I arrived to work on Christmas day, a little saddened to leave the family, knowing I would be missing out on presents being opened, and the family dinner. I arrived to an old ski lodge, stinking of fatty grease and burnt pizza. It was like day and night from my first day of work at the newer lodge I was trained in. I noticed there were already two girls on two registers and wondered why I was even there. Next thing I knew I was being yelled at to make mozzarella sticks and more chicken tenders. I quickly realized I needed to figure out where these items were, and next thing I knew I was the frialator girl. FUN! - not. The feeling of grease being splashed up on my face was disgusting and I knew this would make for a very long day. I was not trained or told what to do, but how can you really mess up dropping things into hot oil and then check it until they are done? Once I made the items I was told to, I started placing them into their disposable containers, and quickly told I was doing it all wrong because I did not place a little thin piece of paper in the bottom of the cardboard container. Phew, crisis averted on that, because if that little piece of paper was not in the bottom, who knows what would have happened!! (jking).
Next thing I knew there was a girl all of 15 telling me how to make a salad. I was actually impressed with the salad station, most due to the fact that there was salad station. I was slightly excited that among all the greasy and arguably non-healthy food there was a salad option. They used real romaine or spring mix lettuce, not iceberg as well as quality veggie toppings. The thing that surprised me the most was the price. For those of you who have been to a ski mountain recently will agree that food prices are literally unbelievable out of sight. At first I thought it might just be because I am a poor college student, but no. When ringing people up on the register nearly every one's eyes pop out of their head when they look at the price. For example, two chicken tenders laying on top of about fifteen french fries cost $8.50 plus tax. That is crazy. That is more than I make an hour working at the mountain. A salad, however, cost $5.95 plus tax. That is reasonable. I mean, I would guess that there is more than a pound between the lettuce, green peppers, red onion, tomatoes, cucumbers, olives, parm cheese, croutons and dressing. At Wegmans the salad bar is $6.95 a pound, if my memory serves me correctly. My point is though, how can people seriously spend nearly three dollars more on two chicken tenders and a few fries. Do not get me wrong, I love french fries as much as the next person, but seriously, come on! When I am up on the mountain boarding, I need something that satisfies but does not sit too heavy. I do not understand why people out being active all day long would fill themselves with fat and salt. The irony is they are doing something rather healthy for themselves by being active and outside, and then nourishing themselves with a lot of empty expensive calories. !