Vermont’s Q Burke Resort is on schedule to open its new 116-room Hotel and Conference Center by December 11, 2015 and will need to do some hiring to make that happen.
“We’re already accepting reservations for this winter, which means we’re under the gun to finish on time,” Q Burke’s Jessica Sechler told SnoCountry.com. She added that contractors are working six or seven days a week now to make the best use of their time.
Currently the resort is getting the hotel’s executive team in place and then will be working with managers to hire at least 200 new employees to staff the year-round facility.
“There is a great opportunity for career growth here,” Sechler told us. Q Burke works closely with local colleges like Lyndon State College, which offers a Mountain Recreation program, including hospitality and internships at Q Burke. “We’ve got an influx of young talent, which is good for us from a creativity standpoint, and offers a great experience for them,” Sechler said.
Sechler says they have received applications from all over the country as well as locals, including some who had to move away because of a limited job market, but who are now happy to have the opportunity to move back home.
Q Burke will soon offer an online job application as well as at least two job fairs in the fall.
Because the new hotel is located mid-mountain, Q Burke has adjusted their approach to snowmaking to open earlier with more terrain from the summit. They invested more than $1 million in the first of a three-phase snowmaking expansion and upgrade with 20 energy efficient fan guns as well as the construction of a new summit booster pump station.
Upon completion of the Hotel and Conference Center, the construction of an indoor aquatic and tennis center will begin and is projected to break ground in the summer of 2016.
Photos: Top -- Construction continues on the Q Burke Hotel and Conference Center slated to open this winter. (Q Burke); Bottom -- Q Burke will focus on new snowmaking from the top of the mountain to accommodate the new mid-mountain hotel. (Q Burke)