“Movin’ On Up”: 5 Tips for Relocating to Take a Better Job

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Although moving can be quite a stressful ordeal, it can be smart if it will allow you to have a better career. In fact, moving for better employment could be one of the best moves that you ever make. By following these five tips for relocating to take a better job, you can make the entire process a lot less stressful for you and your entire family.

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Obviously, you will need to have a job lined up before you move. Some people make the mistake of trekking to another city or state in hopes of finding employment, but it is essential to have an offer in mind before you move. Otherwise, you could incur costly moving expenses and find yourself unemployed for months after you get there. Luckily, the Internet makes it easy to look for jobs in other places.

2. Choose the Right Home

Choosing the perfect home for you and your family isn’t easy, and it can be even more difficult when you’re moving to a new place. Take an honest look at your budget, and consider your family’s needs. Also, remember that it isn’t a good idea to rent or purchase a home without seeing it yourself first; unfortunately, online pictures might not tell the whole story. If at all possible, it is a good idea to make a trip to your new city to check out the home or apartment first. If this isn’t something that you should pull off, you should ask to see as many pictures and videos as possible.

Movin' On Up - 5 Tips for Relocating to Take a Better Job13. Learn About Your New City

Moving to a new place can be overwhelming, but it can also be a lot of fun. Spend some time researching to learn a little more about the place to which you are moving; you can learn more about the neighborhoods and the attractions that are around by searching online, and you can take a look at map views to get an idea of where things are. If you can pull it off, it is also a good idea to plan a couple of trips to the area before you make your big move; then, you won’t feel as overwhelmed when you finally arrive with your belongings.

4. Hire a Professional Mover

As someone who is changing jobs and moving your life to another city or state, you shouldn’t have to worry about the stress of packing, moving and unpacking all of your belongings all by yourself. Instead, consider hiring professional movers to help; then, you can save a lot of work and time, and you won’t have to worry about your belongings making it to the new home safely. For example, if you were moving from Colorado to Maryland, professional movers in Denver Colorado could handle all of the hard work while you got your family ready.

5. Prepare Your Family

You aren’t the only one who is going through a lot of changes with your upcoming mood: The rest of your family is probably pretty nervous about it as well. By talking to young children about the upcoming changes, spending time planning with your spouse and otherwise preparing the rest of the family, however, you can help make the move much easier for everyone involved.

Mountain Condo Vacations

mountain town condoFor some, it’s a dream vacation to rent a condo in the mountains.  But, there are many variations on that ideal vacation.  To some it could be a place to strap on your skis right outside the door and take off. To others it might be a summer escape from the heat.  Or some may be looking for action an packed get away.

Colorado is a top ski destination and for good reason.  The mountains of Colorado receive a generous amount of light fluffy snow and are known for their beautiful sunny winter days.  Due to high the altitude the ski resorts open in November and some are open as late as June. People from all over the world come to the Rocky Mountains to ski.  The most popular resorts are Vail, Aspen, and Breckenridge.  But, there are many other great places to rent a condo and ski. Steamboat, Cooper, Keystone, and Beaver Creek condos are excellent choices as well.  Ski-in/Ski-out condos are great because you don’t have to deal with driving or taking the bus with all your ski gear.  And of course, nothing feels better after a day of skiing than soaking in a hot tub, so be sure to keep that in mind as you search for your ski condo.

The Rocky Mountains can be a great summer destination as well.  The temperature decreases about 3.5 degrees per every thousand feet, so heading to the mountains can be a refreshing treat to many.  For example, in Aspen summer highs are typically just in the mid-70s.   With beautiful mountains and fields of wildflowers, hiking in the summer is absolutely stunning. You can challenge yourself to a hike and experience the beauty of a high mountain lake.  After a long day, it’s great to retreat to the balcony of your condo and watch a beautiful sunset.

In the summer, ski resorts often offer activities as well.  At many resorts you can take your mountain bike up the ski lift and have an exhilarating ride down.  There are also plenty of trails that are not quite as steep available too.  For kids, and kids at heart, many resorts also have alpine slides.  To really get into the backcountry, horseback rides in the mountains are popular as well.    With all the snow melt the mountains experience in the spring and summer, white water rafting is also quite popular.  There are plenty of activities available to have an action packed get away.

