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Lift Operations Lead - Winter Seasonal

Date:  Nov 24, 2021

Vail, CO, US

Company:  Vail Mountain
Shift Type:  Winter Seasonal 2021/2022

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. 

As of Nov. 15, 2021, Vail Resorts will be requiring all employees across North America to be vaccinated for COVID-19.


Lift Operations Leads are responsible for the safe, courteous, and efficient operation of the lifts. Leads will be helping to train and supervise a group of 20-40 lift operators.  Prior work experience as a lift operator is a requirement for this position. This position is seasonal.


Essential Job Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for guest and co-worker safety at the chairlifts. Must be safety conscious and able to make quick decisions.
  • Responsible for making positive contact with our guests as they enjoy our mountain.
  • Will help to supervise a group of 20-40 lift operators, enforce company and department policies, and schedule operators on a daily basis.
  • Participate in classroom and on the job training for lift operators and ensure training documents are kept current.
  • Coordinates and assists in daily setup, and routine maintenance of lift areas.
  • Will be responsible for assisting with weather closures, documenting downtime, and providing guest service during closures.
  • Works closely with ski patrol, mountain safety, lift maintenance, and lift electric to assist and resolve any problems that may arise on the mountain.



  • Minimum one season lift operations experience. Vail Mountain preferred.
  • Knowledge of lift machinery and daily operational procedures.
  • Must be able to adhere to an early morning starting time.
  • 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.
  • Able to lift 50 lbs.
  • You must provide your own ski or ride gear.  We provide a uniform and helmet for use while working.
  • Ability to maintain a positive and professional attitude with co-workers and guests.
  • Exceptional communication skills; Ability to lead a team to a successful season.
  • Exceptional guest service skills; Ability to work in a very fast-paced, constantly changing environment.
  • Ability to operate a company vehicle preferred. Valid driver's license.


Schedule: Four (4) consecutive days per week, Ten (10) hours per day. Holidays and weekends are required. Mountain is open seven (7) days per week.

The budgeted range starts at $16.  Actual pay will be adjusted based on experience.

The perks and benefits include

  • Free ski passes for employees 
  • 401(k) retirement plan  
  • Accrued Sick Time 
  • Discount lift tickets for friends and family 
  • Free ski lessons 
  • Discounted lodging, food (including $5 meals), gear, and mountain shuttles 
  • Discounted bike haul & golf 
  • Excellent training & professional development 

Seasonal Full Time roles are eligible for the above, plus…

  • Critical Illness and Accident plans
  • Medical, Dental, and Vision insurance (only available once eligible employees work 750 hours)  
  • Free ski passes for dependents

Be a part of the resort where it all started. Imagine belonging to a team that delivers the life of luxury to its guests while infusing the mountain lifestyle in every experience. Are you someone that never settles for second best? Take your mountain exploration to the next level and join a passionate group of people who thrive on extraordinary customer service. Come help us deliver unparalleled adventures in a place that is unrivaled and unflinching. Join the team at Vail – a place that’s Like Nothing on Earth. 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.

<span style="font-family:"Times New Roman",serif"><span style="font-family:"Arial",sans-serif">Requisition ID 326587

Nearest Major Market: Denver