The Top 5 Ski Town Jobs:

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The point of a ski town job is to get you more of this. photo: snowbrains.com
The point of a ski town job is to get you more of this. photo: snowbrains.com
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TOP FIVE SKI TOWN JOBS

Lifties dominating at Alyeska ski resort in Spring 2011. photo: snowbrains.com
Lifties dominating at Alyeska ski resort in Spring 2011. photo: snowbrains.com

5. Lifty

Ok, terrible pay, and I mean terrible, but no experience or skills required. And being a lift attendant isn’t all bad…you do get to ski at work every day. And if you’re in your early twenties it’s a little like living in residence at university.  Cool factor on the ski bum scale is high.

Aspen Extreme's TJ Burke made ski instruction look like a pretty great job.
Aspen Extreme’s TJ Burke made ski instruction look like a pretty great job.

4. Ski Instructor

This one does require some qualifications, but if you can get those, whether you’re teaching beginners or kids, you are getting paid to ski all day. The pay is commensurate with experience. The only downside is that your cool factor as a ski bum is a little low.  Ski instructors haven’t been cool since the eighties.

Tree planter getting loose. image: national gallery of canada
Tree planter getting loose. image: National Gallery of Canada

3. Tree Planter

Not strictly a winter gig, tree planting is one of the last great jobs where you can make heaps of money and actually be able to afford to live in a van all winter and shred pow all day. The cool factor is high on this one as it gives you a license to not shower for months on end, and people generally accept you as being at one with nature.

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2. Ski Patrol

Pretty much the ultimate ski job. Cheat death, save lives, and blow stuff up. All while skiing every day. Be warned though, the pay is mediocre and the job is dangerous. And yes, patrollers are still the coolest of the cool.

Bartending in a ski town = not this glorious.
Bartending in a ski town = not this glorious.

1. Bartender

Yep. This is the number one job, and in a place like Whistler, one of the few jobs that you can actually make a good living at. Big money, most of it cash, and your days are free to ski neck-deep blower as much as you want. Plus there’s the added bonus of creating an instant social life and having the ultimate cool status in a ski town.

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5 thoughts on “The Top 5 Ski Town Jobs:

  1. Many of these ski towns are starting to have great, year-round opportunities. Sign-up for Mountaincareers.com to see opportunities in Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Aspen area. Expanding to all ski towns soon!

  2. Well, I worked as a newscast director in Reno for many years..skied alpine meadows til 2 and made it to work by 2:45 for my shift that went til 11:45 and got to ski everyday. And it was a high cool factor..but the pay kinda sucked being Reno is a small market.

  3. Lifty and ski instructor are probably the worst ski town jobs, right behind plowing/shoveling snow. If you are working during the day, you’re doing it wrong.

    1. Right? I grew up at the base of a ski area… My first job was making snow, followed by race coach, then Guest Services and night shuttle driver… The night shuttle was the best! Over $100 in tips nightly, and skied all day! Get a spa pass so you can soak and shower before work though… It’s also a great place to shmoose the customers before seeing them again in the shuttle. 😉

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