Resort Worker Tinder Is Here | New Website Aims to Simplify Doing a Ski Season

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Employees at Taos Ski Valley, NM. Credit: skitaos.com

Working a ski season is getting harder and harder. Skyrocketing rents, student debts, and wages that don’t keep up with inflation are driving the next generation of seasonal employees away.

Vanlife, surf life and monotonous everyday life replace ski resort life.

That’s not hyperbole; that’s a reality that is making things difficult for resorts and businesses to function in ski towns.

Two ex-ski bums have just launched SEE YOU NEXT SEASON to help young workers to do their first ski season. The site also allows them to work additional seasons or back-to-back winters in both hemispheres.

“Our website has a large amount of information to help young people find feasible jobs in resort towns. It has mountain profiles from around the world, visa information, and tips to help seasonal workers set themselves up for a season.”

– Australian-based co-founder Iain Lygo

SEE YOU NEXT SEASON also has an employer/employee dating service. “We want to be incredibly helpful for both employees and employers. Plus, we personally still need lifties, bartenders, patrollers, and baristas in our old age,” joked Iain.

Ex Vail on-Mountain manager Matt Fuller calls it “the work Tinder for the ski industry.”

“Ski towns are short staffed and so we created a platform that helps ski businesses find great people. The beauty of our site is that it allows HR staff to browse the database and find someone that they really need.”

– Matt Fuller

The database has instructors, groomers, lifties, and hospitality workers who want to spend a season or more in the mountains.

Co-founders Matt and Iain want to ensure seasonal workers are well-equipped to make their season a success. Plenty of first-time seasonal workers never make it to opening day because they can’t find accommodation or make poor choices. This causes enormous problems for resorts that then need to scramble for replacements. SEE YOU NEXT SEASON helps workers to settle in and make it to closing day.

“When an employee has a great season, they are much more likely to stay for the summer and the following winter. They also encourage their friends to join them for some resort life. This type of advocacy for ski resorts has diminished during covid, and it’s making it increasingly hard for businesses to find staff.”

– Matt Fuller

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Vail Resorts workforce. Photo by Matt Nager.

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  1. Our lift and groomer crews at Tenney Mt. were composed of construction workers that were off season in the winter and were equipment-savey already and long time local residents.

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