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    Post AP Article on Ski Industry's Labor Issues

    Sunday River now pays $20.00 per hour. Wildcat is offering new snowmakers a $1,000 signing bonus. Sugarbush is using foreign labor. Just a few examples of what is being done to lure more workers.



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    Interesting but not surprising.

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    The unemployment rate is so low, only the dregs are left. And No its not thanks to Trump!

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    Most ski areas have used foreign workers for years. Work visas are harder to come by now for these jobs.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Smellytele View Post
    Most ski areas have used foreign workers for years. Work visas are harder to come by now for these jobs.


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    You can thank Trump for that!

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    You can thank Trump for that!
    Exactly. Trump ruined Visa program even though that cock sucker uses them at his shit hole resorts.

    Ski areas pay like shit and always have. They got away with it before when they could. Free passes were a bonus. They are now not because they are so cheap. Even starting wage at $15/hr doesn’t get you anywhere in a ski town (out west) east coast is cheap to live everyone is on drugs and housing is cheap.

    Get employee housing. Get pay rates up above $15/hr and better employee perks and transportation. Then we will have fully staffed resorts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FBGM View Post
    Get employee housing. Get pay rates up above $15/hr and better employee perks and transportation. Then we will have fully staffed resorts.
    Another issue is the fact that it's seasonal. A few years ago I was considering working for a ski area but the problem is unless you have another job lined up for the summer it's not worth it.

    Got my CDL instead. Buses need to be driven all year long-->pays more too and got me on a better career path.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gregnye View Post
    Another issue is the fact that it's seasonal. A few years ago I was considering working for a ski area but the problem is unless you have another job lined up for the summer it's not worth it.

    Got my CDL instead. Buses need to be driven all year long-->pays more too and got me on a better career path.
    And if you do work at a ski area in the summer, they make sure you get layed off just long enough in between seasons to not have to pay you benefits. Very few people at mountains are actually true full time employees

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    This is quite an eye opener to see how little the resorts get away with not paying their workers! Free passes ONLY? Not paying??? Never mind housing assistance or housing assistance! And expect them to disappear when the snow melts? (and come back by Christmas!).

    No wonder they need foreign workers!

    (I'm no Trump fan. But curtailing Visa will force the mountain to pay wages compatible to other line of work! If the cost of ski bums having a living wage is higher pass price, I wonder how many people will complain about skiing being "too expensive"?)

    Quote Originally Posted by FBGM View Post
    Then we will have fully staffed resorts.
    One "staff" position that are always "fully staffed" are ski instructors!

    Now the quality of the "staff" is a different matter...

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    $12.75/hr at Vail to start. Doesn't matter if you're a warm body scanning tickets or running a $250k snowcat. Been there, done that, it's not enough to get me to go back, even with a marginal pay raise for returning employees.

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