August 11, 2010

Seasonal Ski Jobs Fairs, Coming Soon

I can’t believe I’m really writing this post, since it’s pushing 100 degrees outside right now. But despite the record highs, August and September are prime time for finding a cool job on the ski slopes this winter.

Whether you want to be a ski instructor, patrol the slopes or staff the shops, getting a job at a ski resort is highly competitive. One of the best ways to land a job is by attending a ski resort job fair.

Ski job fairs are a great place for you to learn about the various companies and resorts by talking one-on-one with the year-round staff. You can even schedule your job interview and many resorts make hiring decisions on the spot!

Keep the following tips in mind I you want to be successful at your ski job fair:

  • Most fairs are held on-site several months before the start of the season (aka September and October).
  • Fairs are usually two or three days long, starting on Saturday and running through Monday — or as late as the following Wednesday.
  • The informational part happens over the weekend and interviews are usually scheduled for Monday through Wednesday. Typically, the fair starts on Saturday, at 8 a.m., with an introduction to the resort, a review of company policies. This part may spill into Sunday, but the week days are used for interviewing.
  • To find out about fairs in your ski resorts of choice, call and ask. Dates change every year, so don’t rely on last year’s information.
  • Most employers require standard drug testing these days.

Here’s a list of some of the most popular resorts and their usual fair times


  • Jackson Hole
  • Breckenridge (varies, so call ahead for dates)



  • Mt. Hood Ski Bowl
  • Alpine Valley Resort
  • Chestnut Mountain Resort

Check out our section on Ski Jobs for more details on ski fairs and other employment options.

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