By Cassandra Farmer – Staff Writer
Sugarloaf Mountain Resort, a ski mountain located just 45 minutes from Farmington in the Carrabassett Valley, is not only a recreation destination, but also an employer to many University of Maine at Farmington (UMF) students seeking work during the winter season.
Employment opportunities range from: retail, teaching for the Perfect Turn Ski & Snowboarding school, working on the mountain itself, or even just shoveling snow, as well as many other job opportunities.
Cameron Audet, a sophomore at UMF, said he teaches snowboarding to adults at Perfect Turn school. This is his first winter working at Sugarloaf, but he also worked there this summer at the Sugarloaf golf course.
Audet said getting paid to snowboard is one of the greatest perks of working on the mountain, as well as being able to teach others what he loves to do.
Audet prefers Sugarloaf to some of the other mountains in the area because “Sugarloaf is my second home. It’s a small community, everyone knows everyone. The culture is sick.”
Robert Clark, a freshman at UMF, also works at Perfect Turn. “It’s the best job any snowboarder could ask for,” Clark said. “I teach people how to snowboard in the morning and shred in the afternoon.”
UMF sophomore, Kevin Walsh, works at the Sugarloaf Terrain Park. His typical day consists of raking out the features and keeping them in shape, filling out opening reports, and, for the most part, spending his day skiing and enjoying the park. Walsh said that although the days are long, the perk of getting paid to ski all day outweighs it.
Finding a job in the terrain park, however, is more difficult than finding a job than many other areas of the mountain. Skill level is an important factor in that particular field.
Hollie Newsom, a UMF student, who works at the Sugarloaf ski shop said she enjoys her discounts on merchandise and her season pass, but playfully said that she now has way too much knowledge about ski equipment. She said, another adverse aspect to her job are the early mornings.
Another perk to working on the mountain are the employee discounts and free season pass that all Sugarloaf employees receive.
For employment information at Sugarloaf you can check their website, www.sugarloaf.com, where job listings are available.