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What the ski resorts do for their workers

David Bunker and Susan Wood

Some ski resorts give little or no help to international workers who land in town with little money, no housing and no car. Others have worked hard to buy or build employee housing and establish transportation for their workers. The following is a list of what resorts offer:

Kirkwood Mountain Resort

— This Alpine County ski area manages housing for 175 employees in units from the Red Cliffs Lodge to the Timber Creek area.

— Further, some employees who have met homeowners in the Kirkwood area rent houses in the Edelweiss and Thimblewood complexes.

Heavenly Mountain Resort

— The California-Nevada ski area runs an apartment complex on Keller Road that accommodates 90 employees.

— The Human Resources Department has established an employee networking system that connects staffers with local rentals.


— This South Shore resort rents a house in Meyers to accommodate 11 employees from the far reaches of the globe, including Argentina, Australia and the United Kingdom.

— Sierra also provides 10 free lift tickets to homeowners as a reward for renting to their employees.

— There are also shuttles and carpooling incentives.


— Owns and rents out 60 beds in an employee housing complex near downtown Truckee.

— Runs a shuttle from the resort to the housing complex.

n With help from the Town of Truckee and the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association, the shuttle also makes stops in Truckee and Kings Beach.

— Has plans to build 96 new employee housing units on Northstar-at-Tahoe property as part of a construction project that will add more than 1,450 condominiums and a new village to the resort.

— Offers 10 free lift tickets or a season pass to homeowners who house their ski workers.

Sugar Bowl Ski Resort

— Owns and rents out Donner Summit Lodge’s 96 beds to seasonal workers. Rents out 40 dorm-style beds at the resort and three homes that can hold about 20 more employees on Donner Summit. Total employee housing: Approximately 160.

— Offers workers a shuttle service to and from the housing complex.

— With help from the Town of Truckee, the shuttle runs into Truckee.

Boreal Mountain Resort

— No housing.

— Formed a carpool program during the middle of this season for workers.

Soda Springs Resort

— No housing.

— Formed a carpool program in the middle of this season for workers.

Donner Ski Ranch

— Approximately 25 housing units next to the resort.

— Workers often hop on the Sugar Bowl shuttle or get a ride from the owners or workers at the resort.

Alpine Meadows

— No housing

— Public transportation buses run past the entrance to Alpine Meadows. An employee shuttle takes workers to the base of the ski resort. Employees are reimbursed for their public transportation tickets.

Squaw Valley USA

— Has 60 beds at the Squaw Valley Hostel that can be used for temporary employee housing. The beds are rented out by the week.

— Public transportation services Squaw Valley, and the company reimburses employees for bus tickets.

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