Vail Resorts Manager, Ski Patrol - 10 Month Seasonal - Kirkwood Mountain Resort in Kirkwood, California

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Summary :

The Ski Patrol Assistant Director (Grade 26 Manager) assists in managing and overseeing the Kirkwood Ski Patrol. This is a managerial position tasked with performing normal job functions of the Ski Patrol and providing a high level of supervision to Patrol staff. The Patrol Assistant Director must be capable of prioritizing and strategizing all facets of the job with the intent of aligning the team with the core competencies of the Company. Other duties can be assigned as needed. Ski patrol is a highly visible role on the mountain and this position requires active engagement with guests and employees.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Overseeing the day to day operations of Kirkwood Ski Patrol with up to 50 employees; overseeing all facets of guest service, guest safety, slope safety, medical care, avalanche hazard mitigation, mountain maintenance and lift evacuation

  • Administrative duties such as goal setting, performance management, performance appraisals, overseeing and ensuring the quality assurance of training, scheduling, work comp, payroll, budget management and anything else necessary for the successful operation of the Kirkwood Ski Patrol

  • Will be able to function appropriately in the absence of the Ski Patrol Director

  • Will work closely with other on mountain departments and managers and third-party agencies

  • Knowledge of mountain operations, including but not limited to: Avalanche hazard mitigation, snow surface and snow removal operations, snowmaking, slope maintenance, risk management, terrain parks, lift maintenance, lift operations, dispatch, and fleet maintenance

  • Demonstrates effective supervisory skills with regards to motivation (morale and positive reinforcement), disciplinary and corrective action, and documented mid and end of season review

  • Demonstrates effective communication skills and strong guest service skills

  • Other duties as assigned


  • Must have three years supervisory experience

  • Must have a minimum of five years ski patrol experience, meet the requirements of an Advanced Patroller and be able to ski all types of terrain in all conditions

  • Must have a Cal OSHA Blaster’s License

  • Must have valid EMT or OEC

  • Must be proficient in Word, Excel, and Outlook and be able to navigate Corporate intranet sites

  • Must be able to handle conflict with diplomacy and tact

  • Must be successful with influencing a positive culture, leading change, empowering the workforce and driving employee engagement

  • Must be able to work weekends and holidays as required

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.

No transportation? Don't want to make the drive? No problem! We have an employee shuttle that runs EVERYDAY from South Lake Tahoe to Kirkwood, free of cost! We encourage all employees who don't want to make the commute themselves to jump on the shuttle, sit back and relax, on their way to work!


If you would prefer to drive AND want to make some extra cash, you will definitely want to participate in our Employee Carpool Program! Make up to $25.00 a DAY just for driving your fellow employees to work!

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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