Experience, to my knowledge there is no license for driving, the maintenance guy just has to sign off on you, so get some experience in the summer driving heavy machinery, and then in the winter start by doing lift maintenance and snow making and eventually work your way up to being a cat driver. It is purely an experience based job
you have to atleast be 18...go to your local mountain and ask to do some ride alongs with the cat drivers... apply for a job and they'll train you to do the basics if you are interested enough. It's all about hands on training.
for park... going to cutters camp could be a start. it is pretty expensive I hear...$2500+ i believe.
*bobbyjoe - ya its like hunk, eskemo, fisherman, hippie, redneck, yetti, hunter, hitch-hiker, bum, knitter, puppy eater
grandfather - bobby you forgot your own demographic: idiotic homosexual.
MoreSteezePlease - doing new stuff when your high sucks
its great when your doing something your really good and confident about
i would just fill out applications on-line..... i know a bunch of people who got jobs as cat drivers in mammoth without any experience whatsoever. i know there it helps to make snow preseason, as the bosses for snowmaking are the supervisors on cat crew
This is my seccond year grooming and currently at the canyons...I was lucky and got to do a intenship for my first year(I had no heavy equipment experience). I would say the easyest way to become a groomer is to work for a large area that needs many operators (typicaly they have a high turnover rate). They might want you to make snow for a year or two which would suck though...anyone know if there is a groomers cult...
If you wanted to start at front line, then drive a cat, then get into cat maintenance and eventually manage the maintenance department or the cat drivers(if your at a big enough resort) it would definitely be the way to go. But if you never want to manage I wouldn't say it is the way to go. It is called ski resort operation and management and does have a big focus on management. I defiantly gets your foot in the door, but if you just wanna drive a cat it is an expensive foot in the door
ahaha. this reminds me of this time I was at a barmitzvah and I guess we were all 13 and we wanted more shirley temples but we didn't realize it was vodka we were refilling with and then this guy is like where'd you get those drinks son? yeah.. good story.
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