Rock Climbing in Devil’s Lake State Park, WI

There’s good hiking year round throughout the Midwest. Within a few hours drive from Madison, WI, Chicago, and Minneapolis, devils lake rock climbing offers great climbing opportunities for new climbers as well as skilled climbers challenges.

AT A GLANCE

  • The rock is hard, glassy, and jagged
  • Devil’s Lake State Park is in south central Wisconsin about 3 miles south of Baraboo. From the south or east on Interstate Highway 90/94, take State Highway 33 west about 15 miles to Baraboo.
  • To the east, west and south, the lake is bound by bluffs that rise to an elevation of 1450 ft (highest point:1467 ft on top of West Bluff).
  • Elevation: 1467 ft / 447 m
  • Mountain/Rock
  • Lat/Lon: 43.41860°N / 89.731°W

Why We Like This Hike

  • Devil’s Lake State Park offers an excellent rock climbing opportunities for new climbers
  • Both the north and south shores have food courts and modern restroom facilities.
  • The East Bluff containts some of the highest concentrations of climbs within the park, making it a popular destination.
  • Devil’s Lake State Park’s West Bluff offers excellent climbing opportunities, with disparate rock walls and less concentrated climbing offering loneliness and peaceful climbing opportunities.
  • Balanced Rock Trail (0.4 miles (0.64 km), 45 min.) – Difficult
  • Devil’s Doorway Trail (0.1 miles (0.16 km), 15 min.) – Easy
  • East Bluff Trail (1.7 miles (2.7 km), 1½ hrs.) – Medium
  • East Bluff Woods Trail & Loop (3.4 miles (5.5 km), 2½ hrs.) – Easy/Medium
  • The stunning 500-foot high quartzite bluffs that surround Devil’s Lake are like nothing else to be found anywhere else in the Midwest and have been attracting climbers from across the country for decades.

Considerations

  • Choose your climbs carefully, the ratings here are known to be “stiff” and closer to old-school ratings, a 5.7 may “feel” like a 5.10 for someone not used to navigating the frictionless rock.
  • Remember to always adhere to leave-no-trace ethics and pack your garbage, be respectful of others who want to climb your way, and be friendly to other hikers and visitors, this place can be crowded on weekends.
  • You can access the climbs by Balanced Rock wall using the main visitor trail from the South shore parking lot.
  • Plan to arrive early! Many clients get lost or confused en route on their first visit.
  • Cell service inside/near Devil’s Lake State Park is weak to non-existent. Don’t count on it.
  • If you enter “Devils Lake State Park” into a GPS device, it often misleads you.
  • Sleep and eat well the night before, so your energy is high during climbing.
  • If you climb in a gym, take a day off before our trip so your muscles are well-rested and strong.

Parking and Bathrooms

  • Pay for parking at the main Fee/Entry Station when you first enter the North Shore area. If there is no attendant on duty, pay via the yellow post near the station.
  • All vehicles at Devils Lake must have a valid admission sticker.
  • Please register your vehicle as soon as you arrive to avoid a ticket.
  • If you already have a WI State OR a National Parks annual pass, simply display it on your vehicle dashboard.
  • Public restrooms in a small building just across the road from the Northeast Parking Lots.
  • If it is locked for some reason, try the Rock Elm Shelther closer to the main beach area.

What to Bring

Comfortable, athletic clothes work best for climbing. These can be tight-fitting, stretchy garments like tights or Under Armor, or loose, nonrestrictive clothing like sweats or t-shirts.

Please avoid jeans, which tend to be restrictive and uncomfortable for climbing. If you wear shorts, make sure they are at least mid-thigh length (min. 5” inseam) so the harness won’t chafe your legs. In addition to comfortable clothing, you can bring:

  • A minimum of 1 liter of water per person; 2 liters/person is essential during hot summer days
  • More food and snacks than you think you’ll eat
  • Sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Sturdy and supportive close-toed shoes (not sandals or slip-ons)
  • One backpack per person to carry personal and group climbing gear

Routes

The geology of the Baraboo Hills surrounding Devil’s Lake makes it one of the Midwest’s leading rock climbing regions with differing difficulty climbing. The Baraboo Hills are mainly granite and quartzite, which is sufficiently strong to climb. Most outcroppings in the region are made up of sandstone or calcareous, particularly in the Drift-less Area, which are too brittle to climb securely.

