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October ushers in the beginning of many changes for people here in the Mad River Valley. From the vibrant colors that appear in the trees (and the leaf peepers that follow) to the final harvests of the year, to shorter days and the first frost of the winter; it is a season of change for everyone. For us at Sugarbush that is obviously true as well. Here in Human Resources, October means a change in focus towards recruiting and the start of job fair season. We are hosting and attending job fairs all over the state in an effort to recruit the best employees possible. From visiting State Park luncheons to setting up tables in the bustling hallways of UVM, we aim to leave no stone unturned in the search for our seasonal staff.

These job fairs are a real pleasure for me. They serve as an opportunity to meet new people who are enthusiastic about potentially working in the ski industry, and allow me to share with people what makes working at Sugarbush so special. One of the most common questions I hear at job fairs is whether or not Sugarbush is a fun place to work. Even more specifically I am asked if I enjoy being here. I am lucky to be able to answer both with a resounding “YES”.  I get to tell job fair attendees about the fun work environment, the focus on employee wellness, and the oh so wonderful ability to ski and ride where you work. Even when it becomes clear that employment at Sugarbush might not be the right fit for a certain job seeker, I often find myself continuing to talk with them about some of their favorite memories of visiting Sugarbush. In these moments I am able to see just how many people Sugarbush has positively impacted over the years, and it makes representing them at job fairs that much more fun.

The hiring needs of a ski resort are often so large that the populations of the surrounding towns are not enough to meet the demand, which is why we are also investing more than ever in an employee housing program.  This includes offering housing to employees at the mountain, as well as the establishment of our Tenants For Turns program; a program that seeks to incentivize local landlords to rent to Sugarbush employees for the season in exchange for a discounted season pass or membership to the Sugarbush Health and Recreation Center. Through this program, we have managed to find housing for many employees who would otherwise not be able to spend their season at Sugarbush.

We welcome you to come meet us at a job fair, whether it is to learn about employment opportunities, ask a question about the mountain, or just chat about some of your favorite Sugarbush experiences. In the coming weeks, Sugarbush will be represented at Crossett Brook Middle School on October 11th, at Northern Vermont University on October 17th, and we will be hosting on-site job fairs on October 19th and November 7th in Castlerock Pub and Rumble’s Kitchen respectively.