Vermont ski resorts are bracing themselves for a tricky winter season on account of worker shortages, with some resorts training accounting or marketing staff to fit ski boots.
Mike Solimano, president of Vermont's popular Killington and Pico ski areas, said that the US labor shortage was "pretty much all we talk about."
"It's depressing. You go to job fairs in town, and two or three people show up," he told Vermont Public Radio (VPR).Advertisement
Solimano said that over the summer he had to stop people booking hotel rooms because he couldn't find enough housekeepers. He's expecting to be short of between 20% and 30% of his workforce this winter, he said.
Molly Mahar, president of the Vermont Ski Areas Association, told VPR that the group was asking some full-time, year-round
"Say you work in accounting or in the marketing department, you might be trained to fit ski boots at the rental shop, and then you might go to the cafeteria and scoop soup or make sandwiches or run a cash register," she said.