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Be Better Here | Work for Sugarbush
Employee PerksThese days, working at a ski resort is about more than just free skiing or snowboarding. At Sugarbush, you will find a wide array of benefits seasonally or year-round depending on your role. Aside from joining a fun and passionate team, you can enjoy benefits including:
- Sugarbush Season Pass for all employees
- Free or discounted (depending on classification) Sugarbush Season Pass for dependents - this includes spouse/domestic partner & children under 26 years old
- Free Alterra Mountain Company Employee & Dependent Season Passes – good at all Alterra owned destinations
- Unlimited introduction letters for 50% off day tickets at IKON partner resorts
- Free skiing at Mad River Glenn (Monday-Friday non holidays)
- 10 - discounted lift tickets for your friends & family guests
- Discounted golf, mountain biking and fitness center memberships
- Retail and Food and Beverage discounts
- 401(k) with generous company match
- Company-paid sick time for ALL employees
- Year-round benefits include health, dental, vision, legal & pet insurance, paid parental leave, vacation & sick time, free Ikon Pass, and more
- Local partner discounts- 25% off at Lawsons Finest Liquids and more!
- Industry Pro Deals- 60% off Smith and more
- Onsite employee childcare
- Hotel & Lodging discounts
Sugarbush offers employee housing, it is first come/first serve. It fills up quickly, so act fast and contact HR if you are interested.
However, seasonal employees also can find housing from the Tenants for Turns list provided to them by the HR Office. Homeowners or landlords that are interested in listing their rental through the Tenants for Turns program should read below for more information.
Other housing resources in the local areas:Craigslist
Front Porch Forum
The Valley Reporter
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Tenants for Turns
To assist employees in finding affordable housing for the winter season, we are offering local area homeowners incentives to rent to Sugarbush employees through the Tenants for Turns program. Tenants for Turns is a community-based program aimed at benefiting both local homeowners and Sugarbush employees. We want to reward local homeowners and landlords for renting to Sugarbush employees!rich-text, responsive-table
How does it work?
- Local homeowners and landlords fill out an application to advertise their rental with us.
- We maintain a list of rentals, and make it available to any hired employee.
- Once we receive a signed rental agreement the landlord will receive one of the following incentives of their choice:
- A 2022/2023 Sugarbush Premium Season Pass for $100
- A Family or Individual Health and Recreation Center (SHaRC) Membership for the 2022/2023 Winter Season.
- 10 All Mtn Lift Ticket Vouchers
Are you an interested landlord or homeowner?
Do you have an available house, spare bedroom, apartment, or tiny house in the area? Would you like to ski or ride this winter at Sugarbush at a significantly discounted rate, or enjoy the amenities at the SHaRC for free? Agree to list your rental through our Tenants for Turns program and rent to a Sugarbush employee this winter and be eligible for one of the incentives listed above.
How can a homeowner/landlord sign up?
The Sugarbush Vision
Our mission here at Sugarbush is to cultivate a spirit of lifelong adventure and camaraderie. Sugarbush is a place where families and individuals of all ages can dream, discover, explore and thrive as they pursue their own individual adventures.
We do believe that life is better here in the Mad River Valley, and we are committed to making Sugarbush a better place as well. We also want our guests and our employees to feel and get better by being part of our special community. In life, many of us share a desire to live our lives tomorrow a little better than today. Call it what you will. Motivation. Drive. Perseverance. But every day, we have the opportunity to get a little better. Up here at Sugarbush, we're into following our passions and improving on them at every turn. We want to ski a little harder, jump a little higher, and catch some more air. We want to serve a little faster, drive a bit longer, and make a bigger splash.
Our mission applies to all of our employees as well as our guests. We hope that you not only do your jobs as well as you can but that you also feel part of our family and experience the fun of adventure that Sugarbush offers and the sense of camaraderie too with our guests and fellow teammates.
And when you're not working, well, hit the trails on your mountain bike, take a few runs off the Castlerock chair, or use your employee discount for a cozy, fireside dinner at Rumble's Kitchen. Take advantage of this glorious place we call home. We think you'll find that at Sugarbush, you, too, can Be Better Here.rich-text, responsive-table
What We're Looking for
Are you a candidate?
- Do you want to join an all-star team dedicated to delivering an unparalleled guest experience?
- Do you yearn for a job that celebrates your unique talents and offers opportunities for growth and career advancement?
- Are you a passionate outdoor enthusiast always looking for your next adventure?
- Would you like to work for a company whose principles of respect, integrity, team work and sustainability are embedded in the culture and practiced daily by its employees?
- Wouldn’t you like to actually have fun at work?
- Chairlift meeting anyone?
J-1 Student Visa
Thank you for your interest in Sugarbush Resort! We have a great program for international students to work at our resort during the winter and summer seasons.
For all our student travelers,we require that you work from mid-December through the end of March. Please do not apply if you cannot commit to work the full season.
In order to participate, you must obtain a J-1 visa through a student organization. We currently work with CIEE. If you are a J-1 applicant interested in applying to our resort, please contact CIEE to arrange an interview.
Feel free to email us should you have any additional questions.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do you have a question that is not listed here? Feel free to email us a email@example.com.
How long does it take to complete the application?
