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Lead Lift Operator - Winter Seasonal


Kirkwood, CA, US

Company:  Kirkwood Mountain Resort
Shift Type:  Winter Seasonal 2020/2021

Reach Your Peak at Vail Resorts.  As a community of adventurers and discoverers, Vail Resorts delivers an experience of a lifetime to our guests and our employees. Our team is made whole by the brave, passionate individuals who ambitiously push boundaries and challenge the status quo. Whether you’re looking for seasonal work or the career of a lifetime, join us today to reach your peak. 


Job Summary:

The Lead Lift Operator will be assigned one or more lifts where they will be given the responsibility of direct oversight of the Lift Operators working at that lift. The lead will perform all duties of a Lift Operator and will also be responsible for breaking and training junior staff, as well as taking ownership of daily set up and appearance of the lift station and staff according to company and ANSI standards. You will mentor your teammates and help promote a caring safety culture. This role is designed for emerging leaders at Vail Resorts. You will have opportunities to sharpen your leadership skills with Talent Development courses.



  • Setting up one or more lifts every day, and must quickly develop a working knowledge of those lifts and work area.
  • Training new employees in Daily Operating procedures.
  • Leading the Lift Operators in assigned tasks and projects.
  • Ensure lift logs are complete and accurate on a daily basis.
  • Coach and develop the performance of assigned Lift Operators, and assist in the development of employee reviews.
  • Responsible for the overall appearance of assigned lift stations and staff, as well as auditing station supplies and lift logs throughout the day.
  • Ensure that all breaks are completed in accordance with Department and CA Labor policies.
  • Conducts and provides valuable input during Morning Meetings.
  • Must be able to adhere to all company and department policies and procedures and set an example for others to follow.
  • Must be completely reliable and punctual for all assigned shifts, and be able to work unsupervised and delegate duties when needed.
  • Participate in classroom and on the job training for lift operators and ensure training documents are kept current.
  • Other duties as assigned by Manager.



  • High School Diploma or GED.
  • One year previous experience in Lift Operations at Heavenly or another Vail Resort. 
  • Ability to ski or ride at an Intermediate or above level.
  • Ability and willingness to work outside, for a majority of the day, in extreme and varying weather conditions.
  • Ability to maintain attention to detail while ensuring the safety of our guests and coworkers.
  • Ability to maintain an extremely high level of guest service.
  • Ability to lift/carry 50 lbs.
  • Ability to stand up to 8 hours a day.
  • Ability to speak, read, write and communicate clearly in English.


Benefits include:

  • Free Ski passes for employees and dependents
  • Discount lift tickets for friends and family
  • Free ski lessons
  • Discounted lodging, food, gear and mountain shuttles
  • Discounted bike haul & golf
  • Medical, Dental, and Vision plans (full-time positions)
  • 401(k) Retirement Plan
  • Excellent training and professional development


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, expansive and remote…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. www.vailresortscareers.com

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!  If you would prefer to drive AND want to make some extra cash, you will definitely want to participate in our Employee Carpool Program! Make up to $25.00 a DAY just for driving your fellow employees to work!

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 237947

Nearest Major Market: California