Required Equipment:

  • Climbing Rope
  • Harness
  • Belay Device
  • Helmet
  • Anchor Cord or Webbing
  • Locking Biners (2 – 5)
  • Passive Protection such as Nuts and Hexes
  • Active Protection (Camming Devices)

Recommended Reading / Guide

Rock Climbing Anchors – A Comprehensive Guide by Craig Luebben

Traditional Lead Climbing – Taking the Sharp End of the Rope by Heidi Pesterfield

Devil’s Lake: A Climbing Guide by Jay Knower

Food, Lodging, and Drink

Food

Pohlk’s Pub, Portage, WI

Late night bar near Portage, providing some of the area’s most delicious and fresh burgers. Open late and host distinctive local bands from rock and indie.

Ferry X-Ing, Merrimac, WI

The bar by the Ferry, if you’re heading south from Devil’s Lake, it’s always fun to take the ferry across the Wisconsin River in Merrimac. After a day out at the lake, the food and atmosphere are a great reward.

Varsity Club, Merrimac, WI

The Varsity Club is Merrimac’s family restaurant with ample room for a large group and an outdoor patio area.

Baraboo Bluff Winery, Baraboo, WI

Winery area providing distinctive varieties of wine with several on-site grapes cultivated and aged. The newly constructed wine tasting room provides stunning views of the mountains of Baraboo. Great for couples.

Driftless Glenn Distillery and Restaurant, Baraboo, WI

Local distillery that produces distinctive vodka, rum, moonshine and whisky. Full-service restaurant and bar in Baraboo city center providing fine dining and cocktails. Because whiskey and bacon, try Manhattan with local bacon.

Lodging

Nearby Opportunities

Pettenwell Bluff – Necedah, WI

Hillbilly Hollow, WI

Granddad’s Bluff – La Crosse, WI

Sugar Loaf – Winona, MN

The Essentials for a Safe Work Environment

Each and every employee deserves to feel safe and healthy at work; not only that, but it is a legal requirement for every workplace, too. The health and safety of employees must be maintained at all times by employers, but this doesn’t mean that employees shouldn’t contribute, too, by acting accordingly, sensibly and whilst following the rules.

There are a variety of factors and measures which constitute a safe working environment.

Ensure the Workplace is Free from Hazards

Hazards come in many forms, whether it’s a physical hazard or obstacle which could cause an accident, or an environmental hazard such as harsh chemicals. Depending on your business, hazard prevention techniques need to be formed around the hazards most likely for your specific business. Hazards don’t just appear through the everyday running of the business itself; they could also appear through other internal workings, such as a cleaning routine from an external cleaning company, or a delivery company who have unloaded goods in a hazardous manner. Slips, trips and falls are the most common accidents at work, and can be caused by any individual working or visiting your business premises.

If your employee suffers a workplace accident, they are entitled to make a claim through a compensation company such as the-compensation-experts.co.uk. That is why it’s crucial to prevent accidents before they happen.

Provide Suitable Equipment

If your business deals with construction or warehouse work, for example, then your health and safety equipment will be on a much larger scale in the form of ear protection, eye protection, gloves, and high-visibility vests, to name a few. You need to ensure that all workers not only have access to the correct health and safety equipment and gear, but fully understand how to wear or use them through adequate company training.

Suitable equipment extends further into office-based jobs, as workers will also need a safely set up desk station. This can include proper chairs, footrests and correct monitors to ensure no work-place injury is suffered in the form of repetitive strain or back problems, for instance.

Suitable health and safety equipment applies to any worker in any job position.

Have Safety Procedures in Place

Any workplace needs to have an identifiable safety procedure, and all its employees need to be aware of what this is. The most important of this is what to do in the event of an evacuation or fire. All employees need to be aware of the quickest evacuation route and where all the emergency exits are. These also need to be labelled and signposted easily and correctly. You should also ensure that fire exits are never blocked or obstructed, even temporarily.

Your business should also install items such as fire extinguishers to increase workplace safety. There should also be a designated first aider on-site at all times, and relevant first aid kits in more than one location to refer to should an accident occur or first aid treatment is needed for any individual.

Personalized Embroidered Patches for Ski/Snowboard Instructors

Mundi Plumarii Foundation
High-quality embroidered patches are not easy to make, yet Mundi Plumarii Foundation delivers top-quality embroidered badges with ease and on a regular basis. They are experienced and well established in this area of expertise.

They are specialized in creating embroidered badges for ski instructors, snowboard instructors, other workers at ski resorts, and countless non-profit organizations all across the UK and Europe. Their patches are also used by the team members of Mountain Rescue Association. At Mundi Plumarii, they know their customers’ needs very well and account for the rough environment their winter jackets will be exposed to.

If you are in need of embroidered badges for your team in any sort of mountain-related trade, Mundi Plumarii Foundation is without a doubt the right place to order those. Final products can be at your doorstep as soon as within 2 weeks of submitting the initial order.

