Your ‘rents telling you to give up the ski bum lifestyle? Here are a handful of other ways to take advantage of the powder while earning a paycheck.
Hitting the slopes on your day off can make anyone yearn to trade in the cubical life for a career of sunshine and snow. But since most of us aren’t cut out to be Olympic skiers, here are some other job options that come with downhill perks — or at least close proximity to powder.
While most of these ski industry careers still fall into the dream job category, if your heart’s set on the slopes, take a look!
When injuries, accidents, or avalanches occur, you’re the first on the scene. While spending the day rescuing skiers, providing medical care, and enforcing regulations can be stressful — not to mention it won’t make you rich — the rewards can be high.
Not only do you generally get to be an all-around mountain hero, the job comes with free ski passes, promo gear, and the chance to be first on the mountain every morning.
Average salary: $15,000 – $28,000
Designing snowboards is one of the most competitive fields of niche art, but it’s also a seriously cool profession. Mixing engineering know-how with a strong dose of creativity and style, you fashion boards that can flex well, handle rails and hold an edge in deep powder. And, of course, you must personally test each and every one of your products on snowy days.
Average salary: $32,000 – $96,000
Playing in the snow is fun, but it can also lead to aches, pains and tight muscles. As a ski resort’s in-house massage therapist, your job is to ease these minor ailments and help your clients relax after a long day on the drifts.
The perks? Beyond free ski passes, many resorts have a “six inch policy” — if it snows six inches or more, day shifts are staggered so every workers gets to enjoy the powder.
Average salary: $17,000 – $69,000
When developers want to create a mountain tourism destination, they hire a team — headed up by a resort designer — to envision, plan and build it from scratch. As an alpine-themed mastermind, you offer services ranging from architecture and engineering, to environmental expertise, project management and interior design. In other words: You do it all.
Average salary: $42,000 – $123,000
Heli-skiing — skiing in areas so remote that a helicopter has to fly you in — ranks fairly high on the Dangerous Sports meter. But the presence of an experienced guide (that’s you!) can minimize the hazards for pleasure seekers and adrenaline junkies alike.
Risky? Yes. Some of the best skiing in the world? Definitely.
Average salary: $17,000 – $54,000
So, would you want any of these winter wonderland careers?
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