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More People Turning to Resorts for Employment

More People Turning to Resorts for Employment

[ October 18, 2009 - 9:53pm ]
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The Canyons Resort Gondola
Photo by: The Canyons® Resort/Justin Olsen
Have you ever wondered what it'd be like to be a real ski bum? Maybe now's your chance

During these hard days, it's tempting to reimagine one's life. What if you just chucked it all -- the mortgage, the debt, the credit cards -- and went full ski-bum? We're talking sleep-in-the-truck, cold-oatmeal-for-breakfast, shower-at-the-Y ski bum. Scamming free waxes from your buddies at the shop, working tables at the local brewski hall, full-moon turns at midnight on the ridge at season's end. Maybe you'd get a dog, too, a nice big lab who liked to ride the lifts with you. From where we're sitting, that doesn't seem too bad. And for a lot of people, that's a popular option. More people are turning to ski resorts for work this season -- especially the fresh-out-of-college set. With jobs drying up, new entrants to the work force are looking for "alternative" job prospects like those in ski country. Or so says the Rutland, Vt. Herald in this article about the ski-job situation at East Coast resorts like Okemo and Sugarbush.

But there are other routes to bum-dom. You could win the Kootenay Rockies Tourism's Ultimate Ski Bum contest, of course. (Good luck with that one.) Or, once you sell that overpriced house of yours, you could take a small, $2,300 cut of the profit and buy a Ski Utah Silver Pass, which allows its holder to ski 30 days at any Utah ski resort, from Deer Valley to Brian Head to Snowbird to Sundance. (That's 30 days at each place -- we don't think it's even possible to max out that pass.) Or pay $3,400 and get the Gold Pass, which is transferable: You ski Alta today while your buddy pulls shifts at the Shake Shop; he skis Snowbasin tomorrow while you shop for oatmeal and dog bones. It's either that or the office.