LIVING IN THE MOUNTAINS

You have applied, interviewed and moving forward to share an incredible experience with us. What's next? Let us help you figure out how to relocate to the mountains, what to expect before you start and some suggestions on how to prepare.

PLAN YOUR FINANCES

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The cost of living in the mountains can be higher than you expect, even for everyday items. So plan to stash some extra money for food, travel, housing deposits and other housing costs.

The nature of our business is weather dependent. When the season is first starting you might be put to work right away or your hours might be lean until our operations are really going. Your new manager will be able to give you an idea of what to be prepared for.

If you’re planning on moving to the area earlier than the week before you start, be sure to budget for that. We suggest that you bring enough money to afford your first month's rent, groceries, gas, winter clothes and any extracurricular activities you are going to want to do (there are so many tempting ways to spend your time, it will be tough to pass up).

TIME YOUR MOVE

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At our ski areas most positions, as well as many community positions, are seasonal. That means few jobs and little extra work is available during the off-season.

The off-season generally runs from late April to early June, and then again from late September until November, but it varies from town to town - so double check with your new manager.

If you’re planning to move here in advance of your start date, be sure to have enough money with you to live comfortably until payday.

EXPLORE HOUSING COSTS

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We have employee housing available for full-time winter employees on a limited basis. Because housing fills up rapidly, it’s not available to all employees.

The bulk of our employees live outside of employee housing. And because of our prime locations, cost of living is often fairly high. While many alternative housing options exist within our resort areas, it’s generally accepted that each bedroom of a rental property ranges from $600 to over $1,000 per month, depending on location and quality. It’s common to pay first and last month's rent and a security deposit upon signing a lease, so plan accordingly.

Many out-of-state applicants secure housing ahead of time online. Craigslist is increasingly popular for rentals. Or visit the classifieds sections of local publications.

Once you’re hired, you can also follow our employee resort social media channels to connect with other new employees and see if anyone is looking for a roommate or house.

For employee housing details, including information about office hours and locations, eligibility, deposit information and availability, please contact your resort’s HR office. Your new manager will also have this information, so don't be shy about asking.

It’s quite easy to get around our resort towns, and many people who live there seasonally don't have cars. Buses run throughout town regularly, and county buses travel between cities. Vail Resorts employees can get monthly bus passes at discounted rates.

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