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. 


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.

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.


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.

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:


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


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


Monarch Ski Area


Powderhorn Resort


Purgatory Resort


Silverton Mountain


Ski Cooper


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


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.


Sun Valley

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


Big Sky (MT)

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

Montana Snowbowl


Moonlight Basin


Red Lodge Mountain


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


Taos Ski Valley

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



Yes. Employee lodging has limited availability.

Park City Mountain Resort



Jackson Hole


  • 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


Snow King Mountain



Mount Hood Skibowl


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.


Massanutten Ski Resort


Wintergreen Resort



Mad River Glen


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.

How to Get a Job at a Ski Resort

Working at a ski resort can be a fun, challenging, and rewarding experience, and there are plenty of ways to launch your career. With ski resorts situated in over 35 states, there is plenty of choice when it comes to working on snow, so why not find your dream ski resort job now?

Play to your strengths

If you enjoy having fun on the slopes but you’re not an experienced skier, working as a ski instructor might not be the right fit for you. However, there are plenty of other roles within a ski resort setting, so play to your strengths when you’re considering what jobs to apply for.

The majority of ski resorts have a range of bars and restaurants, for example, so if you’re an experienced chef or bartender, you may find it relatively to easy to pick up ski resort jobs. Alternatively, ski resorts require management-level staff, HR directors, sales specialists, and technicians, as well as numerous other types of employees.

Whatever your natural talents, you can find relevant job roles within ski resorts. While many people are keen to work as ski instructors and guides, there are numerous other ways to gain employment at a ski resort, so make sure you consider all of your options.

Get certified

If you want to launch your career in the industry, obtaining relevant certifications can be advantageous. There are dedicated courses designed to enhance your knowledge and skills when it comes to instructing skiers and operating machinery on the slopes. If you want to work in the industry full-time, undergoing the relevant training and obtaining appropriate qualifications can be a great start.

Employers are always on the lookout for employees who are motivated and self-starters. Although ski resort jobs are often oversubscribed, many applicants are only looking for short-term, seasonal positions. If you want to work full-time on the slopes, getting the relevant certifications is a great way to showcase your commitment and determination.

Consider relocating

Over half of the states in the US have ski resorts, so you may not necessarily have to go far to find your perfect ski resort jobs. However, it’s worth considering a relocation if you want to increase your employability. Even if you live relatively close to one ski resort, there may be others in your state which have more jobs available, so moving closer to them could be advantageous.

With over 50 resorts in New York alone and over 450 ski resorts in the US, there is plenty of scope when it comes to finding your ideal location. You may even want to consider an international relocation if you’re keen to work the slopes abroad.

Get experience

All employers value experience, so learning more about how ski resorts operate can stand you in good stead for the future. When you visit a resort on holiday, you’ll only see the fun, customer-facing side of the business, but the reality can be very different. 

As in all sporting and hospitality sectors, working ski resort jobs can be tough and challenging. By getting experience in the industry future employers will be confident that you’re aware of what’s involved and that you’re prepared for the challenges your role may bring.

Choose short or long-term work

Ski resort jobs can be perfect if you’re looking for short-term, seasonal work. In peak holiday and skiing seasons, resorts are obviously much busier. As a result, resort managers tend to require an influx of seasonal workers, and they hire accordingly. If you want to explore the realities of starting a career on the slopes or you’re looking for something a little different, taking short-term ski resort jobs can be a great way to get the experience you need.

Of course, all ski resorts require full-time workers as well. If you’re ready to start a full-time career in the industry, you may want to focus your job search on permanent positions. Be sure to make this clear to prospective employers, and showcase your skills and experience so that they know you’ve got what it takes to build a career on the slopes.

Set in some of the most beautiful places in the country, getting a job in a ski resort enables you to go to work every day surrounded by stunning landscapes, picturesque mountains, and clear blue skies. With a range of exciting job roles to match your skills, talent, and experience at ski resorts across the US and abroad.

The Really Annoying Signs You Need a New Job Right Now

It is easy to just drift along in the same job for a number of years, isn’t it? Far too easy, in fact. If you want to know whether the time is right for a change of job then here are some of the most common signs to look out for.

