Lift Operations Manager

Date:  Jun 6, 2024

Vail, CO, US

Company:  Vail Mountain
Shift Type:  Year Round


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.

Candidates for year-round positions are reviewed on a rolling basis. Applications will be accepted up to 90 days after the posting date, or until the position is 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:

Is responsible for safe uphill and downhill transportation of all guests via Vail’s chair lift infrastructure. Supervisors Team Leads, Leads, and lift operators in assigned locations are responsible for daily supervision. Develop and implement programs for department safety, service, and training. Responsible for interviewing, hiring, and training employees. Performance will be evaluated using the company’s leadership competencies and measures that rate the success of the department's goals.


Job Specifications:

  • Outlet: Vail
  • The budgeted range starts at $55,000 - $67,400 + annual bonus. Actual pay will be adjusted based on experience
  • Shift & Schedule Availability: Year Round / Full Time


Job Responsibilities:

  • Daily oversight of operations, scheduling and monitoring daily operations of all lifts. Ensuring correct staffing levels are maintained to cover all aspects of safety and guest service while remaining with in budget limits. Inventory and purchase supplies as needed, maintaining budget.
  • Encourage a caring safety culture within the department to achieve the goal of zero work-related injury.
  • Continuously train, counsel, and mentor returning and new staff with a higher focus on leadership within the team. Assist in coordination and participate in the process to interview, hire, and train new employees in all aspects of daily lift operations. Motivate, reward, and encourage all employees.
  • Maintain the team’s level of professionalism and standard of excellence according to our guest service expectations.
  • Understand Vail Policies and Procedures. Implement and maintain these ensuring the best interests of the company as a whole are upheld. Counsel and discipline employees up to and including termination for violations of these policies.
  • Perform audits of our maze, lift, load and unload areas to ensure daily presentation is meeting or exceeding expectations.
  • Understand and implement all requirements of ANSI, CPTSB and OSHA regulations. Build a professional working relationship with representatives of these agencies.
  • Maintain and document all aspects of Safety, Guest Service, and Operations training.
  • Timely communications with regard to daily lift operating schedules to allow good communication to all business partners that may need to adjust.
  • Represent the Lift Operations Department at the Management level by active participation in all relevant meetings. Conduct self in a manner that sets an example for Lift Employees and other company employees in all professional and moral responsibilities while at work. 
  • During summer operations, work supervising on mountain projects in areas of construction, underground utility work, and environmental impact projects. Will assist or lead daily supervision of summer Lift Operations of Eagle Bahn and Gondola 1 Lifts. Will also coordinate lift operations assistance with Director of Lift Maintenance post-summer operations.
  • Assist in the preparation and effective implementation of departmental budgets for labor and expenses.
  • Proper documentation of daily operations is upheld and accurate. This is a crucial part of the operations to assist with our abilities in tracking possible operational issues as displayed within the weekly Lift Maintenance report.
  • Other duties as assigned


Job Requirements:

  • High school education or equivalent, some college preferred.
  • Experience managing large teams, Experience working in the ski industry.
  • 3 years in a Mountain Operations supervisory or managerial role.
  • Valid driver’s license.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Teams etc.
  • Strong English communication skills including verbal & written with the ability to handle complex guest interactions on and off the ski slopes.
  • Previous guest service experience.
  • Positive, solutions-oriented leadership. Ability to make responsible decisions at critical times.
  • Ability to navigate the mountain on skis or snowboard



The expected pay range is $55,000 - $67,400 + annual bonus. 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  501758
Reference Date: 06/05/2024 
Job Code Function: Lift Operations 

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