copied this from another thread. but yea, unless you absolutely want to ski every single day , i would get a job off the resort.
From my experience at Lake Louise Ski Resort
+Great for someone who has high energy and can feed off the stoke of the guests.
+Easy job with little thinking required
+Get to lol at the jerries
+Listen to music and be baked most of the day
+Long ride breaks because of long rotations
-Gets fucking cold on long rotations
-Sometimes have to give "bad news" to guests who dont take it easy on you.
-Kind of mindnumbing
-Not much room for growth in terms of career
+Whole Day on Skis
+Early Access to the hill
+Spend Time and learn from those who possibly do the most skiing on the resort
+Kids can be fun
+With adult lessons, youre more of a trail guide and just get to ski and show guests around
+Opportunities in coaching open up as you get more certifications
+Getting tips from deep pocketed guests (sometimes you make more money in tips than in wages)
+If there are no lessons for you, you get to go ski
+You get to eat kids lunches if they are on lesson the whole day (depends on the resort)
+Gear Hook Ups when you get to higher levels (Mostly carving skis, helmets, boots)
+In the higher levels of certification, you can make up to $60/hr as a course conductor.
-Taking responsibility when guests/kids get hurt (I had some one get impaled on a tree during a lesson; almost got fired)
-Kids can be aweful
-Guests can be aweful
-Everyone else working on the hill generally dislikes ski instructors
-Hardly ever in the park during lessons, even with your park cert
-The courses are such BS. Kind of ruin the fun in skiing if you take it seriously.
-Teaching toddlers who quite frankly belong in a day care and are crying NON-STOP.
---YOU ONLY GET PAID FOR THE TIME YOU ARE INSTRUCTING. Even though you are present at work, ready and on call, you dont actually get paid unless you are with a guest. Because of this, youll bank roughly 12 hours a week. Most ski instructors double as heli/cat/sled guides, race coaches and so on.
+Ski all day long everyday
+Decent pay as far as resort jobs go
-First couple of years are jerry patrol
-Guests can throw shit fits if you have to pull their pass (aggressive in many of the cases)
-Super early mornings and long after everyone else in the pm
-actually having to respond to a complete disaster
-filling in for mountain ops
Mountain ops (snowmaking, avy control, grooming, maintenance)
+this is where most long term resort employees end up
+working with legends
+these guys know the resort the best out of everyone
+blowing shit up
+riding lines before everyone else
+driving groomers (harder than you might think)
+Sometimes get a heli ride (very rarely)
+Short term work is usually available during the start of the season just to get a pass (boot packing, setting up snow fences, putting up signs, moving water supply hoses and snow guns etc.)
-Long days and early mornings (groomers work through the night)
-Physically demanding job (heavy lifting, digging endless amount of snow etc.)
Bar-Tending, Cooks and Waiters
+Free food and drinks sometimes
+Tips or decent pay
- no time on the mountain through out the work day
- often work overtime depending on how busy the resort is
- shitty management always
+ get to try out new equipment (demos) for free
+ Prety chill job
+ consistent pay
+ decent ski breaks through out the day (busiest time is morining and afternoon)
- handle nasty boots and helmets and so on
- take complaints on how everything is uncomfortable or does not work well
did i miss anything?