VT ski areas offer retirement, health insurance, housing for lift operators - VPR

Vermont ski areas are desperate for help. Finding employees for temporary, low-pay, outdoor jobs like lift operator is challenging even in tough economic times. But with unemployment below 3%, ski areas are offering these workers benefits like housing, retirement, and health care. 

""I think a lot of people have jobs. So we do struggle a bit with in-state hires," Heslin said. "A lot of my hires do come from out-of-state. We have been expanding our housing programs here at Sugarbush and it has proven to be very helpful."

Employee housing is a more recent addition to the benefits and perks at Sugarbush, and the resort plans to build more space to house its workers. It also offers free ski passes, lessons, discounted food and day care to its employees."

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