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Old 01-29-2012, 12:54 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey guys, going to work a season in america when i finish school (from Australia) and interested on what everyone thinks is best job to work? Im currently a register operator so by the time i will go will have 4 years experience handling cash and face to face customer service, i also have child care experience if that will help.
I was thinking about being a liftie, sounds like fun / not to hard. But it doesn't sound like i'd get much ride time (anyone know how much i would get?)

Dont really care about making a profit for the season but i want to make enough not to lose money over the season (i.e enough to pay rent, food etc). I'll be 18 when i go so i wont be able to go out to much at night, so happy to save money in that respect.

Night jobs the best?
and suggested resort?

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There's a bunch of threads about it on here and the general consensus is that it's the worst idea ever if what you want to do is ski/board.
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Basically just get any off resort job.

Also finding a nightlife wont be a problem
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Basically just get any off resort job.

Also finding a nightlife wont be a problem
The free season pass was a huge attraction for me...
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The free season pass was a huge attraction for me...
Problem is when you work for the hill to get a pass...they tell you when you can ride. Its better to work off the hill in the evenings, buy a season's pass and shred in the morning go to work in late afternoon then sleep and repeat.
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I read an article in a magazine recently that made it sound as if pro Ski Patrol is in need of more personnel.
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Old 01-29-2012, 11:49 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Snowolf is right. I worked as an instructor and yeah, you had to be a line-up for lessons at certain times of the day... but you can usually make first tracks before (if you don't have private lesson) and get tons of turn in throughout the day... And if you get a lesson that can really tear it up?!? You literally get to shred your brains out while getting PAID... You gotta have the skills to teach better riders, but if you can do it, I 100% would vote for instructor... Unless you are a fair-weather rider, cause you have to be out there, rain or shine, -20 or 60 degrees... And if you are outgoing and can sell yourself (I got business cards), then you get push private lessons and end up getting paid 20 to 30 dollars an hour... At one point during the height of the season, I was getting paid $25/hour (not including tips) to ride powder in the glades with advanced lessons... Yeah, that job really sucked...
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I work graveyards at one of the hotels up at Snowbird and it's awesome. I get off at 8, change into my gear, and am first person in line when the lifts open at 9. Ride for a few hours, go home and crash, then back at it again. Never worry about missing out on pow cus the canyon road is closed, since I'm already up there! Plus your always in a good mood since its just so damn beautiful up there.
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I actually only teach about 20 days a season and the the rest of the time I am free riding and enjoying the free season pass, a free season locker, 50% discount on food and and equipment, free training clinics, Great social interaction with good riders and skiers, free letters to ride anywhere in the west for free (10 days at Alyeska every other year and have never bought a lift ticket). Yeah that is hard to cope with.
Shhhh...don't tell everyone what a great deal it is. You've perfectly described my situation the past couple of seasons, I think I have one of the best jobs at a resort. I've ridden about 50 days this season and so far only had to teach about 12 of those days. And even the teaching days have all been fun.
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