Aside from using the highest quality threads and techniques that enable them to guarantee satisfaction of their clients, they also work extremely fast and offer free shipping. In addition, they provide their clients with a sample patch only 7 days after the order was placed for the final confirmation before the entire batch production goes underway.

Choose Durable Patches

When choosing a set of embroidered patches it is important to select quality and durable ones. The last thing you want a patch to start falling apart as soon as it gets wet or the first time it hits the snow surface. At Mundi Plumarii Foundation, they have perfected their methods, which enables them to produce top-notch patches that are extremely durable and able to withstand the toughest winter conditions.

Their goal is to deliver patches that have a lifetime of the highest quality ski/snowboarding jackets, which are able to withstand the extra tough weather conditions such as moist and extremely low temperatures at the same time.

What Types of Patches Can You Order at Mundi Plumarii Foundation?

Whatever your needs, Mundi Plumarii got you covered as they offer a very wide range of embroidered patches for you to choose from. Here is a full list of embroidered products they are able to produce:

  • cartoon patches
  • logo patches and badges
  • insignia patches
  • custom sports badges
  • flag patches
  • other personalized custom patches

They are aware of their clients’ wide range of needs, as such, they offer different types of patches according to the method of being placed on the jacket, a flag or other fabrics or surfaces:

  • plastic backing
  • self-adhesive
  • iron on
  • velcro/generic – hook and loop
  • and of course sew on

It is important to let them know what type of patches are you in need of and how do you plan on placing them on your jackets, flags, or other team gear.

Are You Ready to Order?
The winter will be here before we know it and now might be the best time to place your order. To make things as easy for you as possible, we decided to write down the exact process of ordering your patches so you’ll know what should you have ready and prepared beforehand.

In order to get any type of the above-listed embroidered patches or any other unique pieces of embroideries, you will need to provide the following information and things:

  • Graphics file/files (eps, cdr, ai)
  • The size of the embroidery that you want
  • The number of pieces that you need (quantity)
  • Which type of the above-listed patches do you want
  • What color of the background do you want
  • What border type do you prefer – merrow or hot cut
  • Do you want them to us any special threads: gold, fluorescent, or metallic silver

As mentioned above, within 7 days after your order submisson, they will provide a sample to reassure that all is in line with your needs and expectations.

If you are ready to place your order, simply send all of the above information to their email [email protected]

NOTE: If you are a non-profit organization, make sure to mention that and they might give you a special deal or even completely free patches as they do a lot of charity work themselves.

The Insider’s Guide to Getting Hired at a Ski Resort

Landing a job at a ski resort is an impossible mission only accomplished by locals with deep connections or highly regarded winter athletes. These positions are so highly coveted that once they are filled, the employee will never leave that job. I’ve never worked in any field even remotely connected to ski resort operations, there’s no way I could get a job at one. These are just a few of the common misconceptions that keep people from ever chasing their dream and spending the winters in their favorite ski town.

lift operator job

Don’t let these misconceptions hold you back any longer from realizing the dream of working for a ski resort. There isn’t a more aesthetically pleasing backdrop to work in, it’s usually a fun and relaxed working environment, and of course, there’s that golden ticket called a season pass to hang around your neck. When I arrived in the western U.S. years ago, I was nothing more than a flatlander with no experience and no connections. What I lacked in specific experience I made up for with research and preparation, and a week before opening day, I had my choice of departments to work for. Here are the ways to maximize your chances of getting hired at a ski resort from my firsthand account.

The Internet is Your Friend

Whether you’re trying to land a seasonal gig or an outright career with a ski resort, the internet is going to be your best tool for gaining information about the jobs you want or the resorts you want to work for. Almost all ski resorts have detailed websites including sections dedicated to employment. In these sections, contact information for employment inquiries is often listed as well as current job openings. If no jobs are listed, it doesn’t hurt to send a copy of your resume with a short email asking about open positions. Even if no jobs are open at the time, someone will usually give you directions on the best route to gaining employment in the future. Try checking these sections in the summer or early fall for year-round or management positions as most resorts are trying to fill these spots before the mad dash of seasonal hiring begins. Resort web sites are often the best place to look for year-round positions and to find jobs in the offseason. 

Offseason

Working for a resort in the offseason can be an extremely underrated way to get your foot in the door. As more resorts seek ways to be financially profitable year-round, the need for summer seasonal employees is only going up. Consider looking online in late spring or early summer for a job in a busy offseason department like food and beverage or lift operations, and you will typically be offered the same position for the winter season. Working in the offseason is also a great way to develop relationships with year-round and management employees who could help you land a more desirable position in the future.

