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Certified Ski or Snowboard Instructor - Winter Seasonal - Stevens Pass

Date: Mar 12, 2019

Location: Stevens Pass, WA, 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.


Instructors spend more time with guests than any other employee and while they are tasked with improving the skiing/riding ability of their students, their primary goals are to keep them safe, and inspire them to have fun and develop a passion for the sport.


Certified Instructors are assigned to our different lesson programs based on their experience, availability, personality and work performance. They also contribute to the operation of the school and the resort beyond teaching lessons and may be assigned to perform ambassadorial or labor duties to support our programs. We provide a large variety of both paid and voluntary training opportunities for all experience levels and certification goals as well as competitive pay rates, and some of the best employee benefits in the industry including subsidized healthcare insurance for eligible full time employees. Work levels vary based on full/part time status, performance and customer demand.


For the majority of our lesson assignments, an empathetic, patient yet outgoing personality and a passion for helping others discover the joy of snowsports is more important than an advanced, technical skiing or snowboarding ability. So while current ski/snowboard instructor certification is required for this position, if you are uncertified please browse our listings for Non-Certified Instructor openings.



  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Current PSIA/AASI certification required
  • Expertise in teaching and working with children highly desired.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills required
  • An outgoing and energetic personality with the patience and desire to guide others to learn and develop
  • Confident skiing/riding ability on green terrain as a minimum; with a passion for snowsports and the outdoors
  • A demonstrated ability and willingness to learn and adapt and work both independently and as part of a team
  • Must own contemporary ski or snowboard equipment and clothing
  • Must be comfortable with the changing dynamics of a seasonal business
  • Employment in this position is subject to a satisfactory background screening




  • Keep yourself and your students safe by following and teaching the Skier/Rider Responsibility Code
  • Create a fun and supportive lesson environment, connecting with your students and providing consistent feedback and positive reinforcement
  • Set achievable goals and celebrate successes to build confidence and a sense of accomplishment in the students
  • Remain engaged throughout the lesson to ensure your communication and presentation style and the level of challenge matches your students learning styles and ability
  • Keep the students moving to allow ample practice time and an opportunity to experience the movements
  • Communicate to supervisors or other instructors in a timely manner if you need assistance or have a student that would benefit from being moved into another class
  • Be an ambassador for the sport and the resort, and teach all assigned lessons in a manner consistent with the school’s philosophies, methods and values
  • Perform all supporting tasks such as boot fitting, guest check-in, greeting, snow removal, conveyor lift operation, teaching area setup and all other labor duties as needed
  • Know and follow all policies and procedures as they pertain to teaching and related tasks




  • Be a proponent of Stevens Pass vision, mission, values, and service philosophy
  • Gain intimate knowledge of the department’s programs, lessons and promotions, to be able to help connect guests to the right product
  • Uphold a high personal standard of punctuality, professionalism, work quality and appearance, arriving at assigned line-ups, on time and fit to work in full uniform
  • Communicate concerns, scheduling conflicts, availability changes or questions to supervisory or management staff in a timely manner
  • Be willing and flexible to teach in any program.
  • Possess the ability to remain composed and use good judgment when dealing with customer service situations and scenarios that are not clearly defined by department policy and procedure.
  • Be a good example for the sport and industry by managing personal stress levels, maintaining a positive attitude and communicating enthusiasm for learning and continued professional development through training
  • Assume shared responsibility along with employees and management staff to ensure all employee areas are kept clean and tidy and required maintenance or supply/ordering needs are reported in a timely manner




While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk, hear, stand, walk, sit, ski and/or snowboard; use hands to finger/handle or feel, stoop/kneel/crouch or crawl, and reach with hands and arms. Sometimes the employee is required to climb or balance. The employee will need to be able to lift up to 40 pounds and occasionally up to 100 pounds with assistance. Assist fallen students in getting up and maintaining balance utilizing proper lifting techniques when assisting students.  Must have good close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. Will be required to walk and balance in wet, icy and uneven footing. Ability to perform the duties of this job in all weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate but may be loud on occasion. 

Do you love the mountains and wonder what it would be like to work at a mountain resort? Looking to try something new and learn how to ski, snowboard or downhill mountain bike? Are you looking to meet new friends from all over the country and world? If you answered yes to any of these questions, we invite you to come join our community at Stevens Pass today! Why not work where you play, and let Stevens Pass be your office.

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 162346