Thredbo wages

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  1. Kurt

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    I've got a lot of stuff coming up for the rest of the year and I really want to work at Thredbo but I need to be making reasonable money to make it possible. I just simply want to know if you have had a job at Thredbo what was it and how much were you making /hr or /week. I'm especially interested in snowmaking.


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  2. sastrugi

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    Sadly, you don't move to the snow to make money. You move there to have a good time. What wages you do earn, you spend socialising and on the slopes. There's no point doing a season and sitting at home in your room alone every night.

    That said, I don't know what the snowmakers earn. Where's smokinharry when you need him?
     
  3. Kurt

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    oh I know how the season lifestyle works, I'm just about to finish up a season in Whistler which has left me in lots of debt but of course I've had a great time. If I'm going to continue the snow bum life I'm going to need a better job though than what I had here because I don't want to spend all my life in debt. Therefore I'm after a good paying job at the snow no matter what I have to do. If I can't find one then I'll have to come back to reality and start wearing a suit.
     
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    One word.........................oxymoron
     
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  5. K10

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    Answered it yourself

    I asked the same question after spending a season in Canada
    I was told the high paid good jobs ( ie management etc) go to permanent positions not seasonal staff
    I didnt want to move there all year and I am too old to bunk with 20yr olds and drink all night in the Keller or wash dishes
    I also realised that I couldn't earn enough in a ski suit and had to keep putting on the business suit

    How I do it is work a few days and then ski when its good then back to work for some money
    However, driving sux from Sydney and you have to have a job thats flexible
    You also need to have accom available or be prepeared to camp like i do.

    Plus side is I get to ski nearly every week for atleast a few days of premium conditions when I choose to which beats a couple of hungover, crowded or shitty days off when I am rostered to.
     
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    So, you "know" how it works, but you haven't actually learned anything yet! Especially if you're enquiring about snowmaking roles! You want to make money at the snow? Get a business or marketing degree and be prepared to do a few seasons (year round) before you'll be accepted as a decent prospect for one of those roles. Cos they won't employ anyone for big bucks who'll be clearing out after 4 months. (An engineering degree is a safe bet too).

    Or. work hard, pay off your debts, get a job at the snow that you love, learn to live within your means and be very, very happy. Just don't expect to retire rich. Cos, as I said, you don't move to the snow to make money [​IMG]
     
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  7. Kurt

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    I didn't want to hear your life stories. I was just hoping for some figures if you have them. If you don't then you can make a suggestion but I don't have time to waste listening to your rubbish, I've got riding to do!
     
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  8. K10

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    OK then Kurt rather than give you advice as Sastrugi and I did i will stick to the facts

    I had a job
    It was called being a ski bum
    It payed SFA
    It was the best job I ever had [​IMG]

    Why coz you dont like what you hear? [​IMG]
    Good luck [​IMG]
     
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  9. Kurt

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    yeah I'm not after advice, stories or anything. I'll give you an example

    I shoveled snow at Whistler and got paid $18/hr. no benefits. it had it's up and downs.
     
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    Don't expect any more help with that attitude

    As you said you know how it works, so why ask
     
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    You will have a hard time finding a chump to pay you $18hr shovelling snow in OZ.
     
  13. Polaris

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    Well you have the Thredbo attitude down pat already, now all you have to do is get a poor paying job to live your dream [​IMG]
     
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    Full Cert ski instructor
    shuttle bus driver
    rostered snow cat driver
    pro patrol
    lift supervisor
    cleaner

    but .... if it snows like 1981 then you can make some good money shovelling snow around the lodges and on the hill.

    How much will you earn = NFI.
     
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    I have 15 years of experience of living and working Thredbo as well as time in Canada and I'm sure as hell am not going to be sharing any wages inside knowledge with an upstart like you. It's an influx of people like you that contributed to me leaving, as well as the ski bum wages.

    I didn't offer you a life story, I offered you some advice but seeing you know it all anyway, I even wonder why you stooped to ask the question cos you sure as hell don't want to hear the answer [​IMG]
     
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  16. Kurt

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    Whilst I will be riding FRESHIES !!! [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
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    Kurt, being an ex Threderrs snowmaker I can tell you it was the best job I've ever had, but with all this automated stuff their becoming extinct, really small crew & they really make you work now (management are on to them, not like the good old days when you played poker for gun runs & hooned around on skidoo's like it was motorcross). Monies ok but usually disapears over the bar quickly. If your keen a second part time job would help, ie; cleaning, barman or helping out on changover days in lodges.
    best of luck
     
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  19. Kurt

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    Thanks Bhag,

    That's a shame that it isn't as fun as it used to be but I'm not afraid of hard work. I have applied for it and it sounds like if I get it will be great. If I don't, it just won't be worth the effort of moving down south. I love the sound of running around on sleds and having a ball but I see how it's all evolving. I just want one more great season before I give it all up and begin a real career. Thanks to some people I have found out what the best careers are at the slopes so I can make a choice on what to do. If I get a good job that's great and I will continue my riding, if not I go the 9-5 and buy a house.

