Vail Resorts Kitchen Team Leader - Afton Alps - Winter Seasonal - Full Time - Hastings, MN in Afton Alps, Minnesota

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The Kitchen Team Leader is responsible for leading the food preparatory and production processes in two full-service kitchens and 3 cafeteria-style food outlets. They will work as a part of the Afton Alps food and beverage leadership team and will work closely with food and beverage General Manager.


  • Ensure the production of the best possible product, attractively presented and efficiently served

  • Lead by example, while participating in and overseeing implementation of daily operating procedures within Kitchen.

  • Ensures that all aspects of kitchen work, including (but not limited to) food preparation skills at all stations, portioning, garnishing, storage, and quality control are executed to the standards set by Afton Alps and Vail Resorts.

  • Responsible for working in conjunction with food and beverage general manager to make labor decisions.

  • Assist with inventories, reports and other paperwork as required, in a timely manner

  • Cooks foodstuffs in quantities according to menu and number of persons to be served.

  • Directs activities of one or more workers who assist in preparing and serving meals.

  • Ensure all food is prepared, cooked and presented according to health department regulations and safe food handling practices.

  • Maintain clean, well-organized, and well-maintained facilities in compliance with Minnesota State and Company standards.

  • Demonstrated Knowledge to work all cook stations in all food and beverage outlets.

  • Support food and beverage banquets and events, as needed.

  • Ability to verbally communicate with guests and staff in English.

  • Other duties as requested by F&B General Manager or Resort General Manager


  • Be knowledgeable about the Afton Alps Ski Area, the products and services available in restaurant and the food being served to guests.

  • Show up to work on time and in uniform.

  • Demonstrate a positive attitude toward the workplace, co-workers, and the guests.

  • Communicate with co-workers, supervisors, and managers effectively regarding personal and work issues.

  • Ability to work unsupervised in a manner that is professional and consistent with Vail Resorts and Afton Alps policies and procedures.

  • Ability to use good judgment when dealing with customer service situations and other situations that are not clearly defined by standard operating procedures.

  • Will assist enthusiastically when asked to help out in other areas of the Food and Beverage department.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • High School education or equivalent – Required.

  • Ability to work nights, weekends and holidays – Required.

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills in English – Required.

  • Ability to multi-task in an effective manner.

  • Willingness to gain a greater knowledge of Afton Alps ski trails, lifts and mountain operations.

  • Ability to maintain attention to detail while ensuring the safety of our guests and coworkers.

  • Capability to learn a wide variety of information about department operations quickly.

  • The aptitude to make decisions quickly and calmly in emergent and non-emergent scenarios

  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.

  • Basic arithmetic skills required.

  • Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.


  • Serve Safe Food Certificate – Preferred

  • Minnesota State Food License – Preferred


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; talk or hear; and taste or smell. The employee is occasionally required to sit; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus. The employee is occasionally exposed to outside weather conditions.


  • Serve Others: Own It. Personalize It. Elevate It.

Identifies and take ownership of opportunities to assist the customer; listens and responds to customer needs to personalize the experience; is committed to elevating the customer experience; communicates clearly and effectively; is flexible to adjust plans to meet customers’ changing needs; collaborates with team members and peers; exhibits a service attitude that is engaging with customers.

  • Do Right: Act with Integrity – always do the right thing, knowing it leads to the right outcome.

Follows through on commitments; is honest and trustworthy; understands and complies with company policies and procedures; considers stakeholder interests in decision making; takes ownership of actions and decisions; receptive and responsive to others’ feedback; identifies and communicates ethical concerns.

  • Drive Value: Grow profit through smart and innovative business practices.

Is a positive advocate for the company; is aware of the impact of decisions and actions on company profitability; works efficiently; completes tasks accurately and manages time well; strives for continual improvement and growth; is open to and suggests new ideas; uses company resources appropriately; demonstrates financial discipline.

  • Do Good: Preserve our natural environment and contribute to the success of our local communities.

Has an awareness of the company’s Epic Promise program; considers the environmental and community impact of decisions and actions; takes actions in support of the company’s environmental initiatives; understands the company’s connection with our local communities.

  • Be Safe: Be committed to the safety and wellness of our employees and Guests.

Promotes a culture of health and safety; takes personal accountability for the safety of self and others; understands and communicates safety procedures and expectations; utilizes all relevant safety resources; identifies and appropriately reports risk.

  • Have Fun: Fun is our product – create fun, enjoy your work and share the contagious spirit.

Shares enthusiasm for our products and services; is able to overcome challenges while maintaining a positive attitude; inspires others and integrates fun into the work environment; is approachable and welcoming to customers; promotes an engaging, inclusive atmosphere.

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.

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