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    Posted: May/30/2009 at 1:09pm
Didn't really know which section to post this in but I hope people who can help still find it. I am done with high school and don't have any college plans lined up so I was thinking about working full time at a resort and living in employee housing. I was wondering if anyone on here has experience with this kind of stuff and could tell me what kind of money I would be making and hours and whatnot because I haven't found any listings up yet for the 09-10 season on resort sites. Thanks
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  Quote goofy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/31/2009 at 7:47am
well the money and time would depend on ur resort
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  Quote barnyard Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/31/2009 at 11:38am
good luck with this.  i always thought this would be fun as hell to do for a couple of seasons.
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  Quote K8sgotgame Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/31/2009 at 12:24pm
The mountains around here usually have a day/weekend in the summer like a job fair.
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  Quote KidA Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/31/2009 at 8:30pm
well i wish i had the money do get up north and go to that. I've got a friend in vt i'll have him impersonate me and get the job
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  Quote heischjr Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jun/01/2009 at 5:05am
Having a friend impersonate you to get a job doesn't sound like a very good idea. 
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  Quote Jubesr6 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jun/01/2009 at 6:33am
Originally posted by heischjr

Having a friend impersonate you to get a job doesn't sound like a very good idea. 
 
Yeah def not a good way to start a job.
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  Quote K8sgotgame Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jun/01/2009 at 4:10pm
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well i wish i had the money do get up north and go to that. I've got a friend in vt i'll have him impersonate me and get the job


Driving up for a couple of days just to interview and stuff would not be that expensive.  There are tons of places to camp, you could just do that and save money or stay with you friend.
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  Quote KidA Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jun/01/2009 at 5:14pm
No car. I'd do that if I could though thanks for the advice. For those of you who took me seriously when I said the impersonation thing...please know I am not that challenged. Thanks for trying to clarify for me though.
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  Quote Shayboarder Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jun/01/2009 at 7:52pm
Start looking at what resorts you'd like to work at and contact their HR offices to find out when they start hiring for the winter.  

Employee housing fills up fast, so you'll have to apply as soon as those jobs come up and be in contact with the HR office to make the necessary steps for housing.  

Pay will be determined by your job you get and what you want to do, basically a lot of thinking on what job you want to work, office job, liftie, F &B,  rental shop, there are tons of jobs at resorts...figure out what works for you the best.

Most resorts will hire over the phone and do a phone interview so you might not have to meet your boss till you move out to the resort.

Other than that, it's a fun lifestyle and plenty of people do it.  The earlier you plan and find out where you want to be, the better chance you have of getting housing.  It's not hard to get the jobs because there are plenty of them...it's getting the housing that is the issue.
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  Quote KidA Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jun/04/2009 at 6:16am
Thanks shayboarder I'm going to start doing that as soon as I figure out my school situation. I'm not too worried about pay I just want to be able to snowboard alot while still supporting myself, which doesn't seem like it would be too much of a problem with housing. 
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  Quote Shayboarder Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jun/04/2009 at 7:40am
One thing with pay that I've noticed, if you come to a resort and become an instructor but have no experience/cert (or even some experience)...you are at the bottom of the totem pole and while you might ride ALOT, you only get paid when you are teaching and I saw a couple people that made nothing because of it.  Instructing is great but having a set work schedule can make it so you have some money versus none all winter.   
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  Quote Jarryd Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jun/05/2009 at 4:53am
being from aus im thinking of heading over end of next year there are a few non profit joints here called IEP these guys do work and ski canada and work usa and plenty of others and OWH overseas working holidays, they get employers to come from canada each orginasation has different resorts, IEP has more then OWH but OWH has the big ones being whistler and Big White,

as far as pay goes im not too sure again like previously said it depoends how much you work and what job, bar type jobs are more tip based, and this is where i am hesitant about what job i want, lifties you meet tons of people lots of ladies and boys that might find the aussie accent attractive but then again have any aussies exp. temps that are sometimes more than 20 below? it would be f off cold and i wouldnt think it would be the most paying job, bar work as ive been told no official word on this usually goes to returning locals or previous staff.

accomodation some is reserved for contracted staff coming from overseas, the payment varies from as little as $6 a day to around $20 which usually is taken straight from your wages so you will never see it which also has its pros and cons, accom is sometimes units with 3-4 other people and others are "dorm" like accomodation, from pictures ive seen its usually got its own kitchen but may have to share laundry possibly toilets with other staff.

