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Should I work on the mountain this winter?

post #1 of 14
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Just soliciting some advice here.  My wife and I both work here in Grand Junction in an audiologists office (selling hearing aids and giving hearing/balance tests), she's the audiologist, I just work in the office making appointments, data entry and doing shipping/receiving stuff, staring at a computer all day.  Being a caddy at Bandon Dunes on the Oregon coast was my favorite job ever, but we moved out here for my wife.  

Now, she realizes I'm not in my dream job, and I off handedly mentioned working in Vail over the winter, almost expecting a back hand to the face., even if I was just a lifty.  Turns out she thinks it's a really good idea.  Her parents have a place there where I can live, and she and I would commute to see each other (plus we both have epic passes, so she'll come up to ski on the weekends).  I know Warren Miller always says, if you don't do it this year, you'll be one year older when you do.  

SO, should I do it?

Anybody have any better ideas for a job up there for a college grad who presents himself in a professional manner?  A connection to a decent job in Vail would be AMAZING!  I would think apprentice ski patrol would be ideal, or driving a groomer maybe?

post #2 of 14

Get a night job at a high end restaurant.  During college a bunch of my buds worked at Bunker Hunt's place,  the Garden of the God's Club.  They made ridiculous money off the Texans. 


I wouldn't work for VA, but if you did, trail crew was usually considered the best gig.  Skip use to be the head guy.

post #3 of 14

Go for it!

post #4 of 14

If you can ski blues well and enjoy kids, you probably could get on the ski school teaching kids.  If you don't really like dealing with a bunch of little kids, get yourself a night job (grocery restockers make more than ski instructors).


You'd be in a long line of applicants for grooming jobs.


Ski patrols hold their hiring clinics in the spring.  Unless you've already got the required medical training, you also would have a tough time getting onto the patrol.

post #5 of 14

Do you have the kind of marriage that would put up with being apart like that?  Some do, some don't.  If the answer is "yes," then go for it.  It will bug you for your entire life if you don't.  If the answer is uncertain, make sure you figure that out before deciding.

post #6 of 14

Depends, if you want to go down the ski instructing route, this could be an option, But be careful of the employer as some look after their staff and others don't. Find out what people say about working for the ski school or ski resort. My first winter in Park City two of my colleagues left the ski school and worked at a popular restaurant at night and made way more money than us and skied when they wanted. I think they were 'busboys' does that sound right. They did the fetching and clearing tables and stuff.

Anyway, do it now  because as you get older things get harder to do. Just wait until you have kids, then i'ts really hard, if not impossible.

post #7 of 14
Thread Starter 

Thanks guys.  Lots of good input and blanks filled in.  Yes, I do have a marriage that could handle it.  Especially since I bought her an epic pass and she'd be commuting to go to Vail anyways.  Not to mention I left my dream job caddying in Oregon to be with her.  She actually pointed it out to ME that it was my turn to do something I wanted. 

I get this feeling that people are dancing around what they really want to say about Vail resorts like it is a terrible place to work or something.  I can't imagine that, but am intrigued. 


No need to worry about kids slowing us down, not gonna have any.  Might have 6 dogs by the time we're done, but no kids.  They just ruin everyone's life that I know of (not really, but they can't ever hang out, that's for sure!)

post #8 of 14

Guroo maybe i'm reading more into this, leaving your dream job and all, but here's my suggestion. Move to Vail but don't work, just ski. She's the one that said it's your turn to do something you wanted. Admit it, you want to ski. Let your wife get a part time job to make up the difference. That way work won't interfere with the important things, skiing, sleeping and skiing some more............ or you could go for a night shift front desk job at a hotel. Whichever way you decide to go, GO.

post #9 of 14
Thread Starter 

as wonderful as that sounds, she already does tons for me.  She's my sugar momma dr lady already which allows me just to find some podunk job wherever we go, cause she can work just about anywhere.  We might even move to Ft. Collins soon.  What I'm really holding out for is that an anonymous job posting for her just came up, "$100k year, just minutes from the best skiing in Colorado."  I'm hoping that means Silverton, but I doubt that seriously, so am hoping for Telluride, Aspen, Vail, Breck.  Then I can ski and collect unemployment.  Sounds good right?

post #10 of 14

Guroo, Vail Resorts may not be the best employer in the world, but I have worked for worse! The ski school is an option, if you have an interest in working with people. As we divide the adult program from the kids program, you will only work with the program you wish to. Cross over between the two is limited. Hiring is done in early fall, so don't waste any time getting an app in. One advantage of working for the Company is that you will get a free season pass, and your wife will be eligible for a dependent pass. (Yes, they will refund your EpicPass costs)


Can't tell you much about the lifties, but groomers are usually return people. And ski patrol has very specialized skill set requirements to get in. Another option is Mtn Host program. It's a volunteer position, but includes the pass and dependent passes.


The idea of working nights at a restaurant is the one most actively sought, as it does allow for the most freeskiing. But finding the job which pays well enough to support yourself, rather than needing 2-3 jobs is going to be a challenge. Working  in ski shops offer its own perks, but the skiing is usually limited. And pay is usually on the lower end.


Good luck on your job search!

post #11 of 14

Yes get a job on the mountain! You'll never regret getting to ski every day. Don't become an instructor or a lifty if you want to ski. Look for a night job.

post #12 of 14

You worked at Bandon Dunes?  Do you know Terra from the North Bend Airport?  She's been shuttling golfers to and fro between the airport and that resort for many moons.  She's good people.

Originally Posted by guroo270 View Post

  Being a caddy at Bandon Dunes on the Oregon coast was my favorite job ever, but we moved out here for my wife.  


post #13 of 14
Thread Starter 

Not if she works for the nice outfit with black limo type vans.  I know all the Par 3 shuttle guys, but I think they mostly just picked people up from the Coos Bay airport.  I loved Bandon.  You can not beat a sunset at Face Rock, golf on Pacific Dunes or Bandon Dunes, or the truffle oil NY Strip steak from Alloro.  For a nature loving single guy I can't think of a better place to live. 

post #14 of 14

She works for Aviation Transportation Shuttle Services, and also makes a mean Sausage McMuffin at the Airport Cafe.

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