The Job Fair

Almost all ski resort employees are seasonal workers, and other than returning employees, the majority of these are hired at a job fair. Although the job fair can be an intimidating and dreadful experience for a lot of people, there is no reason why you can’t walk out of one with confidence. While my resort policy mandated a week after the job fair before offers could go out, I rested easy knowing I was one of the most prepared and professional candidates to attend. After a week, the offers started to pile up and after interviewing with six departments in total, I had five offers to choose from. Here’s how I had so much success without any experience.

job fair for ski resort


Before You Arrive

Two of the most important things you can do to secure a position at a ski resort happen before you even step foot on the property. The first thing you should do is tailor your resume to the ski industry in any way you can, and the best way to do that is through a customer service slant. It doesn’t matter if you’ve worked fast food, landscaping, or as a grocery clerk, your past work experiences have been customer service related in some way. Make a copy of your resume for every department you wish to apply for, and hand over a copy to the department head as you introduce yourself.  If you have solid references, feel free to include a few along with your resume. Having a copy of your resume for each interview is instantly going to separate you from a large percentage of applicants.

The second way to instantly distinguish yourself from the crowd is your appearance. You do not need to wear a suit and tie, and I’m not telling you to cut off the ponytail you’ve been trying to grow out all summer, but these simple considerations will go a long way to getting you hired. First, check out that resort website we talked about earlier. In some cases, an employee handbook, including grooming standards will be available. If your current look doesn’t fall within the resort’s standards for employees, I’d highly suggest some changes before the job fair. A hiring manager is much more likely to hire someone that already meets company standards than someone who they’ll have to fight with to get a trim. Second, take a long look in the mirror before heading out the door. As I said, a suit and tie is unnecessary and probably a little too much for a job fair, but some khakis and a dress shirt are perfectly fine. Try tucking your shirt in, and instead of wearing your flashy sunglasses go with the more neutral pair in your collection. I’ve witnessed several decent applicants miss out on opportunities over the years because of a hiring manager not liking an applicant’s sunglasses or hat. Sometimes it’s the smallest things that distinguish us from others, so keep it as professional as you can.

At The Interview

The best advice I can give while at the job fair is to stay flexible and don’t be afraid to show your excitement for the opportunity to work at the resort. If your goal is to get a job at the resort, then no department or position should be beneath you, and you should be willing to apply to departments en masse. Don’t only set your sights on only the most competitive departments like the ski school or retail, and don’t be afraid to tell your interviewer how much of a dream it is to work at their resort. Most hiring managers started off on the other side of the table, so they understand what it’s like to dream about working for a ski resort and becoming a part of the culture. Remember your freshly tailored resume, and tie into customer service as much as you can with your past work experience. Show your willingness to learn and be trained and good things should follow.

ski resort housing

Whether it’s snagging a highly sought-after position in the offseason or walking into a job fair and coming away with multiple offers, you should be confident that your past work experience and desire to be apart of the resort community will help you land that dream position. Keep these tips in mind and you will find yourself in a much stronger position to obtain a job at a ski resort.

5 Reasons Why Soft Skills Matter For Professionals

Are you a professional aspiring to find the best job in the job market? Do you want to switch jobs to find one that matches your dreams? When it comes to grabbing the right opportunity, the skills on your resume matters the most. These include both hard skills and soft skills. Hard skills are the ones that relate to your qualifications and expertise in your domain. Why they matter is something understandable!

But soft skills are more about your personal attributes such as communication skills, problem-solving, decision making, leadership and assertiveness and more. You may think that these would not be considered by the recruiters because they have nothing to do with your domain expertise. However, they can strengthen your resume because they indicate your ability to gel within teams and contribute as an employee. Here are some reasons why soft skills matter for professionals.

Foster effective communication

Good communication between team members ensures that the team performs well and runs smoothly. People who can communicate effectively serve as assets for organizations. They are able to understand and convey things quickly and easily. They are capable of building strong relationships with team mates, management and customers. If you possess this soft skill, you have better chances of getting hired.

Make you relatable

Whatever your job profile may be, you need to be approachable. In simple words, people, both juniors and managers, should like you enough to relate with you. These skills make you easier to work with and your co-workers are able to interact with you more comfortably. Things become easier at your workplace when people are willing to listen and support.

Expand your opportunities

Another reason why you must work on your soft skills is that they open new opportunities for you. If you talk about What Are Interpersonal Skills?, they are all about making good impressions. Possessing good soft skills improves your chances of getting to the top. If you lack them, you may have to struggle to find a good job and get promoted.

