Every year hordes of lucky bums make a pilgrimage to their resort of choice, where they work mornings, ski afternoons, and party nights. You, too, can be one of the chosen few. Starting this month, resorts all over the East will be hiring everything from lift ops to groomers to ski instructors. If you think you're up to the task, check out one of these job fairs (dates listed below) or call your favorite resort.

> Sunday River, Maine 800-543-2SKI
October 7-8; 500-plus jobs
Tip: Show a desire to work (and play) hard.

> Killington, Vermont 800-621-6867
October 14, November 10-11, December 9, 18; 1,700 jobs
Tip: Be willing to stay through the end of April.

> Stowe, Vermont 800-253-4754
October 21, November 1, 18; 300 jobs
Tip: A fun attitude will help get you the job.

> Stratton, Vermont 800-STRATTON
Late October, mid November; 300-400 jobs
Tip: Take out your nose ring and cover your tattoos.

> Sugarbush, Vermont 800-53-SUGAR
October 14-15, 28-29, November 11-12, 16, 23 (at local colleges); early December (tentative); 300-400 jobs
Tip: Be willing to stay the whole season.

> Loon, New Hampshire 800-229-LOON
October 14; December 2 (tentative); 50-plus jobs
Tip: Have a friendly attitude.

> Hunter, New York 800-FOR-SNOW
October 21 (tentative); 500 jobs
Tip: Be clean-cut and willing to work in a fast-paced environment.

> Whiteface, New York 800-462-6236
November 8; 200 jobs
Tip: Know the job you want and zero in on it.

> Mountain Creek, New Jersey 973-827-3900
Late October; 900 jobs
Tip: Dress casually.

> Snowshoe, West Virginia 304-572-1000
Usually in September, October; 900 jobs
Tip: Show that you're a fun-loving person.