shreddinthegnarrAnyone have advice as to getting a job at a small resort? I would love to be part of our park crew but that doesn't seem like much of a starting position... If I were to get a job would they most likely hire me as a lifty to start?
Park Crew can be one of the hardest jobs to get. Some years most or all of a crew leaves but that's rare. For the most part, many places only have 1 or 2 positions open each season, sometimes none. If people like working park crew they tend to stick around.
That said it's not impossible to get in. If there is only one mountain you're going to be able to work at I would apply for another job as well. Put park crew down as your primary and ski school or whatever else as your secondary. If you get the other job make sure to let them know that you'll work your ass off for them, but would love a shot in the park if it ever comes up. Sometimes park crew can use extra help for a build or running an event. Sometimes people get fired mid season or break themselves and are out for the year and a spot opens up. One place I worked we had 3 of us out with injuries at one point.
Make sure to meet the crew, get to know them. Offer to help them set up fencing or anything. If they know you and like you it will help a bunch in getting a job if one comes up.
If you have a few mountains around you or don't mind traveling send out more applications. The more you send out the better chance of somebody hiring you. The end of september to early october is when most of the park jobs go up. Experience is always helpful but not always necessary. Any work experience you have that shows you're a hard worker is helpful. Too many lazy people try to work park crew because it's "An easy job that looks like so much fun".
If you have any experience with landscaping, construction, welding etc that can be a big help.
If you get a job on park crew make sure you take advantage of it. Work hard. Don't say "Oh that's good enough" and walk away. Build the features right the first time. If it's not working, fix it. Keep everything in good shape. IF you put in a little maintenance every day, you won't have to anything massive as often and the park will stay in good shape.
Take pride in your work. Remember that there are lots of kids that don't have a choice where they ski yet. It's not they're fault that you and your coworkers aren't getting along, the manager is a goober, or whatever else. Obviously there's a lot of factors that come into play, but make the most of it.
When you see somebody hit something that you put your heart into and smile it's all worth it. Every long night, digging out the rails after a storm, everything.
Most days it's the best job, some days it's the worst, but I can promise you if you put in the effort it's one of the most rewarding jobs on the hill.
/sorry about the length. Hope it helps.
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