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Development Teams Coach - Winter Seasonal

Date:  Jun 20, 2022

Kirkwood, CA, US

Company:  Kirkwood Mountain Resort
Shift Type:  Winter Seasonal 2022/2023

Kirkwood is for those that embrace the big mountain lifestyle and are as passionate about skiing and riding as they are about creating amazing experiences for our guests. Magical, raw and expansive…Kirkwood is the stuff of legend. We’re famous for legendary snowfall, challenging inbounds terrain, backcountry guided tours and premier avalanche education programs. Those that come here come for an adventure unique to Kirkwood! Join our close-knit team working at one of the most stunning alpine resorts in the country.

No transportation? Don't want to make the drive? No problem! We have an employee shuttle that runs EVERYDAY from South Lake Tahoe to Kirkwood, free of cost! We encourage all employees who don't want to make the commute themselves to jump on the shuttle, sit back and relax, on their way to work!  


As of Nov. 15, 2021, Vail Resorts will be requiring all employees across North America to be vaccinated for COVID-19.


Job Specifications:

Skill Level: Non Certified
Starting Wage: As of October 2022, all minimum wages will be $20 an hour.
Shift Availability: Part Time 
Housing: Accepting Applications


The Development Teams Coach will work with our advanced ski or ride athletes, ages 5-18, in a season long team environment. Teams will train every weekend and some holidays developing all mountain skiing and riding skills for non-competitive and competitive focused athletes. This training may include the following: all-mountain, freestyle, slope style, half pipe, skier–x and big mountain freeride. This role requires excellent planning, communication and programming skills. Coaches will provide quality training to program athletes in a safe and fun manner while upholding all California Skier Safety Act rules/regulations and Vail Resorts guidelines. This position can be combined with instructing in the Ski & Ride School or the opportunity to support across other resort functions to provide full time work.


Responsibilities include (but are not limited to):

  • Upholding the highest levels of safety on varied terrain in a high alpine setting with changing winter weather conditions.
  • Following all Expedition Kirkwood, Ski & Ride School and Resort policies, procedures and guidelines.
  • Evaluation of participating athlete’s skill sets, developing a plan accordingly and working with the program coordinator to make sure each group is cohesive.
  • Consistent and thorough communication with athletes and parents on each participant’s skill development plan and goals throughout the entirety of the season.
  • For competitive teams: an understanding of all rules and regulations as outlined by the governing associations: USSA, USASA, USCSA, etc, coordination of a competition plan with each athlete and their parents, potential for travel and support at off-mountain events and competitions.



  • High school diploma or equivalent education
  • Ability to ski or ride at an expert level.
  • Work well in a team environment
  • Excellent communication and guest service skills
  • Must be able to work weekends and holidays


Preferred skills:

  • PSIA, USASA, USSA certification and or competitive background
  • Previous experience in coaching or working with kids
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office.
  • Previous competitive background
  • PSIA Freestyle Accreditations


What’s in it for you?

  • Free EPIC Pass to all of our resorts
  • Discounted coupons for friends and family
  • Shuttle bus from S. Lake Tahoe to Kirkwood
  • Carpool Incentive program
  • Professional development training on your personal skiing / riding as well as certification preparation
  • Discounts with select industry manufactures
  • Discounted lodging at our Rock Resort Properties starting at $85/night
  • Food and beverage discounts at mountain dining locations
  • Retail discounts at Vail Resorts Retail stores
  • Unique events! Including concerts, employee meals, employee activities, pro competitions!
  • On site medical clinic with benefits for employees
  • Job Share opportunities to work more hours if needed
  • Certification reimbursement program
  • 401(k) Retirement Plan
  • Professional Development opportunities

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 

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 444188

Nearest Major Market: California