Rocky Mountain Work Adventures

Winter & Summer Jobs in Aspen, CO

Map of the United States with a callout to Colorado, labeling Denver and Aspen

Program Highlights:

  • Live in Aspen, Colorado
  • Work with top hospitality & tourism organizations
  • Get access to four of the greatest mountains in the country
  • Complete personal finance training

Program Benefits:

  • Free ski pass (winter only)
  • Free public transportation
  • Included career coaching
  • Guaranteed affordable housing

Application Deadline:

  • Winter: December 15th
  • Summer: May 15th

Program Fee:

  • Program Fee: $1,259
  • Housing: up to $600/month

    Work in Aspen, Colorado

    Rocky Mountain Work Adventures takes you to an iconic mountain town while working for leaders in hospitality and tourism. This destination work program is located at the foothills of the most well-known ski resort and outdoor recreation areas in Colorado.

    Our partners in Aspen want teens and college students for positions in Food and Beverage, Housekeeping, Retail, and Hospitality. We also have jobs for adults with more work experience in the Culinary Arts and Engineering.

    We’re Here For You

    We connect you with temporary employment and affordable housing in Aspen. You earn money, life skills, and job training while getting access to four of the greatest mountains in the country: Aspen, Highlands, Buttermilk, and Snowmass.

    Sound like a win-win scenario? Apply to either of our seasonal programs for access to the most interesting winter or summer job of a lifetime.

    Dates / Season:

    Rocky Mountain Program Details

    The Colorado Rocky Mountain Work Adventures program isn’t just a summer job. It’s an opportunity to invest in your skillset. Once we connect you with a position that fits your experience and interests, we support you throughout the job.

    As an Adventure EXP program participant, you’ll get personalized career coaching with our team. You’ll also complete basic personal finance training in budgeting, credit, investing, and earnings.

    Most of our job seekers travel to Aspen, CO from across the country. We’ll get you settled into your new home by connecting you to housing, transportation, and group excursions. We’ve got your back at every step of the way.

    The Rocky Mountain Work Adventures provides the following benefits:

    • Free or discounted ski pass (winter only)
    • Free or discounted local transportation passes
    • Shared housing up to $600 / month
    • Monthly excursions to local points of interest

    Please note that a car is not required for placement in this program. Should you bring a car, our housing has free parking available.

    Program Fee

    We charge a $1,259 fee to cover the planning, logistics, and support for our programs. You’re free to select your own accommodations, however, Adventure EXP secures housing for each student.

    If you opt for Adventure EXP’s shared housing, we’ll bill you for your first month’s rent and deposit. Once you’ve settled in Aspen, your monthly rent will be deducted from your wages.

    Program Costs
    Application Fee

    $85
    Program Costs
    Program Fee

    $1,259
    Program Costs
    Rent

    $600/month

    **housing deposit not included and varies on the employer

    We ensure that all participants have the option of a cost-positive experience. All of our positions are paid, meaning that you walk away richer in cash and experience.

    We hope to make our program accessible for all students. Talk to your Adventure Guide for more information about scholarships and payment plans.


    Summer Jobs at Rocky Mountain Work Adventures

    Once you’ve been accepted to Rocky Mountain Work Adventures, you’re guaranteed a summer job with one of our partner employers. Most of our positions are full-time, temporary roles. We have entry to mid-level opportunities in the following industries:
    Industry
    Food and Beverage
    Positions Available
    Barista, Server, Server’s Assistant, Food Runner, Busser, Dishwasher
    Starting Rate
    $8.98 / hour + tips
    Industry
    Culinary
    Positions Available
    Garde Manger, Prep, Hot Kitchen, Grille, Banquets, In-Room Dining
    Starting Rate
    $15 / hour
    Industry
    Hospitality
    Positions Available
    Housekeeping, Reservations, Guest Services, Concierge, Ski Lift Operator, Grocery Store Clerk
    Starting Rate
    $12.32 / hour
    Industry
    Engineering
    Positions Available
    HVAC, Electric, Plumbing, Preventative Maintenance
    Starting Rate
    $16 / hour
    The current Colorado minimum wage is $12.32 / hour. All rates vary based on experience level and individual department.

    Excursions

    On every Adventure EXP program, we plan day trips and excursions. If you choose to join your cohort on one of the following summertime Rocky Mountain Adventures, we cover the cost.

    Visit to Maroon Bells

    Take to the trails and explore the Elk Mountains with us!

    Backpacking Overnight

    Enjoy a multiday camping trip in the wilderness.

    Tuesday-Cruiseday

    Join the town of Aspen in a city-wide bike ride.


    Winter Jobs at Rocky Mountain Work Adventures

    Once you’ve been accepted to Rocky Mountain Work Adventures, you’re guaranteed a winter job with one of our partner employers. Most of our positions are full-time, temporary roles. We have entry to mid-level opportunities in the following industries:

    Industry
    Food and Beverage
    Positions Available
    Barista, Server, Server’s Assistant, Food Runner, Busser, Dishwasher
    Starting Rate
    $8.98 / hour + tips
    Industry
    Culinary
    Positions Available
    Garde Manger, Prep, Hot Kitchen, Grille, Banquets, In-Room Dining
    Starting Rate
    $15 / hour
    Industry
    Hospitality
    Positions Available
    Housekeeping, Reservations, Guest Services, Concierge, Ski Lift Operator, Grocery Store Clerk
    Starting Rate
    $12.32 / hour
    Industry
    Engineering
    Positions Available
    HVAC, Electric, Plumbing, Preventative Maintenance
    Starting Rate
    $16 / hour
    The current Colorado minimum wage is $12.32 / hour. All rates vary based on experience level and individual department.

    Excursions

    On every Adventure EXP program, we plan day trips and excursions. If you choose to join your cohort on one of the following winters Rocky Mountain Adventures, we cover the cost.

    Visit to Maroon Bells

    Enjoy the snow – or the hot drinks – at Maroon Bells

    Snowmass Ski Day

    Get on the slopes to ski or snowboard with new friends

    City Outing

    Explore the shopping and sites of nearby resort towns

    The winter program also comes with a free or discounted ski pass to local mountains. Full details are provided upon placement with an employer.