Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Winter Park & Boulder County, CO
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Many things to think about.
First off - the resorts are putting up their hiring notices right now. If you are wanting H2B or J1 visa, you need to apply <NOW>. USA residents have a little more slack.
What kind of job do you want? on-mountain, off-mountain?
If you want ski school you are probably going to have to have a credential to be sponsored.
What kind of perks are you looking for? free pass? free pass + free passes to other resorts, discounted employee housing?, free lessons?,
What size resort do you want to work for? There's Mom & Pop and then there's the mega-resort where you actually can get a job that pays the bills.
All types have been mentioned so far.
I can only speak for Colorado places.
The territory at A-Basin and Loveland is great but expect the pay to be at the extreme low end of the pay scale on-mountain. No housing, They are day ski areas only, at A-Basin there is a free shuttle to the rest of Summit County. Loveland does have an employee shuttle that runs once in the AM and once in the PM. People who come to these areas don't tend to tip well or at all.
Copper Mtn has employee housing, employee cafe, night-life but is away from the other Summit County ski areas. The pay is a little lower than Winter Park. People tip here.
Winter Park is similar to Copper except the nightlife is minimal. Some employee housing but is only available to full-timers and goes quick. People tip here.
Not sure about all the bene's for Breck and Keystone but they are Vail Resorts areas. There is definitely lots of nightlife in Breck and there is the free shuttle system. People tip here.
Vail Resorts/Beaver Creek is one of the top spots. Some employee housing, and the nightlife. Very expensive place. Pay is probably one of the top in the state for ski school if you have high level of credentials. Lots of jobs but not sure about visa sponsorships for off-mountain jobs. People who vacation here tend to tip very well and you will find you need that income.
Aspen - depends again. some employee housing-it goes quick. Very expensive. You will probably need two jobs. Ski school requires a minimum of Cert 2, they prefer Cert 3. Nightlife is abundant. People tip very well here and you'll need that income.
Not sure about Telluride. Again expensive place. Check their website.
Hope this gave useful information or focus.
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