A job in the ski industry is pretty rad (though I may be a little biased). With perks like a free ski pass, gear discounts, and working alongside people as passionate about the outdoors as you, it's a recipe for a pretty sweet life.
You might be as surprised as I was to learn that within Utah's ski industry, there are open positions for glassblowers, an AIRE avalanche safety educator, Halloween Lift Ride attendants, graphic designers, master plumbers, and more for the upcoming 2023–24 winter season. There's a multitude of options and directions you could take your career by stepping into the $2.54 billion dollar ski industry in Utah. For a brief overview of open positions and job benefits at each of Utah's 15 ski areas, read on...
Alta Ski Area
More Info: https://www.alta.com/jobs
Experience the true meaning of "Alta Magic" by joining Alta Ski Area's team. Alta began advertising ski jobs in late August and it appears most departments are hiring. From food and bev to ski instructors to snowcat drivers, join the team that successfully battled a 903-inch record-breaking winter in 2022–23. Benefits include an employee ski pass with friends and family benefits, ski school discounts, food and beverage discounts, a UTA ski bus pass, health insurance, and a 401K program, in addition to ski industry benefits, tickets, and discounts.
Brian Head Resort
More Info: https://www.brianhead.com/careers/
Brian Head Ski Resort, located near Cedar City, Utah, strives to start its season early and end late. It's a great option for seasonal employees looking to juice their winter. With a projected open date of November 10, Brian Head is already well into listing open positions for the upcoming season. The ski area is looking for snowmakers, fall trail maintenance workers, terrain park crew, a ski school director, lift operators, housekeepers, cooks, ski patrollers, ski instructors, rental techs, groomers, parking attendants, maintenance workers, HR personnel, a graphic designer and more.
It's a great time to join the Brian Head team and there's a ton of employee benefits as well. In addition to the benefits listed below, full-time, year-round employees are also eligible for health benefits, FSA/HSA (plus employer contributions), a 401k with employer contributions, PTO/Holiday, a performance-based annual bonus, and paid time off.
More Info: https://brightonresort.com/employment
Brighton is one of Utah's oldest ski resorts. It's a place where tradition and heaps of keen snowboarders reign supreme. Brighton is looking for ticket sellers, parking attendants, bussers/dishwashers, lift operators, line cooks, retail attendants, rental techs, professional ski patrollers, experienced snowboard instructors, new or experienced ski instructors, terrain park crew, snowcat operators, and vehicle maintenance mechanics. Don't miss this neat article I wrote about a night in the life of a Brighton snowcat operator. What a cool job!
Benefits at Brighton include a host of discounts and access provided by Boyne Resorts in addition to competitive wages, an employee assistance program, a 401(k) with discretionary company match (for ages 21 and up), and seasonal health insurance options (for full-time seasonal workers with 3 or more consecutive seasons of service). Full-time, year-round employees are given a comprehensive health insurance package, short-term and long-term disability insurance, paid time off and bereavement and parental leave.
Cherry Peak Resort
More Info: https://www.skicpr.com/employment
Cherry Peak is one of Utah's youngest ski areas, in operation in Cache Valley since 2015. This small but mighty resort serves the local community and the many university students who live in the region. Known for great powder, uncrowded slopes, and friendly faces, Cherry Peak is a great time! Cherry Peak will host a job fair at their main lodge in November. Keep an eye on their Instagram account and their Employment Webpage for updates.
Deer Valley Resort
Deer Valley Resort has positively HUGE plans for the future so there's no better time to join their crew, especially with plans to massively increase their ski school! With award-winning customer service, Deer Valley prides itself on being one of the best in the biz.
Deer Valley is looking for experienced groomers, housekeeping supervisor, ski patrollers, maintenance techs, housekeepers, chefs, skier services team members, ski instructors, and more. Deer Valley has in-person hiring events, so check the link above for details.
Benefits of working at Deer Valley include: healthcare options, vision and dental benefits, 125(k) Cafeteria Plan, 401(k) Savings Plan, and optional life insurance are available. A complimentary Employee Assistance Program is provided for staff members in addition to a ski pass, discounts for friends and family, free staff ski lessons and rental discounts. Employees can enjoy free skiing and riding at Alterra-owned properties and select Utah resorts. Meals are offered for employees while on shift and a variety of discounts are on offer from Deer Valley businesses, restaurants and shops. Uniforms are provided for most positions.
