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post #1 of 22
Thread Starter 
So I'm moving to New Haven, CT and need to find a new place to teach on weekends (having spent 5 years teaching at Bear Mtn). I'm currently thinking of Killington and Stratton as possible choices (since they are a reasonable commute). Is there anyone from either of these resorts that would be willing to talk to me about what it's like to work at their resort (I'm assuming this conversation would be over email or PM, since I'm definitely looking for all the gory details)?
post #2 of 22
Tcarey is an instuctor at Okemo.
post #3 of 22
Why not consider the Powder Ridge, Mohawk or Southington? Oops - never mind - Big Bear is 2-3 times the vertical. But seriously, you might also consider Mount Snow.
post #4 of 22
Come to Okemo!! Great working enviorment good training-excellent snowmaking and grooming.

I believe that ASC requires more working days per season.Okemo requires 25.Okemo is privately owned and operated my the Meullers.You will see them working all aspects of the mountain.

I live in Milford which is about 15 minutes south of New Haven. My drive to Okemo is about 2:45.Stratton and Mt Snow are less of a direct route. Killington could take you 3.5 hours to get to.

This is my 6th season at Okemo and I love it there. I know the terrain my not be as challenging as Killington but I can go there for a discount during off peak times and it only takes me about 30-45 minutes to get there.

Some benefits at Okemo-

-season pass
-10 hours paid training
-discounts at the local shops
-a second season pass for your spouse on your second year
-more discount lift tickets for your friends
-much laughing
There is more that escapes me right now but if you are interested let me know and I will point you in the right direction!!

Come to Okemo-Come to Okemo Come to Okemo.......

Rusty mention some of the ski areas in Ct-while very close by the snow in Ct has been very poor and some of the resorts have had to close many times over the season.

Pm me if you would like more details!! Even the gory ones!!

Regards,
Terry
post #5 of 22
Like TCarey, I also teach at Okemo. Any details she's short on (likely none) you can feel free to PM me for. I teach skiing & snowboarding, little kids and big kids (and the occasional adult!).
post #6 of 22
Thread Starter 
Your spouse doesn't get a season pass your first season? Wierd! (I suspect I'm going to have to make some adjustments to the East Coast market.)

I'm actually thinking that I might work a few days a week at Powder Ridge if I can't find a real job (and for a pass). We're actually looking to live in New Haven or Hamden, so that would put us a few minutes closer to everywhere with snow.

For some reason I keep forgetting about Okemo. I guess I'm thinking of this as an opportunity to upgrade, and I have this feeling that Okemo is more of a day resort while Killington and Stratton are more big name resorts. Am I wrong?
post #7 of 22
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Originally Posted by SoCalSki View Post
Am I wrong?
Yes.
post #8 of 22
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Originally Posted by SoCalSki View Post
I have this feeling that Okemo is more of a day resort while Killington and Stratton are more big name resorts. Am I wrong?
I've never worked at any of the Vermont resorts, but Okemo skis much bigger then it looks on the trail map. Stratton and Killington I've always felt ski a lot smaller. Okemo, especially with the Jackson Gore expansion from a few years ago, is a BIG place. I don't think you could come close to skiing every trail there in a day. Stratton I think you could (assuming you have the throttle wide open).
post #9 of 22
I really don't want to dis the ski areas in Ct but Powder Ridge has been unable to remane open not just because of lack of snow but also their financial situation.Trust me the snow season here pretty much sucks!! Yeah we have had some good snow years but not many.You will also find many of the Ct ski resorts very run down.

Okemo happens to be a rather large resort. The is a new hotel called Jackson Gore. Nice hotel with alot of amenities.We have alot of lesson that go out of there.

Even in a bad snow season we have 95% snowmaking. We aslo boast a huge super pipe and many park attractions.

The ski school also tries to give everyone work time and ski time.

If you are looking to go to an exam we have specific training on most weekends after the holidays whether it be skiing or teaching. (we have an examiner on hill,quite a few L3's and some guys going for D team)

I would also like to hear from some who teach at K-mart or Stratton too!

Check out our website and the employment link.
www.okemo.com
post #10 of 22
SoCal,

If you're looking for a full-time instructor gig in CT, I'd suggest Mohawk or Ski Sundown before Powder Ridge or Mt. Southington. The former seem to have a slightly more reliable workload, mainly due to their location farther north.