Reduce customer service problems

Good interpersonal skills also enable you to provide better services to your customers. This is because you have enough patience to listen to their problems and resolve them as well. There are also fewer chances of getting into disputes with customers. As a result, they are willing to stay with the business. For this reason, organizations prefer to onboard employees who are able to cultivate good relationships with the customers.

Make you a good leader

Another reason why soft skills matter is that they give you the ability to lead in the workplace. Having these skills makes you a good supervisor or manager who can guide subordinates and enhance their productivity. On the other hand, people without leadership quality are unable to bring out the best in themselves and teammates. Soft skills can make you stand apart in the workplace and also open the doors to career success.

Unlike hard skills, soft skills are not taught but learned with time and experience. You must make all the efforts to cultivate them if you want to grow personally and professionally.

How Much Do Ski Jobs Pay?

It is a common dream. Lots of people want to live and work at a ski resort, and have first access to all of the best powder days of the season. But how realistic is this dream? How much do ski jobs actually pay? Let’s take a closer look.

Overview of Ski Jobs

The stark reality of ski resort jobs is that, in general, they pay very low wages. It does vary state by state, as minimum wage is different by state. Additionally, housing costs can be tough to deal with, and even employee housing isn’t all that cheap or available. Many people who move to a ski town to get a ski job are well aware of the low pay, and hope to get some kind of skiing incentive (such as a season pass for employees) thrown in. That being said, certain jobs do pay better than others. So here, in no particular order, are 7 of the most common ski jobs, and what you can expect to make working in that profession.

#1: Lift Operator

This job is typical of many positions at ski areas. It pays minimum wage, which generally ranges from $11-12 per hour. Many resorts supply their “lifties” with passes for their off days. You will also deal with frustration, though, as you dust off the chair for all those people having the best powder day of the season while you work.

#2: Ski/Snowboard Instructor

A ski instructor is paid based on experience. The average hourly pay ranges from $10-21. Most resorts require certification, which involves classes, trainings, and an exam.

#3: Housekeeping

This job has different responsibilities, ranging from working at hotels to cleaning crews at Airbnb’s. Most positions in this industry hover around minimum wage, $11-12 per hour. Scheduling can be tough to optimize your skiing habit, as well, as most housekeeping work is done right in the middle of the day.

#4: Server/Bartender

This job has a considerable advantage: tips. The base pay is usually minimum wage (again, $11-12) at or near a ski resort, but if you are good, and personable, the tips can really juice up your pay. The schedule you can arrange for skiing can be ideal, as well. Go hunt for powder all day, hunt for tips at night.

#5: Ski Tuner/Technician

Ski tuners and technicians have a pay range of $12-15 per hour. Many technicians have the option/requirement to work late afternoon and evenings, which can be good for your skiing schedule.

#6: Food Preparation

The restaurant industry has a wide variety of jobs available, from bussers and dishwashers (both minimum wage), all the way up to managerial and sous chef positions. The more responsibility, the higher the pay. Most of the people you see milling around the restaurant at the ski area or town are being paid $11-12 per hour, but managers and sous chefs can rake in an average salary of $39,394 per year. Again, this varies quite a bit based on the restaurant and the ski resort. One bonus to this industry is free meals are often included with these jobs.

#7: Bus/Shuttle Drivers

Bus and shuttle drivers for ski towns and resorts have a challenging job, lugging guest’s skis and putting chains on the shuttle, but are paid a higher rate than many others on this list. The average range is from $12-15.25 per hour. Flexible scheduling is available at many resorts.

Conclusion

There are a lot of benefits to living a skier’s life: camaraderie, adventure, an outdoor lifestyle, and more powder shots than anyone around. Unfortunately, the pay is not usually one of those benefits. If you know the average amount that ski jobs pay, though, it can completely be worth it.

How to Find a Job on Craigslist

One of the many benefits of the internet is that it has made life easier in so many aspects and job hunting is one of them. It is a cheap and a trouble free method for the employers and the response rate is usually higher. There are a few tricks from a professional craigslist ad poster through which you can secure a job in no time but before you apply for a job make sure that it is legitimate.

How Can You Tell that the Job Posting is Legitimate?

  • Try to discuss on call before sending your resume. Sometime ad posters do this to gather email list for email marketing purpose.
  • The first thing to notice when it was published. Usually the employers find their ideal worker within one week. If the post is older than two weeks then it is probably a scam.
  • Ads with phone numbers are usually legit Jobs.
  • Don’t give your private and personal information to anyone at any cost. If you feel that the employer is pushing you too much to give out your bank account information or your online social media, then do not fall for it because it is definitely a scam.
  • Do your research on the company and learn what it does as much as possible. Use your stalking skills and don’t shy away from asking them details about their company.
  • If you think that the employer is being unprofessional in terms of discussing terms and demands then trust your gut feelings. Perhaps it is a scam. To make sure that you are right simply ask the employer to give your contract in writing to make things official.