So, as you can see there are plenty of reasons and seasons to rent a mountain condo.  With all you can do all day, it’s nice to have a comfortable retreat at the end of the day.  A condo gives you a sense of a home away from home – instead of just sitting on a bed in your hotel room.  You have the ability to cook your own meals and gather in the living room.  For families or groups traveling together you can get the convenience of separate private bedrooms while sharing the social areas of the condo.

College Bound, Mountain Loving, Die Hard Skier? Good News For You!

I can see it now, the furrowed brows, the questioning stares planted on the faces of parents across America when their outdoor loving offspring, soon to be high school grads announce the news, Colorado Mountain College is going to be offering a four-year degree.

Well, that is what happens when you turn your kids on to skiing and other high altitude adventures early on, the mountains get into their blood! And as for Colorado mountain locals, this will be a great opportunity for those wanting to stay close to home.

In all seriousness, this is great news. Earning your college degree living the lifestyle you love? Some will say, “distracting”. And for some, it would be and in that case, not the best choice. For others though (myself included), it is the polar opposite, creativity, productivity and motivation increase exponentially after a morning, afternoon, or even just an hour outside on a mountain trail.

Skiingmag.com’s article last month Colorado Mountain College to Offer Four-Year Program talks about this new program. Colorado Mountain College is looking to have up to five new four-year degree programs in place by the fall 2011.

Colorado Mountain College is one of the few colleges that does have campuses in the hearts of ski towns, and now the school is working to offer academic-oriented ski bums even more learning. CMC is currently a 2-year community college, but starting in 2011 students can earn a 4-year bachelor’s degree at the base of their favorite ski hill. They have 11 campuses including locations at ski areas such as Steamboat, Aspen, Breckenridge, Glenwood Springs, Dillon, Leadville, and Edwards. On powder days you can literally ski in the morning and go to class in the afternoon.

Interesting term, “academic-oriented ski bums”. True though, there are more than a few highly intelligent career minded individuals who choose to spend all their free time in the great outdoors recreating in high altitude.

Colorado Senator Dan Gibbs pushed the bill because he thinks it’s important that people living in the mountains have the same opportunities for higher education as everyone else in the state. “We’re mountain people,” he said.

Summit Daily News article quotes the former president of the Summit County School District Board of Education about the effect on the Colorado mountain communities.

“Currently, mountain communities are exporting their residents because they can’t get four-year degrees in their towns,” she said. “This new law will stimulate our local economies by home-growing our own college grads who may become teachers or business owners in our communities. And we’ll increase rural accessibility. This will expand economic development in the mountain areas.”

So rejoice mountain people, the Colorado high country is on its way to being the next best place to earn your four year college degree.

Colorado Ski Resort Already In Search Of Ski Instructors For Next Ski Season!

Skiing and snow never very far from the minds of skiers, right? If you are already thinking about next season, good news, so is Winter Park Resort!

Winter Park Resort is a Colorado favorite, great skiing tucked away in the mountains but close enough to the popular city of Denver if you need a quick city getaway.

Colorado ski resort seeking Ski and Ride Instructors

Do you have a passion for skiing or snowboarding that you want to share with others? If so, then we want to see you here for the Winter Season of 2010/2011. If you have previous experience teaching and have obtained at least a level II certification through AASI or PSIA, then we want to give you the opportunity to teach, learn, and train with us.

The Ski & Ride School at Winter Park Resort is currently accepting applications for full-time and part-time Ski and Ride Instructors for the 2010-2011 winter season in our Adult and Kids programs. Instructors are primarily responsible for teaching beginner to experienced skiing or snow boarding lessons to the guests of Winter Park Resort. This may include class lessons, private lessons, and special programs as assigned. Lessons are taught with methods designed by the Winter Park Ski & Ride School using the Guest Centered Teaching model, with an emphasis on safety and guest satisfaction.

To learn more, Winter Park Resort jobs

Durango, Colorado Job, Non-profit Seeks Executive Director

Springtime, always a sign that a new hiring season in the mountains is on the way. Not a time for hesitation, here is a great job opportunity newly posted today; Executive Director job for Non-Profit in Durango, Colorado.

… dynamic regional non-profit serving the 4 Corners region of Colorado, is seeking an Executive Director. This is an exciting and unique opportunity for an energetic and motivated candidate. Two or more years of experience in nonprofit administration, management, and financial experience required. Familiarity with federal and state funding sources, and housing experience a plus. Preferred candidate will have extensive experience working with Board of Directors; grant writing and administration; personnel, organizational, and financial management; and marketing and public relations experience.