I worked at Powder Ridge in the mid 90's when I was in high school. I only taught after school, but from what I gathered, daytime lessons were pretty scarce.
post #11 of 22
I'm just a consumer (of ski passes and instruction) but I've skied both Stratton and Okemo a lot. Like them both -- they're the sort of places that make an old fart like myself feel that he can actually ski -- and Okemo certainly feels as big as Stratton. Both have more rational layouts than K-Mart, and probably less cranky customers.
post #12 of 22
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I've skied both Stratton and Okemo -- they're the sort of places that make an old fart like myself feel that he can actually ski -- and Okemo certainly feels as big as Stratton. Both have more rational layouts than K-Mart, and probably less cranky customers.
Great quote! I have never taught skiing, but Okemo and Stratton certainly have a weekend base of affluent skiers. Killington with their cheap season base seems more crowded and has a more sullen ambience than Okemo or Stratton. From a skiiing perspective Sugarbush or Magic is more my cup of tea.

The great part about skiing in the East is there are plenty of options
post #13 of 22
Thread Starter 
I guess I will have to add Okemo to my list then (More choices are definitely better). I like the idea of working at a resort with more of an affluent customer base, since I'm looking at this as an opportunity to upgrade from a day resort to more of a weekend resort. I'm still curious as to where the Killington Stratton instructors are. It seems odd that there's no one who posts here...
post #14 of 22
My niece instructed at Okemo last year. Loved it and was treated very well.
post #15 of 22
An Aussie friend teaches at Okemo. Last year I tried to entice him west, but he said Okemo paid better, the work was good, and it was a good place to work, so there you go, that's an endorsement if ever I heard one.
post #16 of 22
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An Aussie friend teaches at Okemo. Last year I tried to entice him west, but he said Okemo paid better, the work was good, and it was a good place to work, so there you go, that's an endorsement if ever I heard one.
Ant, don't woo our Aussies! They're the lifeblood of our social committee!
post #17 of 22
Yeah, I like Okemo too. Ludlow is turning itself into a decent town, too . . . although if you want an "affluent" crowd (read: pompous douchebags) than by all means go to Stratton.
post #18 of 22

Jiminy Peak

If you are commuting from CT, consider something that is lower in stature than Okemo but closer.

I've spent two seasons teaching at Jiminy Peak primarily because they are less than 40 miles from Albany where I live...and because they were dumb enough to hire me (lame attempt at Groucho Marx).

Regardless, good people, nice facility, good snowmaking, decent training, lousy pay. What more could you want? Oh yeah, the spouse's season pass does not come until the second year.

I'll split my referral bonus with you. Just imagine, you are now negotiating for a signing bonus.

After seeing bear mt in cali, Jiminy might be too much of a step down in terrain. But Keep us in mind.
post #19 of 22
I agree with mattchuck2. I skied one weekend last season at Stratton and I basically hated it. It was weird, there was just a weird vibe at that place. Like nobody was happy and laughing like they should be when they're spending a weekend skiing.
post #20 of 22
During a poor snow year I'll ski at Okemo and Startton a number of times and honestly the difference between the two is marginal. Both mountains feature massive snow making and grooming systems, homogenous trails, over the top trophy homes along some trails, insecure suburbanites with very expensive cars, ski gear and clothing, parking that forces day skiers to walk or take buses, expensive day tickets, a motly collection of locals on Sunday afternoons because of lift deals, some officious ski patrollers that are all to happy to clip tickets and extensive lift systems. I do agree that Stratton has a slightly more up scale clientel (perhaps it is that private club or the gondola), lacks a real town at the base of the access road and people seem less happy than should on a day of skiing.
post #21 of 22
Another Okemo / Stratton difference: At Stratton, everywhere you turn Intrawest is selling you something. The "village" at the base is a mall. Yuck.

Say what you will about Okemo's base, it feels like a ski lodge, not a mall. (At least the old base, I haven't been to Jackson Gore.)
post #22 of 22
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During a poor snow year I'll ski at Okemo and Startton a number of times and honestly the difference between the two is marginal. Both mountains feature ... parking that forces day skiers to walk or take buses
The parking issue at Stratton really amazed me when I was there last season. The only reason I was there at all was because GMOL (Green Mountain Orthotics Lab) is there. Upon entering Stratton you keep driving and driving past townhouses and parking lots reserved for people with various parking privleges. I had to go so far past the resort to get to a "commoners-legal" parking lot that I thought I was out of the resort entirely. No way would anybody walk from the commoners lot to the base lodge. Even the commoner's base lodge is a pain to find at Stratton. Before I even found GMOL I was 100% convinced that Intrawest was far more interested in selling real estate and parking privleges then they were in providing a real skiing experience.

I always get to Okemo early in the day, so I'm able to park pretty close to the lodge. It's further then I would like, and you have to go past the real estate office : , but it's definitely do-able. I never felt like a second class citizen at Okemo for being a "commoner". The Mueller family really does provide a very nice ski experience at Okemo. The Northeast season was a disaster in the 05/06 season, but everytime I visited Okemo the place had pretty good conditions, all things considered.
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