Imagine trading crowded commuter trains for a job that starts with a peaceful chairlift each morning. Waving goodbye to the usual nine-to-five grind and clocking on to powder days with all-expenses-paid benefits. Sound too good to be true? Well not now, with what is being advertised as the Epic Dream Job, the chance for one lucky winter-sports fan to swap office politics for short but sweet employment on the a trip of a lifetime this winter.
Ski.com, a North American ski holiday website, has partnered with the Epic Pass, Vail Resort’s global lift pass, to offer the chance to experience some of the world’s best ski resorts and get paid to do it.
The new role is described as the ‘Epic Dream Job,’ and on closer inspection it’s clear to see why.
The successful applicant will be hired to travel the world for two month this winter, visiting seven countries and three continents to ski or snowboard in more than a dozen of the 65 ski resorts covered by one lift pass, Vail Resorts’ Epic Pass, documenting their trip along the way to showcase what it’s like on the ground in some of the planet’s best resorts.
The Epic Pass, which launched in 2008 and kickstarted a growing trend for global lift passes, covers winter destinations around the world, including Vail, Breckenridge and Park City in the US, Whistler in Canada, Perisher in Australia, Hakuba in Japan and a number of European resorts such as Courchevel and Verbier.
The successful applicant’s flights are provided, by United Airlines, as well as accommodation, food and of course the Epic lift pass. What’s more, the lucky employee will be decked out in all the latest gear from Helly Hansen, Rossignol and Oakley and will be supplied with the best technology from GoPro to capture all the action on camera during the two-month adventure. Plus, they’ll have customised snow forecasts from OpenSnow, so they can plan their trip and powder days to perfection.
And as well as all that, they’ll be paid $10,000 (£7,710) for completing the trip. That’s quite the benefits package.
“We have been in the business of ski travel for 47 years and even our team of experienced, well-travelled mountain travel experts haven’t been on a ski trip this epic,” said Dan Sherman, chief marketing officer at Ski.com.
“We are excited to partner with the Epic Pass and other iconic ski and travel brands to hire an adventurer who will highlight what it’s like to literally travel around the world on a single ski trip.”
While applicants don’t need to be expert freeriders they do at least need to have adequate skills, whether on skis or snowboard. Ski.com’s description of the ideal employee’s qualities include; a desire to travel to some of the most amazing mountain destinations in the United States, Canada, Italy, Switzerland, Austria, France and Japan. Well, most snow-sports fans fit that brief. Enjoys international cuisine. Check. Likes to ski and/or snowboard. Double check. Knows when it’s time for après. Check. Enjoys mingling with locals and has an overall longing for adventure and documenting new experiences. Check, check and check. So, what’s the sign up process?
In true ski-bum style there’s no lengthy form, assessment day or knowledge test, all Ski.com is asking for is a 60-second video explaining why applicants are interested in the position, submitted via the Ski.com website by October 15. After a short selection period the successful employee will be announced on October 30, in time to hand in their notice and pack their bags before embarking on a trip of a lifetime during January and February 2019. We’re not jealous at all, promise.