Colorado Gem Announces $15.25/HR Starting Wage For All Employees

Colorado Gem Announces $15.25/HR Starting Wage For All Employees


Colorado Gem Announces $15.25/HR Starting Wage For All Employees


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Ski Cooper announced on Tuesday, via Vail Daily,  that all of its employees will start with a base pay of $15.25/HR for the coming winter season. The move comes to compete with nearby Vail Resorts starting wage of $15/HR.

“This new company minimum wage of $15.25 (per hour) exceeds the Lake County living wage figure of $14.26 (per hour) for a single adult as calculated by the MIT Living Wage Calculator and outpaces most ski resorts in the state, including the Vail Resorts, whose minimum wage this season is $15 (per hour),” the company said. “In addition to increasing the company minimum starting rate, this move will also provide for wage increases in all pay grades for our returning employees.”- Vail Daily

I love to see that Ski Cooper is taking a big step forward in compensating its employees. Making $15.25/HR is nothing crazy, but it’s well above the federal minimum wage, and is a huge step forward in making ski careers financially feasible.

Here’s to hoping other resorts will follow suit.

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Ski Cooper Stats:

Summit Elevation: 11,700′

Base Elevation: 10,500′

Vertical: 1,200′

Trails: 62

Lifts: 5

Skiable Acres: 480 ac.

Average Snowfall: 260″


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