Stratton Mountain Ski Resort Reviews

Updated December 22, 2014
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  1. Great Seasonal Work

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Stratton Mountain, VT
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Stratton Mountain, VT

    I have been working at Stratton Mountain Ski Resort

    Pros

    Hours are great, coworkers are super friendly and helpful, the perks for full time employees are great, and everyone is wiling to lend a hand while you get on your feet if you are new to the area. There are no blackout dates for employees to use their season passes which is fantastic.

    Cons

    Perks for family/friends could be tweaked a little bit - I'm not asking to be given a season pass for every one of my friends, but not having to prove my long term relationship in order to get my partner a pass seems a little absurd to me.

    Recommends
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  2. A great way to spend time outside in the winter. Meet great people.

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    Current Employee - Ski Instructor
    Current Employee - Ski Instructor

    I have been working at Stratton Mountain Ski Resort part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    As an instructor you will ski with great skiers and become better yourself. Lots of private lessons for certified instructors.

    Cons

    It can be cold.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We need a raise

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  3. Great, Fun Place to Work

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    Current Employee - SnowSports School in Stratton Mountain, VT
    Current Employee - SnowSports School in Stratton Mountain, VT

    I have been working at Stratton Mountain Ski Resort part-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    If you have a zest for life and enjoy the outdoors this could be a great seasonal position for you! Stratton was built from the ground up primarily due to its ski school attracting high class outdoor enthusiasts in the 1960's and 1970's. The Jackie Bouvier crowd flocked to this destination, as the young energetic staff not only taught students during the day but also partied it up Apres Ski style at night- creating quite the atmosphere. Not much has changed, although the clientele has become more diverse.

    The outlying area offers affordable places to live, and the full and part-time staff are some of the best people you will ever meet. Great attitudes all around, especially when the snow flies.

    If you are looking for a great winter job, that will bring you quality of life, and something to do everyday- this is the place for you.

    Cons

    There's not many cons to this job if you love riding. As long as snow is on the ground most things can be worked through- and a ticket to ride is a wonderful thing.

    But if I were pressed to say the biggest con to working at the mountain- it would have to be corporate agenda. Leadership is lacking at the mountain, as it has become far more corporate in recent years. This is evident in the rollback in employee perks, discounts, and benefits (full time seasonal employees no longer receive health benefits). While well requested and liked instructors will continue to be requested for private lessons which pay 2-3 times the base rate per hour, the trend of taking more and more perks away from front line employees continues to wear on the most loyal, longest tenured staff who have watched this trend slowly and sadly continue for over a decade now. The most troubling part of this is that the corporate nature shows very little loyalty to many of the employees who helped build the culture and popularity of the mountain in the 80's and 90's.

    While the ski-school staff itself is very fair and transparent with a great leadership staff- beware the 'yes-man' attitude with some of the corporate staff. While everyone smiles, and is very polite and caring face to face- you just get the feeling that ambition is not necessarily welcomed, and may be seen as a threat to some kind of corporate agenda and the accountants thousands of miles away at Intrawests home office.

    While this is a GREAT place to work for a winter or two, dedicated front line employees cannot really rely on the company to look out for you or your best interest over the long run, luckily most piers and managers will. Great Staff, and Great seasonal jobs, but not the ideal place to target if you are interested in a career.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Read above.... Take a page from former GE chairman Jack Welch and 'protect the core'. The mountain's success was rooted in great front-line employees that became familiar faces to visitors/guests. Familiar faces turn into friends when visitors/guests make the economic investment to buy property at the resort (and Intrawest is a Real Estate company).

    But if you alienate the familiar faces the guests have come to know, and don't take care of them- you seriously risk watering down your product. At the end of the day you cannot control how much white stuff mother nature blesses you with, but you can do a better job of taking care of loyal employees which have the personal relationships with your customer base. At the end of the day 'word of mouth' advertising is still what is going to attract new blood to the resort and when your employees are so friendly with your high end clients- you seriously risk upsetting the character and culture of what the mountain was built on. Protect the core.

