Experienced Snow Cat Operator

Date:  Mar 2, 2024

Ludlow, VT, US

Company:  Okemo 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.

Hiring for our seasonal positions occurs on a rolling basis. Applications will be accepted until March 15th or until the positions are 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:

Service is the foundation of everything we stand for at Vail Resorts and our Snow Cat Operation team is no exception to creating this experience of a lifetime. Responsible for maintaining the picturesque appearance of our snow and ski slopes, Snow Cat Operators are safety minded individuals operating heavy equipment to ensure the best possible snow surface for thrill seekers. 


Job Specifications: 

  • Expected Pay Range: $21.00 - $23.26 / hour

  • Shift & Schedule Availability: Full Time and Part Time

  • Skill Level: Intermediate 

  • Other Specifics: Due to the nature of the operation, this position is only available as an overnight shift from 12:00am (Midnight) – 8:30am   


Job Responsibilities:

  • Understand the use, operation, and maintenance of heavy equipment used for snow/slope grooming 

  • Operate snow/slope grooming equipment, such as a snowcat, to maintain the appearance and quality of resort snow trails and ski slopes to the highest level possible.  

  • Maintain a general knowledge of the mountain and adhere to safety regulations 

  • Perform basic routine inspections and preventative maintenance, on equipment to minimize downtime 

  • Communicate clearly and effectively via 2-way radio 

  • Communicate advanced mechanical problems or maintenance needs with shop mechanics   

  • Communicate effectively with coworkers and other departments to provide direction, support and maintain good working relationships   

  • Other duties as assigned 


Job Requirements:

  • 2-4 years of snow grooming experience required 

  • Valid driver's license with no restrictions 

  • Must be able to communicate fluently in English  

  • Ability to work in small groups as well as independently 

  • Able to sit for extended periods of time while operating the snowcat as well as climb on and off frequently 

  • Knowledge in 2-way radio use and various codes 



The expected pay range is $21.00 - $23.26. 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  496502
Reference Date: 07/13/2023 
Job Code Function: Grooming