Mount Washington seeks seasonal workers for upcoming ski season

Mount Washington seeks seasonal workers for upcoming ski season

With the ski season just around the corner, Vancouver Island’s largest ski resort held a job fair in a bid to find seasonal workers amid a labour shortage.

Mount Washington Alpine Resort hosted a job fair on Oct. 17 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Comox Valley Visitors Centre.

Kayla Stockton, Mount Washington’s marketing manager, said in an email statement to CHEK News Saturday that they will be looking to fill the same amount of employees in a normal winter season, which can be up to 800 workers. She also says most positions are filled but are finding difficulty in one area this year.

“Our food and beverage department is struggling to find qualified employees; cooks, servers,” said Stockton. “These positions make great tips here in the winter. Lift operators are also needed, it takes quite a few to run the resort.”

Mount Washington employs around 100 workers year-round and relies on fewer international seasonal workers than other ski resorts in the province.

Stockton says international workers typically account for around 10 per cent of employees at the resort. She also says most of the resort’s employees are Vancouver Island locals, who work especially in casual roles during the winter and are drawn to the work at the resort because of free season passes and other perks.

“We have a really fun and open-minded work environment that ultimately is based around outdoor recreation and play,” said Stockton.

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