For questions about the application process, contact our Hiring Coordinator, Christin, at our Business Office in Bellingham at 360-734-6771
WHO WE ARE & WORKING HERE
Welcome! We’re glad you found your way to us and are considering working at Baker this winter.
If you do end up getting a job here, whether it's for one or a lifetime of winters, for certain your time here will have a lasting impact on your connection with nature, personal growth, and experience in the workplace.
This place is rugged, beautiful, challenging, AND one of the snowiest and most remote ski areas in the world. Working in this environment is a unique job experience – to say the least!
Mt. Baker Ski Area is 100% off the grid at the end of a two lane mountain road. We sit at the edge of the wilderness between Mt. Baker and Mt. Shuksan, surrounded on all sides by the scenic wild mountains of the North Cascades. We have 8 chairlifts, 2 base areas and 3 lodges.
Here at Baker, we are not controlled by equity firms, off-shore banks or a big conglomerate. In fact, we are one of a handful of independently operated and originally owned ski areas still left in the United States. Our President and General Manager, Duncan Howat has been the manager here 50...yes, count ‘em...50 years and many of us working here now literally built this ski area with our own hands, hearts and ideas. We are proud of our contributions to our local, as well as the ski and snowboard, communities. We are Mt. Baker and we are here to ski and snowboard.
Working in the mountains is not always easy. You will have your share of dark early mornings in sideways snowstorms and soggy gloves. But these challenges are also part of the great opportunity to be part of the very special business that is recreation; where our jobs are to help each other and our customers have fun, enjoy our natural world, spend time with friends and family, shred pow (or at least try to) and continue to make Mt. Baker a good place to be.
We know the job application process can be tedious and dry, but if you think you could make a good contribution to helping make this place run this winter, go ahead and drop in because we look forward to learning more about you and your reasons for wanting to work with us.
If you have any questions about the application process, feel free to contact Christin at our Business Office in Bellingham and she can help you out; [email protected] or 360-734-6771.
I wish you well in the hiring process and we hope to see you on the mountain.Gwyn Howat – Executive Vice President and Operations Manager
photo: Gwyn in Start Shack at Legendary Banked Slalom by Kevin T. McHugh
WORK SCHEDULE & WINTER SEASON
Start Date & Winter Season
If hired, orientation and training for 2018-19 season occurs on the weekend of November 3rd and 4th with normal scheduled work beginning whenever the ski area opens.
Mt. Baker Ski Area opens as soon as we have enough natural snowfall to operate. This typically happens in mid to late November and our last scheduled day of the season is at the end of April.
During the ski and snowboarding season Mt. Baker’s business depends on employees being able to work on scheduled days which will include key weekends and holidays such as Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Winter Break, New Year’s Day, Presidents Day, Legendary Banked Slalom Weekend, Easter Weekend, Spring Break, etc. While special circumstances may be accommodated on a case by case basis, know that unavailability at these key times may affect your job status in a given department.
Jobs are typically grouped into two types of schedules;
1. Jobs that are typically between 2 and 4 days a week with between 4 and 20 hours per week (Seasonal Part-Time)
2. Jobs that are typically between 3 and 5 or more days a week with between 15 and 56 hours per week (Seasonal Variable Hour)
These estimated hours will vary by department, review job descriptions for more information.
WAGES • BENEFITS • TRANSPORTATION • HOUSING
Jobs at Mt. Baker Ski Area have a base and starting wage rate of $11.50/hour unless otherwise noted. Please note that effective January 1, 2019 base and starting wage rates will increase to $12.00/hour. Increases for experience, merit, and tenure possible.
- Paid sick leave – earned on each hour you work
- Off-duty skiing and riding privileges at Mt. Baker Ski Area with your employee ID
- 4 discounted lift tickets for your friends and family with NO BLACKOUT DATES
- Ski or ride for free at other ski areas participating in the Pacific Northwest Ski Area’s Exchange Program – some limits apply to this program.
- Free employee shuttle from designated locations to the ski area and back on days you work
- Free made-to-order breakfast and sack lunch on days you work available in employee lodge
- Discounts on food in the day lodge any day
- Discounts on retail items, equipment rentals, repairs, and instruction
Transportation & Employee Shuttles
If your housing is off the mountain, it is key you have reliable transportation and/or utilize our free employee shuttles. Free employee shuttles transport employees who are scheduled to work that day from designated locations in Bellingham, Maple Falls and Glacier to and from Mt. Baker Ski Area; with the exception of part-time instructors and employees who are required to work before shuttles arrive - these employees will need to provide their own transportation to the ski area.
A limited number of room & board dormitory style housing accommodations are available for qualified and authorized employees. The supervisor of the department in which you apply will need to recommend you to our Housing Coordinator for an application, as you will need to apply separately for housing. If your ability to work here is dependent on receiving employee housing, please note this on your application to begin the process of approval. Fees for room & board, including dinner, are $372/month.
Seasonal job benefits and info subject to change and subject to terms & conditions.