Now that we’ve enlisted all the major dangers that you can face while applying for a job, we should move on to the main course of our article:

How to get a job on Craigslist in 5 simple Steps?

  1. Locate the email address of the employer. Usually the address is given within the ad, but if not, then there is usually a reply button at the top left corner of the ad. Just click on it and contact the employer.
  2. After clicking on the reply button a default mail would open. If the email address is given within the body of the ad then just copy and paste it into an empty mail box.
  3. Now the most important part of any mail is its components. Make sure that you write a short and brief email that doesn’t include too many details. Keep it simple and specific. Discuss the job, attach your resume and requested samples (if any), your proper credentials, and send it to the employer. If he is interested then he’d contact you.
  4. Do not demand too much. Once the employer has made contact with you regarding the job, it is okay to bargain a bit about your payment, but it is not okay to push the matter to hardly. For an employer, you are replaceable.
  5. After everything is finalized make sure that you get your legal documents in place. Like mentioned earlier, demand your contract in writing. All of the paperwork should be in a form to be challenged in a court if need be.

Conclusion: If you are confident about your qualifications and you have what the employer is seeking, you can land a job. If you follow all of the tips that are mentioned here – if you are careful about choosing the right job and if you compose your mail cautiously, then your chances of getting a job increase. Do not fall for scammers. As a craigslist ad poster trust me there are soo many scammers out there to create email list for email marketing. Often they are easy to spot. They wouldn’t spend too much time sticking with you if they can’t seem to compel your personal information out of you. Follow the guide lines I mentioned above to avoid them. Once you have applied, you can relax and let your potential future employer contact you.      

How to Find a Massage Therapist Job in Colorado Resorts

Massage therapy is a wonderful profession to pursue. As a massage therapist, you will be helping individuals with problems in their muscles, connective tissues, tendons, and ligaments. 

Other issues that patients may see a massage therapist for are injuries, stress, anxiety, and depression. Massage therapy is a fantastic healing and soothing method because it relaxes the client and helps manage their pain and mental condition. 

If you are interested in becoming a massage therapist and working in one of the Colorado resorts, there are several steps to achieve in a certain order to accomplish this goal.

Complete a massage therapy program

After earning a high school diploma, you are immediately able to pursue a massage therapy program. 

You have the choice to earn a certificate or diploma option in massage therapy. Whichever program you choose, it is important to make sure that it is recognized by Colorado’s licensing board. 

Most programs consist of both academic and clinical work and take around a year to complete. It is necessary to concentrate on the knowledge of the coursework along with the hands-on experience of the clinics to gain the skills to do well in this career field.

For a list of accredited massage therapy schools in Colorado, click here.

Pass the massage therapy national exam and become a licensed massage therapist

It is important to note that the state of Colorado requires anyone who is interested in becoming a licensed massage therapist to have at least 500 hours of training from a board-approved massage therapy school. 

You will need to make sure that your program was nationally accredited and approved by the Colorado Division of Private and Occupational Schools

Additionally, you must pay an application fee when you apply for the licensure exam. There are two different options of examinations you can take: The Massage and Bodywork Licensing Exam or the Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork exam. Following a passing score on one of these national examinations, you will officially be a licensed massage therapist.

Begin job searching and interviewing at Colorado resorts

After succeeding in each of these goals and becoming a licensed massage therapist, it is time to find a place to begin and thrive in your massage therapy career. 

There are plenty of job boards online where resorts are hiring massage therapists. It may also be a good idea to go to the resorts in Colorado and speak to the employer or human resources to find out if they are hiring. 

Kindly, let them know you have just become a licensed massage therapist and are interested in beginning your career with their resort. 

The next step in the hiring process would be getting an interview. During the interview, relax and show them your skills. 

Assuming that the interview is successful, you will be employed as a massage therapist at an incredible Colorado resort.

List of Ski Resorts that Offer Employee Housing

As someone who deals with ski jobs, resort jobs, and mountain town jobs on a daily basis, one of the most common questions I get asked is “do ski resorts offer employee housing”? And the answer, of course is, it depends. Some resorts definitely do and some don’t. It also depends on when you apply. For resorts that do offer housing for their workers it’s best to apply early and before the housing has been reserved for other employees.

