Resort raises employee minimum wage to $12 |

Resort raises employee minimum wage to $12

WINTER PARK — In an effort to keep wages competitive, Winter Park Resort will be raising their minimum wage this winter season.

The resort will be raising wages by $1 from the current minimum of $11 to $12 starting Nov. 1. Steve Hurlbert, the director of public relations and communications for the resort, said the decision to raise the wages helps to draw candidates to the resort.

“We just want to get candidates who are going to be able to work and live up in our mountain community, so that’s the impetus behind it,” Hurlbert said.

Currently, the resort has 65 positions open. Hurlbert said this will raise wages for people already working at the resort as well since the base pay will be $12.

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The state minimum wage is $10.20, but a law passed last year increases the wage $0.90 per year to meet a $12 goal by 2020. Hurlbert said the resort wants to pace ahead of state wages and they hope to be able to continue raising wages annually.

“We want to make sure that we are continuing to be ahead of the state as the state raises its own minimum wage across the board,” he said.

Aspen Skiing Co. is also raising their minimum wage from $12 to $13.50 this year. Keeping wages competitive with other resorts was also a reason Winter Park upped their pay.

The resort also offers other benefits such as employee housing, resort passes and cash bonuses.

“The cost of living in Aspen is obviously a lot different than it is here in Grand County, but our goal is to stay competitive and consider the whole pie, all those different entities and stay competitive within the ski industry of Colorado,” Hurlbert said.

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