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Ski Jobs in the USA

SkiingThere are some big ski resorts in the US that are a massive draw for tourists from all over the world.

The kind of jobs available during the ski season include lift operators, janitors, bar and restaurant staff, guest services, equipment rental and repair, day care, ticket checking, parking attendants, cashiers, retail staff, room attendants and, of course, ski and snowboard instructors.

Most positions require you to have some experience in the relevant field - whether it’s just customer services or catering. If you want to work as a ski or snowboard instructor, you will need to have the relevant qualifications.

The largest ski resorts are the places where you are most likely to find work. As an employee of one of the big resorts you can expect to have low pay and shared accommodation. However, you can also expect a discount on ski passes, subsidised accommodation and food, as well as an active social life! So if you are there for the love of the snow, rather than the need to earn lots of money, you'll be fine.

Ski work with a Tour Operator

Instead of heading off into the great unknown of America with nothing but a work visa and your skis in hand, you could apply for a job with a tour operator before you leave the UK. The benefits of getting work this way is that you get your accommodation, transport, ski pass, uniform and wages all included in the package. Ideally you should speak a second language - German or French is especially useful.

A number of British package holiday operators have employment opportunities in their American resorts during the winter:

TUI own Crystal Holidays, Thomson Ski and Simply Ski. They employ staff from reps to kitchen staff and nannies in their North American resorts. Crystal Holidays alone employ over 1,000 staff in their overseas resorts. The season runs from November to April and you will have to commit to working the full season. You need to have your work permit in place before you apply for the jobs. Get more information from...

Inghams is another big UK based ski package holiday operator with work at Alyeska, Big Mountain, Breckenridge, Jackson Hole, Killington, Park City, Stow and Vail. Again you will need to sort out your own work visa before you get the job. Be aware that the minimum age for resort reps and managers is 23.

Skiworld Ltd offers a wide range of seasonal employment opportunities during the winter, with approximately 26 positions of varying responsibility from chalet host to resort manager. The main recruitment period for winter positions is from June to October and staff must be able to commit for the whole winter period from mid-November to April.

Also try...

Free Radicals - Independent ski recruitment specialists. As well as ski instructors and ski technicians, they also help recruit drivers, chefs, nannies, resort managers and chalet helpers. www.freeradicals.co.uk

Cool Works - A website for finding 'jobs in great places', features thousands of seasonal jobs at ski resorts in the Sierras, Rockies, Cascades and White Mountains. Also features employers in national parks, summer resorts, cruise lines, ranches and camps.

GoSki! Coverage of over 700 resorts in the USA.

Other Work in Ski Resorts

During both winter and summer you can find work in the large mountain resorts. When the snow goes around April time, the resorts simply change tack and offer golf facilities, fishing, canoeing, sailing, windsurfing, scuba diving, hiking - anything in fact, that involves people being outdoors and enjoying the beautiful scenery. Whether you are a trained canoeing instructor, have hotel reception experience, or simply want to wait tables or work in a shop, these resorts have plenty of opportunities.

The following are just a few resorts actively recruiting for the winter and summer season...

Alyeska Resort - Offers varied job opportunities and employee benefits including an all-mountain season pass.

Big Mountain Resort - Doesn't always accept overseas applications so check out their website first.

Northstar-at-Tahoe - A winter and summer resort by Lake Tahoe in the Sierra Nevada Mountain - downhill skiing and snowboarding, terrain parks and a Nordic ski centre.

Park City Mountain Resort - All year round resort near to Salt

Vail Resorts - One of the most popular ski destinations in the United States with more than 1.5 million skiers last year.

Note: If any of the ski resorts need summer staff, they will be described as “all season” or “four season” destinations.