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Developmental Ski & Ride Coach Specialist

Date:  Nov 14, 2022

Kirkwood, CA, US

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


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. 


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 (for eligible seasonal employees after working 500 hours)
  • Free ski passes for dependents 
  • Critical Illness and Accident plans 




Job Summary

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.


Job Specifications

  • Outlet:  Ski & Ride School
  • Starting Wage:  $20 / hour
  • Shift & Schedule Availability:  Full Time and Part Time


Job Responsibilities

  • 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.
  • Other duties as assigned


Job Requirements

  • 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





The budgeted range starts at $20 - $27.  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 490290

Nearest Major Market: California