Ski Resort Workers

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 325 alpine resorts, which account for more than 90 percent of skier/snowboarder visits in the United States.

Quick Facts
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
Alternate Title(s) Certified Ski Instructors, Ski Lift Operators, Ski Patrollers, Ski Shop Employees, Ski Technicians
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $50,000
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Good
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Most work found in Colorado, New York, Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, California, Minnesota, Vermont, Maine, and New Hampshire
Education and Training
  • High School Diploma
Related School Subjects
  • Business
  • Mathematics
  • Speech
Experience Varies by position
  • Business Management
  • Foreign Language
  • Interpersonal
Personality Traits
  • Athletic
  • Conventional
  • Helpful
Licensure/Certification Required
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Ski Resort Manager
  • Department Manager
  • Experienced Ski Resort Worker
  • Entry-Level Ski Resort Worker

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