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Cooking Team Lead

Date:  Sep 1, 2022

Afton Alps, MN, US

Company:  Afton Alps
Shift Type:  Winter Seasonal 2022/2023

Come work and play in the mountains!  Whether it’s your first time seeing snow or you were born on the slopes, joining our team means discovering (or re-discovering!) a passion for the outdoors while building lifelong connections with teammates and guests from around the world. 


With 40+ resorts across 3 continents, you can join our team for a season or stay to build a career. From day one, you'll receive some of the highest compensation rates in the industry, free Epic pass(es) along with free ski and snowboard lessons, 40% retail discounts, the chance to grow through Epic Service - our leading training and development program, and wellness benefits to fuel your success. 


Join us to create your Experience of a Lifetime!


Job Benefits

  • Ski/Mountain Perks! Free passes for employees, employee discounted lift tickets for friends and family AND free ski lessons  
  • MORE employee discounts on lodging, food, gear, mountain shuttles AND during the summer on bike haul, golf and other activities 
  • 401(k) Retirement Plan  
  • Employee Assistance Program 
  • Excellent training and professional development 
  • Referral Program 


Seasonal Full Time roles are eligible for the above, plus: 

  • Health Insurance; Medical Insurance, Dental Insurance, and Vision Insurance plans (after eligible employees work 500 hours) 
  • Free ski passes for dependents 
  • Critical Illness and Accident plans 




Job Summary:

The Cooking Team Lead leads a kitchen crew that produces quality food and beverages in full-service dining, cafeteria style, and special events. They influence the overall operation through their passion, pride, leadership, and organizational skills. They work toward the overall goal of providing a culinary Experience of a Lifetime for Afton Alps Guests while still reaching profit margins.



•            Execute daily operations by opening and/or closing food & beverage outlets, including filling front-line employee positions as necessary, especially during non-peak periods.

•            Assist the Kitchen Manager in maintain food cost to budget through proper purchasing, menu item pricing, and inventory practices.

•            Direct staff in meeting quality standards for food handling and preparation, safety and sanitation.

•            Conduct and process accurate inventories of food, beverage, and smallwares at regular intervals as defined by the Kitchen Manager and Vail Resorts.

•            Responsible for training, scheduling, reviewing and disciplinary action for kitchen employees.

•            Responsible for ensuring all F&B equipment is maintained and in proper working condition.

•            Plan and execute F&B for special events including weddings, banquets, and corporate meetings.

•            Demonstrate the ability to communicate professionally to staff and guests. Respond and engage with customer suggestions, complaints, and recognition.

•            Adhere to all policies, rules, regulations in both food service and alcohol management.

•            Adhere to all policies, rules, and regulations of Vail Resorts and Afton Alps.

•            Create and maintain a productive and safe work environment, including implementing and retaining all company mandated safety-related training and assessments.

•            Other duties as assigned.



•            3 years F&B experience with at least 2 years cooking experience – Required

•            At least 2 years of supervisory experience

•            Strong ability to train employees to set service standards.

•            Professionalism and strong guest service skills, attention to detail and timeliness.

•            Flexible schedule required during peak times throughout the year.  Must be willing to work evenings, holidays and weekends – Required.

•            MS office and POS (IG) proficiency – Preferred

•            Certified in TIPS and enforcement of Bartender's Code of Conduct – Preferred

•            Possess strong liquor and beer knowledge for training ability – Preferred

•            Certified Slip Resistant shoes are required prior to starting work. Shoes must be provided by the employee.

•            Strong communication and teamwork skills, demonstrates the ability to communicate effectively in oral and written form including communicating on the mountain radio.

•            Working knowledge of kitchen areas and work with chefs/culinary programs to establish and maintain sanitization and food quality standards.

•            High level of interpersonal skills to ensure: teamwork, high level guest contact, fact finding for appropriate decision making, commitment to guest service and employee relations.

•            Must demonstrate ability to receive and give direction and act upon it.



•            Weight Lifted – At least 50lbs

•            Lifting Frequency – Frequent

•            Standing Frequency – Frequent

•            Walking Frequency – Frequent

•            Reaching – Some of the time

•            Stoop, Kneel, Crouch, Crawl – Some of the time

The budgeted range starts at $23.  Actual pay will be adjusted based on experience.


Vail Resorts is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status or any other status protected by applicable law.


Requisition ID 468047

Nearest Major Market: Minneapolis