Another factor to consider is ski passes are so cheap now, they aren't the incentive they used to be as a job perk. If I'm a local F&B worker, the math just doesn't add up. I likely make more money at an independent restaurant with fewer layoffs than working at the ski area themselves. I'll just keep my local gig and buy a pass.
Moral of the story, the mountains need to be paying better if they want to avoid staffing shortages.
This 1000%. Either pay above minimum wage or make season passes expensive again....that's how you'll get staff back.