So here’s my list of ski resorts that offer employee housing, broken down by state:

Colorado

Arapahoe Basin

A-Basin offers several housing options for first-year employees and resources for returning employees looking for a place to live in Summit and the surrounding counties. Employee housing is limited and distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Employee housing is NOT guaranteed.

Full-time, first-season employees in eligible departments could receive employee housing. Applicants will be able to discuss housing at the end of the interview process. Cost is between $460 – $520 -per month. Deducted from paycheck.

Aspen Mountain

Part of Aspen Snowmass network

Buttermilk

Part of Aspen Snowmass network

Aspen Snowmass

11 mountain resort properties are owned or operated by Aspen Snowmass. They manage 800 beds for their employees. Summer housing is harder to get

Beaver Creek Resort

They have employee housing available for full-time winter employees on a limited basis.

Breckenridge Ski Resort

The Breckenridge housing complex is located near the town of Breckenridge or at Keystone resort and is apartment style living – most apartments are shared units. Housing is assigned based on availability to persons who have been formally offered a position at Breckenridge and complete a formal housing application.

Copper Mountain Resort

Yes. This season the EDGE is only offering double occupancy rooms. Cost is ~ $337 per person (per month).

Crested Butte Mountain Resort

No true employee housing. Here’s a list of options available in the area for prospective employees.

Eldora Mountain Resort

No. Employees that work at Eldora typically find housing in the nearby Nederland township and/or Boulder & Gilpin County region. To find housing opportunities, seek options via various classified sources, Craig’s list and local real estate agencies. It is possible to commute to Eldora via Boulder’s public bus system.

Keystone Resort

Yes. Their housing complex is located about a half mile away and is apartment or dorm style living – most apartments are shared units. Housing is assigned based on availability to persons who have been formally offered a position at Keystone and complete a formal housing application.

Loveland Ski Area

No

Monarch Ski Area

No

Powderhorn Resort

No

Purgatory Resort

No

Silverton Mountain

No

Ski Cooper

No

Steamboat Ski Resort

Yes. They maintain employee housing at The Ponds at Steamboat in two bedroom/two bath units located approximately one mile from the base area. These units are fully furnished. Rent is based on two or three people per room (total of four to five occupants in one unit). The local bus system operates on a regular schedule through the employee housing area to transport you to the mountain – and it’s free. Employee rates are $410 per month per person

Sunlight Ski Area

No

Telluride Ski Resort

Yes. Telluride has 146 double-occupancy studio apartments set aside for employees. Big Billie’s Apartments are located in the town of Mountain Village at the base of Sunshine Express.

Vail Ski Resort

Yes. They have employee housing available for full-time winter employees on a limited basis.

Winter Park Resort

Yes. They have units and lodges within a short walk of free shuttle routes.” Cost is ~ $400 a month.

Wolf Creek Ski Area

No. Employees are responsible for securing their own housing and reliable transportation. The nearest housing sits at the base of Wolf Creek Pass either in Pagosa Springs (23 miles to the West) or South Fork (18 miles to the East). Wolf Creek does offer an employee shuttle system in which the employee is paid for a half hour to ride the shuttle each direction.

Idaho

Sun Valley

Yes. They have two new well-appointed employee residences, 178 rooms accommodate over 575 employees living and working at Sun Valley Resort.

Montana

Big Sky (MT)

Yes. Big Sky Resort offers employee housing on a space available basis.

Montana Snowbowl

No

Moonlight Basin

No

Red Lodge Mountain

No

New Mexico

Angel Fire Resort

Yes. Angel Fire Resort has limited employee housing, including dorm style and shared apartment style units. Rent ranges from $250-$500 per month and is deducted from paychecks.

Ski Santa Fe

No

Taos Ski Valley

Yes. Taos Ski Valley has limited employee housing available. The town of Taos has affordable housing options, unlike other resorts.

Utah

Sundance

Yes. Employee lodging has limited availability.

Park City Mountain Resort

No

Wyoming

Jackson Hole

Yes.

  • Powderhorn – 4 bed, 2 bath – $690/month
  • Aspen Meadows Deluxe Studio – 1 bath – $650/month
  • Rawhide Motel Room – 2 queens, 1 bath – $575/month

Sleeping Giant Ski Resort

No

Snow King Mountain

No

Oregon

Mount Hood Skibowl

No.

Summit Ski Area/ Timberline

No. Timberline does not offer employee housing, however there is housing available for rent in Government Camp and farther down mountain in Rhododendron, Welches and Sandy.

Virginia

Massanutten Ski Resort

No

Wintergreen Resort

No

Vermont

Mad River Glen

No

Stowe Mountain Resort

Yes. Limited employee housing is available at the resort throughout the year at The Dorm and The Inn.

