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Lift Operations Specialist - Winter Seasonal

Date:  Jan 8, 2021

Zanesfield, OH, US

Company:  Mad River Mountain
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. 


 Mad River is now part of the Vail Resorts family and we’ve started hiring for our Winter 20-21 season! All Mad River employees receive a FREE ski pass that gives you access to skiing and riding at all Vail Resorts-owned mountains. Along with the free ski pass, employees also get discounts on food, lodging, and retail products, along with other pro-deal discounts on brand names. Join the team this season for an Experience of a Lifetime!


Job Summary:

As a Lift Operations Specialist you will be in charge of zone of the mountain and be accountable for the crews operating those lifts. You will teach new employees how to be Lift Operators and to provide quality customer service to fulfill our mission of delivering an experience of a lifetime for every guest.


Responsibilities Include, but are not limited to:

  • Supervise the Lead’s opening procedures, communication with dispatch, maintenance checks and daily lift logs.
  • Teach new hires how to safely use a variety of tools to sweep seats, shovel snow and rake ramps.
  • Train your team how to correctly set up mazes, fences, perimeters and signs.
  • Ensure teammates are tracking dispatch clearances and using designated routes to ski/ride to remote areas of the mountain.
  • Inventory tools and equipment and resupply logs, tissues, garbage bags, etc.
  • Snowmobile to certain top stations to check terminals and/or run operators up in the morning.
  • Recognize issues on the hill and at lift stations and make necessary corrections and delegations.
  • Ensure work breaks are being given on time to lift personnel in assigned zone.
  • Assist in department trainings and emergency lift evacuations as needed.
  • Assist the Manager and Supervisor with coaching, discipline and performance reviews.
  • Participate in leadership development classes and foster learning opportunities for the Leads.



  • Ability to meet qualifications and perform all responsibilities of a Lead Lift Operator.
  • Must be able to ski/snowboard at an advanced level.
  • Minimum 3 years of lift operations experience.
  • Valid driver’s license and clean DMV record for snowmobile operation.
  • Supervisory skills and innate leadership traits.



Mad River Mountain is one of Midwest’s most legendary ski destinations and has long attracted those who know winter is best spent outdoors. Join our team and help provide world-class experiences to our guests, because we know every day can be a snow day. www.vailresortscareers.com

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 229549

Nearest Major Market: Cincinnati