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Intermediate: Snowcat Operator/Grooming - Full Time

Vail Resorts

Afton Alps, MN, US

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 50 most innovative companies as named by Fast Company, and re-imagine a mountain resort experience with us. Welcome to Vail Resorts. Reach Your Peak.




The Intermediate Snowmaker duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Responsible for the safety of fellow employees, and guests, and for personal safety
  • High safety responsibility and sensibility to maintain a safe snowcat operation
  • Be a team player
  • Maintain mountain skiing surfaces to finest level possible
  • Ability to learn how to operate all VRI Slope Grooming equipment and basic mountain operations
  • Minimize down time through basic preventative maintenance, cleanliness and up-keep of machine
  • Manual labor in other Slopes and Trails work
  • Maintain good working relationship and communicate work instructions with co-workers
  • Receive daily working instructions from Foremen and Supervisor
  • Daily, as needed, communication with shop Mechanics concerning mechanical problems



Intermediate Level Snowcat Operator Qualifications:

  • At least 1 season of Snowcat operation experience - required
  • Previous experience driving ATVs, snowmobiles and other equipment - required
  • Valid driver's license with no restrictions - required
  • Satisfactory MVR check - required
  • Must be at least 18 years of age - required
  • High school diploma or equivalent - required
  • Able to lift up to 100 lbs - required
  • Must be able to read, write, speak, comprehend and understand English fluently - required
  • Able to climb on and off the vehicles frequently - required
  • Able to sit for extended periods of time while driving the snowcat - required
  • Able to use two-way radios (both speaking and hearing instructions) - required
  • End of season commitment required (February 2016) - required
  • Mechanical or equipment operation background and experience with diesel engine/hydraulic machines – preferred
  • Ski area experience - preferred


Create incredible experiences for guests at the Midwest’s premier winter destination. In the scenic St. Croix River Valley, this big-time resort with a small town feel has converted thousands of first-timers into lifelong skiers and riders. This truly is where Epic begins for skiers of all levels and can be where your epic career begins, too. Become part of the Afton Alps family.

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 126917

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18 days ago

Vail Resorts

Experience of a Lifetime