Ski Resort Workers

Ski Instructor and Student

Ski resorts offer many different types of employment opportunities. Qualified ski resort workers are needed to supervise the activities on ski slopes, run operations at the lodge, provide instruction to skiers, and ensure the safety of resort patrons. There are numerous ski resorts located throughout the United States and the world. Jobs are plentiful, though the majority of them are seasonal, lasting from November to April. The National Ski Areas Association represents 313 alpine resorts, which account for more than 90 percent of skier/snowboarder visits in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Certified Ski Instructors, Ski Lift Operators, Ski Patrollers, Ski Shop Employees, Ski Technicians
Duties Perform a variety of duties at ski resorts, from providing instruction to skiers, to working on safety patrols and operating ski lift equipment, to providing housekeeping and food and gift shop services
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $75,000
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Colorado, New York, Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, California, Minnesota, Vermont, Maine, and New Hampshire
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
School Subjects
  • Business
  • Mathematics
  • Speech
Experience Varies by position
Personality Traits
  • Athletic
  • Conventional
  • Helpful
  • Business Management
  • Foreign Language
  • Interpersonal
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook About as Fast as the Average
Career Ladder
  • Ski Resort Manager
  • Department Manager
  • Experienced Ski Resort Worker
  • Entry-Level Ski Resort Worker