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Mt. Baker Ski Area Reviews

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  1. "Snowboard Instruction at Baker"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Mt. Baker Ski Area part-time

    Pros

    Free pass, Lots of time to snowboard, Awesome discounts, and most of all: lifetime connections at the mountain!

    Cons

    Pay barely pays for your gas and food for the day (unless you get a tip

    Advice to Management

    Pay your Instructors more!!


  2. "Ski Instructor"

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    Former Employee - Sli Instructor
    Former Employee - Sli Instructor
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Mt. Baker Ski Area part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great mtn with a lot of snow. Excellent access to the backcountry. However all of these points speak to the geography of the mtn, and no the job or management.

    Cons

    Ski instructors are treated extremely poorly. Management has only ever known one job - working at Mt Baker. They don't participate in industry functions or communicate with other management / owners at other resorts. They are in their own little world.

    In management's defense, WWU is just down the road and plenty of 20some year old dirt bags are willing to sell their soul to Live The Dream - crash on a friend's couch in Glacier, WA and work at Baker for the pass. However when someone who is a profssional comes along they are treated like that 20some year old dirt bag. It brings the entire guest experience down.

    Advice to Management

    Gwyn - break out of the PNW. Go to other resorts. Expand your vision. You have a diamond in the rough and can contribute mightily to the region and its people.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Just what you'd expect from a seasonal ski area job."

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    Former Employee - Custodian/Busser in Bellingham, WA
    Former Employee - Custodian/Busser in Bellingham, WA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Mt. Baker Ski Area full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Lots of like minded, friendly people. Every day felt like you were just hanging out with friends. Skiing/boarding every day was a definite plus. Even in years with bad snow, I felt like upper management did everything in their power to keep people employed.

    Cons

    When a business is run by a bunch of powderhounds, obviously there's going to be some chaos, but nothing too outrageous. The only real "con" I can think of was working with younger employees who just don't do their job.


  4. "Makes more sense to get a real job and buy a season pass instead"

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    Former Employee - Grunt in Glacier, WA
    Former Employee - Grunt in Glacier, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Mt. Baker Ski Area part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Free season pass and employee discount on food and retail purchases.

    Cons

    High employee turnover is an indication of poor treatment of employees and low wages. Customer service isn't a priority at Mt Baker, just take a look at the long lines for food and poorly trained workers in every department from lot attendants to ski school. Employee training isn't emphasized since the turnover is so high, hence customer service suffers.

    Advice to Management

    Improve employee satisfaction and retention through better working conditions, higher pay, and/or more perks.


  5. "A Great Experience"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellingham, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellingham, WA
    Recommends

    Pros

    One of Best Locations on Earth with challenging weather and customer service format that shows you what you need to get to in order to succeed

    Cons

    There are so many things going on at the same time that usually the performance you are doing as an individual gets either gets overlooked, misrepresented or even parts of it lost completely.


  6. "Dream job on a beautiful mountain"

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    Former Employee - Ski Instructor
    Former Employee - Ski Instructor
    Recommends

    Pros

    Free ski pass.
    Ski exchange (free lift passes at various near by resorts).
    Amazing mountain with lots of snow and challenging terain.
    The senior instructors are amazing people who are always willing to answer questions or educate you on both skiing and instructing.
    Many clinics offered to help improve skiing, teaching, and work towards PSIA Certification.
    Jake (the boss man) is very in tune to what his employees are telling him and is always willing to work with employees when issues arise. Great boss!

    Cons

    Coustomers don't tip too offten.
    The drive is long from town.
    Not a fixed schedule. When you want to go to the mountain you absolutly have to check in at 3 times during the day. This breaks up your skiing and doesn't allow any true days off to ski at Mt. Baker.
    There is not much appreciation for ski instructors in head management, maybe because the are so many of us.

    Advice to Management

    Do not treat the ski instructors as a nucesence. Your mountain needs a ski school. You are very lucky that you have excellent direct managment and supervisers in instruction who are working hard to keep employee moral high.