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Aspen Skiing Co. raises base pay for employees amid labor shortage

Carolyn Sackariason
The Aspen Times

ASPEN — As Aspen Skiing Co. prepares for the upcoming winter season, the company will be recruiting about 1,200 new employees with a higher base pay.

This year, the minimum hourly wage for Skico employees will be $13.50, up from $12 last season.

“We are trying to attract and retain good people,” said Skico spokesman Jeff Hanle, adding that the company continues to offer benefits, including a ski pass, health insurance and deep retail discounts. “A lot of this is due to the marketplace. … There are not a lot of employees out there.”

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Skico has raised employees’ base pay each year for the past few years but this bump is larger than the ones in the past.

Hanle said the pay raise creates a ripple effect because returning employees who started at $12 an hour last year will be bumped up to the $13.50 wage.

The state’s minimum wage is $10.20 an hour.

Chris Linsmayer — public affairs director for Colorado Ski Country USA, which represents a consortium of ski resorts in the state — said his organization hasn’t seen any other wage announcements in advance of the 2018-19 season.

“Colorado is experiencing a competitive job market, especially in our mountain communities, where unemployment rates remain below the statewide average,” he said. “We expect to see a competitive hiring market across the state for employees this winter.”

Skico also offers a $1 an hour bonus for staying through the season.

About 600 beds will be offered to seasonal employees this year, which does not include longer term rentals provided to workers. Hanle said there is a potential for more beds to be negotiated, if needed. Currently there are 147 job openings listed on Skico’s website.

Read more at AspenTimes.com


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