Eagle Point Resort
More Info: https://www.eaglepointresort.com/employment
Eagle Point is located in central Utah and is famous for its eponymous "Powder Fridays." They don't yet have any job listings posted for the upcoming winter season, but check their Instagram and website for updates.
More Info: https://www.nordicvalley.ski/nordic-valley-careers/
Nordic Valley is another gem of a resort with an amazing family feel and community. The season at Nordic typically begins in December and the resort is looking for a number of management positions so it's a great time to apply for a career at Nordic. Open positions include Ski Patrol Manager, a Lift Maintenance Manager and a Lift Maintenance Mechanic. Nordic will be hiring for all positions in the coming months.
Part-time/seasonal employee benefits include:
Full-time employee benefits include:
Park City Mountain
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Park City Mountain is an enormous resort requiring large amounts of employees and dedicated staff members to keep the mountain humming. With multiple base areas, numerous restaurants 7,300 acres, over 330 trails, and a whopping 43 lifts, Park City is a major employer in Summit County.
Park City and Vail Resorts offers a starting wage of $20 per hour, a free ski pass, and a 40% discount on retail goods. Currently, Park City is hiring boot fitters, bell valets, food and beverage workers, warehouse crew members, activities attendants, housekeepers, retail workers, dishwashers, experienced cooks/chefs, baristas, massage therapists, ski patrollers, experienced snowcat operators, lift maintenance, fleet maintenance and ski and snowboard instructors of all levels.
More Info: https://www.powdermountain.com/careers
Powder Mountain Ski Patrol: https://www.powdermountain.com/ski-patrol-information
Big changes are afoot at Powder Mountain including lift upgrades and lodge renovations. Catch a job with the largest resort in North America! Powder Mountain is looking for Nordic trail groomers, winch cat operators, sous chef, tour guides, an experienced facilities technician, snow shovelers, ski patrollers, an IT Support Technician and more.
Job benefits are as follows:
More Info: https://www.snowbasin.com/about/employment
Snowbasin Resort is adding a new lift this summer to make its already stellar terrain even more fun and accessible. Near Ogden and Huntsville, this resort prides itself on customer service and a stellar guest experience. Snowbasin is looking for ticket checkers, Ski & Ride School administrators, lift operators, hosts in Guest Services, shuttle drivers, snow removers, parking attendants, mountain safety hosts, Ski & Ride School instructors, ski patrollers, dishwashers, and more.
More Info: https://www.snowbird.com/jobs/
Snowbird is a dynamic resort with amazing terrain and a close-knit crew. Snowbird is currently seeking bakers, housekeepers, line cooks, a Director of Culinary, a business analyst, heavy equipment/snow removal operators, snowmakers, baristas, a master plumber, an AIRE avalanche course leader, banquet staff, part-time servers, a tram/lift mechanic and ski and snowboard instructors.
The resort offers great benefits including:
SolitudeMore Info: https://www.solitudemountain.com/footer/employment/solitude-career-information
Sundance Mountain Resort
More Info: https://www.sundanceresort.com/careers/
Sundance Mountain Resort in the North Fork of Provo Canyon is a beautiful place nestled amongst some of the most spectacular scenery in Utah. With a focus on art and culture, this special resort is unlike any other. With many winter and summer activities onsite including an art studio, there are some unique employment opportunities on offer at Sundance.
The resort is currently hiring bellhops, banquet staff, glassblowers, a Beverage Manager, personnel for the Sundance Deli, housekeeping, lift maintenance experts, massage therapists, a Nordic Center Manager, an Executive Sous Chef, ski and snowboard instructors, lift operators and a VP of Marketing.
All Employees (Seasonal, Year-Round, Full Time, Part Time) are eligible for the following benefits:
Woodward Park City
Woodward Park City is ground zero for the highest concentration of adrenaline action in the state of Utah. With nearly limitless options for activities, lessons, camps, and adventure, Woodward is the place for the child in all of us. Open positions at Woodward currently include a lift maintenance technician, line cooks, dishwashers, baristas, a retail & rental Team Lead, mountain patrollers, snowboard coaches, ski coaches, indoor Action Hub coaches, snowmakers, groomers, and a vehicle mechanic.
Woodward Park City employees enjoy incredible perks!All-access wristband for full facility access throughout the year