With U.S. unemployment falling to a 50-year low in September and Idaho’s rate even lower, it could be a big challenge for a nonprofit ski resort to have to hire 500 seasonal workers before winter. Like ski resorts across the country, Bogus Basin northeast of Boise has dealt with the tough labor market by raising pay and adding perks, and the ski resort is not alone. Idaho ski resorts are offering employee housing, sweetening the traditional benefit of a free season ski pass by adding family benefits and offering other enticements — everything from end-of-season bonuses and a ride to the resort to free on-site child care.
Bogus Basin raised its minimum wage for most positions to $10 an hour this year.
“That certainly seems to have helped,” said resort spokeswoman Susan Saad.
And Bogus already has hired 400 of the 500 seasonal workers it needs for the season. Brundage, Tamarack and Sun Valley also are in the midst of hiring hundreds of seasonal workers. You can read my full story here at idahopress.com (subscription required), or pick up today's Sunday/Monday edition of the Idaho Press.