Mountain Project Part Two: My Three Jobs

Just as you’re at the peak of your quarter-life crisis, you realize that you’ll never use your college degree or any of your impending career plans. Nor will you ever find a real world job in this struggling economy that could possibly pacify your powder pursuits. Then you discover that living in a mountain town gives you the perfect excuse to be a waitress for six more months. It’s a release from responsibility that proves you are now overqualified and will be underpaid indefinitely.

You’ll need several jobs to support your riding and drinking habits. But hey, the window in the corner office that you’ll never have doesn’t have a view of this beautiful snow-covered mountain that is your workplace six months out of the year.

“No experience necessary” may be your biggest asset when you leave your resume on your computer and dress down to pick up your application. Welcome to the union of busboys, hostesses, lift operators, shuttle drivers, servers, housekeepers, and parking lot attendants. Ski patrolmen may as well be brain surgeons up here. In this competitive world of snowboard sales and food service, complaints about your new job hold a new threat – tourists.

Friends will expect you to give them free drinks and you expect them to tune your snowboard. Occupations observe the barter system and your job, whatever it is, has many hidden benefits and hopefully also has a powder clause. Your workday will begin on the mountain every morning only to end in the big business that you came here to avoid. The new circle of life that is a resort town economy relies on tourism dollars to fund your permanent vacation. So it doesn’t matter if you cook food, clean dishes, seat people, deliver flowers, make pizzas, and deal with tourists – your three jobs will refine the American dream.