The Hands on the Clock Never Seem to Move

One of the first signs of being stuck in a rut in the wrong job is that you spend a lot of time looking at the office clock. When you first started in there it was probably good fun and the day sped by really quickly. However, now that you are bored and listless the big hand and the little hand seem to have decided to move around as slowly as they can. Wasting your days wishing away the minutes is a terrible way to live and isn’t going to do your career prospects any good at all. It’s time to find a job which entertains you more and in which the hours and minutes pass more pleasantly and more quickly.

You Spend an Awful Lot of Time at the Coffee Machine / in the Toilet

When you are in the wrong job there are a few classic places for passing the day. Oh yes, don’t think that no one knows why you have suddenly developed a serious caffeine addiction or the weakest bladder in the building. In situations like this the further away the coffee machine and the toilets are from your desk the better, as it helps you kill an extra few seconds every time you go there. If you have suddenly started jumping to your feet and offering to get some coffees every time anyone looks remotely interested in a hot drink then you have moved onto the next stage of the condition. After all, everyone else just sits there and holds on to see whether someone else will go and get the drinks instead. You, on the other hand, are so bored that the chance to press a little button several times and then carry a plastic cup a few metres seems like a great idea. Is this the sort of career you had in mind for yourself?

You Hate Your Boss

Let’s face it; there is no real reason for you to hate your boss, is there? Sure, he’s a bit annoying at times but the fact that you hate him with a passion is another bad sign. Some people lash out in different directions when they are bored or frustrated at work.  If you have started really hating your manager for no good reason then it could be that you simply need to look for a new position. It isn’t his fault you are unhappy and it isn’t his responsibility to sort it out either. All you need to do is look for an online job finder and start to take control of your career again.

You Get a Horrible Feeling in the Pit of Your Stomach on the Way to Work

This was the first really annoying sign of being in the wrong job that I suffered from and I guess that it is pretty common. I used to travel on the bus to work and just as it crossed the final bridge before my office I would get a terrible sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach. I tried to ignore it for a while but it soon became obvious that my body was telling me that it didn’t want to go to work. If you have been suffering from the same sort of symptoms then it is time to realise that it isn’t normal. Going to work each morning shouldn’t be some sort of punishment which leaves you feeling bad. You should look for a job which is going to make you happy and which helps you look forward to going there every day. It might seem difficult to believe that jobs like this exist but they do. It is simply a question of finding the perfect one for you.

You Have Started Counting the Days Till You Can Retire

I never cease to be amazed by the way some people start working out their retirement date 20 or 30 years in advance. Sure, it’s great to plan ahead and look forward to this event but you need to enjoy life and your career in the meantime. If you have started wondering when you can finally retire you would do well to look for a job which lets you live in the present and enjoy your work.

Aimee Coppock is an HR expert who has seen all of the symptoms of being in the wrong job and has experienced some of them too.

First Interview: Essential Tips for Your First Impression

sharp dressedWhether you’re a first-timer or a professional, job interviews can be nerve-racking for anyone. But it’s important to put your game face on and show (not just tell) employers why you’re a perfect fit for their company. Employers see hundreds of applicants and their resumes for every open position. When it comes to narrowing down their decision, they’ll look for anything that makes you unqualified. That’s why it’s necessary to make a great make first impression in your interview. For you first-timers, take a look at some of our tidbits to help you prepare for the big day.

Appearance Is Everything

Obviously, the way you look during an interview is the first thing employers will remember. So you want to be well-groomed. Good hygiene is a definite must! Take a shower and make sure to have clean teeth and fresh breath. Hair must be neat, combed and pulled away from the face. Men, this also includes facial hair. So don’t go into the interview without putting some shaving cream and a razor to that five o’clock shadow. Using professional and quality products, such as those provided by The Art of Shaving, will help you to obtain the best possible shave.

Professionalism Is Always Key

Unless your interviewer tells you beforehand, you can never go wrong with business casual. Ladies, that means a collared, button-up blouse (not T-shirt material), blazers (optional) with slacks or a knee length skirt. No denim! Closed-toed shoes are always best. But with business casual, it’s okay to hear a peep-toed shoe. For the men, a collared, long-sleeved shirt, slacks or khakis with closed-toed dress shoes, and professional tie are all essentials. Shirts must be tucked in. Business professional (for men and women) definitely requires a blazer and slacks or a business suit with closed toed dress shoes (not backless).

Be Prepared

Do your research. Before you get to the interview, be sure to research the company with which you are interviewing. More than likely, your interviewer will ask you what you already know about the company or what you like about it. Plus, it never hurts to ask a question or two. Another way to be prepared is to show up at least 10-15 minutes before your scheduled interview time. You want to make sure that you are never late for an interview.

