Premier Resorts, a luxury resort property management company in five western states, has launched a Web site to recruit over 500 new employees by October. The jobs range from chefs and restaurant waiters to front desk clerks, shuttle drivers, and housekeepers, and are at winter resorts including Breckenridge, Deer Valley, Mt. Bachelor, Park City, South Lake Tahoe, Sun Valley, Telluride, and Vail.

Premiere manages an inventory of over 2,850 units (8,000 individual rooms) and by checking the Web site, employees can move from one resort to another from season to season, or stay in one location. Internships, snowbird programs, seasonal employment, and flexible hours are also offered. The site describes each specific job opening and the qualifications required and you can send your resume over on the spot.

Older workers are especially welcome, according to Barbara Zimonja, 60, president and CEO of Premier Resorts International. "A good old-fashioned, seasoned person who has learned the lessons of life, understands customer service. An older person understands why a vacation can be stressful and they know how to help our customers through that."
Jobs typically include on-site training, one free lift ticket per week, and for those who decide to devote their career to the hospitality business, the opportunity to advance into a management position. Zimonja worked her way up from the "pail room" cleaning condo units. Premier Resorts is headquartered in Park City, Utah, (800) 882-4754.

Another way to hunt for ski jobs is to go to each resort's individual Web site or check out a regional job fair.

Snowbird's upcoming job fairs will be held at the resort, Oct. 11, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; at Salt Lake Community College, Oct. 14, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; and Western Culinary Fair, Oct. 27, 10 a,m,-4 p.m., Portland, Ore.