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  5. Food and Beverage Supervisor

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    Former Employee - Food and Beverage Supervisor in Stratton Mnt, VT
    Former Employee - Food and Beverage Supervisor in Stratton Mnt, VT

    I worked at Stratton Mountain Ski Resort full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Free Season Pass
    Wonderful Employees to work with
    Potential to move up in the company

    Cons

    Employee housing was not the best situation, but this is very dependent on the housing manager put in charge for the year - this position usually changes.

    Being a seasonal job, it is rare that people stay for more than one year, making it so things have to be re-taught year after year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fix the housing situation

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6. Fun place to work has a student

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    Current Employee - Ski Instructor
    Current Employee - Ski Instructor

    I have been working at Stratton Mountain Ski Resort part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Free pass, on the slopes all day, co workers are all younger and fun.

    Cons

    Pay wasn't that great, not enough work opportunities year round

    Recommends
  7. Fun ski instructing experience

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    Current Employee - Ski Instructor in Stratton, VT
    Current Employee - Ski Instructor in Stratton, VT

    I have been working at Stratton Mountain Ski Resort part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Young instructors, promotion opportunities, tips, free season pass.

    Cons

    Sometimes the screaming 5-year-olds aren't the most fun.

    Recommends
  8. ski bum for life because of stratton

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    Current Employee - Lift Foreman in Stratton Mountain, VT
    Current Employee - Lift Foreman in Stratton Mountain, VT

    I have been working at Stratton Mountain Ski Resort full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Stratton offers amazing skiing and riding, and many opportunities to take advantage of your pass. I have so much fun working here each winter and hope to continue my relationship with this mountain.

    Cons

    It gets really windy on Stratton so winter can be brutal. Sometimes the odd guest is determined to have a bad time on vacation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please dont stop giveing the lifties ride breaks, morale is so important to a positive guest experience.

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  9. Great place to work - but understand compensation, culture and employee limitations

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    Current Employee - Adult School Ski Instructor
    Current Employee - Adult School Ski Instructor

    I have been working at Stratton Mountain Ski Resort part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The Stratton ski school enjoys a great reputation both in the northeast and nationally. The adult school supervisors are well respected in the industry. There are a lot of awesome instructors, collegiality among the rank and file, supportive environment and genuine commitment to the resort guests. Stratton has an employee cafeteria that is subsidized by the resort and the food is actually pretty decent. Part and full-time ski school employees qualify for a free season ski pass...

    Cons

    If you make a real commitment to Stratton, you need to understand a few realities. First, resort management is beholden to their corporate overseers to show an aggressive profit. That being said, management is pressed to maintain the status quo (i.e. tightly control costs) around the resort and therefore doesn't invest in game changing innovation, compensation or enlightened ways of doing things. Understand that the chief winter investment is snow making - not resort infrastructure. The ski school makes a profit, but sadly employee compensation is stubbornly average or below industry standards - and that's not likely to change. Puts additional pressure from instructors to cultivate as many tips from guests as possible. Despite a typically affluent Stratton customer base, tips can ebb and flow with the economy or other factors like limited compensation for group lessons. While instructor perks include a season lift ticket and subsidized food and beverage, the real pay-off is building your portfolio of private lessons business. That's where the action is and where you'll gain the most satisfaction and $$ as an employee.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to take a detailed examination of ski resort employee compensation and make needed adjustments accordingly. Management makes a big presence with moral boosting presentations at the annual fall employee orientation. But they then fall into an invisible mode during the entire season relying on employee surveys at the end to find out what's going on. The top manager was never seen in the ski school building by employees the entire last season. That's unacceptable. Heighten your presence around the resort. Interact with employees. Make them feel appreciated. Talk to guests. You'll be amazed what you'll learn. We are in the people business. Lead the way ...

    Recommends
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  10. Positive experience working for the adult ski school

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Stratton Mountain Ski Resort part-time

    Pros

    Fellow ski instructors are fantastic. For the most part it's a collaborative and collegial environment, everyone is teaching because they want to be there. The staff side of the ski school is friendly and they are willing to accommodate special requests for leave or an emergency. I would highly recommend the Stratton ski school for a part time, weekend pursuit.

    Cons

    Don't expect to be paid much, remember, they're paying you to be on the slopes and you get a season pass. If it's a slow day with students and you're new, you may not get a class all day but you still have to be present for the line-up unless released for the entire day. There's no pay if you don't teach. However that gives you time to ski!

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    Positive Outlook

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