Free Ride Teams Coach

Date:  Nov 11, 2023

Kirkwood, CA, US

Company:  Kirkwood Mountain Resort
Shift Type:  Winter Seasonal 2023/2024


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, 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 Freeride Team Coach will work with our top ski athletes, ages 10-18, in a competitive training environment.  The team will train every weekend and some holidays starting December 2, 2023, with a primary focus on big mountain freeride and respective Junior IFSA competitions.  The role requires excellent planning, communication and programming skills.  The coach 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. Full time work may be available if desired.


Job Specifications 

  • Expected Pay Range: $20.00 - $62.02 / hour
  • Shift & Schedule Availability: Full Time and Part Time
    • Holidays Required
  • Skill Level: Intermediate


Job Responsibilities 

  • Upholding the highest levels of safety on varied terrain in a high alpine setting with varying winter weather conditions.
  • Communicating with athletes and parents on skill development.
  • Following all Expedition Kirkwood and Resort policies, procedures and guidelines.
  • Travel to and support at off-mountain events and competitions.
  • Coordinating a competition plan with each athlete and their parents.
  • Evaluating athlete’s skill sets, developing a plan accordingly and working with the program coordinator to make sure each group is cohesive.
  • An understanding of all rules and regulations as outlined by the governing association of IFSA
  • Be an ambassador for My Epic; provide insightful advice and friendly, hands-on My Epic support to guests in need

  • An aptitude for acquiring skills in user support and an eagerness to learn about My Epic functionality to support guests

  • Other duties as assigned 


Job Requirements 

  • High school diploma or equivalent education
  • PSIA, IFSA, USASA, USSA certification and or competitive background
  • Work well in a team environment
  • Must be able to work weekends and holidays
  • Excellent communication and guest service skills
  • Ability to Ski at an expert level.

Preferred skills:

  • Previous experience in coaching or working with kids
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office.
  • Previous competitive background
  • PSIA Freestyle Accreditations


The expected pay range is $20.00 - $62.02. 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  498553
Reference Date: 10/13/2023 
Job Code Function: Ski/Snow School 

Nearest Major Market: California