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Terrain Park Attendant with Vail Resorts

I got a job lined up with vail resorts and im wondering if anybody out there has worked the parks at any of their resorts. I want to know how much free time I would get to ride. first time living out west and im fiending for some real snow.
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Which resort?
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I would bet you would at least be able to try all the features a couple times when they are fresh every morning. I had a friend who worked for the terrain park (east coast though) and he would just ride with us all day and randomly get called to fix stuff. He would have duties in the morning and at the end of the day, but once the features were built at the beginning of the season, he had a bunch more free time.
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I would bet you would at least be able to try all the features a couple times when they are fresh every morning. I had a friend who worked for the terrain park (east coast though) and he would just ride with us all day and randomly get called to fix stuff. He would have duties in the morning and at the end of the day, but once the features were built at the beginning of the season, he had a bunch more free time.
ive been working the park at my local hill for a few years now and yeah I get there in the morning set up ropes and rake things out a bit then I ride all day checking back here and there. my park isn't that big and im the only doing it besides the groomer operator. I just figure out west, bigger and more parks mean more work less free time. im not too worried about not being able to ride park while im working park, but I enjoy off-piste kind of riding over park. and that's whats bringing me west.
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I had a few friends who worked Northstar's park. They enjoyed it, but a lot of them moved on because of the lack of riding time.

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Which resort is it?


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I don't have any advice, just wanted to say good for you getting a resort job... Now live the dream!
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If it's at vail, pretty much the same. The park crew is riding park and general riding all day. They get to hit the pow early for employee milk runs. They do take pride in their work though and keep their features in good order.
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Which resort?
Kirkwood. can anyone tell me what this riding test consists of? they said I got to be able to ride 80% of the features. that's seems pretty vague to me. do they expect crazy shit to be done cause im not inverting shit anymore. I damn near snapped my neck in half the first time. im a little girl about that shit now. cant do 7s yet and throw sloppy 5s. also has anyone made snow at any of vails resorts? they said after snowmaking done they tend to move them to grooming. can any one vouch for that?
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Kirkwood. can anyone tell me what this riding test consists of? they said I got to be able to ride 80% of the features. that's seems pretty vague to me. do they expect crazy shit to be done cause im not inverting shit anymore. I damn near snapped my neck in half the first time. im a little girl about that shit now. cant do 7s yet and throw sloppy 5s. also has anyone made snow at any of vails resorts? they said after snowmaking done they tend to move them to grooming. can any one vouch for that?
Kirkwood's park has been terrible in the past. The only reason to go to Kirkwood is for the powder riding, not the terrain park. Not exactly sure how Vail is going to proceed with the mountain after buying them out last year, but I know a lot of local riders don't want the vibe at the mountain to change.

I would assume park crew there, is going to be significantly less work than say Northstar or Vail. Northstar's park crew is just that, park crew. They don't groom.


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