Skiing and snowboarding in the US is a huge industry. From the east coast to west coast you will find some of the most amazing skiing anywhere in the world and a variety of conditions and terrain. If you are interested in one of the many fun ski jobs in the USA then make sure you do your research and start applying early.
If you are looking to spend a ski season working in the US then you need to think a little about where you want to be close to and what you want to see. The US has so many great ski regions and offers all kinds of different employment opportunities.
On the east coast you will find ski resorts employing seasonal workers in states such as Vermont, New York, and New Hampshire. Some of these resorts include names such as Stowe and Lake Placid. Working on the east coast can be an amazing experience and it is also fun because you are not too far from certain US cities such as New York and Boston which are fun to visit when you aren't working. These resorts are extremely popular, especially of a weekend, when many locals visit from the major urban areas.
As you travel to the center of the country you will find states such as Colorado and Utah which are recognized around the world for the quality of skiing and snowboarding. Guaranteeing fantastic snow conditions every season, ski jobs in these parts of the US can be very competitive as there are a number of people all hoping to land a position in these two particular states.
As you head out to the west coast you will find a number of ski resorts from Washington in the north down to California in the south. Some of the most picturesque ski resorts in the US can be found around Lake Tahoe in California. This area may not guarantee the same snow conditions as some of the central states but the landscape and views from the many resorts that surround Lake Tahoe are breathtaking. The great thing about landing a job in California is that the conditions are often much milder than other parts of the country and you can experience Spring style skiing conditions in January!
Types of Ski Jobs offered in the USA
Just like in other parts of the world you will find a variety of different customer service positions, these will include on and off mountain positions. You may want to apply to work as a bar tender in one of the mountain lodges, as a child care associate in the resort daycare facility, as a ski guide or lift attendant. You really need to think about what you are qualified to do and what type of position you will enjoy, do you want to be outside all day and on the mountain, if so maybe working as a lift attendant might be the ideal job for you.
Duration of Employment
Most ski resorts typically employ ski season workers from November time through to the following April, if you can't work the entire season there is always the opportunity to apply for jobs during peak times of the season, this includes Christmas and New Year holidays as well as whenever children are out of school. Most resorts will employ extra workers to help cover during this busy time. You should probably start applying for the ski job that you are interested in some time in mid-summer, especially for one of the more popular resorts.
Eligibility to work in the US
It is also important to remember to land one of the ski jobs in the US you must be eligible to work in that country. There are a number of organizations that can help you with this process and for a small fee they will help you prepare the required paperwork so that you are eligible to work in the seasonal job you have applied for. Some restrictions do apply so before you get your heart set on working at a ski resort in the US be sure to do some homework and find out if you are eligible to work in that country.
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