Contracts and Leasing Counsel

Date:  Feb 26, 2024

Remote, Remote, US

Company:  Vail Resorts
Shift Type:  Year Round


As a leading mountain resort operator with over 40 resorts in sixteen states and four countries. We exist to create an Experience of a Lifetime for our employees, so they can, in turn, provide and Experience of a Lifetime for our guests. We are looking for leaders, innovators, creators, and ambitious professionals to join our talented team. If you’re ready to pursue your fullest potential, we want to get to know you!

Many of our Corporate function teams can now live and work in any of the states in which Vail Resorts currently operates* – enabling flexible remote work alongside a commitment to building and maintaining strong culture both in person and virtually. If you’re ready to pursue your fullest potential, we want to get to know you. Find your purpose with us at


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 Contracts and Leasing Counsel to join our team. The Contracts and Leasing Counsel will be responsible for managing the commercial contracting and commercial and retail leasing portfolios across the enterprise. They will report to the Senior Contracts Counsel and will have 3 Contract Analyst direct reports. The Contracts and Leasing Counsel will work closely with legal and business teams to negotiate and draft a wide variety of contracts and provide advice with respect to various corporate and commercial transactions. The attorney will possess a willingness to learn and understand internal business, operational, financial and technical matters to provide sound legal advice and risk analysis, while simultaneously assisting business clients in achieving their commercial objectives.


The ideal candidate for this position 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.    



  • Independently review, draft, and negotiate a wide variety of commercial contracts (including master service agreements, professional services agreements, strategic sponsorship agreements, NDAs, construction services agreements, and technology agreements) and leases (both as landlord and tenant);
  • Interpret and effectively explain nuanced contractual terms, conditions, rights and obligations to business teams;
  • Provide strategic legal advice and deal management at all phases of the commercial and retail leasing process;
  • Proactively identify trends in legal issues to strategically mitigate risk across the contract and leasing portfolios;
  • Collaborate with Procurement, Commercial Leasing, Retail Leasing, Mountain Operations, Information Security, and other company departments to assist in developing and advising on policies, procedures and best practices, to add value and reduce legal risks to the Company;
  • Assist in the preparation and presentation of legal training to business teams;
  • 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.



  • 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. 
  • Experience leading complex commercial and/or leasing negotiations either in a law firm or corporate/in-house legal department.
  • Strong drafting and negotiating skills with the ability to understand and simplify complex concepts, issues and deal structures.
  • 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.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work under high-pressure conditions and to handle urgent situations with patience and diplomacy.


Preferred Experience

  • Experience with various Contract Lifecycle Management platforms.
  • Familiarity with technology and data protection agreements.
  • Managerial or supervisory experience.



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

The perks include a free ski pass, and a set of benefits including... 

  • Medical, Dental, Vision insurance, and a 401(k) retirement plan  
  • Hourly employees are generally eligible for accrued Paid Time Off (PTO) and Sick Time.  Salaried employees are generally eligible for Flexible Time Off (FTO) 
  • Paid Parental Leave for eligible mothers and fathers  
  • Healthcare & Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts  
  • Life, AD&D, and disability insurance 


Reach Your Peak at Vail Resorts.  At Vail Resorts, our team is made whole by the brave, passionate individuals who ambitiously push boundaries and challenge the status quo. Whether you’re looking for seasonal work or the career of a lifetime, join us today to reach your peak.  

*Remote work is currently permitted from British Columbia and the 16 U.S. states in which we currently operate. This includes: California, Colorado, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New York, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Utah, Vermont, Washington State, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. Please note that the ability to work remotely, 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 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  498825
Reference Date: 06/19/2023 
Job Code Function: Counsel