Aspen Skiing Co. Boosts Minimum Wage To Battle A Labor Shortage

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Aspen Skiing Co. will be recruiting about 1,200 new employees with a higher base pay for the upcoming winter season, the Aspen Times reports.

The minimum hourly wage for company employees will be $13.50, up from $12 last season.
The state's minimum wage is currently $10.20 an hour.

The company has raised employees' base pay each year for the past few years but this bump is larger than the ones in the past.

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Chris Linsmayer, public affairs director for Colorado Ski Country USA, which represents a consortium of ski resorts in the state, said his organization hasn't seen any other wage announcements in advance of the 2018-19 season yet.

"Colorado is experiencing a competitive job market, especially in our mountain communities where unemployment rates remain below the statewide average," he said. "We expect to see a competitive hiring market across the state for employees this winter."

Aspen Skiing Co. spokesman Jeff Hanle says the pay raise creates a ripple effect because returning employees who started at $12 hour last year will be bumped up to the $13.50 wage.

Aspen Skiing continues to offer benefits, including a ski pass, health insurance and deep retail discounts. The company is planning two job fairs this fall — Sept. 27 and Oct. 25.