MLJHow would I go about getting on a park crew? I want to join in a few years, but I don't know where to go.
Meet people at the mountain, especially the park crew. If you know some of the park crew guys well that can help a lot. Unfortunately there isn't a guarantee of there being a job the season you want to start working there.
If you've got a couple mountains close by that will help as you have a better chance the more mountains that are there.
You need to be 18 to work at a good chunk of mountains. Just something to keep in mind. If you get an opportunity make the most of it and work your ass off. If you blow it might be pretty tough to get another one.
If there's no way you can get on the crew anywhere see if you can volunteer a bit in the park for a pass. Get an idea for the job, build some shit, ski for free. Any experience you have especially with good references will go a long way in getting jobs in the future. Also if you ever hit a point where you're down to move pretty much anywhere that always helps. If you have some experience and good references there are always some mountains hiring. Maybe not the dream mountain you want to work at the season you want to go there, but most places will be hiring at some point.
Some places will only hire people that they know. That can be shitty but it's understandable. A ton of people think that park crew is the easiest job on the mountain, get hired, and then are lazy as fuck / get the boot. Many times mountains are more comfortable hiring from withing especially with people that have little to no experience. That's why it's a good idea to meet your park crew and get in tight. That said if you're willing to move you can always apply to a bunch of mountains and hope you can get a job.
If you can't get a job anywhere at first and end up working at a mountain in a non related job, make sure to mention that you'd like to work in the park if there's ever an opportunity. Hang out in the park a bit meet the people, meet the park crew. If they're short handed for a day sometimes the park crew will enlist the help of some other people for a day. Also if somebody get's broken or fired there might be a spot opening up mid season.
It's a lot of hard work sometimes but if it's something you enjoy it's the best job ever. Unless you dig up a stash of diamonds whiles setting a rail, you'll probably never get rich doing it but it doesn't matter.
Lastly, DONT BREAK THE FUCKING RAKES!
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