Aspen-based selects Montana filmmaker as winner for Epic Dream Job |

Aspen-based selects Montana filmmaker as winner for Epic Dream Job

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Jackson Lebsack holds up his passport after earning a job that will take him to ski resorts around the globe this winter. He topped the field of 1,100 applicants.
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A 19-year-old photographer and filmmaker from Bozeman, Montana, was selected by Aspen-based for its Epic Dream Job visiting ski resorts this winter.

Jackson Lebsack was picked from more than 1,100 people who submitted video applications for what and its partners labeled “the on-mountain job of a lifetime.”

“We have been blown away by the large quantity and exceptional quality of video application submissions we have received,” Dan Sherman, chief marketing officer of said in a statement. “In the end, we chose Jackson due to his unique narrative and visual storytelling talents, engaging personality and love for travel and skiing.” was founded in 1971 and is North America’s largest provider of mountain vacation packages.

Each applicant for the Epic Dream Job had to submit a video application of less than 60 seconds. officials reviewed the clips and Lebsack was offered the job Monday via live video chat. He accepted immediately and admitted he was “freaking out” at the opportunity.

Lebsack will fly to seven countries on three continents this winter and ski or ride at more than one dozen resorts served by the Epic Pass, offered by Vail Resorts. He will be outfitted with video equipment from GoPro and be tasked with documenting his experiences at each of the resorts he visits.

Oh, yeah, and he gets paid $10,000 for doing it.

Over the course of two months, he will visit resorts in the United States, Canada, Switzerland, Italy, Austria, France and Japan.

Lebsack used a relaxed delivery and polished video production to win the competition. He is a native of Hood River, Oregon. He withdrew from Montana State University after one semester after creating his film and photography business, JL Media.

His application can be viewed at

Sherman said the video applications were inspiring because they showed how enthused people are about skiing and snowboarding.

“In fact, we have been so moved by the genuine camaraderie formed around this job search that we will be creating additional Dream Job opportunities for select applicants to be announced soon,” Sherman said.


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