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Snowmaking Lead

Date: Jan 19, 2023

City: Champion, PA, US

Company: Vail Resorts


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. 


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, mountain shuttles AND during the summer on bike haul, golf and other activities 
  • 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 




The snowmaking Lead reports directly to the shift Supervisor.  You will be working long hours in a fast paced, high risk job.  You should possess excellent communication skills and be comfortable having difficult conversations.  You will work with Supervisors to accomplishing department objectives, training, organizing and motivating staff of different skill levels.  You will be responsible for monitoring and evaluating staff performance which includes coaching, guiding and discipline.  You should be able to recognize the skill and ability of your staff and delegate appropriately.  You will possess extensive knowledge of the complete snowmaking process.  Safety is Paramount!  Acute personal awareness, prudent judgement, physical fitness, coordination and fortitude are characteristics snowmakers should possess.  You will be exposed to variable weather and surface conditions in a high alpine environment. During a typical shift you will walk, ski or board, ride chair lifts, drive snowmobiles or be transported by snowcat to set up and operate snowmaking equipment.  You will work closely with other Mountain Operations departments such as: Grooming, Race, Ski Patrol, Lift Maintenance, Fleet maintenance, Lift Operations and Terrain Parks. Snowmaking begins and ends before other winter operations and is a great feeder job for other jobs within Vail. This is a very complex position and requires intense commitment and a diverse skill set. This important role is critical to getting the ski season up and running.

This is a true “Experience of a lifetime” you will never forget!


Job Specifications:

  • Expected Pay Range: $22 - $24.49
  • Shift & Schedule Availability: Full Time , Year Round
  • Skill Level: Advanced 


Job Requirements:

•             Must be at least 18 years of age

•             Must possess a High School diploma or equivalent

•             Must possess valid Driver’s license and acceptable MVR (driving record)

•             Must speak, read, write and comprehend fluent English

•             Must adhere to Vail's policies (conduct, ethics, grooming, safety)

•             Must possess at least 2 years snowmaking experience

•             Must be able to safely operate company vehicles

•             Must work well with others in a team environment

•             Must be dependable and punctual

•             Must be willing to perform menial duties as required

•             Must be able to lift, pull, carry or drag 75lbs and stand for long periods of time

•             Must be able to work weekend, holiday and overnight shifts

•             Must possess strong leadership qualities

•             Must possess a positive optimistic attitude



The expected pay range is $22 - $22.49. 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 492281

Nearest Major Market: Pittsburgh