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1. Posted by gotthemojo (First Time Poster 1 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Hi there people of travellerspoint this is the first time ive posted in here and im hoping that you wise people could give me some advice please..

I was successful in applying for a job to work as a ski instructor in Colorado, I start work in December and finish in May 2006 as this is the winter season, my boyfriend is also doing the same season and we are going out there to work on H2B visas which the company is sorting out for us at the moment..

This is the first time I've ever done this, my boyfriend has gone out there to work for the past 5 years for winter seasons so obv has a lot of experience of it (he's teaching me how to ski at the moment lots of fun!!) and I am def def looking forward to it as have always wanted to travel and am really pleased that im getting out of me 9-5 office job to do something that is completely different..the only thing is I am feeling slightly nervous as well though and i dont like to mention it to him too much because i want to be as positive as possible but i just had a couple of questions that i hoped you guys would be able to answer..

1. When applying for my H2B visa will the American immigration look into my credit history as i am in quite a lot of debt and this is something that is playing on my mind as I'm obv really hoping that they'll accept my visa application and would be really bummed if this is a reason why they wont let you!!

2. We can only work for the company that is sorting out our H2B visas for the period of time that we are working out there for them, so wont be able to do any casual bar work while we're teaching skiing but this doesnt matter too much, but i would absoluely love to go on a road trip style thing after we finish the season and travel across america picking up casual work, is this possible?
And where would you recommend going??!

3. Do you have any advice on things i could do in the meantime to boost my friend making he already has a core group of friends out there that is a good thing in a way but i also dont want to be seen as just his girlfriend (if you catch my drift?)
I'm not the most self confident of people but would love to learn how to be, and I just wondered if anyone had any tips on how to be able to make friends easier..I am a nice person.. honest!! ;) As I don't want my self confidence issues to ruin our trip out there and i trying my hardest to do things that will improve this..

Thanks for any replies, I just wanted to get these off my chest as they had been niggling me but i didnt want to put a negative viewpoint across to me oh!

2. Posted by john7buck (Respected Member 458 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Hi ya Charlie,

Afraid I can't be of much help with the visa/debt questions, but since I live in a Colorado ski resort, I can tell you that you shouldn't worry about making friends out here. Since your boyfriend already has a circle of friends that's a good start, but I'm sure what you'll find is that these resort towns are a bit like uni towns in that everybody is young and generally moved in from somewhere else (with the exception of some grumpy old locals like myself!). The other thing to consider is that loads of people from the UK, Australia and NZ come out to do exactly what you are doing. Lastly, if you are ski instructing, you are likely to have several hundred other people that you'll be working with and it's a great social scene.

Best of luck and feel free to drop me a line if you have any questions or need any help (I'm in Vail).


3. Posted by allie79 (Budding Member 2 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Hey Charlie,

I am going to work in a ski resort in Colorado too this winter if I get the H2B visa. Maybe we will be at the same one! I am working in the hotel though, not teaching skiing. Which resort are you going to (if you don't want to post it on here no worries :) I've never been to America before and I am nervous too, but I am going by myself so I am wondering about meeting people too. My friend worked in a ski resort and she said it's really easy to make friends because everyone there is in the same situation, so I wouldn't worry too much. It would be kind of cool if I sort of knew someone else who was going (even through the internet) before I get there.

Cheers :)