The Top 5 Reasons You Should Work a Ski Season

Around this time of year I get pretty nostalgic. It was around this time 6 years ago that I decided to leave the ordinary and move to Colorado for a ski season. I met a friend during my Costa Rica travels that raved about their previous ski season in Vail.


Up until this point, I had been pretty sheltered and was completely unaware that this type of escapade existed. The way he described a ski season in Vail was like an adult Disneyland, magical and unforgettable. It sounded almost too good to be true, but I soon discovered it was all accurate. Still buzzing from my traveling high in Costa Rica, I made the brash decision to buy a one-way ticket to colorful Colorado and discover what life on the mountain is all about.


A typical ski season ranges from November to late April and provides a range of work in the hospitality/restaurant industry as well as ski resort positions (more information on that here). This type of seasonal employment is the perfect opportunity to travel to some of the most beautiful resort areas in the world. It’s also a pretty stellar place to work if you’re just finishing up university or in need of a sabbatical. Personally, it was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I loved the area so much I ended up stay 3 more years. I urge everyone to experience life as a ski bum at least once in their life and here’s why…

Travel Opportunities

Vail, Aspen, Whistler, St. Moritz are some of the most stunning resort areas you can reside in for a season. Working in a resort town gives you the chance to live in and visit an area that would otherwise be too expensive. Working a seasonal job is the ticket to earning money while living in a new and exciting place.


Save Money

Prior to coming to Vail, I had been serving and bartending for a couple years, making decent money. However, I was blown away with how much money you can make during a season. The saving potential is very high, especially if you take on 2 jobs. Several people I met in Vail were working multiple restaurant jobs to earn enough cash to travel during the off season. The money on top of a beautiful environment is what draws people in season after season.

Work Hard, Play Hard

Bring on the après ski! Living in a ski town definitely has its perks with happy hours with champagne and stellar views, first class dining with renowned chefs, and top notch skiing. During the season you will be working your little behind off. Since I came later in the season, I worked all of the day shifts, 6 days a week. However, I owned the night. In a ski town, there is always something to do in the evening between live music and themed nights at the bar.


 Close Knit Community

To say a ski town is a close knit community is an understatement. Between your work community and housemates, you are never alone during the ski season. During the season I lived with 4 other people in a tiny condo, where other friends of mine shared houses with multiple roommates. It’s just what you do. Furthermore, ski towns are melting pots, drawing people in from all over the world. I ended up working with people from South Africa, Argentina, Peru, New Zealand, and Russia. It made for quite an interesting work culture. Without those fellow ski bums, my time in Vail wouldn’t have been what it was.


 Shred The Gnar

Fresh pow, clean air, and picturesque views; boys and girls the mountains are calling! The top reason people come to work a ski season is for the mountain lifestyle. Snowboarding and skiing is not a cheap sport, therefore, people take advantage of the ski passes offered by employers. If you’re fortunate enough to work the nightshift, you can really master your board skills and enjoy a bluebird day.