Paycheck to Powder

Nov 1, 2004
Outside Magazine
skiing jobs

Relax, I'm a trained professional: tram driver Jon Bishop at Jackson Hole

SKI PATROLLER: What's better than getting fresh tracks on a big powder day? Tossing dynamite over cornices first! And you thought working patrol just meant wearing a cool red jacket, scanning lift tickets, and giving sled rides to beginners with mangled knees.
TRAM DRIVER: Somebody has to get the patrollers up the mountain, and there's no bigger powder snob than a tram driver. After all, the only thing better than tossing dynamite over cornices is getting free and clear tracks after the bombing and before the crowds. And the view from the tram's not bad, either.
GO-GO GIRL: Tommy Africa's, at Whistler Blackcomb, British Columbia, spearheaded the retro go-go trend ten years ago. Now clubs near ski resorts everywhere are getting in on the act. It's not a get-rich-quick job, but you'll look hot, get paid to dance, and keep your hips and back in shape—for on- and off-slope action.
CONCIERGE: When it comes to hotel service, Aspen's Little Nell (970-920-4600, has a righteous setup. Though its five concierges are paid a measly $7 an hour and have to attend to every last need of their superstar guests—whether it's fetching takeout for Ivana Trump or warming ski boots for Jordan's Queen Noor—the fringe benefits are outrageous: free skis, stock tips from guests in the know ("Which worked for me," says head ski concierge Ray McNutt), rides in $40 million private jets, and $5,000 tips from rock stars. —Peter Oliver and Tasha Zemke