Executive Director, Durango, CO

Colorado dream jobs, full-time professional job opportunities in spectacular mountain communities which will allow us to make the dream our reality every day, all year long.

Focusing On The Customer And The Ultimate Outdoor Experience; Colorado Ski Resorts Prepare For The Season

What are Colorado ski resorts doing this year to improve the customer experience? With resort real estate sales on the down side these days, the Vail Daily published an informative article this week about what is new for Colorado ski resorts this year and how important it is for the resorts to focus on improving the ease, comfort and quality for guests.

Eagle County, Colorado based Jerry Jones stated ”resorts need to increase their revenue from day-to-day operations in the coming seasons”. Intrawest’s Bill Jensen said, “ski area operators should focus on doing what they do best — providing an unmatched outdoor experience”.

Here are a few highlights about what’s new in the Colorado high country for the upcoming ski season:

  • Vail Resorts also emphasized better, healthier food in the company’s many on-mountain restaurants.
  • The Aspen Skiing Company has recently invested about $8 million in on-mountain improvements, including hands-free lift access with electronic tickets.
  • Crested Butte is now owned by CNL Lifestyle Properties, the same company that owns the commercial real estate at Copper Mountain. Changes include a remodel of the popular Ice Bar. A new play area at the base of the mountain includes a synthetic ice rink. The rink, made from “Super-Glide” synthetic ice, is the first synthetic ice-skating facility in Colorado.
  • Copper Mountain is focusing on the recently completed Woodward at Copper adventure sports training hall with a slew of programs for skiing and snowboarding.
  • Echo Mountain Resort guests can choose from several new multi-week programs for kids ages 4-14 and their parents. Kids’ morning and afternoon classes are offered in three-week sessions, and a parent one-hour lesson and lift ticket can be added at a discounted rate.
  • Keystone has completed construction of a new skier bridge leading back to the base of the River Run gondola, and will offer a $225 pass valid for unlimited group lessons during the upcoming season.
  • Loveland added a Magic Carpet surface lift to Loveland Valley for children’s ski school programs.
  • Monarch Mountain added a snowcat to a fleet already serving 75,000 acres of prime pow country and doubled the size of a terrain park.
  • Purgatory is one of the few areas adding new terrain, expanding its expert offering by 30 percent. The new, steep, tree-skiing terrain is accessible from the Legends lift (Chair 8).
  • Ski Cooper is offering specific season passes for military personnel and their families. The small area near Leadville also added a new snowcat to its fleet this year to provide better access to nearly 25,000 acres of terrain.
  • Telluride will also add new steeps with the Gold Hill Chutes 2-5. Chutes 2-5 offer wide-open, above treeline couloirs and chutes dropping 1,600 vertical feet.
  • Winter Park is putting the finishing touches on the major expansion and redevelopment of The Village at Winter Park Resort. When the project is completed, it will total an estimated investment of $30 million for on-mountain construction and feature 20,000 square feet of new retail, rental, restaurant and living space.
  • Wolf Creek will open the $1.5 million Raven’s Nest day lodge, located mid-mountain on top of the Raven chairlift. Additionally, some ski school classes will meet at this mid-mountain location, providing a seamless start to lessons for guests.

To read the article in full, Colorado ski resorts prep for upcoming season.

Skiing On The Job – Lift Operator And Ski Instructor Jobs, Winter Park Colorado

When the weekend warrior and the day here and there just won’t do. For this ski season, you plan to eat, live, work and dream snow. Maybe this will last for one season or possibly set off your ski industry career. For all you passionate skiing souls, these seasonal winter ski resort jobs are for you.

Winter Park Resort in Colorado is hiring Lifties and Ski Instructors for the 09/10 ski season.

* Lift Operator Crew Members

Winter Park’s Lift Department is currently accepting applications for seasonal Lift Operations Crew Members for the winter season. We are seeking individuals that want to work outdoors in a beautiful mountain environment. Applicants must be available to work 5 days/week, weekends and holidays included, throughout the entire the ski season ending on April 15, 2010.

General responsibilities include assisting guests with loading and unloading chairlifts, greeting guests, scanning tickets, snow removal, and inspecting mechanical aspects of lifts. Qualified applicants must be at least 18 years of age and possess a High School diploma or GED equivalent. Prior experience working with the public is desirable, but not required. If you possess a “can do” attitude and love to ski or ride, this is the job for you! Applicants must be in good physical condition. Most positions require a basic skiing/snowboarding ability and you need to have your own ski/ snowboard equipment.

