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Jamaican ski employees arrive

Workers needed until more foreign nationals come to town

— Trish Sullivan, director of Human Resources a the Steamboat Ski Area, asked Santa for help, and it arrived Dec. 24 in the form of 20 to 30 returning food court workers and cooks from Jamaica.

“They’ll be on the job tomorrow,” Sullivan said Monday.

Sullivan has been advertising for temporary workers to help the ski area get through the busy holiday period.

The need arose after the visas for many of the foreign workers the ski area depends on were hung up in the approval process.

“Acquiring the H2B visas has taken twice as long as last year, and we started earlier this year,” Sullivan said.

Steamboat has been advertising for lift operators, snowboard instructors and children’s ski instructors, as well as food court attendants and cooks.

The temporary workers are needed just until more of the foreign nationals, many of them Australians, arrive in town.

Sullivan said the ski area has had a good response to its plea for holiday help, particularly from college students home to Colorado on Christmas break.

The temporary employees are being offered the standard ski corp. wages for their positions, plus lift tickets that can be used at any time during the ski season.

Typically, temporary employees are eligible for two lift tickets after working three shifts, Sullivan said.

Sullivan’s department has been a three-season process that saw a minor hiring crisis in the 1999/2000 ski season. That situation turned around last year when the Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. hired about 350 foreign nationals.


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