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    Posted: Aug/26/2009 at 4:54pm
Yo guys,

As I am coming towards the end of my schooling years (Next Year is my last). I have to start planning what I want to do. At the current time I want to go to the USA and work on a resort. Snowgroomer or Board Teacher would be my preferred job. What I would like to know is does anyone have previous experience with being a H2-B Visa applicant or employed/worked with people of the sort. I have looked around and the best places that seem to have alot of International Workers are Park City, Sierra At Tahoe and Northstar at Tahoe. I would love to go to any of these places. Also how would I go about for accomodation? Would I rent an apartment, house share or what?

Thanks heaps ffor helping.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Aug/26/2009 at 11:24pm
Not alot of resorts aren't doing H2B's as it is getting alot harder for them to get them.
N*/Sierra do them, as does Squaw Valley. You need to apply around May or you will not get a place unless they have anyone drop out.
House sharing is the cheapest an easiest option accomodation wise, most resorts will put you in touch with other people that will also be looking. they will also normally tell you where to look for accomodation.
You can also look at websites like this...
they do instructor training and guarentee you a job, might be something to think about if you want to teach?
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Aug/27/2009 at 3:23am
Thanks heaps that website has alot to offer.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Aug/28/2009 at 11:23am
Northstar has employee housing on site that you can stay in .  If you call them I think their HR department will also tell you what stuff you need in order to get a visa.
 
I know a lot of H2 workers from the same country track each other down before they get to the US and sometimes share a house too.
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Aug/28/2009 at 3:37pm
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rofl!

Yeah, Other H2-B's would be cool but I reckon staying with people from other places wouold be better, I am going overseas to get away from Australia lol.
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nice Vermont, nice!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Sep/02/2009 at 12:17pm
Hey, Im looking to do the same thing. But in Washington State while my girlfriend studies at WWU.
Its hard to find a sponsor over there, im thinking i might have to go over on a tourist visa and find a job face to face then go to canada to get a work visa.
Heaps different to Oz.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Sep/19/2009 at 8:53am
You guys are better off looking for a J1 student visa.   H2-B's are going to go to experienced snow pro's.

Some places have employee housing.  Expect to have at least one roomate if not two.  The housing will be expensive. 

You'll probably need to have two jobs as one resort job will not cover room and food.  You'll still be poor unless you get students in your lessons who are good tippers.   Higher end resorts tend to have better tipping guests.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Sep/21/2009 at 2:43am
I won't be a student though.....
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Sep/21/2009 at 1:52pm
I don't know all the in and outs of the J1's.  You may still qualify.  I know people from NZ & Oz who've gotten J1's and they weren't currently enrolled students.  There is an age thing with it too.  There are a few companies that do J1 hiring out of New Zealand and Australia.  I'd contact them.  
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Sep/21/2009 at 6:13pm
If i really enjoy working over there will they let me extend a J1 though?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Sep/22/2009 at 3:19am
http://www.usembassy.org.uk/cons_new/visa/niv/exchange.html
^ try looking at J1 visa classification on this website
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Sep/30/2009 at 3:43pm
Originally posted by dxiver

If i really enjoy working over there will they let me extend a J1 though?


J1 extensions were offered like crazy last season.  I haven't seen anything this season but that doesn't mean it can't happen.  They aren't staffing at last years level because of the economic conditions.  If you show that you can do the job throughout the season, they may let you extend.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Oct/02/2009 at 7:30am
Looks like Aspen Ski Co. dropped H2B's altogether.
http://www.aspentimes.com/article/20091001/NEWS/910019983/-1/RSS01
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Oct/02/2009 at 7:49am
This years H2B's where closed in July for this winter and the information coming out of the INS for next winter is that visas will be even more limited than ever before.

This is bad news for many new and experienced professionals in the snow sports industry.

The best thing that people can do is right to their congress person or the congress person of the area they are hoping to be employed.

If you are just finishing school their are chances that you can still qualify for a J1 Visa and  this is your best bet for working in the US.

The Q Visa that a number of resorts used last season was shut down by the INS for this and future winters.

Definitely sucks!

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Oct/03/2009 at 7:08am
There are definatly more J1 visas around, then H2b's
i am pretty sure you have to be in full time education to qualify for it. my friend is in part time education and they wouldn't grant his visa.
they are being super strict at the moment, i am sure it will get worse
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