* Ski Instructors

Whether you are an experienced instructor or you are new to professional skiing and riding instruction, then we want to give you the opportunity to teach, learn and train with us.

Instructors are primarily responsible for teaching skiing and snowboarding to the guests of Winter Park Resort. This may include class lessons, private lessons and special programs as assigned; for adults and/or children. Lessons are taught using manners and methods prescribed by the Winter Park Ski & Ride School using the Guest Centered Teaching model, with an emphasis on safety and guest satisfaction in order to meet or exceed the motivations and expectations of our guests.

Qualified applicants must be 18 years of age and have a High School diploma or equivalent (GED).
Skiing and snowboarding experience, expertise and passion highly desirable.
Any past coaching and teaching experience is also desirable.
Any Professional teaching experience, PSIA (Professional Ski Instructors of America) or AASI (American Association of Snowboard Instructors) certification is desirable for both the adult and children’s operations.

Learn more about Winter Park Resort jobs and how to apply at Winter Park Resort

Projected Opening Dates For Colorado Ski Resorts 09-10

Started noticing this past week more visitors searching for Colorado ski resort opening dates for 09-10 so I decided to see what I could find. The truth of the matter is that much of this depends on Mother Nature. Praying to the Snow Gods and snow dances (check out this snowmobile family snow dance) all starts soon.

In the meantime, here are projected opening dates for Colorado’s upcoming 09-10 ski season,

  • Aspen Mountain: November 26, 2009
  • Snowmass Mountain: November 26, 2009
  • Aspen Highlands: December 12, 2009
  • Buttermilk Mountain: December 12, 2009
  • Keystone: Nov 6, 2009
  • Breckenridge: Nov 12, 2009
  • Vail: Nov 20, 2009
  • Beaver Creek: Nov 25, 2009
  • Crested Butte – November 25, 2009
  • Winter Park November 18, 2009
  • Steamboat Ski Resort November 25, 2009
  • Copper Mountain November 14, 2009

A-Basin and Loveland, as you know, tend to open as soon as they can start making enough snow, and hopefully that will be some time in October. Durango and Telluride, we will update as soon as more information is published. So with a little bit of luck, Colorado skiers will be celebrating Thanksgiving the way they like best, thankful and feasting with friends and family after a day out there in some light powdery early season snow.

How About This One For An Outdoor Colorado Job, Mountain Bike Patrol!

Winter Park Resort in Colorado is hiring for their summer program. Mountain bikers looking to spend the summer working in the great outdoors of Colorado, this one is for you.

Winter Park Resort’s Summer Program is currently seeking one full-time, Mountain Bike Patroller. Spend your summer on Winter Park’s 28+ miles of mountain bike trails and take advantage of all of the perks that come as an employee of the resort. The primary responsibilities include responding to all first aid emergencies on the mountain bike trails and base area, and performing routine trail maintenance in cooperation with the Competition Center.

See Mountain Bike Patroller under Colorado jobs

This is a nice high country spot to settle into this summer located about 90 minutes from Denver and only 90 minutes to Summit County. Summer in the Colorado mountains is filled with endless beauty, outdoor activities, and always a great amount of festivals. A few coming up soon in Winter Park,

The 7th Annual Blues From The Top Festival June 26th-27th

Winter Park Music Festival
July 11, 12-6 pm

Winter Park Jazz Festival – July 25-26

Spend a summer in the Rocky Mountains and you just might find … you never want to leave!

First Time Home Buying In Summit County, Colorado

Breckenridge, Frisco, Dillon, Silverthorne, if you have been looking to settle in Summit County, Colorado, Joanne Hanson has written an informative article about the current real estate market for the first time home buyer offering some great information, especially if you happen to be a young professional looking to make your mountain home in Summit County, Colorado.

Joanne talks about 2-3 bedroom units generally in the $300 – $400,000 range in the different Summit County communities, affordable and attainable housing, and advice to the first time buyer …

“So what would I advise a first time home buyer in Summit County today? First, take advantage of the combination of low interest rates and lower prices, and then get the first time homebuyer tax credit of $8,000. If you have owned a home before, but not in the last three years, you still qualify as a first time buyer. Look carefully at homes and consider whether you are willing to accept deed restrictions to get more space, or if you want an unrestricted unit but might have to live in a smaller, older condo.”

To read the complete article visit, First time home buyers, should you be buying now in Summit County, Colorado?