Originally Posted by skierhj
there are women. here there 4 guys to every girl and that is one of the best ratios going in a ski town (Summit County is 8:1). I'm not saying none you just have to be a "go-getter" if you're going to be here for a few months
Well that explains a lot. I lived/worked in Breckenridge and did not find many single women. As has been said, that didn't mean there were none.
I suppose there are 2 takes on this. Young 20's out of college take a year or more and do the ski bum thing, work 2 jobs in the winter and some other seasonal job in the summer. The other which sounds more like your situation, is take a sabatical mid career and spend a season working at a ski resort. The second is different if you can afford a room of your own and not have to work 2 jobs.
There are cons. You may not have a job waiting for you when you get back. Your parents will roll their eyes. If you own a house, making the mortgage payment is going to be a challenge while you're gone. Your friends will be jealous, and make comments on how you went off the deep end. However, if you are passionate about skiing, you do only go around once. There are too many people that grow old wishing for what might have been. If only....
Reduce the number of if 'only's' in your life. If your job isn't there when you get back, find another. Being overly cautious is boring.
I found living in the mountains to be a tighter knit community. I liked it. There is a never ending sea of tourists, and they represent all of the good and bad america has to offer. Every day is not a powder day, but you are there for every one that happens. It's still a job, and it will still feel like work. You will feel both healthier and poorer.
I would start well before the season starts. Like now wouldn't hurt. Send out some feelers on housing and jobs. If you want a job as a lift attendant that will require less effort(ie a pulse) to get than an instructor or patroller. The better restaurants are harder to get jobs as waiters. Retail jobs are easier to get, but you will be working when you'd rather ski. You are not the only one doing this, and if you show up in town on or just before opening day with no job you will find a lot of places are fully hired already. The resort has training clinics to attend, find out when they are. Being there in person counts. A telephone call sounding all dreamy won't sound serious. Resorts tend to hire who's in front of them, not who's in an envelope. Some resorts will require you have housing before they hire you. If this is the case, get started on housing early. It's the harder of the two.
Consider a plug in block heater. I saw 39 below in Breckenridge. (Don't bother asking what that is in Celsius, its still 39 below) In Canada, it can only be colder. It is not always that cold, but it can be that cold. For weeks. Make sure your vehicle is equipped with serious winter driving in mind. Low viscosity oil. Dedicated snow tires. Young fan belts and a massive battery. Get used to the idea of living in your long underwear.
The on snow jobs get you in better shape, and you hang out with some pretty good skiers. You will learn more this way.
You do get a food discount and a pass if you work for the resort. I have never seen free lessons. Even with the food discount, we still brown bagged it 90% of the time.
I'm not familiar with the resorts where you are contemplating working. I sure wouldn't chuck the day job to work at a feeder hill. Go big. Wake up to the sound of avalanche mortar fire. Go where 20 below is just getting started. Go where the snow is dry and it never rains after September. Get above tree line on a regular basis. If the passes close frequently due to too much snow thats a good thing.
Oh, and the guy that said lousy pay had it wrong. Try survival pay. You aren't there for the paycheck, and your employer and the 15 guys behind you asking for the same job all know it. Food and housing will be expensive.