Lift Operator - Full Time & Part Time - Kirkwood

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 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.

Job Summary: As a lift operator you are responsible for the safety of our guests while they are loading, riding, and unloading our chairlifts. Your constant interaction with the guests plays a critical role in our mission to provide an experience of a lifetime. You will spend your winter in an outdoor office with a stunning mountain setting. Operating a chair lift is a high paced job that will keep you active all day. We sculpt snow, provide world class customer service and copilot a multimillion dollar machine in every type of weather mother-nature can throw at us.

Kirkwood is a unique mountain. 58% of our 2,300 acres is advanced/expert terrain. We are ranked in the top 10 snowiest places on earth. Due to the amount of precipitation we receive, being a lift operator at Kirkwood can be more physically demanding than other resorts. We work hard but we also shred hard. Passion is an essential competency for our leaders. It is one of our highest priorities to ensure you are getting the most out of your job and are able to ski or ride every day. Apply today! But first, check out some videos about Kirkwood and carefully read the description below.

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 A day in the life of a lifty:

  • Perform maintenance checks and document dispatch clearance times with state inspected logs.
  • Use a variety of tools to sweep seats, shovel snow, and grade surface areas around the loading zone.
  • Set up rope and pole mazes using drills and fence post pounders. Install mesh fencing and ANSI signage.
  • Complete line inspections and ski/or ride to remote areas of the mountain.
  • Identify and group appropriate number of guests in an efficient and effective manner.
  • Welcome and greet guests as they enter line queues and assist as needed.
  • Master the repetitive motion of holding the chair as guests sit down.
  • Physically assist children and handicapped skiers onto chairlifts.
  • Follow varying procedures for correctly shutting down the chair lifts after last chair.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to moving mechanical parts and extreme weather conditions.


  • At least 18 years old at beginning of employment. High school diploma or equivalent.
  • Ability to read, write, and speak English.
  • Comfortable with seeing/hearing/feeling explosions used for avalanche mitigation.
  • Be able to lift 50 lbs., climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, stand, walk, push, pull, grasp, feel, hear, see, repetitive motions. Must be able to adhere to an early morning starting time.
  • Be able to work up to 10 hours in all winter weather conditions at altitude (7800’ - 9800’).
  • Ski or snowboard at an Intermediate level (If not you will be assigned to lifts that do not require you to ski or ride to get to your work station. There are limited positions) - Preferred
  • Provide your own ski or ride gear. We supply a uniform and helmet for use while working.

Schedule: Nov. - April. Holidays and weekends are required. 45+hr/week. 7:20am-4:45pm 5 days a week. Duty free and lunch breaks included. Part-time shifts are available too.

Compensation and benefits: Starting at $10.75/hr in 2017

  • Free Daily Shuttle from the "Y" to Kirkwood - spend no money on gas for your commute!
  • Carpool incentive for ride-sharing to work!
  • Retail & Rental Discounts. Friends and Family Benefits. Specials through corporate sponsors.
  • Employee Housing is available. Those who live on mountain regularly receive overtime during storm cycles.

Kirkwood is for those that embrace the big mountain lifestyle and are as passionate about skiing and riding as they are about creating amazing experiences for our guests. Magical, raw, expansive and remote…Kirkwood is the stuff of legend. We’re famous for legendary snowfall, challenging inbounds terrain, backcountry guided tours and premier avalanche education programs. Those that come here come for an adventure unique to Kirkwood! Join our close-knit team working at one of the most stunning alpine resorts in the country.

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 125152




Tourism - Travel

Position Type:


Remote ok?



over 1 year ago

Vail Resorts