You should first prepare yourself with dates of employment, school information, skills and qualifications (and a resume if you are attaching one). Once ready, you should be able to complete the online application in 10 minutes.
I just submitted my application, how long before I hear from someone?
Immediately after you "submit" your online application, you will be directed to a confirmation screen, letting you know that your application was successfully uploaded. If you do not receive this confirmation, please contact Human Resources at 802-583-6380 to troubleshoot. Once your application is received, we will review and send it to the appropriate hiring managers provided that you meet minimum qualifications for that position. If you do not hear from a hiring manager in about 5 business days, then you are welcome to call HR to check on the status of your application.
Can I fax or email my resume directly to you?
In order to best maintain our applicant records, we require that you go through our online application system. You may upload your resume during that time.
I don't have a computer; can I just apply in person?
Yes, you are welcome to come to the HR office to complete an application. We are located on the Sugarbush Access Road, on the left hand side before the Lincoln Peak area/parking lot.
Can I apply for more than one job?
Absolutely. We encourage you to consider a variety of positions. Just be sure to carefully consider your interests, skills and schedule.
I'm open to any job that you will give me. Why should I be specific on the application?
You have a far better chance of getting hired if you list a specific position on your application rather than simply listing "any" as your choice. Given the large number of applications that we receive there is little time for us to review your qualifications and think through which position might be best for you. We prefer that you take time to consider your interests and skills and apply for a specific position (preferably one that is posted on our employment page) that you feel is most suitable.
What if I want to apply for a job that is not listed on the employment page?
Not listing a position from our current postings of available positions will generally result in a delayed response (or even no response) from a hiring manager. Our priority is to fill currently posted positions. However, sometimes an applicant may be looking to get a jump on the upcoming season and therefore will apply for an upcoming position not listed on our job board. Such applications will still be accepted and forwarded to managers; but again, applicants should expect a delayed response. We will keep all applications/resumes on file for up to six months.
I have time during my school break to work, can you use me for such a short period?
For the most part, we are looking for hires that can be with us throughout the season; however, there are opportunities for employment during our busy holiday periods. You can always apply and then discuss this possibility with a hiring manager. Just be sure to indicate your dates of availability on your application, even if you only have a general idea.
I only have time to work on weekends, is that ok?
Schedule requirements differ from department to department. After applying for a position, you can discuss scheduling with a hiring manager.
What if I can't work holidays?
Our busiest times of the season are during holidays, and staff is expected to be available during these time periods. Again, after applying for a position, you can discuss scheduling with a hiring manager.
Can I work at the mountain even if I have never skied or snowboarded before?
Sure. One of the benefits of working here is a ski pass for the season. We also offer employees free skiing/riding lessons. Everyone has a chance to "Be Better Here."
Can I work in more than one position?
Yes, in some cases employees are able to work more than one job at the resort. But keep in mind that during busy periods, employee may find it challenging to satisfy the scheduling requirements of numerous departments/positions. Therefore, employees should carefully consider the demands and expectation of any position they are considering.
How often do employees get paid/how long before I can get my first check?
Sugarbush employees are paid biweekly (on Friday) with the workweek running Saturday through Friday. New employees can expect to receive their first paycheck the week after they begin. Direct deposit, an efficient and fast way to get paid, is available to all employees and takes about two weeks to set-up.
How long until I receive my season pass?
Each employee is issued their season's pass, known as the Employee ID, after all paperwork and orientation is complete.
Will my spouse and children also be eligible to receive a season pass?
Dependent benefits are provided based on your employment status and length of service. You may check with HR or the hiring manager if you have specific questions.
How can I learn about transportation opportunities?
During the winter season, the Mad Bus is a free shuttle service available to anyone in the Valley. Routes cross a wide area of the resort on a frequent basis.
I was just hired. What forms of ID do I need to bring to complete my paperwork?
Great question. In accordance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act, you will be required to present documents that establish your legal eligibility to work in the United States. The "I-9" is the federal form used to establish this identity and requires very specific types of identification. The most simple method of compliance is to present a U.S. Passport. All forms of presented ID must be currently valid. Alternatively, you could provide a driver license or school identification card ALONG WITH a social security card or birth certificate.
I worked here before; do I still need to complete a new application?
Yes, you do. ALL previous employees interested in working again at Sugarbush need to complete a new application. Even if a previous managers suggests that you will be rehired next season, you still need to complete the application before you can be rehired.
I worked here before; do I still need to complete paperwork?
Yes, you do. Returning employees need to complete and sign particular forms each time they are rehired. This will include the W-4 Tax form and federal I-9 form which establishes identity.
I attended the employee orientation last year. Do I need to do so again this year?
For many good reasons, Employee orientation is mandatory for all employees to complete on an annual basis. First to consider is that change happens. The orientation is a chance to get caught up with what's new and what's soon-to-come around the resort. There are updates on mountain operations, building projects, manager changes, employee benefits, events and more. More importantly, it is absolutely necessary that we take time to review legal, wellness/safety and guest service topics which are significant to all employees.
Do I get health insurance?
Health insurance is offered to core and regular employees (9 months to year round positions). For information about your eligibility or details about benefits, check in with your manager or with Human Resources.
Human Resources HOURS
Weekdays 8:30AM – 5PM, closed on weekends
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