Snow Removal Manager

Date:  May 15, 2024

Kirkwood, CA, US

Company:  Kirkwood Mountain Resort
Shift Type:  Year Round


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.

Candidates for year-round positions are reviewed on a rolling basis. Applications will be accepted up to 90 days after the posting date, or until the position is filled (whichever is first).

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 Snow Removal/Manager oversees and operates snow and ice removal equipment to clear roadways and parking lots or wherever deemed necessary at Kirkwood Mountain resort. Will be responsible for up to 14 employees in the winter and summer.


Job Specifications:

  • Location: Kirkwood, CA
  • Expected Pay Range: $66,560.00 - $80,710.00 + annual bonus 
  • Shift & Schedule Availability: Full Time / Year Round
  • Skill Level: Advanced


Job Responsibilities:

  • Train and develop all operators continually throughout the season.
  • Oversee the performance, conduct and quality of work performance during each shift.
  • Delegate projects from the provided work list to crew members.
  • Minimize down time through basic preventive maintenance procedures.
  • Ability to manage team members in a productive and ever-changing atmosphere.
  • Composing and administering regular performance evaluations, coaching sessions and as needed, disciplinary conversations.
  • Promote safety on the job for employees and guests by leading scheduled safety meetings.
  • Formulate work schedules and priority lists on a daily basis.
  • Attendance at all scheduled department meetings and gatherings.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • Must be able to  interact with all mountain departments, and support for mountain resort operations
  • Oversee water quality operations, winter snowmelt runoff, culvert inspections, maintenance, and BMP’s around the valley.
  • Ensuring compliance with all state, federal, company and department policies and procedures including safety guidelines.
  • Road repairs to KMD and parking lots
  • Work with and maintain a good relationship with the outside agencies
  • Adhere to labor and Op-Ex budgets
  • Oversee all snow removal and snow storage operations, ensuring the roads and parking lots are plowed and ready for public by 7am everyday
  • Other duties as assigned


Job Qualifications:


  • HS Diploma or GED
  • Clean driver record and driver’s license.
  • Ability to speak, read and communicate clearly in English.
  • Ability to be reached for deployment at early hours.
  • Ability to lift/carry 50 lbs.
  • Ability to do strenuous work for up to 12 hours.
  • Professionalism and strong guest service skills, attention to detail and timeliness.
  • Flexible schedule required during peak times throughout the year.
  • Previous snow removal experience.
  • Previous supervisory experience.
  • Basic computer skills (Microsoft Office, PeopleSoft) required
  • Previous experience budgeting at departmental level Strongly preferred


Preferred skills:

  • Familiarity with snow blower operation and/or maintenance.
  • Possess a basic understanding of local weather patterns.
  • Worked for a ski resort for at least one season.



The expected pay range is $66,560.00 - $80,710.00 + annual bonus. 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  499945
Reference Date: 01/31/2024 
Job Code Function: Grooming 

Nearest Major Market: California