This happened in Park City Utah.
A Park City ski instructor was working in NZ and asked a bunch of us to go and work in PC.
Arrive on december 5th, all the way from NZ. Am promised accomadation by the recruiter and ski school/recruitment department.
No accomadation available, in fact not sure it ever acutally existed. First week spent holed up in a backpackers, while spent the days walking the streets knocking on doors, searching everywhere for a place to live. Find a place to live by end of the week. Finally get ready to go skiing as orientation starts the next day.
Orientation is straightforward, but find out we cannot ski in our uniforms off piste. The ski school doesn't want us looking bad in our uniforms.
No work available, even with the little kiddies. The ten of us that came over together from NZ are literally taking turns working, getting about an hour a day. Management say 'it'll pick up at christmas'. Fortunately I already have a career as a nurse so I've got money saved and can pay the rent.
The first 'payday' chairlift opens 30mins earlier for ski school, it's a time for clinics as well as a chance to free ski. General public complains about ski school 'skiing up all the powder', when they pay 'too much' for a lift ticket. Management stops us from being able to free ski in the that first half an hour unless we are in a clinic.
Meanwhile, I get caught skiing off piste in uniform and get reprimanded. The manager of the children's ski school had said I was fine to ski off piste, he had skied with me quite a bit off piste and said I was great to ski with. The big wig head honcho wasn't happy as I hadn't gotten approval from him.
Decide I'd better go to a clinic, mainly because there was a huge storm, minus 18 degrees at the top and serious powder. I am late to clinic, but as I get on the chairlift, I can see my class about 8 chairs in front of me.
As I get off the chairlift, my group is about 50meteres away from me. I go to join them, but am stopped by the head of the whole ski school. He is running a clinic with the 'examiners' and other top coaches. He asks me what I'm doing, and I explain that my clinic is just over there. He say I have to wait here until the go down and come back up again. He then skis off.
It's bitterly cold and the wind is hitting me as I wait 15minutes, then decide I'm going to ski down as it's <expletive> cold. I ski past the head coach on the way down.
When I get back to the changing rooms that afternoon, the guy who recruited me in NZ is waiting and blasts me for not staying at the top of the mountain.
I tell him to '<expletive> off'. He tells me 'you've blown it this time'.
I tell him exactly what is wrong
1 - you lied about a place to live
2 - you promised us heaps of work, and it hasn't happened
3 - I was left on top of a mountain today to freeze my balls off because your boss is a vindictive little <expletive>.
4 - I also found out that you, (the guy who got us over here) got a $1000 bonus for every instructor he brought over. He brought ten of us over.
5 - Oh and I quit
Fortunately I had a friend in Lake Tahoe, and had the best time with the crew from Heavenly ski school. Unfortunately my friends from NZ were younger, didn't have another job to support them, didn't have savings, and didn't have contacts in other parts the states. They finished the winter but said it was the worst winter imaginable. Half of them had to get evening jobs waiting tables, and made much more money doing this. They worked 2 days a week on average just to keep their ski pass.
Moderators note: Removed very offensive language.