    Thanks peeps.
     
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  20. Bhagwan

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    One more great season usually give you the itch to go again, OS is the go. Just don't fall in love & keep the dream.
     
  21. sastrugi

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    And made nude calendars [​IMG]
     
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  22. Bhagwan

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    That must have been after my time, we just rode skiidoos at 1am to the man @ perisher for a beer or made really silly vids with Hotshots.
     
  23. tbnext

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    Dont know what it pays and how hard it is to get but a lodge job maybe a great second job option if you can get free room and board.(it may pay nothing but free room and meals at thredbo would be worth helping with brekky and dinner). You may only have to work in the afternoon/early evening/brekky and then have another day job.
     
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    tbnext, absolutly, back in late 80's early ninties the company was deducting $120/week for up to an 8 share apartment in kirwin cl jindy. You may have to murder someone to become a village dweller but its worth it. park your car in June & pick it up in October.
     
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    shite, you must be older than Ronnie to not know about that, and that's old [​IMG]

    BTW, the nude calendar and accompanying video was filling time with Hotshots [​IMG]
     
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    I worked at threbo last year as as a lifty, got paid $16.50 an hour...during peak season you are doing 40 hours a week with some over time (paid double) but its weather dependant and if a lift closes you go home at lunch time...

    perisher pays a little better $1-$2...house cleaning pays better around $20 n theres always plenty of work
     
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    MMMM alot of applicants this year sastrugi [​IMG]
     
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    i thought award wages went out with work choices? workplace agreements replaced them? or am i way off
     
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    Yes, smokin' I can tell [​IMG]
     
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    CEO, thats a pretty sweet gig. Kurt maybe theres an online application...
     
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    Lol I know these are old... But I was interested as I may be moving there in a few months.
    Kurt...I'm with you buddy. Can't believe people here think you had an attitude! A simple answer is all you need.

    'How much is an average pay in thredbo?......BRAH YOU DONT GO FOR THE PAY YOU GO FOR THE LIFESTYLE BRAHHHHHH. SHRED GNAR MAN, ITS ALL ABOUT THE EXPERIENCE' blah blah blah.... we get it.

    Whoever it was that rote $18 an hour for snow shovelling...thank you for the only hard factual evidence of pay lol. Maybe and use the forum for good information not a personal debate on how much you 'should know'
     
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  32. Ozgirl

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    Kurt

    You will be looking at around $20 an hour for a Resort Job.

    However if you work for the Thredbo Alpine Hotel you will be paid award wages in line with the Hotels Act (or whatever it is now called) best ski resort job i had. And you will be able to work shifts hopefully. Housekeeping a different story you are working the morning only.

    So work on a Sunday - you will get 1.75 you wage per hour you work (based on the new award)

    Ski resorts are exempt from having to pay you penalty rates.
     
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    Thread mining from 2009!!
    My guess is Kurts long gone into the corporate world.
    Might help splunkxxxd though seeing as he brought this dinosaur back out of the archives.
     
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    Essential services act?
     
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    haha

    They have their own award - and since it is seasonal employment/earnings they argued they shouldn't have to.


    I do take more issue with the fact Perisher gets away with paying their train drivers a lifty wage but yet they are licensed to the NSW transport thingy. and have to adhere to those rules however don't get the same pay!
     
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    How much does the job pay where you sit pulling hot chocolates and donuts at Friday flat?

    I love those donuts
     
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    Tele instructor, glory, riches and fame.
    You know you want to!
     
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    The poo farm operator gets paid well.
     
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    Always one of the best. Same as the Whitsunday islands.
     
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    I'd work there for free if I could test one from each batch of donuts - hot n freshly made.
    Slippery slope that!!
     
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    That's dodgy as heck haha. I wonder how big of a "donation" to the relevant polies that nifty piece of legislation required. The best job on the snowfields - as in all industries - is being a shareholder.

    Interesting to see the comment about snowmaking being mostly automated these days. I reckon a lot of the snowcat driving can't be too far behind. Fixed routes, and easy to put in special radar reflective marker poles if it's really required for the robots.
     
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    The amount of sensors on a automated cat would be out of this world, its not just driving around in circles, a lot of snow gets moved and pushed back up hill every night.
     
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    Still wondering if Kurt actually got the job he applied for and came to Thredbo. And if he did, how it went.