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Working at squaw?

post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
I've got an opportunity to work at squaw next season. The commute from the north bay will be intense and they tell me the pay is terrible. But, its a job at squaw, who can complain? My question is what department should I try to work in? Has anyone worked there, or known anyone who has? I'll be 17-18 while I'm working there so that limits what I can do. Let me know what you'd recommend or what you would strongly recommend I stay away from. Thanks.
post #2 of 14
Haven't worked at the ski resorts in tahoe or anywhere else for that matter, but depending on what your schedule is like, you should try to stay up there 2-3 days at a time and come home. Here's what i usually do when i go skiing in tahoe. Leave for Tahoe around 4am in the morning on Friday, ski all day friday, saturday, and sunday. During that time, i sleep in the car it's actually not THAT bad considering you're parked at one place the whole weekend. I've had to move my car for the night outside the parking lot of various resorts...but it's all dependant on where you go.

post #3 of 14
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the help. I'll be a senior in highschool, so Friday's will be a problem. I may just cut them and go anyway. As far as sleeping in the truck, its quite fun. I too have done this. I did it in Vail, when they were having -10 nights. Couldn't feel most of your body, and what you could feel you wished was frozen so you didn't have to deal with it. But it was fun. Luckily this time I met a guy who said I can use his parents cabin if I'm working. I guess its only about 5 minutes from squaw. That should make things a lot easier.
post #4 of 14

The most "super" idea I can think of is finish high school with the best possible GPA, then go to college. This gives you the best chance to earn the serious dollars that you will need to feed your skiing or boarding habit.

So skip working on the weekends especially, if it means cutting school and driving tremedous distances. In the long run not the best decision.Being that young you can only hope for the lowest minimum paying and the worst of jobs. A college degree moves you up the ladder significantly. So wait until you have that degree, then take a year off and be a ski/boarder bum, then enter the real world.

Good Luck in making the right "choices."
post #5 of 14
By that time he'll have knocked up some ho and be paying child support. No skiing then.
post #6 of 14
Matt, definitely don't let work get in the way of finishing high school. But also don't rush right into college either. My advice for anyone considering working at ski resorts is DON'T! I have worked at a number of resorts both in the west and new england and i will never do it again! I like to work for a business in a ski town and buy my pass, i find this gets me more ski time and am treated as a guest rather than a nuisance. Not to mention the pay is usually much better!
post #7 of 14
Super Mat ---
check out Rentals (they usually get 2-3 hour breaks. You also usually get employee forms so you can get cheap gear and better discounts on gear on hand than other areas that work for the resort.) Or ask about Ski Host, they usually stand around at the top of lifts and point out trails to folks. Bowl Patrol is great, cause their is tons of skiing, but down side you got to make sure the toilets are clean and have TP. LIfties suck... too damn cold and usually only get to ski the lift they work on, and first years get green chairs.

Then go to college for a spell and then take some winters off to play! hell most areas you can bail for winter semester and take spring, summer and fall classes... life is short.
post #8 of 14
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the advice. I will definaetly look into those positions. I appreciate the help. Matt
post #9 of 14
My advice for the type of job...

If you are not going to teach or be a patroller, the best way to get lots of skiing time in, is to work at a restaraunt that will give you a season pass. That way, you ski all day, and go to work at 4pm. If you can't find one that will give you a pass, you'll need to decide whether you can afford to buy a pass.

But if you work in rentals or as a lift op, you'll be tortured by everyone skiing powder all day, while you have to stand there and watch. Plus, your hours are from very early in the morning (usually an hour or two befor the lifts open), to very late (after the lifts shut down).

There may be jobs such as on-mountain hosts, ski cops (speed control), etc., that will have you on your skis all day. You may even want to look into night maintenance (lift or machinery maint) if you are any sort of gear-head.
post #10 of 14
Thread Starter 
If I don't take the job this year and I finish up high school, would any of you recommend it during college? Would it be a smarter thing to do then? Thanks for all the advice. Matt
post #11 of 14
Not finishing high school is beyond stupid... WAY beyond stupid. If you work hard enough, maybe you could make it to "fry guy" at McD's some day, huh?

If you pick the right college and class schedule, you don't need to take time off to ski. My college (a fully accredited 4 year University) had a "mini-mester" stuck in between Fall and Spring semesters, so I had 6 weeks off, from about Dec 20, until the first week of Feb. Then, I took lots of M-W and Tu-Th classes during the spring semester, as well as an evening class or two, so I didn't have any classes on fridays. Every winter I'd share an apartment with a bunch of other instructors at the mountain (about an hour away from school), and I'd go up Thursday night or Friday morning, and come back late monday night. I'd ski 6 days a week during the break, then Fridays through Sundays for the rest of the season.

Then, after college, a few of us got together and headed west. That was the way to do it. Sometimes I'm glad I came home, sometimes I'm not. But at least I have the education to have the option.
post #12 of 14
What JohnH said.
Finish school. or can you say "Darwin"
post #13 of 14
Thread Starter 
Alright, thanks.
I didn't mean not finishing in the first place, I meant putting more effort into finishing better. But I still appreciate the help. I'll be out for about 5 weeks so I hope you all have great summers. Matt
post #14 of 14
I worked at Squaw in 1980 as an Instructor. It helped my skiing. However, there was alot of politics going on within the school. Working within the Ski Industry sounds ideal but picking-up children all day or struck working in the kitchen on a powder day is NOT skiing. Listen to what these other people have said. They have your best interests in mind.
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