Winners of the Best Jobs in the Travel Business

By Marisa Lascala - 2013-10-25T16:29:53Z

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Kaylin Richardson

From: Park City, Utah

Winner: Two-Time Olympian and "Ultimate Mountain Gig" Winner, Canyons Resort, January 2011–April 2011

Job duties: "To thoroughly enjoy skiing the 4,000 acres at Canyons while residing at the Waldorf Astoria Park City—rough life, right? My obligations were to blog, make videos, and share the experience. "

Why do you think you were selected? "You had to send in a sample blog, resume, and two-minute video to apply. In my submission, my main goal was to be authentic. I had a great run as an athlete, but it is a very self-involved endeavor. Now that I was moving on, I really had the desire to share my love for the mountains with everyone I encountered. My video was super-cheesy, but I meant every word."

What was the best part of the job? "An unbelievable string of powder days. Access to an amazing outdoor, heated pool. Gourmet hot chocolate every day after skiing. Sore cheeks from smiling so much—I could go on, but I think people may start to loathe me because of my good fortune."

And the worst part? "The worst frostbitten feet of my life. I was taking these wonderfully enthusiastic Spaniards—they founded, a really great skiing website—skiing and we were so fired up! Thirty inches of fresh overnight, and there was almost no one on the mountain, in large part because it was seriously frigid. I couldn't feel my feet after the first hour, but I wasn't going to let that make me miss a run—it was the best powder day of my life. I actually made a videoabout it. From 5 p.m., when my feet started to finally thaw, until 8 p.m., I was in agony. Black toes, dead skin falling off—it was pretty gruesome...but totally worth it. "

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