Stratton Mountain Ski Resort is located in Vermont, USA, on the east coast. It is around 10 minutes drive from the mountain town of Bondville. There is also a small resort town at the base of the hill. Stratton is less than 4 hours from NYC, 3 hours from Boston, 2 hours from Burlington, Vermont and about 4 hours from Montreal.
Stratton was established in 1961, and expanded rapidly into one of Vermont's largest ski areas. Stratton sits at 3,875 feet and offers a beautiful view on the Green Mountains.
Stratton's ski area covers 624 acres and includes 94 ski trails. One of the most powerful snowmaking systems in Southern Vermont, Stratton has snow guns on 93% of the mountain to ensure top snow conditions throughout the season.
• Elevation at the summit: 1,181 meters / 3,875 feet
• Vertical drop: 611 meters / 2,003 feet
• Number of trails: 94
• Average annual snowfall: 460 cm / 180 inches
Stratton is a great beginner mountain but has varied terrain for more advanced riders. There are some great woods to explore, and the parks keep getting better and better. Stratton is located pretty close to many other mountains though so it’s easy to go for day trips to check out what other mountains have to offer.
If you’re really into Parks, Stratton is about 40 minutes from Carinthia at Mount Snow, which is known for some pretty amazing features. Other local mountains include my personal favorite on a powder day, Magic (steep, small, never crowded, and has that old-school feel), Bromley, Okemo, and Killington/Pico.
We really care about the kind of people we’re hiring. We look for people who we think will mesh well with the culture we promote – people who are excited and passionate about life! We look for people who are positive, motivated, and know how to have fun while working hard!
For instructors, Stratton expects higher level instructors to have their certificates at the time of hire. Entry level instructors are offered some training, but mostly are geared towards guest service.
Your ride time will depend on your job. Even if it’s just a few runs at lunch, or cutting out an hour early on powder days – we get out there as much as we can.
The best thing about working at a ski resort is that your days off fall on week days, when the mountain’s pretty much just employees and locals. It’s awesome and not uncommon to find yourself on a trail all by yourself or just with the friends you’re riding with.
Stratton has people from all over the country. Most seasonal workers are in their mid 20s to mid 30s.
Check out the video below on Stratton's 2013/14 winter:
Apply online at stratton.com/jobs. Just apply for one job, and mention in your cover letter that you’re open to other jobs also. We are looking for people that are passionate about life and what they do. Creativity and humor is always welcome, especially after looking at hundreds of applications, but please keep it professional. Tell the truth. We’re going to find out who you are eventually, so just be yourself. Include a work reference or two.
Stratton does a combination of phone, Skype, and in person interviews.
Stratton is not hiring people on J1 visas for the 2014/15 season, nor sponsoring applicants for H2B visas except outside a specialized program.
Stratton starts posting jobs for the winter season in late summer. Keep checking the website through early fall and into December. We try to have most jobs filled by Thanksgiving. Some jobs remain posted throughout the season, so if you see something mid-season then go for it. We will also be hosting a few Hiring Events throughout September and October. These dates will be posted on the Stratton Mountain website as the hiring season approaches.
Stratton offers employee housing but it is very limited and not guaranteed.There is a separate application process to get in- and references will be checked. It can be challenging to find housing in the area – and can be expensive, so plan ahead.
Craigslist is a good online resource to use to find a place to rent. Local newspapers are The Manchester Journal, The Message, and The VT Newsguide. Being a rural area, a lot of it is word of mouth and people still post ads on bulletin boards in the grocery store. If you have a place to stay for a few days to get acquainted with the area, that’s usually the best way to meet people and hear about openings. You can use the forum to get in touch with new hires that need to make connections for roommates and house shares.
Towns to look for that are within a reasonable driving distance are: Bondville, Winhall, Manchester, Jamaica, Rawsonville, Townshend, Newfane, Londonderry, South Londonderry, Chester, and Peru. There are plenty of seasonal rooms and houses to rent for the winter.
Stratton is committed to the employee experience, and we dedicate ourselves to the active pursuit of health, well-being, and work/life balance. Along with your free season’s pass, our generous perks program allows employees to select the little extras that make sense for them. Perks to choose from are sports center and golf memberships, vouchers for friends and family, and ski passes for dependents.
Full time Stratton employees get free day tickets to Magic and Bromley Mountains (within 30 minutes of us), and receive industry rates at all other ski areas (except for weekends and holidays). Full time employees are also eligible to receive 5 free consecutive days and lodging discounts at other Intrawest resorts: Steamboat, Winter Park, Tremblant, and Snowshoe. All employees get retail and food and beverage discounts at most locations on the mountain.
The right clothing: Be sure to ask your new manager/supervisor about dress code or recommended clothing/footwear for the job you will be doing, especially if you’re working outdoors. They can give you some great tips for layering and staying warm and dry. Proper footwear is really important! Keep in mind that our winters can be unpredictable. A day could start out sunny and warm and by the end of your shift, it may be snowing. Be prepared for anything!
Transportation: This part of southern Vermont does not have public transportation. The village of Stratton is at the very top of a long and winding access road, so we recommend that you bring your own transportation or make arrangements with friends or family for rides to and from work. If you do have your own vehicle, be sure to invest in some good snow tires, and make sure you have an emergency kit in your car at all times in case you get stuck somewhere.
Money: Bring enough to live on for a few weeks. Depending on when you arrive and start working, you may not get paid for at least three weeks because of how our payroll cycles work. If you don’t have a vehicle, it can be hard to find your way to a bank. We recommend that you set up direct deposit when you arrive. Make sure you have a little bit of a cushion until you are fully settled.
There's always something happening at Stratton Mountain. Winter brings parties and races, snowshoe hikes, snowmobile tours, snow tubing, fireworks, the new 24 Hours of Stratton, plus snowboard and freestyle events, boarder-cross camps and so much more.
Most employees head to Grizzly’s when the mountain closes, and from there to the Green Door Pub for live music, DJs, pool tournaments and all around good vibes. Some popular events during the winter are the TorchLight parade (think skiing/riding down the mountain at night with all your friends holding torches...) and the Annual Pond Skim.
The best day is Employee Ski Day – the day after the mountain officially closes, where the lifts are open for employees only. We have a huge feast and drinks are super cheap. People also BBQ at spots all over the mountain and it’s an awesome way to end the season.
Summer and fall events include free concerts, live music in the Village, brewfest and chili cook-off, Wanderlust music and yoga, a Farm to Table Food Festival, kayaking, and hiking.
Off the mountain, most people just chill with friends at home. But there are a lot of local bars and restaurants in the area. One of the most popular spots is an Irish pub called The Red Fox, with nightly (cheap) food specials and some pretty amazing bands.