I'm 23. Don't have a place to live yet. I'll have around 5K when the time comes for the move (October). I definitely want to stay for at least a few years. I've got serving experience and National Park Service/ Youth work program experience (lots of it). So you think it would be a better idea to just buy the season pass and find a job close-by? Thanks for the help, this is helping alot.
I'm feeling generous. Here's what it is:
Do you know someone already here in a position to give you a job flexible enough to let you ride as much as you think you're going to? No? Then you WILL NOT get more than 30 full days on mountain your first year, second year, and probably your third. You wanna work at a restaurant? Great. Those hours are AFTER the mountain closes. Guess who else wants jobs that only have hours AFTER lifts stop? Locals. Guess who's gonna get the job before someone that no one here knows? Locals.
In one way or another every one of us up here that isn't independently wealthy sacrificed a lot for a number of years to be able to live here. OR they moved here in the 70's when it wasn't every 19 year old jack stack's dream. And here and there are scattered some who got really really lucky.
BA says don't work for the mountain cause it blows. He's right. It is the worst job up here. That said, coming from out of state (if you are) means you get a better chance at employee housing. Don't mistake this as a good thing, but it is a solution to housing and rent is doable. Second, you will not make any money. You'll make enough to eat like shit, pay rent, and if you eat like shit hard enough, buy occasional beer. 3, working on the mountain does not equal ride time. Ride breaks are few, and unless you're a monster (you aren't) you won't ride every day you have off. On mountain work is awful and draining. Like I stated above, expect to actually only put 30-40 days on mountain. As a mountain employee you are the low man on the totem pole. Suck it up and deal with it.
If you are willing to do this for 2-3 years... I'm feeling real generous.
Etiquette. Don't call anyone a gaper. They pay for shit up here and they are the reason we can live here. Don't be a dipshit. That occasional beer money I spoke of earlier, if you use it for said beer save it for tips to your local shop when you need work done on anything. Second option with that small insignificant extra money you may or may not get, spend it at your local shop and build a relationship. Build a relationship and don't be a dipshit. Don't hook up with other snow carnies. You are not a local. We have plenty of friends here and we like them. We don't know you, we don't like you. Accept that and we might accept you. Grow a pair, you'll need 'em.
Wanna deal with all that? Cause so far it doesn't seem like you can. Oh and free handies