Working at a ski resort

Discussion in 'Mid Atlantic' started by Northbeach, Nov 3, 2009.

  1. Northbeach

    Northbeach Well-Known Member

    Jul 2, 2009
    I know this is a surfing forum, but I bet that there is a strong contingent of people on these boards who enjoy snowboarding in the winter around the many smaller ski resorts of the east coast as much as catching a few at the beach. I was thinking about working at one of the local hills in southern PA this winter but wanted to hear about others firsthand experience working at a ski resort in the winter before I really commit to taking an intructor certification course and goin to the job fair this nov... For you MD/PA people, I was considering Liberty or Whitetail, Liberty would be a little shorter drive...
  2. aka pumpmaster

    aka pumpmaster Well-Known Member

    Apr 30, 2008
    Instructing is the equivalent of being the biggest kook in the lineup. Get something on the liberty park crew or roundtop.

  3. NOVAsurfer

    NOVAsurfer Member

    Jul 21, 2009
    yeah if you want to work at liberty, whitetail, or roundtop try to be on the park crew you probably don't want to be an instructor unless you like dealing with whiny kids who have no chance at being good at snowboarding

    I'm pretty sure that if you want to work at Liberty you have to go through training for a whole season.
  4. Shredder

    Shredder New Member

    Jun 7, 2009
    If your gonna work at a mountain, park crew is the best. You get to set up the jumps/jibs and sesh them before anyone else does. However, you might have to work overnight. I have a friend that works parkcrew and sometimes he goes in at 10 pm and doesnt leave till 6 am. Whatever you do, don't be an instructor. Most mountains only pay you by the actual time that you are teaching lessons. I used to instruct and I'd be scheduled for a 4 hour shift, teach one lesson (1 hour), ride for like an hour, and sit around for 2 hours. I would only get paid for that one hour, so yea that last about two weeks haha. Being a liftee isn't too bad either. You actually get paid for the time you work and you get the free season pass (as you do with being an instructor), but you don't have to work hard at you can get baked while doin it :)
  5. Northbeach

    Northbeach Well-Known Member

    Jul 2, 2009
    All good responses, thanks guys. The more I think about it, the less worthwhile I believe it would be. The drive to work would be about 1hour 45 min - 2 hours one way... with an suv that would add up fast. Plus, chances are every half-baked kid within a hour of any of the mountains have already applied for the park crew jobs or are returning employees. If I got to design park hits and layout that would be sick but I'm pretty sure those jobs aren't open... If we were talkin about tahoe or colorado, then I might be more open to ****ty job positions, but not Mercersburg PA.

    Anybody got ski trip plans this winter? Im headed to Northstar at Tahoe for a few days in January..
  6. aka pumpmaster

    aka pumpmaster Well-Known Member

    Apr 30, 2008
    I know that roundtop is looking for good park crew guys. they are tired of dealing with stoners who never work so it might be worth exploring.
  7. superbust

    superbust Well-Known Member

    Nov 2, 2008
    who says stoners never work...:rolleyes:
  8. chadbrochill93

    chadbrochill93 Well-Known Member

    Nov 2, 2007

    in response to this, i am proud to say i get high right before work every shift i have and so do a few others so if you say stoners never work then youre wrong
  9. VAsurfer604

    VAsurfer604 Well-Known Member

    Jan 13, 2009
    My dads drom CO so we go out to Breckenridge every year to ski, thats pretty sick. And yes I mean to ski
  10. jimmycraxcorn

    jimmycraxcorn Well-Known Member

    Jul 12, 2008
    and that has what to do with this forum? I'm also betting you wear pink on the slopes
  11. Boss

    Boss Well-Known Member

    Nov 11, 2008
    Be park crew at liberty. I have a friends that have done it and they dont do anything until the mountain (hill) is cleared out. They can just chill and do minor adjustments to features while the resort is open until 10
  12. Boss

    Boss Well-Known Member

    Nov 11, 2008
    Same Breck is crazy. My favorite resort out there by far. Ive been to Copper, Aspen, Vail, Keystone, and a couple others. Breck has some of the sickest and biggest park features, yet they have the highest lift in North America to access double black+ bowls. Amazing. Last year i scored end of season with fresh pow every day.
  13. aka pumpmaster

    aka pumpmaster Well-Known Member

    Apr 30, 2008
    All I know is what the park manger told me.