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Old 01-15-2012, 06:05 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Life as a lifty.

So this year I've finally taken the steps to living and working at the mountains closest to my home, sure it's in Australia but it's better than nothing!

I wanted to get some stories and thoughts on what it's like, If I would enjoy the lifestyle and if it's worth doing. I am pretty confident on a board, can do blue runs switch, 180 10' kickers and easily turn, stop and avoid people. Will I be shunned by the people I'm working with and seeing every day because I can't switch backside double cork a 90 footer?

Also, I understand I won't be getting paid much & probably won't get that much time to board while working, and that's perfectly OK, but do I get enough time on the mountain to actually progress my own skills?

Also I'm applying with a few friends to all go together but I have a sneaky suspicion they're going to flake on me, I'll still be going solo if I have to though. How many people come to work here on their own and how many come with friends? Does it take long to know everyone on the mountain and make some friends?

Party life... Being only 20 I'm quite into the whole party scene, going out up to 5 nights a week and kicking on till 4-5am each night, what's it like in a snow town? Is it hard to find drinking buddies?

Anyways that's basically all, I just wanted to try and get some ideas on what it's like doing it ALONE and what living in a snow town is like....

How much would rent in the STAFF accommodation be as a percentage of my weekly pay? (I think the pay is around $16 an hour AUS from what I'm told)

Also is there anything that is super expensive that I could take with me before I leave? Or anything I should take that is really handy to have while at the snow?

Thanks very much
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Old 01-15-2012, 07:04 AM   #2 (permalink)
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This is for a specific resort, but it touches on lots of the aspects of having a job at the mountain.
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Old 01-15-2012, 11:48 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I think it depends on what department you get hired in. I work graves at one of the hotels up at Snowbird, and so far its pretty awesome. Work all night, ride for a few hours in the morning, go home crash, repeat. All my co workers are pretty chill, my boss is pretty chill, and the guests are usually pretty chill.
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Old 01-18-2012, 10:52 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I'm used to being a uni student for the last 2 years, so yes, I can live cheaply and eat noodles for 4 weeks straight
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