Team Lead Snowmaker

Date:  Jun 11, 2024

Beaver Creek, CO, US

Company:  Beaver Creek Ski Resort
Shift Type:  Year Round


Create Your Experience of a Lifetime!

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 experience, and wellness benefits to fuel your success.

Candidates for year-round positions are reviewed on a rolling basis. Applications will be accepted up to 90 days after the posting date, or until the position is filled (whichever is first).

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, and mountain shuttles
  • 401(k) Retirement Plan 
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Excellent training and professional development
  • Referral Program

Full Time roles are eligible for the above, plus:

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


Job Summary:

As a Snowmaking Team lead you will be working long hours in a fast paced high risk job. You should possess excellent communication skills and be comfortable having difficult conversations. You will be responsible for accomplishing department objectives, training, organizing and motivating staff of different skill levels. You will monitor and evaluate performance of staff which includes coaching, counseling and discipline. You should be able to recognize skill and ability of your staff and delegate appropriately. You will possess extensive knowledge of the complete snowmaking process. Safety is Paramount! Acute personal awareness, prudent judgement, physical fitness, coordination and fortitude are characteristics snowmakers should possess. You will be exposed to variable weather and surface conditions in a high alpine environment. During a typical shift you will walk, ski or board, ride chair lifts, drive trucks, snowmobiles or be transported by snow cat to set up and operate snowmaking equipment. You will work closely with other Mountain Operations departments: Grooming, Race, Ski Patrol, Lift Maintenance, Fleet maintenance, Lift Operations. This is a year round Snowmaking position with a switch to equipment maintenance and pipe replacement after the snowmaking season ends.  This is a very complex position and requires intense commitment and a diverse skill set. This important role is critical to getting the ski season up and running.


This is a true “Experience of a lifetime” you will never forget!


Job Specifications:

  • Expected Pay Range: $23.00 - $25.99 / hour
  • Shift & Schedule Availability:  Full Time, Year Round
    • 7:00AM - 5:00PM (Feb - Sept) : 4 days / week
    • 11:00AM - 11:00PM or 11:00PM - 11:00AM (Oct - Jan): 3 - 4 days / week
  • Skill Level: Advanced  


Job Requirements:

  • Adhere to all snowmaking policies, safety guidelines and best practice procedures at all times. 
  • Operate all transportation vehicles as per the standard operating procedures. 
  • Works with Manager and the department in all aspects of machine made snow. 
  • Assist other departments as needed for high quality guest service experience and customer satisfaction. 
  • Must be able to understand the operations of pumps, compressors and how water and air moves across the mountain.
  • Maintain snowmaking equipment and buildings as directed. 
  • Must be able to set up/tear down snowmaking equipment in a safe and efficient manner on any trail that has snowmaking on it. 
  • Must be able to operate all snowmaking equipment, (i.e fan guns, air/water guns) 
  • Fulfilling day to day work responsibilities for the organization as needed and exhibits the highest level of expertise in all areas. 
  • May also supervise summer construction/maintenance projects. 
  • Assist with capital project development.  
  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Must possess valid Driver’s license and acceptable MVR (driving record)
  • Must adhere to Beaver Creek’s policies (conduct, ethics, grooming, safety)
  • Must possess at least 2 years snowmaking experience


The expected pay range is $23.00 - $25.99. This is the pay range we reasonably expect to pay for this position. Individual compensation decisions are based on a variety of factors.


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  500832
Reference Date: 03/06/2024 
Job Code Function: Snowmaking 

Nearest Major Market: Denver