Guest Worker Program Brings Foreigners to Tahoe Ski Resorts

Antonella Croche made the 6000 mile trip from Argentina to Lake Tahoe to work for Donner Ski Ranch in Norden, Calif.

"It's really common in Argentina to make this trip for work and travel and i decided, because i came to the United States last year and I really liked it," says Antonella Croche.

She was among a large group of young South Americans who were awaiting Social Security numbers in Reno, so they could legally obtain jobs at area ski resorts.

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"We don't go to other countries and take their jobs, they should be courteous and do the same," says Melody Russell.

"I'm sure Americans go to other countries to get jobs. It's not their problem we have such high unemployment rates," says Bridget Robertson.

Ski resorts like Boreal in Truckee, Calif. recruit some of these travellers through a Guest Worker Program. Most are south american students who are on summer break.

"Yeah we come here to work, to know places, and to learn the language too," says Tomas Gandolfo.

Boreal Marketing Director John Slaughter says they hire locally through job fairs first, but there's often still open positions that still need to be filled. Slaughter says they've hired a handful of foreign workers through the program this winter, but the numbers are way down from previous years because more locals are looking for work due to the economy. If that trend continues, it could be harder for those like Antonella to keep coming back.

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