Director of Lift Maintenance, Crested Butte

Date:  Mar 25, 2024

Crested Butte, CO, US

Company:  Crested Butte Mountain 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:

The Director of Lift Maintenance will lead and manage the Crested Butte Lift Maintenance Department in alignment with Crested Butte and Vail Resorts standards and philosophy and will lead his team and the resort to the highest degree of safety, drive on-time completion for all maintenance and repairs, be a change management expert, and develop talent as a critical priority. This person will manage the preventative, routine, scheduled, and unscheduled maintenance of all lifts at Crested Butte Mountain Resort in a proactive, safe and efficient manner; provide oversight of future lift construction and special projects as assigned by the Director of Mountain Operations and VP/GM; provide the quality and service required by regulatory agencies and maintain the standards set forth by Vail Resorts and partner with the USFS. This person will engage in and lead best practices for the resort.  The ideal candidate will have strong leadership skills and successfully lead a staff of experienced individuals, enabling the highest levels of execution and job satisfaction while working toward a one team culture and effectiveness.


Job Specifications:

  • Outlet: Crested Butte
  • Shift & Schedule Availability: Year Round / Full Time
  • The budgeted range starts at $82,800 - $106,425 + annual bonus + equity.  Actual pay will be adjusted based on experience.


Job Responsibilities:

  • Demonstrates strong example of Vail Resorts Core Values of: Serve Others, Do Good, Drive Value, Be Safe, Do Right, and Have Fun.
  • Embodies and works toward exceeding expectations on Vail Resorts Leadership Competencies of: Out Front, Connect, Drive, Develop, Passion, and Re-Imagine.
  • Responsible for ensuring the lifts are in compliance with ANSI/OSHA/NEC, Insurance and Vail Resorts policies and regulations.
  • Responsible for conduct, training, department policies, Vail Resorts policies, thorough knowledge of all policies in Policy Tech, and ensuring that all tasks and procedures are completed in a timely, thorough and professional manner.
  • Responsible for the oversight and planning of all mechanical and electrical maintenance.
  • Responsible for annual licensing of all lifts prior to winter operations.
  • Responsible for compliance and ownership of department budgets and notifying Director of Mountain Operations and VP/GM of financial variances in a timely manner. 
  • Plan for future development and capital improvements of all lift systems and continually update and advise Director of Mountain Operations and VP/GM on the long-term goals for lift system upgrades.
  • Responsible for summer and winter preventative maintenance programs that include inspection of work performed to maximize lift safety and reliability, and working with outside agencies and vendors to ensure that all work is done and compliant.
  • Ensure that all required records are maintained and kept up to date. This includes, but is not limited to, all mechanical and operational procedures, maintenance and operations logs, lift deficiencies, failures and incidents, and downtime logs. 


Job Qualifications:


  • High school education or equivalent
  • Strong project management experience
  • Foundation of knowledge surrounding mechanical/electrical engineering
  • Management experience in Lift Operations and/or Lift Maintenance and/or Mountain Operations (Min 10 years preferred)
  • Strong knowledge and understanding of Lift Mechanical/Lift Electrical systems and Lift Operations
  • Valid Driver's license
  • Strong knowledge of desktop computer systems and applications
  • Understanding of budgets and has a financial acumen
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Knowledge of ANSI and OSHA regulatory codes and agencies
  • Intermediate/advanced level skier/snowboarder



The expected pay range is $82,800 - $106,425 + annual bonus + equity. 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  498784
Reference Date: 10/30/2023 
Job Code Function: Lift Maintenance 

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