Remember, there are many applicants with similar backgrounds. Your goal is to stand out and make employers remember you (in a good way)! By looking great, being prepared, and demonstrating professionalism, you will be sure to get the job that you want.

Jobs For Ski Enthusiasts

If you love to ski, finding a job at a ski resort is an ideal situation for you. Not only will you get to spend time doing what you love, you will be getting paid to do it, and you will probably get other perks like free ski passes at the resort where you work. Whenever you are looking for ski jobs, though, it is important to remember that you are applying for work, not just to hang out on the slopes all day.

There are two basic types of ski jobs—hospitality and operations. Working in hospitality often means you will be working at the vacation resort that is near the ski resort. Most ski resorts offer some kind of hotel accommodations nearby, and in most cases it is a full service facility with a hotel, restaurants, shopping, and other entertainment like bars or a day spa.

To get one of these ski jobs, it is helpful if you have experience in the hospitality industry, whether it is prior work at a hotel, work in food service waiting or bussing tables, bartending, or work at a day spa or other similar facility. However, most positions will not require an extensive resume with a background in hospitality, and often can be obtained as an entry-level employee.

If you prefer to be out in the snow, there are also operations ski jobs available at most resorts. This can include ski patrol, ski instructors, employees at the ski shop, people to run and service the grooming machinery, and staff that shovel the snow.

To become a ski instructor, it is helpful if you are an accomplished skier with the ability to help others learn the sport. Often you will be required to get certified from an official accreditation agency. However, if you are not yet accredited, there are sometimes positions available helping with ski school under the supervision of an accredited instructor.

To land a position on the ski patrol requires a lot of work. Not only will you need to be an accomplished skier who can access the most difficult terrain in the resort, you also need to have training in basic and advanced first aid. There is an organization called the National Ski Patrol that provides all the information you need about courses to take, certifications to obtain, and training you will need if you would like to become a ski patroller.

No ski resort would run without the grooming staff and the mechanics. These types of ski jobs include things like running and servicing grooming machines, and running and servicing ski lifts and other technical equipment. These jobs often require expertise in mechanical and electrical trades, so it’s a good idea to talk to the resort about what qualifications you need before you apply.

One of the biggest perks to working at a ski facility is, of course, the skiing. Often you will receive an annual pass that is valid as long as you are an employee, a short enough work schedule that allows you time to enjoy the slopes, and discounts on other things like food and beverages, lessons, and equipment.

Ski resorts, like any other business, are looking for competent, reliable people to work for them, so it is important to always be professional when you are seeking this type of employment, and be sure you can commit to stay at the resort for the entire season.

Best Jobs to Get At a Ski Resort

Finding the best job so get at a ski resort is largely reliant on why you want to work there.  Assuming that you don’t want to launch a career, then you are probably looking to take advantage of the atmosphere, the discounts on ski equipment, and of course the slopes themselves.  If you haven’t taken much time to look into the jobs available ski resorts, then you may not have a good idea as to what type of jobs you really want.  Here is a quick look at a few of the best jobs to get at a ski resort based upon the benefit that you most desire.

Best Jobs to Get at a Ski Resort For Maximum Flexibility
If your number one priority is finding a job that gives you maximum flexibility in terms of schedule then joining the indoor staff, especially in the food and beverage department will likely be your best bet.  Servers, bartenders, and other front of the house staff tend to have schedules which change on a weekly basis.  Plus, in this industry it is not uncommon for employees to regularly switch shifts with each other in order to get free time when they want it.  In terms of overall flexibility, nothing competes with this type of indoor staff position.

Best Jobs to Get at a Ski Resort to Get Maximum Powder Time
If you are looking into getting a job at a ski resort simply because you want to spend as much time on the slopes as possible then there are two options to consider.  The first is becoming a ski instructor.  In most cases, you only need and intermediate level of skiing ability to be considered for this type of opening.  While you will spend a lot of time on the slopes, you also need to keep in mind that you will likely be spending a lot of time teaching younger children as well.  This means that some level of patience and customer interaction will be necessary.  The other option is to be part of the ski patrol.  This will not only give you a chance to be on the slopes, but also give you access to areas that the general public will not get to see.  The one thing to keep in mind is that this job can be dangerous and some resorts only offer this as a volunteer position.

