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Lift Operations Manager

Date:  Jul 25, 2022

Crested Butte, CO, US

Company:  Crested Butte Mountain Resort
Shift Type:  Year Round

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 Specifications:

  • Housing: Not available
  • Outlet: Crested Butte
  • Shift Availability: Year Round / Full Time
  • The budgeted range starts at $45,000 - $55,250 + annual bonus.  Actual pay will be adjusted based on experience


Job Summary:

Is responsible for safe uphill and downhill transportation of all guests via Crested Butte’s chair lift infastructure. Responsible for the daily supervision of Supervisors Team Leads, Leads, and lift operators in assigned location. Develop and impliment programs for department safety, service, and training. Responsible for interviewing, hiring and training employees. Performnce will be evaluated using the company’s leadership competencies and measures that rate the success of the department goals.


Job Responsibilities:

  • Daily oversight of operations, scheduling and monitoring daily operations of all lifts. Ensuring correct staffing levels are maintained to cover all aspects of safety and guest service while remaining with in budget limits. Inventory and purchse supplies as needed, maintaing budget.
  • Encourage a caring safety culture within the department to achieve the goal of zero work related injury.
  • Continuously train, counsel, and mentor returning and new staff with a higher focus on leadership within the team. Assist in coordination and participate in the process to interview, hire, and train new employees in all aspects of daily lift operations. Motivate, reward, and encourage all employees.
  • Maintain the team’s level of professionalism and standard of excellence according to our guest service expectations.
  • Understand Crested Butte/Vail Policies and Procedures. Impliment and maintain these ensuring the best interests of the company as a whole are upheld. Counsel and discipline employees up to and including termination for violations of these policies.
  • Perform audits of our maze, lift, load and unload areas to ensure daily presentation is meeting or exceeding expectation.
  • Understand and impliment all requirments of ANSI, CPTSB and OSHA regulations. Build a professional working relationship with representatives of these agencies.
  • Maintain and document all aspects of Safety, Guest Service, and Operations training.
  • Timely communications with regard to daily lift operating schdules to allow good communication to all business partners that may need to adjust.
  • Represent  the Lift Operations Department at the Management level by active participation in all relevant meetings. Conduct self in a manner that sets an example for Lift Employees and other company employees in all professional and moral responsibilities while at work. 
  • During summer operations, work supervising on mountain projects in areas of construction, underground utility work, and environmental impact projects. Will assist or lead daily supervision of summer Lift Operations of Silver Queen and Red Lady Lifts. Will also cordinate lift operations assistance with Director of Lift Maintenance post summer operations.
  • Assist in preparation and affective implementation of departmental budgets for labor and expenses.
  • Proper documentation of daily operations is upheld and accurate. This is a crutial part of the operations to assist with our abilities in tracking possible operational issues as displayed within the weekly Lift Maintenance report.
  • Other duties as assigned


Job Requirements:

  • High school education or equivalent, some college preferred.
  • Experience managing large teams, Experience working in the ski industry.
  • 3 years in a Mountain Operations supervisory or managerial role.
  • Valid driver’s license.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Teams etc.
  • Strong English communication skills including verbal & written with the ability to handle complex guest interactions on and off the ski slopes.
  • Previous guest service experience.
  • Positive, solutions oriented leadership. Ability to make responsible decisions at critical times.


The budgeted range starts at $45,000 - $55,250 + annual bonus.  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 423551

Nearest Major Market: Colorado