You gotta pay for those powder dreams somehow, but unless you come riding into a ski town on a wave of lottery riches, you’re gonna have to get a job—and given the annual fall flood of vert-hungry skids, there’s a lot of competition for not that many positions. It ain’t easy.
And this fact is not lost on the former publisher of Mountain Resort magazine, Gard Skinner. About a month ago, Skinner launched SkiResortJobs.org, a mountain-based, mini-Monster.
“Each mountain resort has its own particular staffing puzzle to solve,” Skinner explains. “And one primary challenge has been the lack of a central clearinghouse for all of those opportunities that are available. Ski Resort Jobs provides a one stop solution for both sides of the equation.”
A big problem most ski resort towns face, aside from the housing crisis, is the staffing crisis. “Some ski towns are at one percent unemployment, so no matter what the season, there are no employees left to hire. They all already have three jobs. You have to reach beyond the local paper,” says Skinner. Many employers have multiple jobs open all the time, in every season, but have a limited populous from which to draw employees. The pervasive ski town fear is that this staffing issue is limiting business development and curbing revenue.
Skinner hopes that Ski Resort Jobs will serve both the employer and job hunter, inside and outside of the particular town. Rather than using the interwebs machine to peruse endless resort sites and trolling countless but scattered listings, a job seeker can use SRJ as their job search hub. Search listings that are Google Mapped, search by department, research employer profiles, or sign up for job alerts. Resorts can use SRJ (currently more than 40 are using the site) to post openings and process applicants and resumes.
“We want to serve people who love the mountains, hate the city, want to make a life of it, own a home, and have kids,” says Skinner. “We get priced out, almost all of us do. All these great people on the front line, supervisors, mid-managers, managers, they just leave. But maybe there was a job just up the road that could have changed that.”
SRJ is following the example of other job specific sites like Nurse.com, JounralismJobs.com, and TeachingJobs.com, among others. “Ideally, maybe the resorts start keeping more of the talent they develop and stop losing great people to urban pursuits,” Skinner hopes. “Maybe we make it easier to raise a family near the hill. Maybe we reach out to a wider base to educate them on the outstanding opportunities and incomparable lifestyle we all fell in love with. If I was still a ski bum but making a life, I’d want a job alert every week that told me exactly what had opened and where. Even if I had a good job at the time, it’d be important to know.”