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Old 01-09-2014, 09:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
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What is the current look out or stability of jobs/employment in the Snow sports industry...???

Reason why I ask is...I want to work at a ski resort/town and I know for a "FACT" that most of those towns/jobs rely on good snowfall/winter season. More snow = Longer operating times = More money.

I live in CALI (haha...I know...low levels & man made snow) and have been snowboarding for about 6 years now. When I first started back in 2008...it seemed like there was a TON of SNOW FALL here in Cali and elsewhere in the US. The resorts had high enough snow pack to be opened longer. The past 3 winters have been SHITTY. I don't know about other States/Places but...Cali resorts have been getting less and less snow for the past 3 years or so. I just hope it tops off or stays the same for a couple more years and doesn't get any lower.

I think global warming really is true and its affecting the snowfall. Not only the snowfall but weather patterns and seasons in general...I remember as a kid growing up...summers were a lot hotter and winters were a lot colder/wetter. Now...it seems like the summers are cooling and the winters drier and warming!!! Soon...we won't even have 4 seasons. Only 2!!

Maybe my calculations are incorrect and snowfall has been the same or better. I don't really know for sure as I have not done any reliable research/calculations...mainly just observation and speculation.

I also know that certain places/resorts will recieve more snow and therefore stay open longer than other regions/places. Maybe I need to look into those places/regions and not local.

What are your guys thoughts and predictions...?!??!?!

Thanks.

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Old 01-09-2014, 09:27 PM   #2 (permalink)
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What is the current look out or stability of jobs/employment in the Snow sports industry...???

Reason why I ask is...I want to work at a ski resort/town and I know for a "FACT" that most of those towns/jobs rely on good snowfall/winter season. More snow = Longer operating times = More money.

I live in CALI (haha...I know...low levels & man made snow) and have been snowboarding for about 6 years now. When I first started back in 2008...it seemed like there was a TON of SNOW FALL here in Cali and elsewhere in the US. The resorts had high enough snow pack to be opened longer. The past 3 winters have been SHITTY. I don't know about other States/Places but...Cali resorts have been getting less and less snow for the past 3 years or so. I just hope it tops off or stays the same for a couple more years and doesn't get any lower.

I think global warming really is true and its affecting the snowfall. Not only the snowfall...I remember as a kid growing up...summers were a lot hotter and winters were a lot colder. Now...it seems like the summers are cooling and the winters are warming!!! Soon...we won't even have 4 seasons. Only 2!!

Maybe my calculations are incorrect and snowfall has been the same or better. I don't really know for sure as I have not done any reliable research/calculations...mainly just observation and speculation.

What are your guys thoughts and predictions...?!??!?!

Thanks.
lol, i could say differently bout the weather, New England is getting hammered lately and i couldnt be happier.

but regarding your question... it really depends on your qualifications... If you are a college graduate it might not be that hard to pick up a job on the management side that will keep you busy year round... If you're just looking for something that doesnt take a degree of some sort expect it to be seasonal, unless they have summer operations... Another thing you may be able to do is maintenance or a janitorial job... But i imagine those jobs would depend highly on seniority for who gets to stay for the summer. If youre a college grad look in the management end i bet youll find something year round.

as far as predictions... i hope it gets better for you guys!
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Old 01-09-2014, 11:10 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Seems to be puking here plenty too, and fn cold....
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Don't you guys only have one season in Cali anyway?

I have heard from people that the snowline is indeed moving north, so head that way if you feel like there will be more or better snow.
As for working at a resort, yeah do it. There are 2 ways to go about it:

1) Play it safe and apply before hand, or show up at their job fairs if applicable. With this method you have less of a chance of getting hired, but there is not much risk to you. But depending on how late in the season that happens finding a place to live will be harder as the season gets closer. Then look at finding a place to live, people are always posting rooms or closets for rent because you usually gotta cram like 5 or 6 people into a 2 bedroom place to make it affordable. And people also post that they are looking for places to rent, so you can do that too.

2) Get a place to live first. Obviously there is some risk you won't find a job depending on your laziness or standards. But if your willing to do shit work like housekeeping and are persistent you will find a job probably sooner than later. Resorts are always looking for people because it's such a high turnover atmosphere.

Once your up there and working it's really easy to make connections to find better work, year round work, work for next year, and better places to rent in the future. If your planning to stay year round it might be tough if the resort is far from a town, but if you manage to get a summer job on hill rent will be dirt cheap and you might be able to continue living there for the next winter. Of course if the resort is close to town it's way easier. Usually your employer will either give you a pass (but take it away if you quit or get fired) or put you on a payment plan. But it's best to just get your own pass so no one can stop you from boarding if you switch jobs or get fired.

I've spent 5 years living at a resort and any shitty job or overpriced place to sleep is easily outweighed by the boarding. I have friends who stayed after I left and have moved up in the ranks and are doing pretty good now. One guy I used to house keep with was able to transfer to a bell hop position and eventually became the manager of the hotel, and has moved on to manage bigger hotels at bigger resorts. Now he's got a pretty good career out of it.

So in short just go to a resort you want to ride and live at and live and ride there.
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were over 130" total for the season over 50" base.
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Six years is nothing when talking aboutthe weather, especially when talking about SoCal. We were above average in 2010-11 and way down since then. But we had huge years in 2004-5 and 1997-8. We have also had plenty of crap through the years too. A lot depends on the weather pattern in the Pacific. Right now we have a La Nada which means extreme and erratic weather. It could be wet or dry, because the jet stream is just pretty much all over the place.

If you want to be a snowboard bum, get a job in a kitchen right now anywhere. Once you have work experience in a kitchen you can get a job in any resort town anywhere and make good enough money.
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The long range forecast is that we are starting to see a fairly strong El Nino effect. So if ypu were thinking of heading north maybe not a good idea. Cali is often in the bullseye for thay pattern. If I was betting on it, I would say next season will probably be amazing. Having grown up there I have seen this pattern over amd over. You are on the wrong side right now but when it flips, holy crap it is amazing.

Which of course the El Nino prediction is often lame for my haunts. Anyone want to go in on a seasonal rental in South Fork or Pagosa Springs for next season?
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