Legal Counsel, Mountain Resorts

Date:  Jul 17, 2024

Broomfield, CO, US

Company:  Vail Resorts Corporate
Shift Type:  Year Round


Our mission is to create the Experience of a Lifetime for our employees, so they can, in turn, create the Experience of a Lifetime for our guests. We own and operate the most renowned destination resorts in the world as well as regional and local ski areas outside major cities, and connect them all through one unrivaled network. We are looking for ambitious leaders, innovators and creators to join our talented team. If you’re ready to pursue your fullest potential, we want to get to know you!


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).



The Mountain Resorts Legal team is seeking a Mountain Resorts Counsel to join our talented group. The Mountain Resorts Legal team is a fun, agile team that provides legal support to the world-class resorts in our Mountain Division and a broad range of corporate functions.


The ideal candidate for this position will have a desire to learn the ski industry and a strong background in one or more of the following areas of law: transactional, commercial, regulatory, or litigation. They will be inquisitive, make connections to innovate insights, embrace complexity and uncertainty, and effectively move between big picture and details. They will be able to quickly identify material risks and make recommendations based in legal analysis and business acumen. The most successful attorneys at Vail Resorts are team players who are hungry, humble, and smart.    


Job Responsibilities

  • Provide legal advice, counsel and support to the Mountain Division and corporate functions regarding year-round operations on a broad range of regulatory, commercial, transactional, pre-litigation, water, housing, and land use legal issues;
  • Draft, negotiate and revise transactional documents;
  • Proactively identify trends in legal issues to strategically mitigate risk across operations;
  • Collaborate with guest and employee operations, health and safety personnel, and other company departments to assist in developing and advising on company policies, procedures and best practices, to add value and reduce legal risks to the Company;
  • Assist in the preparation and presentation of legal trainings;
  • Contribute broadly to the leadership of the businesses, working effectively with senior management and creating strong trusted advisor relationships with the business leaders; and
  • Other duties as assigned.


Job Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree and JD required.
  • Must have an active state bar license. If you have a non-Colorado state bar license, the successful applicant must qualify for a Colorado single-client bar license (or full Colorado bar license).
  • A minimum of 4 years of relevant legal experience. 
  • Agile and flexible thinker, with ability to learn new areas of law and the business. 
  • Clear and concise communicator (written and oral) with all levels within the organization.
  • Exceptional organizational and time management skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to handle urgent situations with patience and diplomacy.


The expected Total Compensation for this role is $135,000 - $155,000 + annual bonus. Individual compensation decisions are based on a variety of factors.

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

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


Vail Resorts offers a ‘Hybrid’ work environment for Broomfield-based roles where employees must live within 50 miles of the Broomfield office and work on-site Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and have flexibility to work off-site on Mondays and Fridays.


Please note that the ability to work in person or off-site, and the particulars related to such work, are subject to change at any time; and, accordingly, the Company reserves the right to change its policies and/or require in-person/in-office work or off-site work at any time in its sole discretion. 


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  501554
Reference Date: 05/20/2024 
Job Code Function: Counsel 
Job Type: Hybrid- Broomfield 

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