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International Employees

Squaw Valley is always looking for enthusiastic employees and we enjoy welcoming international students and applicants each season. For the 2012-13 season we will be working with the J-1 visa program only.

Squaw Valley is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  If you have questions, please contact the Human Resources office at 530-581-7112.

J-1 VISAS (students) 

For temporary work in the United States, the most popular visa secured by students is a "cultural exchange" Visa (J-1) that permits you to work for a period of 4 months, and allows for 1 month of travel on the end (total of 5 months). In order to be eligible for a J-1 Visa you must currently be a student between the ages of 19 and 30, and must be a full-time student for at least one semester of the same year that you are applying for, or have deferred status. We also hire students who have graduated from University and are able to secure a 12month J-1 visa.

If you would like assistance in securing a J-1 work visa, you should contact for the fairs in Lima, Santiago and Buenos Aries and for the fair in Brazil. We will be hiring students from these job fairs FIRST.

Interviews will be in the following cities: Belo-Horizonte-Sep 1, 2012, Florianopolis-Sep 4, 2012, Lima-Sep 8, 2012, Santiago-Sep 10, 2012 and Buenos Aires-Sep 12, 2012.

We will not be accepting any independent J1 visa applications.

These agencies are not affiliated with Squaw Valley and generally charge a fee for their services.

Important Information

Seasonal Work/Weather Delays

Please consider carefully that our business is largely dependent on snow. While Squaw usually receives plenty of snow, sometimes mother nature does not cooperate and the winter season can get off to a slow start. If we experience low or delayed snow, we may be unable to open all or part of the ski area as scheduled. In that event, Squaw cannot guarantee hours. Start dates may be postponed, hours may be reduced and sometimes work may not be available to you.

Please keep in mind that we request that our international employees work the full season. Please do not apply if you cannot commit to working the full season.


Finding a place to live is probably the hardest thing you will have to deal with on your entire trip, and it's not really that bad. Many people try to arrange housing before they arrive, but you will find that to be fairly difficult.

If you want to try, visit the housing section on this web site. It will give you the names of rental companies around North Lake Tahoe. That is a good place to start. Be prepared to pay first, last and a security deposit too. We have found that the internet can be a useful tool in securing housing.

Most international employees fly into Reno, Nevada (Reno Tahoe International Airport). If you are arriving at night we encourage you to stay in Reno and plan to arrive at Squaw the during the next day. If you are traveling in a group, it is easier to find housing, but if you are alone, don't worry. You will meet lots of people when you arrive and you may find a place to live very easily.


Transportation to Squaw

There is a bus company called Greyhound that brings a bus to Truckee every day. You can visit them at The ride is about 50 minutes and the cost is approx. $15.00. North Lake Tahoe Express offers shuttles to and from the Reno Airport,

In Truckee you have to change buses to a TART (Tahoe Area Regional Transit) bus. The ride to Squaw Valley takes 25 minutes and the cost is approx. $2.50. Click here for the TART schedule

What to Bring

Please keep in mind that it will be winter when you arrive and it will be cold so you will need warm clothes.

Jackets: A water proof jacket will be very important. If you don't have one you can buy one as soon as you arrive. We suggest that you wear layers to keep warm in different weather. A water proof outer layer or shell works well if you have good layers to wear underneath. Fleece jackets and vests work very well as inner layers.

Temperatures: The temperatures here range from -20°C when it is very cold, to 10°C or warmer on a warm day. It may sound cold to you now, but believe me, you will get used to it and grow to love it here! A typical morning is about -6°C and it warms to about 4°C. Remember, it has to be 0°C to snow.

There are some great stores in Reno with good prices. Most of your shopping for clothes will be done in Reno as there is more variety with regards to selection and price.

Boots: You will also need warm footwear. Hiking style boots are not warm enough. Good snow boots may not be easily available in South American cities but they are easily obtainable once you arrive. Many grocery stores or "supermarkets" sell them for around $50.00, and sporting goods stores in Reno sell all manner of them from $30.00 to $200.00 depending on what you want. You should be able to get a good pair of waterproof snow boots for $50.00 or less.

Gloves: Gloves are available everywhere. If you are working as a lift operator you should expect to wear out gloves. Many Lift operators go through two or three pairs of gloves in a season.

We look forward to working with you!

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