West Virginia

Snowshoe Mountain

Yes. Snowshoe Mountain Resort owns and maintains employee housing at multiple locations across the resort.

Here’s What it’s Really Like to Work at a Ski Resort

After having a bunch of friends head off and work at ski resorts like Breckenridge, Crested Butte, and Vail after college, and visiting these amazing ski destinations over the past few seasons to see friends and ride, I’ve heard a lot firsthand about what its really like to work at a winter resort.

Everything from the people you get to meet, to the free season ski pass makes it one of the sweetest jobs in the world.  Mountain resort staff is always friendly, and days there float by between the beautiful mountain towns, and the amazing snow.

I will say however, that resort work is sometimes not always what it is cracked up to be.  Below, I’ll break down the reasons why working at a winter resort can be the greatest job in the world, and I’ll touch on a couple of reasons I’ve heard you might want to stay away from it.

Hiring Times

If you are interested, apply in August and September.  This is when winter resorts do most of their hiring.  Resorts are typically hiring throughout the season but getting a preferred job or subsidized housing then will be much harder. Apply earlier to have a better shot at getting a higher paying job and housing.

Ski Resort Work: The Pros

A Free Pass

If you just downright love skiing and want to ride all season, this is the job for you.  Most resort jobs come with a free ski pass to that resort and possibly others in the area.  The best perk of working on the mountain hands down is getting to ride for free whenever you aren’t scheduled to work.

You will also have the inside track on the best places for snow when it is busy and when there is nobody there.  What could be better than riding a full season for free.  It is very easy to work part time at a winter resort and qualify to get the free staff season pass.  Look into it if you live in a mountain town but don’t want to pay for a ski pass.   

Weekday Riding

Because most resorts are busiest during the weekends and on holidays, the staff pretty much must work full time during these hours.  But, when there is practically nobody on the mountain in the middle of the week, the boss will sometimes kick people off shift early, and even let them ride for an hour or two in the middle of a shift.

Having so much untouched terrain at your fingertips is amazing, especially on the days where it’s snowed plenty but nobody is there. Working at a resort, you will be touching fresh snow past noon on any given day.  Elusive I know but when you work at the resort, its just part of the job.

You Will Meet Great People

The people who work at the resorts every winter do it because they love it.  When the crew working the lift line are hyping you up on a cold weekend day, it’s because they legitimately are stoked for you to be out on their mountain tearing it up. 

Likewise, when you work at the resort, everyone from the people in the office to the snow patrol crews will be another friendly face at work.  It is easy to make friends because everyone is laid back in a great work environment.  The type of people might want to have a beef after work and have a good time drinking it.

Discounted Resort Amenities and Pro Deals

There will be plenty of staff discounts on the mountain.  Things like food in and around the lodge, and the shops around the resort might have some discount for resort staff but this will certainly differ depending on the resort you work at. 

There will also be plenty of pro deals for winter resort staff.  Everything from the latest skis to jackets and goggles will be discounted because these companies want resort employees to wear their gear.  There is plenty of money to be spent if you can still afford the gear after the discounts offered.

Ski Jobs: The Cons

The Pay

Unless you are there for a couple of winters in a row and move up the chain a little bit, or you are working as ski instructor or a server or bartender in the lodge, you probably aren’t going to make that much money working at a winter resort.  Unfortunately, you’ll also probably have to spend most of the money you do make on living close to expensive ski destinations. 

Some resorts offer staff housing for discounted prices, but there are typically a limited number of bunked rooms.  If you can figure out how to make the bottom-line work, that’s great, but you’re not going to get rich helping people onto a lift or taking pictures at the top of a mountain.  Like I said, resort workers do it because they love it.

Having A Seasonal Schedule

Because there is only snow for about half the year, resorts only hire for the time that employees are needed.  There is plenty of great work at the resort over the winter, and some positions to still be filled in the summer, but summer is the offseason. 

Thus, most resort staff workers have multiple jobs.  There are often positions open at rafting and kayak companies, climbing guides, and other outdoor guide positions available depending on where you decide to spend your winter.

The Party Culture

Resort staff can often get very rowdy outside of work and on the job as well.  Depending on where you work, there will an undetermined amount of partying.  This fact may either deter or entice however just know, there will always be friendly faces on the mountain no matter what so don’t let this information truly change any decision your might have been leaning towards. 

Final Thoughts

There are so many reasons why you should spend a winter in a mountain town working at a ski resort.  The people are great, the work is a breeze, and you get to ski all season.  But don’t take my word for it, apply for a job and get up there to see for yourself.