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Jay Lloyd’s Getaway: Winter fantasy jobs

November 01, 2018 - 7:00 am

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Every face around the bar had a high-elevation winter tan. Stetson hats topped every head, and ski boots thumped the floor while Willie Nelson rasped from the speakers.

It was happy hour at the base of Vail Mountain in the Colorado Rockies. During a chat with the bartender, he confided he was actually a meteorologist from St. Louis with an itch for skiing.

He put his job on hold to work in Vail for great tips, a fair salary and free skiing. When the snow melts, he'll be back toiling over weather maps.

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And he’s not alone.

Hang out at ski resorts long enough and you'll find a world of people who have followed their fantasies — and earned a living while playing in the powder.

To take those first steps toward a Rocky Mountain high, launch your winter job search closer to home. Ski resorts are in a hiring frenzy right now, and eastern Pennsylvania from the Philly suburbs to the Endless Mountains north of Scranton is no exception.

For the next few weeks, snow-based resorts will be holding job fairs and inviting applications. There are openings in virtually every department, both full- and part-time, including ski school.

So where do you start to find out if reality lives up to the fantasy? Check out these mountain websites below for job fair days and the perks that are too cool to pass up.

Spring Mountain

For most of us, Spring Mountain is closest to home and where we first learned to ski or ride. But it's also a convenient spot to learn the ins and outs of ski resort jobs.

Part- and full-time work is available on the snow or in the office, working as lift operators or in ticket sales.

You can fill out an online application here

Plenty of weekend and after-school slots are also open for students over the age of 16.

Bear Creek Mountain

Bear Creek Mountain in nearby Berks County has the advantage of offering jobs in skiing or a full range of hotel and food service slots.

The skiing benefits may be a wintertime bonanza, but if you want to make a year-round career in hospitality, it's a great place to take the plunge.

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Blue Mountain

Blue Mountain is a high-energy day and night area in the Poconos with terrain ranging for beginners to advanced skiers and riders — which means there’s a lot of work inside and out.

The resort is launching a job fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Nov.10. 

Bartenders to boot fitters may get an offer on the spot. Plus, it comes with those free skiing perks.

Jack Frost and Big Boulder

These twin Pocono Mountain areas straddle Lake Harmony. Jack Frost is a daytime complex with a lively post-ski bar crowd, while Big Boulder draws young terrain park fanatics night and day.

Jobs are plentiful at both: midweek or weekend, day or night, full- or part-time.

Check out the job fair at Jack Frost on Nov. 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to apply for available openings at both mountains. 

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Camelback Mountain

Camelback Mountain has morphed from a ski area to a major destination resort. It includes a major tubing complex, a vast water park and a hotel — offering plenty of positions to fill.

Check the current list of job openings or apply online here

Shawnee Mountain

Everything you need to know about jobs in virtually every corner of this family-friendly ski area — from babysitting to lift operations — is on Shawnee Mountain’s employment website, including an application. 

Ideal slots are for students who spend weekends with the family at nearby vacation homes. Stop in at the Shawnee job fair on Nov. 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Elk Mountain

Elk Mountain commands the highest elevation among eastern Pennsylvania ski areas, operating night and day.

Openings are available in all departments, and the free skiing perks offer some of the region's most challenging terrain and longest runs.

View an application here and try to make the job fair on Nov. 3 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

If unlimited skiing and riding are your fantasies, here's a chance to make it your reality.