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Hi all, I'm new here. Really glad to see that there are people my age and older out there doing this. I'm just 40, but I've been wondering how difficult it might be to get hired at a resort as a server. I figured this site looked mostly for young college kids.


I've got one interview for a lodge in Alaska next week. It freaks me out that I actually went ahead and did this. The resort is in a town called Moose Pass, population approxomately 200. I could not find any statistics regarding summer population. I visited Alaska in 1998 and was astounded at how expensive it is to be a tourist. Since then, I always wanted to return when I had more time and money.


I only want to make such a major move if I'm going to be able to make some serious money. I'm really up for the change in scenery and new experiences, but I'm largely motivated by being able to make a lot more money than I can make in Nashville this summer. I'm interested in anyone's feedback and experiences regarding this. Thank you, Denise

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I'm in my mid 70's and can tell you that enjoying what you do is more important than the money you make unless you are not making enough to get by.

Alaska sounds more interesting and exciting than Nashberg--cooler too.

Depending on the year and were in Alaska? during the 04 season in Denali we reach 80+ and seveal days in the 90's not good for any length of the clock we were in shorts..the next season, we had mastive fires, everything was smoke we had to sending many guest home with health condition as the smoke was so thick it was fog..last year it was rainy and cool all summer other words..can't depend on any one kind of conition. Denali is fast pace..the largest resort in all of Alaska.. and from what I hear the best doom's with 80% of the room wiht your own private have a room mate and they do great job in pairing you up with age and interest. Neshber?
by the way I was 58 at that time..I dont know for sure what is going on with Princess/Holland American..but for the last two season very few that worked in the Tours sales department have been called back, I mean these are individuals that have work there for years..4,6,9, season and received many recongination..and all these individuals are over 50+ so what ever is going..their not calling back the ones at Denali to some question what is going on..
Hi Denise and welcome to the world of Seasonal Addicts and those of us who love this. I am 54.. yet very young at heart and have been doing seasonal jobs for over 6 years now...I have skipped a couple of summers... yet this summer I will be heading back to Alaska to work for Kenai Fjords Wildlife tours.

Alaska is amazing.. and yes expensive for tourists... I don't know too much about Moose Pass, yet I can tell you it will be an experience that will stay with you forever. When I worked in Denali, 6 summers ago, I fell in love and decided to stay in Alaska. I was then hired permanently by Raptor Center in Sitka where I stayed for almost 2 years... Anyway, I say follow your heart and let it lead you.. that is what I do... you will save money because you will be out in the middle of nowhere probably.. Good luck... Blessings,

Raven Sky
Welcome Denis to the wonderfull world of tourism, My name is Marilyn, but please feel free to call me MC.
If your looking for some seriouse tipping and great savings..I would recomment else were. YOu have love what your doing first, and if you make any extra than your base pay, thats a plus, Don't count on making seriouse money in these location or times.
I was employed by Princess Tours, based in Denali, Alaska for two seasons. I was Not sever, my position was tour sales. I developed friendship with several of the severs. Princess Wilderness lodge is noted for being the largest resort in Alaska our average population daily around 500, good sever can make several hundred dollars per week. But I have seen the severs go about broke too. Last year was very poor year for tipping, as tourism went down and the ones that did tour, tip was very low.
Remember think about your daily lodging and meals cost, seriouse money? What do you call seriouse money? Honest the real seriouse money is in the winter at several resorts north of thats real seriouse money, as the Japness have some very interesting tradition about the North lights and they tip big. But its very cold and you walk some distance in the winter to your place of employment, no employee shuttle buses. If you can get connected with any of the major cruise ships...the tipping is automatic...and very good. Best of luck, but Don't depend on making $$, if it happens great, but most likely Not
Thanks to all who replied. I am beginning to agree that the experience should override the motivation to make money. It's funny how I felt one way a few days ago and now my feelings have evolved.
I haven't been to Moose Pass, but it is halfway between Cooper Landing and Seward on the Kenai. While lower tourist numbers than the past...the Kenai gets a somewhat difference in visitors than inland spots. It's probably a bit younger and more into fishing and adventure than just sight-seeing. I think it would be a great place for a first-time seasonal worker to try. It's not nearly as remote as many Alaskan spots, which can be too much for many.

Keep us updated. Just a it the Trail Lake Lodge?
Keith..Yes, it is. Of all the places I've looked at (I'm also looking at Massachusetts, Maine and New York) it seems like the most ideal, especially since housing cost is low and there will be people there without vehicles besides me.
I lived 3 miles south of Moose Pass for 9 years.Trail Lake Lodge is the ONLY place to work in Moose pass. I cooked there for awhile.Your best bet is Seward at the Windsong Lodge. Houseing is furnished at a low cost and buisness is very good in summer.I worked 7 seasons for Kenai Fjords tours,Prince William sound Cruises & Tours.The locations are owned by C.I.R.I. and they own Talkettna Lodge as well as Windsong lodge. Very good company to work for.They treat all employees very good.Best in Alaska as far as i'm concerned.
I had several friends that work for Princess in Seward and Kenai, both places were very young. Now one friend of mine worked independently, just through an add in the Seattle paper for Sageway, she worked in the tourist retail shops, they provid free housing and she made $14 per hours, they loved her work so much that the word got out, and she was offered another position as well, share both employments.. she made off like a bandit, but, those are fare and few between.
Everyone has this idea, that Alaska is a pot of gold and your going to make $$$$$ those are fare and few between, and for the single women, they think they are going to run into Mister Right ....wrong again..those odds of Alaska men are 10 to 1, they you best move there and spend some time away from the tourist area's, When your working in any tourist area, your busy, and then busy again.. In Denali we averaged 500 guest pre day, 6 days, 10 hour days..
Not much time for dating or another job to make that extra money..Go for the experience and opporunity NOt for the money..if the money comes (that is extra) great..if not, you don't want to go home in the red..and owe more than when you went.
I was just wondering if you did that interview and how it felt if you did?
Yes, I did the interview. I tried not to talk too much so the GM could ask questions, but after about 15 minutes he told me he needed to go interview more people and I felt like I was supposed to say something specific that I didn't they wanted to hear one or two key things and I didn't say them. I sent an email expressing interest and never heard back. Oh well.


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