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Old 10-26-2011, 09:45 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I got a job at Mammoth for this season. It's only for a couple of months, so I won't be doing anything fancy. But as long as I work the minimum it takes to cover employee housing and food and am able to ride most of the time, I'll be happy. Could you guys shed some light on what to expect (roomies, food, lifestyle, anything else you can think of) Give me the good and the bad!
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Old 10-26-2011, 10:55 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Congrats on working for the mtn. hope you didnt plan on riding everyday! My first year there I had a job working with the mountain and worked six days a week from christmas until presidents day weekend, then down to five days a week. SOmetimes got lucky and didnt have to go into work until 10:30 so I could ride for a couple of hours. But I watched many a fine powder day through the windows and had to listen to plenty of gapers saying "why are you in here?, its DUMPING out there!" ...because the mountain owned me. Dont take it the wrong way, as its still fun and beats most other jobs out there. (except for food service jobs off the mountain at night so you can ride every day and wont miss any of those really epic powder days.)

Employee housing could be good or bad, depending on roommate situation. I had two really bad ones at first but then we got rid of them and our apt was cool thereafter. Most everyone is there to have a good time so as long as you are too and you actually know how to live with other people you should be fine. Dont buy a thirty pack of beer and lock it in your closet because you dont want to share! no one will like you.

and go to june...
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Old 10-26-2011, 01:37 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Haha well... I WAS expecting to board most of the time, so that's kind of a bummer. I didn't calculate it out or look into it, but I was hoping to work about 20 - 25 hours a week. From what I hear, I'll be a gopher, working in various departments. How much of that money did you use towards essential living expenses and how much was for other things?

Also, what do you mean go to June?
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Old 10-26-2011, 02:02 PM   #4 (permalink)
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and june is a resort/mtn next to mammoth.

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I do not know much about Mammoth specifically but most resorts are similar. Be prepared to be treated like a second class citizen. Almost all resorts treat their employees like shit. Living in the dorms can be fun since most people are just there to have fun. However, try to get a room by yourself or find some place to rent if you can. I remember some people that lived in dorms had bad experiences. The dorms were most of the seasonal people lived were the worst. Like people would get shit faced and barf all over the room and bathroom as well as yelling and screaming at like 3 and 4 in the morning, people getting in fights, and a lot of shit getting stolen.

Also If you do not show up to work and go snowboarding they will flag your pass and a lot of times fire you so if you plan on doing this try to buy your own pass.

Some jobs at a resort can be great but most are really bad. I know some people that work at the resort that get to ride 7 days a week. They work at night for the resort and get to ride all day. So it all just depends on the job but a lot of the jobs are a shit show.

also sometimes if your nice to people in your department and other departments as long as there not dicks you can get a lot of favors like free food or better shifts that let you get out and ride more.
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Old 10-26-2011, 03:23 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Man all that sounds pretty terrible. I think I'll at least enjoy the not-sitting-behind-a-desk-all-day-and-seeing-the-same-people aspect of it. Guess I'll see what I'm getting myself into. I'll have to make a couple of good friends for sure.
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Old 10-26-2011, 05:18 PM   #7 (permalink)
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The lifties here at least get to take ride breaks during the week when it's not busy, one person takes a run and then they just rotate. I can't see that ever happening at Mammoth, fucking lines for days.
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Old 10-26-2011, 11:15 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Haha well... I WAS expecting to board most of the time, so that's kind of a bummer. I didn't calculate it out or look into it, but I was hoping to work about 20 - 25 hours a week. From what I hear, I'll be a gopher, working in various departments. How much of that money did you use towards essential living expenses and how much was for other things?

Also, what do you mean go to June?
20-25 hours a week would atleast allow you a couple of hours riding everyday. but most likely in the morning so you would have to be willing to get up early and get to the lifts on time to get a solid session in before work. thats what I did when I had the chance and it made the day alot better. The thing about calling in sick and trying to ride is true.. you will get flagged. UNLESS, you have a roommate like me that works at june and will let you on the bottom lift without scanning your pass. June is a small mountain 30 mintues away that only has about 150 people riding a day it seems. runs all to yourself at times and fresh lines all day if you catch a powder day.

I lived in dorms; mine had three bedrooms with two beds each. Sucked sharing a room at first but we got some folks re-located so that two of us had our own room. The rent comes straight from your pay check and if that doesnt cover it you owe the rest every week. I worked 35-37 hrs and had about 150 left over for expenses (read: Beer) every week. plus a second job 3 nights a week, so i got to save a good bit. got the second job so i wouldnt drink every single night...

and i worked at a cafe so i got lunch free everyday i worked and like 50% off everything else.
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Old 10-28-2011, 12:44 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Congrats bro. My buddy worked for bear last year.. If he was at the resort they wanted him to work so he didnt get to ride at all really. I personally would never work at a resort for that reason.
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Old 10-28-2011, 06:25 AM   #10 (permalink)
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from all the comments, this really doesn't sound like even an ok job....
  • Bad food
  • bad roomies
  • crap bosses
  • can't ride much
  • shit hours
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