but why not think about europe for resort work?
i've always done better there.
post #3 of 16

Do it!

Working for a ski resort or in a ski town is great, everyone should do it for at least a year. What you will find in most western ski towns is decent wages, lots of jobs, tho mostly service jobs but some others, very expensive rent prices and not much to choose from. If I had to do it all over again, I would, just not for so long.

One of my friends still keeps sending me the local JH newspaper. There is three pages of jobs and one colunm of places to rent. Still worth it tho!

Pick a few places then sign-up for a short term subscription of the local paper.
post #4 of 16
Colorado has a lot of housing available, I imagine Salt Lake does as well. You might have good luck somewhere like Big Sky too. Definitely call an HR department and ask about employee housing - it might save you the hassle of finding it on your own.

Also, don't get too delusional and think you want to be a ski school instructor or ski patroller. Both are noble pursuits, but they're often the lowest paying with the crappiest hours. My personal favorite is working in a tune shop, preferably between noon and 9pm. You can ski every morning and party every night. A lot of other people recommend f&b (food and beverage) jobs.

It can also be tough getting a start date. If you could start in September, you might be able to get a job in snowmaking or something similar. That would give you a jump on housing. Otherwise, you might find jobs slim until Thanksgiving.

As far as resorts go, I work at Copper and I think it's got about the best benefits going of any resort in Colorado.
  • Easy housing: we have about 500 beds on the resort for about $300 a month or so. If you like a dorm, you'll love The Edge.
  • ski perks: The 'real deal' pass lets you ski almost anywhere in the state for free except for Keystone, Breck, Vail, and Beaver Creek.
  • health insurance offered for seasonal employees
  • Bars: oh wait.. everywhere has those
post #5 of 16
AFRC

Germany. Alps. Beer. Madchen. Did I mention BEER.
post #6 of 16
Health Insurance for seasonal employees? That is a big benefit.
post #7 of 16
if you want to ski everyday. a catdriver is the best job. You will have to put in a couple years in the graveyard shift, but once you get out of that you got the cake as long as you want it. I know guys that have been driving for 15 years here. It won't make you rich but you work at night, ski during the day. Hell yes! Besides, those things are posh, we got new ones this year or last. Recaro seats, nice sound systems, superheat. Smooth as silk. You will need to find a resort that is looking cause I don't see them advertised very much.....know what I mean? Besides that a shop rat isn't that bad, you usually get to ski everyday and have a pleathera of skis to choose from. Good luck. www.coolworks.com is a search engine. Pick a town try to get a job. If you don't want to work for the mountain. Wait tables, great money, night job...get my drift.

keep us updated
post #8 of 16
Like the others have said, check the pay vs housing availability AND affordability. At some areas, the pay seems to bear no relation to the costs of living there. There's usually heaps of work available in any ski area; the other stuff is the bigger issue.
post #9 of 16
Deer Valley offers health benies, passes to the other two PC resorts,as well as to other utah resorts, has employee housing,free employee bus to/ from slc, provo, odgen, gives you passes to hand out to who ever. Can work you 40 hrs aweek. Has many differant jobs to offer from cooks to snowmakers(can transfer to other depts. when snow making shuts down), to groomers to lifites, patrolers. Ski instructors are on skis daily, but not free skiing as much as they would like.
DV also offers a little bit more than the other two resorts.
If your done with school soon, they could probly offer you something . they are about ready to lose alot of employess from other countries, j1 visa's are about to expire.
post #10 of 16
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Originally Posted by tief schnee
AFRC

Germany. Alps. Beer. Madchen. Did I mention BEER.
the 'rec center' is a nonstop party, and the 'mini-DLI' boys are a great bunch. it's an american school, and you're short hitch, via the 'fernpasse' (stunning road) from the austrian tyrol, and it's amzing ski bargains and enthusiastic hospitality.
you can get housing at the rec center, as an american instructor, (I did some staff training there in the early 90s), and thereby live in alpine splendour near some of europe's finest 'skiarenas'
i heartily second tiefschnee's recommendation.
post #11 of 16
I spent 3 years in Steamboat after college and LOVED it....skied over 300 days. Great ski area, great people, great town, tons of snow etc. When I was there 15 years ago there was plenty of housing and jobs ie:not great paying except bartending/waiter but are some others...
RULE # 1....DO NOT work for the mountain...instead buy your own pass and get a night job so you can MAX out the skiing!!!!
I worked for the mountain 5 days a week the first month of my first season and realized I needed to get a night job....by New Years I was skiing every day. Among the best 3 years I've ever had and NO REGRETS
post #12 of 16
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Originally Posted by Treewell
RULE # 1....DO NOT work for the mountain...instead buy your own pass and get a night job so you can MAX out the skiing!!!!
That might be true for Steamboat, but not necessarily other places. For example, when I worked at a rental shop my boss used to let me ski 2 hours a day on the clock.

Of course, these days I ski the entire day on the clock, but it takes a few years to figure out how to do that.

The pass is a good point though - look very carefully into pass prices! For example, can you really afford to purchase a season pass for Jackson Hole? Especially if you have to purchase it before you have a job to pay for it. In CO you can get passes for Winter Park, Copper, Breck, Vail, Beaver Creek, Keystone, and A Basin for under $700. (Yeah, yeah, only 10 days at Vail/BC, but that's plenty.)

Oh - I really like the Europe ideas. If you can swing that it sounds like it would be a hell of an adventure.
post #13 of 16
Right out of school, you won't find a job as a Cat Driver unless you have some kind of prior experience, (machine operator, farm implement operator etc.)

Depending on where you are from, how real your expectations are and if you haven't seen Aspen Extreme and want to be Dex, plenty of jobs in any.... ANY! ski town for someone who will, 1. show up for work, 2. Has a pulse, 3. is halfway responsible.

Todd, shouldn't that be TRANSPORTER SPECIALIST.
post #14 of 16
Thread Starter 
Which of the CO mountain resorts would you think be then best live at? And by best, I mean the one that I would be able to find affordable housing but be fun at the same time.
post #15 of 16
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Originally Posted by vinn
That might be true for Steamboat, but not necessarily other places. For example, when I worked at a rental shop my boss used to let me ski 2 hours a day on the clock.
Yes, but I will bet those were the only two hours you skied that day. I've been on both sides and I agree with Treewell. You can generally ski more, if you don't work for the ski resort.
I wouldn't have my housing tied to work either. Sometimes a killer job opens up mid season and that’s not the time you want to be looking for a new place
post #16 of 16
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Originally Posted by bunion
Right out of school, you won't find a job as a Cat Driver unless you have some kind of prior experience, (machine operator, farm implement operator etc.)

Depending on where you are from, how real your expectations are and if you haven't seen Aspen Extreme and want to be Dex, plenty of jobs in any.... ANY! ski town for someone who will, 1. show up for work, 2. Has a pulse, 3. is halfway responsible.

Todd, shouldn't that be TRANSPORTER SPECIALIST.
Deer Valley has been known to train you from the ground up on a groomer.
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