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Old 12-02-2013, 08:33 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I Wanted to see if anyone on here has worked a season.

Would love to know from people that did it on snowshoe WV, if not if you worked anywhere your advice will help.

I am 27 a recent college graduate(in May) and got a job right after college managing a medical wellness facility (a gym for old farts in case you did not know) however I have felt like something was missing from day one. I threw out my resume all over the US and I got a hit back from snowshoe WV. I have been offered a position to be a bar supervisor at working nights. I use to manage a bar in collage and loved it. So my question is should I quit where I am currently working, a potential career, to take a lower position and with lower pay to work a job that has the perk of being able to snowboard every day I want. Also wanted to know what mountain life was like, what to expect, do the pros outweigh the cons? ETC. Canít make up my mind and my start date is this Saturday. Any advice will help.
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Old 12-02-2013, 08:42 AM   #2 (permalink)
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lots of topics on this all over this forum, for one, so a little searching will give you alot to read.

2nd: the general consensus is that if you want to ride more, the absolute way to do this is NOT by working at the resort.

3rd: nighttime bar manager dodges problem #2, but as a rule employees of hill get fucked and they will find something other than riding for you to do, so you'll wanna suss this out for sure if you are leaving your "career".

Sounds like your "career" can probably wait, plus it could line up long term in a resort town pretty easily.

If you go into bartending at night it would probably be worth it to work part time in a gym (shouldn't be hard to find near resort "x") to keep your hand in and network with the local talent.
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If the offer is snowshoe wv....I would not...find a place with a longer season.
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If the offer is snowshoe wv....I would not...find a place with a longer season.
Now his choices are gonna be a decent job at a shit resort or a shit job at a good resort.

Just stay home, get rich, join the Tea Party, we will handle the snowboarding :P
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2nd: the general consensus is that if you want to ride more, the absolute way to do this is NOT by working at the resort.
^This. 7 years working at Stowe and the only year I got more than 10 days in was the year I taught lessons for kids. Now that was a great season.
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If you're going to do it, why go to a craphole? That makes no sense at all. Best thing I ever did was quit college and a guaranteed career to snowboard. Is it for everyone? Probably not.
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If you're going to do it, why go to a craphole? That makes no sense at all. Best thing I ever did was quit college and a guaranteed career to snowboard. Is it for everyone? Probably not.
maybe Snowshoe is the closest mountain.

personally, I wouldn't quit my job job to work at a mountain... because after the ski season.... you would have to go job hunting again.
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Old 12-02-2013, 09:56 AM   #8 (permalink)
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maybe Snowshoe is the closest mountain.
Yea it is the closest to me give I live in south east in the USA. I cant afford to fly out anywhere big. Maybe next year.

Thanks for the advice everyone.

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if you are going to do it, the sooner the better....but you have to go all in, be willing to sacrifice a lot...might not be for everyone
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Its better to get a good seasonal job for the summer working your ass off, save every penny; then dirtbag for a season at a good hill. A fair amount of folks do that here. This past Wed gave a lift off the hill to a hitchhiker; a guy about your age that has been doing it for a few years. He was quite chatty and had some stories. Really doable...but you got to be committed year round.
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