Oxbow Bend, Snake River

Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

Best Time to Apply for Different Seasons

Kelcy Fowler

skiEpic adventures are available in amazing locations all year round on Getting into the application game at the right time of year can make a significant impact on the type of position or the geographical locale where you end up having your seasonal adventures.  However, if you’ve got your head or your heart set on any particular positions or destinations, it’s wise to get started early.

Summer: January through March is generally the busiest recruiting window for summer opportunities. However, recruiting season can begin as early as October of the year prior, and run through May or June of the year of. If there is a summer operation that you really want to work for, you may consider applying before the holidays and follow up whenever their official hiring window opens. You can usually learn when the recruiters will return from their holiday breaks by visiting their website or giving them a call to ask when they’ll start hiring for the summer.

Winter: Recruiting season typically begins in July or August. This is when ski resorts, as well as warmer climate winter locations (like Arizona guest ranches and Florida beach employers), will start to post their jobs on Job postings may continue into December and January depending on the size of staff needed, winter visitation, and weather factors. The same tips about summer employers apply to a winter operation. If you’ve got your eye on one, call them early and ask when the best time is to get your application to them. Everyone likes to be liked – let them know that they’re at the top of your list and you want to do whatever you can to be on the ball when they’re ready to offer out their opportunities!

You can also find some really fun and interesting shoulder season (aka Spring and Fall) opportunities on These are great if you want to try something shorter, or if you are in between a winter and summer seasonal job and want to take an abbreviated “offseason” adventure. The offseason can also be a great time to try something new, like volunteering in the States, or abroad!