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I want to workin summit county next season

Ok so here's my situation:

I am currently a second year physics math double major at Minnesota State University. I would really like to finish my schooling in Colorado, and after I finish school I want to go to dental school, and Denver has a dental school too (so it works out).
So I was thinking about working at Keystone for the next season and the next summer so I could get residency aka a lower tuition, and then I would hopefully go to Boulder the next year.

BUT I have a few questions (I haven't called Keystone yet, but I plan on doing that on Monday),
How much do lift attendants / surveyors / park crew make (jobs that I would like)
How hard is it to get a surveyor or park crew job ( I meat a guy who worked on the park crew before last time I was at keystone and he said he would help me try to get a park crew job).

Also I was wondering how much I can expect to pay for rent (employee housing or otherwise), and how living off a lift attendants wage is.

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HAHAHAHAHAHA HAHAHAHA HAHAHAHA Oh wait you're serious?

First off Lifties and surveyors don't make shit. They're in the minimum to maybe 9 dollar range tops. Park Crew jobs are coveted and if you have 0 park crew experience I doubt Mikey is going to hire you. I know a bunch of guys that are on the list for that job that have 5 plus years experience.

Staff housing if it's sharing a room runs 280 bucks a month if it's in tenderfoot you're looking at closer to 450. They boot your ass out at the end of the season. Summer work up there is for people that are generally salaried or tenured so don't think you'll be working up there. Now factor in this economy the fact there's 2 pages of rooms for rent and 1/4th of a page of jobs you can figure out that it's going to be a fight and a half.

Yes I'm a dick and yes I'm being super realistic. Your better bet is to get a friend in Denver that will let a cell phone bill be sent there for the next 2 years.
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How difficult is it to get a seasonal job (November - March) at a resort. My preference would be Vail, but I would "settle" for almost anything. I'm looking for a part time job that would provide me with a lift ticket and enough money to pay my rent. I really don't care what I do. Are there enough jobs that it is realistic that I would be able to find something? I have read some information about this process, I wanted to get first hand information from people who have done it before.

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November good luck you'll want to apply for the job in August. Part time and pay rent good luck with that. Vail is one of the most expensive areas to live you could share a room with 2 other dudes and probably scrape by but that will be tough.

Best advice move to where you want early, find the cheapest housing you can during the mud season, and find a job then. It's a first come first serve mentality.


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Burton is dead on. It's tough up there job wise. To open it up a little more and not have the resorts hanging a pass over your head, you're better off buying your own season pass. They are relatively cheap for multiple mountains. Then you can get a job where ever. It'll still be tough, but if you're not counting on getting a pass with the job, it makes it a bit easier. Waiting tables and such can be good money up there. Especially in Vail
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HAHAHAHAHAHA HAHAHAHA HAHAHAHA Oh wait you're serious?

First off Lifties and surveyors don't make shit. They're in the minimum to maybe 9 dollar range tops. Park Crew jobs are coveted and if you have 0 park crew experience I doubt Mikey is going to hire you. I know a bunch of guys that are on the list for that job that have 5 plus years experience.

Staff housing if it's sharing a room runs 280 bucks a month if it's in tenderfoot you're looking at closer to 450. They boot your ass out at the end of the season. Summer work up there is for people that are generally salaried or tenured so don't think you'll be working up there. Now factor in this economy the fact there's 2 pages of rooms for rent and 1/4th of a page of jobs you can figure out that it's going to be a fight and a half.

Yes I'm a dick and yes I'm being super realistic. Your better bet is to get a friend in Denver that will let a cell phone bill be sent there for the next 2 years.
Ok so in the end u did answer every thing that i asked. I do realize that I would have to live super ghetto and I already do. I was actually estimating a lifty and or surveyor would make 8.50, and I wasn't planning on working there over the summer, I just need to be in the state. For a summer job I was planning on either getting a shitty job in some other city, or finding another internship.

I'm not some dumb ass kid who plans on living the dream in the mountains. All I want to do is be a lifty for one season. And maybe i dont get a job w/e i will just continue my major where i'm at.

As far as the park crew job goes I just wanted to get my chances of getting that position into perspective (I didn't have high hopes any ways), and i guess you did that but in super dick mode.
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Burton is dead on. It's tough up there job wise. To open it up a little more and not have the resorts hanging a pass over your head, you're better off buying your own season pass. They are relatively cheap for multiple mountains. Then you can get a job where ever. It'll still be tough, but if you're not counting on getting a pass with the job, it makes it a bit easier. Waiting tables and such can be good money up there. Especially in Vail
This is more or less the answer I wanted. I want to be as prepared as possible if I do decide to go through with this, and i also wanted to get a perspective on getting a job on the mountain and if working not on the mountain was a better option.
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Yep BA has the right perspective, I can back that up from just finishing my first season working at a resort. "real jobs" at resorts are where it's at, I am working in the IT dept, lifties and the rest all hate their jobs here. Also if you work during resort hours you tend to not get as many days riding in as someone who serves / cooks at night and can ride every day 9-4 or whenever they work.
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whoa ... an IT dept @ a resort? i always assumed it was outsourced, there may be hope for me yet

what do your duties include SB4L?
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