Originally Posted by JSJ
Thanks heaps for the replies so far...
Faber: I'm open for suggestions regarding other resorts. I have to take into consideration the fact that hubby and I will both be 30yrs old when we apply for visas (I'll be 31 by the end of sept
) so we will most likely have to find a resort that is willing to sponsor us... is that correct
I believe it is true. But, I am no immigration attorney (I'm an immigrant myself). But when my office hires non-US nationals/permanent residents, they do have to sponsor the applicant, which usually entails all documentation of the job offer/interview process, a statement on the limit of medical insurance offerred, and a strict limit for employment (which can be renewed). But, I'm not the man who does that paperwork; I just have a vague spectator's sense of what happens.
But, yes, lots of other places. The list I posted above I think might still suit you: great mountains, small-ish towns, great scenery, and an all-ages crowd. Bend, Oregon (home to Mt. Bachelor) is a bigger town, but very comfortable. Crested Butte and Telluride are small towns: at Telluride you'll see a bit more of the higher-end of the vactioners' spectrum, but it is no Aspen, to be sure. The areas around Tahoe are legendary, for good reason. And Lake Tahoe is girded by many small towns. Summit County, Colorado has great variety, but at times in certain places, may be a little too hustle-bustle for some. But it is very close to Denver.
Perhaps even Big Sky, Montana, if night life isn't important.
I would caution against looking for a ski area near a major university (labour pool).
Many ski areas make it a practice to put employees' names and hometowns on their nametags. Quite a few seem to come from abroad. I would think that a ski area would love to hire a mature couple from abroad as you would be less likely to leave in the middle of the season, like so many younger seasonal workers do. Plus, you have experience in the industry.
Good luck to you both!