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Donutz 01-19-2013 12:58 PM

What jobs/businesses are in resort towns?
This is just a bit of casual curiosity on my part, and I'm thinking specifically of Whistler but I guess the question could apply to most resort towns. Anyway, as a general question...

I'm a computer programmer, so I could work for a lot of different types of businesses - pretty much any business that's big enough to need computer people (or person). My wife and I have occasionally talked about moving to Whistler after our daughter graduates. I'm just wondering -- is everything in the town geared towards el tourista or are there traditional businesses as well? Understand, I am NOT looking for a snowboarding or even mountain-related job. Working in the city's I.T. dept for instance would be viable.

This is, as I say, just casual curiousity at the moment.

AngelaBabin 01-19-2013 01:03 PM

So do you build websites

ARSENALFAN 01-19-2013 01:12 PM

Move to Calgary. Better money, easy to find job after job, close to Castle, Sunshine, Lake Louise, Kicking Horse, Revelstoke and zero provincial tax. If you like tax and having no money....move to Whistler.:D

mixie 01-19-2013 01:13 PM

can you transition your current company/clients to letting you work remotley with an occasional trip back home?

this is what I am working on :D getting there

luckboxing 01-19-2013 01:17 PM

I know Whistler Blackcomb and Whistler Tourism both have their own IT departments. The Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) might have one too. I'm actually toying around with a small side business doing computer repair/help up here.

There's obviously a very large percentage of service industry (restaurant/bar/hotel) jobs, but plenty of people build careers up here. Practically everybody is taking a pay cut, but everybody will tell you it's worth it.

Go for it.

luckboxing 01-19-2013 01:20 PM

Also, don't a lot of computer programmers telecommute? My friend was considering it.

Donutz 01-19-2013 03:12 PM

I don't build websites, although I have done so for specific projects. I've got a pretty broad range of IT skills: hardware, software, programming, project mgmt, IT mgmt, DBA, unix sysadmin, ISP, application dev, system dev, god knows how many different languages at this point.

Telecommuting with my employer is an iffy situation. They allow occasional telecommuting, but if you want to do it full-time they have a bunch of requirements (something to do with Workmans comp rules). It's a possibility though, and if I could wrangle it, driving once a week into town wouldn't be that big a deal.

Also, I could live in Pemberton or Squamish, which would be a bit more of a drive to the mountain but certainly cheaper. As to Calgary, believe me I've considered it, and I wouldn't dismiss it as an option. Right now I'm thinking about options for living right in a resort town, but I realize I might have to tone down my expectations.

NoOtherOptions 01-19-2013 03:21 PM

I've wondered this myself. I'm an attorney and would love to work in a mountain town (hell I'm about to be certified in Colorado) but I don't know if there's enough industry to move to small towns without living hand to mouth.

ARSENALFAN 01-19-2013 05:16 PM

You should go online and check out Canmore, Alberta. Doesn't get any better than that and I think the rent would be cheaper than Whistler. Its the bomb.

luckboxing 01-19-2013 05:27 PM

I'm paying exactly half the rent (although utilities are a bit more here) than I was paying in downtown Vancouver.

Pemberton is the same distance to Whistler (30km) as Canmore to Banff.

You're already living closer to a mountain now, might as well go big if you're making the move.

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