Working at a ski area: Earn money, get a season pass

Ski areas in the Twin Cities will soon be hiring for the upcoming season. The pay isn’t great, as many of the jobs are at or slightly above minimum wage. But you may get a lift ticket free of charge, or nearly so, and a chance to look at winter in a whole new way.

Some of the jobs are behind the scenes, while others require intense contact with the public. Some keep you inside during your shift, while others allow or require you to be outdoors.

The outside jobs include lift operators, instructors, patrollers, and ambassadors. Other jobs involve making and grooming snow, though these are relatively few.

Jobs that keep you inside include bartenders and food service workers, ticket agents, retail shop clerks, custodians, and repair shop technicians. Of course, you could always ride before or after your shift.

Buck Hill has yet to announce its plans for the season, but other resorts have already signaled their intentions.

Wild Mountain will be having informational sessions, Friday, October 5 through Sunday, October 7. The hours will be 11 a.m. through 4 p.m.

Afton Alps has announced a jobs fair for Monday, October 22 and Tuesday, October 23, with hours to be determined.

Welch Village will have a job fair on Wednesday, October 24, and Thursday, October 25, running from 4 p.m through 7 p.m. each day.

Since Hyland Hills is run by a government agency, its hiring process is a bit more formal. Check out their website for more.

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