Least Stressful Job at a Ski Resort

It is difficult to find a job at a ski resort that is completely stress free, however most people would agree that working as a retail ski shop employee will normally be towards the top of the list.  It gives you a chance to talk here with other people who are just as passionate about skiing as you are.  At the same time, every retail job will have its stressful moments.  Additionally, the introductory wages are normally not very high, however you will get to take advantage of discounts in the shop as well as on the slopes.

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Grand Adventure To The Ultimate Journey Starting With The Ski Job

Why do people move to the mountains? More importantly, why do they stay? What initially draws people to ski resort areas is definitely the skiing and the adventure of it all. Disgruntled with the current job, looking for a last hurrah after college before entering the “real world”, or just living to ski. It’s this grand adventure which often transforms into the ultimate life journey.

Starts with something like, “why am I at this job that I don’t even like when I don’t have to be?”, you quit your job and so it begins.

This article I came across tells a familiar story.

”When I decided to quit my job of a mere 5 months, and move from New York City, where I grew up, to Vail, Colorado, I was met with mixed reviews from friends and family. Some were impressed with the bravery of the decision, moving from a big city to a small town where I knew not a single person, while others would ask, with a hint of judgment, “So you’re going to be a ski bum?””

“So you are you going to be a ski bum?”, the most common assumption. Really? You believe these popular upscale resort destination areas are purely made up of skiers who do nothing but ski and run by elves that mysteriously appear from some other realm? I know, a little far fetched, but to hear things such as, “I didn’t think anyone really lived there” year after year, what exactly does that mean?

Moving on in the story, the underrated value of the ski resort job, another one of my favorite topics. The writer references the NY Times article published last year about college grads and professionals who either could not find or had lost their jobs and headed up to the mountains.

”… the article failed to mention the underlying benefits of ski resort jobs. Yes, you get to work with fun, young people and work only 4 days a week to allow ample time on the slopes, but these positions are bigger resume builders than you think.”

So true and not only are they good resume builders, they offer an excellent opportunity to hone those customer service skills, a basic yet crucial skill necessary for a successful career in any industry . Being able to effectively communicate, service and listen is key. Ski Resorts are hosts to tourists from all over the world, the exposure, the learning experience is phenomenal.

”After working only one winter season at ski school, I landed a management role the following year, knowing well that if I stayed in my real estate job in New York, it would be years before I saw any type of promotion. Being a supervisor taught me invaluable lessons in a business setting, even if the business was putting skis on 3 year olds and preparing decent hot chocolate when they came inside from the bunny hill. It gave me the confidence to make decisions, take initiative and empower employees through delegating responsibilities. I had to learn to hire people and even fire people, skills and experiences I could never get in an entry level position.”

This is often the way it works in these ski resort areas, not at all uncommon, ski resorts like to promote from within and the more you are involved in the community the better are your chances for landing a full time job within the different business’ in town.

”While jobs are transitioning, there is an onslaught of concerts and other arts events such as the Vail International Dance Festival and the Bravo Classical Music Festival to whet the cultural appetite.”

How many small towns do you know that have this kind of culture available? Another unique benefit to enjoy while living in a resort town.

”But it was in this high-energy environment where I think I learned the most. The restaurant I worked at valued team work, and understanding each role in the restaurant so that we could help whenever needed and work collaboratively to deliver the best possible product. Even as a hostess I could stand on the line to watch the chefs assemble beautiful dishes and attend weekly wine tastings to try some of the best vintages from France and California. Besides learning about the food and how to distinguish a pinot from a syrah, being in a restaurant taught me how to work alongside a diverse group of people, think on my feet in an unpredictable environment, retain a smile and learn from my mistakes in the face of harsh criticism or complaints from guests.”

One thing I tried to always keep in mind while working in a ski town, whether it was part time, full time or seasonal, was to always come from the perspective that I was going to work hard, learn valuable skills and have fun. The two go hand in hand in a resort town, working hard and having fun and community defines these small ski towns. You’ll learn pretty quickly, the locals love their towns.

”After two years of living and working in Vail, people often ask if I will stay out here forever. Probably not. For now, I will work on finding a career that I truly love where I can apply the skills that I have learned here.”

Time will tell. Warning, the longer you stay, the less you’ll want to leave. Trust me on this one …

And here is the link to the complete article, Making the Most of Low Unemployment in a High Altitude