if you are heading to BC there will probably be more jobs then usual based on the 2010 winter olympics, Banff ive been told has more of a night life than other places but i havent got all the info yet need to look into it more ive got a friend over in calgary who has been there 3 months still hasnt got a job but he isnt on mountain.

havent got my head around transport yet what the public transport situation is over there or if it would be worth sussing out a car.

jobs are usually either part time or fulltime being 15-30hrs versus 30-40hrs i think a week
if you are looking to try and make some coin my educaed guess would be hospitality work, get a wage hopefully slip a few tips as well but i think i might make a play for office or front desk (might have to loose the nose ring, bummer) or retail

standards and pay rates would vary by each resort, but the 2010 season should see a shit load of jobs, my advice start asking now just ring them or email and ask when are the job offers going out or when should you enquire again then get in early!

good luck, should be seeing you over there end of next year!
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  Quote larry26 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jun/06/2009 at 3:01pm
I was wondering if anyone knew if there was a certain age you had to be to work at a resort?
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  Quote GeckosGoMoo Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jun/06/2009 at 3:15pm
Originally posted by larry26

I was wondering if anyone knew if there was a certain age you had to be to work at a resort?


From what I've seen, you have to be atleast 18 to be a lifty, and atleast 16 to be an instructor. Apart from that, I'm not sure.
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  Quote Jarryd Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jun/07/2009 at 1:26am
Originally posted by larry26

I was wondering if anyone knew if there was a certain age you had to be to work at a resort?


i know if you are coing from overseas well def from aus you have to be 18+ to get the visa in canada not sure if it would be the same from the states to canada

the drinking age in BC i think is 18 where whichever province is next to it it escapes me but you have to be 19, so i think employers would prefer atleast 18+ so they can serve and recomend booze ect and probably workign with heavy machinery ect as well


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  Quote larry26 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jun/07/2009 at 3:20am
I just checked out some of the places near me and they said that you need to be 16+
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  Quote dudeguy-man Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jun/10/2009 at 7:40am
Wait, what was your question?
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  Quote zakk Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jun/12/2009 at 7:44am
does anyone know about going the other way?  Like someone from California quitting their job to work a resort in Oz? 

Not that I'm talking about ME...but hypothetically...has anyone done it, Oz folks that know how that system works?
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  Quote Jarryd Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jun/12/2009 at 12:43pm
im not sure about it coming the other way from states to aus if there are any programs like i mentioned before could be worth emailing IEP the people i mentioned above they could possibly help you out or know someone who can do it for you

but yeah as far as jobs go i would suggest just emailing them and asking if they are open for international submissions and they might do a phone interview with you ect here are some links to check out if you are interested

http://www.fallscreek.com.au/WorkingatFalls
http://www.mthotham.com.au/resort/about/employment/
http://www.mtbuller.com.au/winter/JobListingList.aspx


those 3 are the biggest ones

here are some more if you want to check these out as well

http://www.mountbawbaw.com.au/index.php?option=com_employmentlisting&
view=postings&Itemid=38
http://https://perisherjobs.com.au/er21/intro.aspx (this is the site only for perisher blue job vacancies because the season has started any vacancies will pop up here
and this is the persher official site where jobs are posted out of season
http://www.perisherblue.com.au/winter/employment/index.html

there is more but they are smaller mountains buller hotham and falls are the big ones that you would probably be interested in working at



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i worked for Vail Colorado last year and Keystone the year before that.  i can tell you from experiance if you are going out there to ride be a lifty.  basically there are no on mountain jobs that you will be able to save much money and liftys get to ride way more than anyone even snowboard instructors. 

check out Skijobs1.com i'd say around august-october for job openings or for a job fair in your area.  your best bet is go to a job fair they basically hire you on the spot.

last year they paid us $9.50 an hour.  we worked 4 consecutive 10hour days with three days off to ride.  you get to ride to your lift in the morning and home at night and you also get ride breaks during the day.  hands down its the easiest job i've ever had.

they have employee houseing its a shared 2 bedroom apartment with 2 people per room at $350 a month (super cheap compaired to everything else out there)

its a great time i'll probably be going back next year. 

hope some of this info helps

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i am plannig on doing this too so thanks for your help everyone and also whoever posted this
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Night janitor is the best job on the mountain. Nuff said.
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  Quote Neff Holden Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jun/26/2009 at 7:56am
or night gondola worker
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  Quote Dayse Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Aug/26/2009 at 9:09am
www.skijob1.com  -  Vail resorts recruiting website.
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  Quote heischjr Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Sep/02/2009 at 4:13am
Here is a good article from Angry Snowboarder about this:
 
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