How to Get a Mountain Resort Job

How to Get a Mountain Resort Job
For many people, a mountain resort job is the ultimate fantasy. While these jobs do not pay well, the perks are nothing short of amazing. You get a free season pass and discounts on food and gear. In some cases, the resorts may have a reciprocal arrangement for employees at other resorts. For example, if you work for Copper Mountain, you can get free skiing and riding at Aspen, Loveland, Telluride and many other Colorado resorts.
That said, mountain resort jobs are competitive. While most are seasonal, if you have special skills, such as public relations, business management, building and contracting, you can land a full-time, year-round job.
 

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderately Challenging

How to Get a Job at a Mountain Resort

Things You’ll Need:
  • Updated resume
 
Step 1
Peruse the websites of the resorts that interest you. They usually begin recruiting in April for jobs for the following season. Some resorts recruit in all parts of the country. Others do not. Arrange to attend an interview
Step 2
Refine your resort-related skills. If you want to be a ski or snowboard instructor, certification is not required; but it certainly helps. If you're not certified, take a season to improve your skills. Resorts like any type of teaching experience, so try to get some before you apply. Lift operators do not have to have past experience, but they need a dynamic, outgoing personality.
If you're interested in a full-time public relations job, try to get some experience as a ski journalist. Nowadays, resort public relations departments are interested in people's ability to social network, so be sure you have active Facebook and Twitter accounts.
Step 3
Present a clean-cut image. Some resorts might do a drug test.
Step 4
Check your background. If you think there's something that might be a problem, try to clear it up. Many resorts now perform background checks.
Step 5
Arrive on time for your interview. Better yet, arrive early. Resorts are big on punctuality.
 

Tips & Warnings

 
Make friends with someone who works at the resort. Many resort jobs are obtained by referral from other employees.
 
If you want to teach skiing or snowboarding, a willingness to teach kids will get you the job. Most people don't want to do this.
 
Taking drugs on the job is cause for immediate dismissal. While some resorts have employee housing, other do not. You are more likely to get hired if you have a definite place to stay.
 
Taking drugs on the job is cause for immediate dismissal.
 
While some resorts have employee housing, other do not. You are more likely to get hired if you have a definite place to stay.

Article Written By Lisa Mercer

In 1999, Lisa Mercer’s fitness, travel and skiing expertise inspired a writing career. Her books include "Open Your Heart with Winter Fitness" and "101 Women's Fitness Tips." Her articles have appeared in "Aspen Magazine," "HerSports," "32 Degrees," "Pregnancy Magazine" and "Wired." Mercer has a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the City College of New York.

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