Lake Tahoe Ski resorts

Working at a ski resort is much more than being a ski bum

hero-stewardshipWhat is your vision of a typical ski resort employee? Young, tan, maybe taking a gap year, hitchhiking to work, skiing by day, partying by night? That’s just a movie stereotype. The truth is, people work at ski resorts not only because they love skiing, but because they love people and the environment.

Take Liesl Kenney for example. “I wanted to work for a ski resort so that I could use my career strengths and ambitions within an industry that I am truly passionate about, ” says Liesl. “I am so in love with Tahoe and all of its adventures, in all seasons. My job at Heavenly allows me to share that with others.”

Liesl will be volunteering this summer for the Tahoe Rim Trail Association as part of the Vail Resorts Epic Volunteers program. Epic Volunteers provides Vail Resorts employees the chance to have an enriching volunteer experience by awarding them with 40 hours of paid time off for volunteer projects.

“Both the economy and the quality of life in this region thrive upon our natural surroundings. None of us would be here if it weren’t for this gorgeous lake, soaring snowy mountains, and year round outdoor fun. It’s our imperative, from both a personal and professional standpoint, to take care of this place, ” says Liesl.

Epic Volunteers is part of a larger initiative called Echo. Vail Resorts Echo program enables their employees to be intimately involved in environmental stewardship and volunteerism. Vail even offers its guests the opportunity to become involved with Echo experience. In the Lake Tahoe area, Northstar, Heavenly and Kirkwood resorts partner with The Tahoe Fund to support the Ski Conservation Fund and environmental restoration projects throughout the Lake Tahoe Basin. Since 2010, the Tahoe Fund and Vail Resorts have raised money through guest donations on season passes, lift ticket, rounds of golf and Northstar lodging.Heavenly Mountain Resort This support has built bike trails, restored public parks and provided for a variety of other projects that people continue to enjoy around the Lake.

When you work in some of the world’s most beautiful environments, it’s natural to feel a connection to the land, and a protective responsibility to sustain it. Vail Resorts employees have a unique opportunity to contribute to a variety of environmental efforts in a multitude of ways.

Of course, skiing is still a major perk to working at a ski resort. “With journalists, with co-workers, or on an off-day with friends and family. There is just nothing else like it, ” says Liesl, “whether you are floating on a cloud of powder or ripping into fresh corduroy.”

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