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Lift Operator - Northstar California Resort - Winter Seasonal - FT & PT (DH)

Date: Jan 18, 2019

Location: Truckee, CA, US

Company: Vail Resorts

Reach Your Peak at Vail Resorts. You're someone who pushes boundaries and challenges the status quo. You're brave, ambitious and passionate in everything you do. And we want you on our team. Pursue your fullest potential and never settle in the quest to deliver extraordinary guest service. Join one of the world's most innovative companies and re-imagine a mountain resort experience with us. Welcome to Vail Resorts. Reach Your Peak.

Lift Operators are responsible for the safety of our guests while they are loading, riding, and unloading our chairlifts. We strive to provide exceptional experiences to each guest through our front line guest service.  You will be spending your days outside in one of the most beautiful mountain settings in the world. 

Gondola Operators are responsible for the safety of our guests while they are loading, riding, and unloading our gondolas. Gondola routes tend to be some of the busiest on our mountain. We strive to provide exceptional experiences to each guest through our front line guest service. 

Both the Lift Operator and Gondola Operator positions are seasonal and will run approximately from November through April.


Please watch these short videos regarding the environment and experience you will have as a lift operator. 

Working in Northstar Lift Ops

Life at Vail Resorts  

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Employee housing is available upon request.


Responsibilities Include (but are not limited to):

  • Responsible for guest safety at the chairlifts/gondolas.
  • Must be safety conscious and able to make quick decisions.
  • Responsible for making positive contact with our guests as they enjoy our mountain.
  • Must be able to work independently or in a small team to accomplish daily job related tasks.
  • Assists in snow removal, daily setup, and routine maintenance of lift areas.
  • Assists all guests in loading, riding, and unloading of the chairlifts/gondolas.
  • Able to work for extended periods of time outside in winter conditions.
  • May also be scheduled to work at the Tubing Center and/or other departments at the resort. 
  • Works closely with ski patrol, mountain safety, lift maintenance, and lift electric to assist and resolve any problems that may arise on the mountain.


  • Must be able to adhere to an early morning starting time - required.
  • Experience working in a winter environment - preferred.
  • High school diploma or equivalent - required.
  • Ability to read and write English - required.
  • Able to stand for long periods of time - required.
  • Able to lift 50 lbs  - required.
  • You must provide your own ski or ride gear.  We provide a uniform and helmet for use while working.
  • Exceptional guest service skills; Ability to work in a very fast-paced, constantly changing environment.

Schedule: Four - Five (4-5)  days per week depending on location assigned to, approximately Ten (10) hours per day. Holidays and weekend availability is required. Mountain is open seven (7) days per week. Must be able to commit through END OF SEASON.

Part Time Schedule:  Varies depending on availability and agreed to schedule by Management. Must be able to commit through END OF SEASON.

Compensation: Starting at $12.25/hr

With diverse tree-lined mountain trails, a world-class terrain park and a vibrant village, Northstar is the perfect setting for families and snow sports enthusiasts alike. Nestled in the Sierra Nevada just 15 minutes from Lake Tahoe, 30 minutes from Reno and a few hours from Napa and San Francisco, it’s easy to explore everything Northern California has to offer. Join the Northstar team and learn why Truckee, CA has been voted one of the “Top 25 Ski Towns in the World.”

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 163839

Nearest Major Market: Sacramento
Nearest Secondary Market: Elk Grove