The Vermont Department of Labor will hold a virtual job fair Thursday in an effort to help the state’s ski resorts ramp up staffing for the coming season.
Molly Mahar, president of Ski Vermont said preseason pass sales have been good so far. But the state’s resorts still need staff. “The ski industry in the winter typically is about 13,000 jobs, and almost three quarters of those jobs are seasonal jobs,” Mahar said.
Amy Laramie, communication director at Killington, said the resort usually has about 1,900 staffers. This year, they expect to have 1,500 people.
“Last year we only had about 900 team members because we limited operations so much because of COVID,” Laramie said.
Laramie said Killington will bring in workers from Argentina, Chile, Mexico and Jamaica. The resort has also raised wages to $15 an hour this season. Stowe, Okemo and Mount Snow will also offer $15 an hour.
The U.S. ski industry lost an estimated $2 billion last winter, according to the National Ski Areas Association. But Laramie said Killington is optimistic about the season and eager to see people out on the slopes.
“It’s great to be out and about and skiing and riding,” Laramie.
Cindy Robillard of the Vermont Department of Labor said Thursday’s job fair will feature representatives from resorts around the state. “So it will be a nice representation of the industry in Vermont,” she said.