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Terrain Park Grooming - All Levels - Northstar California Resort - Winter Seasonal - FT & PT
Vail Resorts | Truckee, California
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Job Description

Reach Your Peak at Vail Resorts. You're someone who pushes boundaries and challenges the status quo. You're brave, ambitious and passionate in everything you do. And we want you on our team. Pursue your fullest potential and never settle in the quest to deliver extraordinary guest service. Join one of the world's 50 most innovative companies as named by Fast Company, and re-imagine a mountain resort experience with us. Welcome to Vail Resorts. Reach Your Peak.

The terrain park operator will assist the terrain parks department with the overall construction and maintenance of all terrain parks, halfpipes, tubing hill and Big Easy ski school area. The terrain park operator is responsible for the safe and timely completion of assigned projects.  The terrain park operator must fully comprehend time and project management, as well as possess both grooming equipment and equipment implementation usage skill sets. The terrain park operator will be responsible for ensuring that his/her projects are completed while adhering to specific design and construction parameters set forth by the grooming supervisors, leads, and the terrain park manager.  The Terrain Park operator will assist the terrain park manager and grooming supervisor with carrying out all guest service and operational goals and objectives set forth by the terrain park manager, the terrain park “Best Practices” group, and senior management.


Responsibilities for all Terrain Park Operators:

·       Ability to operate all grooming equipment and ability to undergo training in order to utilize all grooming components

·       Operator must adhere to operational/company standards

·       Must be capable of completing general park maintenance and assist the grooming supervisor with other terrain park/halfpipe/Big Easy builds and maintenance

·       Attend a daily grooming plan/objectives meeting with grooming supervisor/grooming operator -1

·       Must embrace the established operational guideline’s concerning risk management, feature placement and construction, overall park diversity and rider/skier accommodation.

·       Assist terrain park manager, grooming supervisor, and day staff Supervisor in terrain park construction and other related projects

·       Collaborates with and produces  a team dynamic between mountain operation departments

·       Must facilitate the communication between all operators regarding various shift needs, projects, and equipment specifics

·       Act as role model regarding employee development and guest service related initiatives

·       Take part in all trainings for Grooming Staff and assist with newer operator training when applicable

·       Must embrace and communicate to all groomers the established operational guideline’s concerning risk management


Entry Level Terrain Park Operator Requirements:

·       Must have a valid driver's license

·       High School Diploma/ GED Equivalent

·       Must be able to ski/ride at a Level 7 ability level

·       Must have own ski/ride equipment

 -      Must be able to operate all blade and tiller functions on a Bison or Bison X snowcat

-       Must be able to groom runs according to an established grooming pattern 

-       Ability to assist senior operators with feature transports and bulk snow pushing on construction projects

-       Must be able maintenance and groom feature take-offs and landings for all extra small, small, and medium rail/box and snow features




Intermediate Level Terrain Park Operator Requirements:

·       Must have a valid driver's license

·       High School Diploma/ GED Equivalent

·       Minimum of 3 years of experience as Terrain Park Groomer and/or 5 years of Mainline/Fleet Grooming

        Ability to bulk push snow for any type of construction and assist senior operators on significant construction projects

·       Ability to maintain and construct terrain park snow features install rail and box features and follow specific grooming patterns while performing general maintenance

·       Must be able to operate Prinoth - Bison X, Bison, BR350 and/or comparable grooming machines

·       Ability to transport various materials using snowcat forks and/or hydraulic forklift equipment.

        Ability/interest to be trained at winch equipment operations as well as other snowcat implements

·       Must be able to ski/ride at a Level 7 ability level

·       Must have own ski/ride equipment


Advanced Level Terrain Park Operator Requirements:

·       Must have a valid driver's license

·       High School Diploma/ GED Equivalent

·       Minimum of 5 years of experience as Terrain Park Groomer and/or 5 years of Mainline/Fleet Grooming

·       Ability to maintain and construct terrain park snow features, rail and box features(snow work) and follow specific grooming patterns

-       Must be able to construct and maintain a variety of snow and jump features for all trail designations including halfpipe construction

·       Must be able to operate Prinoth - Bison X, Bison, BR350 and/or comparable grooming machines

·       Ability to operate winch cats and additional grooming components such as hydraulic forks, Zaugg, etc. 

·       Must be able to ski/ride at a Level 7 ability level

·       Must have own ski/ride equipment

With diverse tree-lined mountain trails, a world-class terrain park and a vibrant village, Northstar is the perfect setting for families and snow sports enthusiasts alike. Nestled in the Sierra Nevada just 15 minutes from Lake Tahoe, 30 minutes from Reno and a few hours from Napa and San Francisco, it's easy to explore everything Northern California has to offer. Join the Northstar team and learn why Truckee, CA has been voted one of the "Top 25 Ski Towns in the World." www.vailresortscareers.com

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.

Requisition ID 139562

About Vail Resorts

Company Description

Vail Resorts, Inc. is the premier mountain resort company in the world and a leader in luxury, destination-based travel at iconic locations. Our Company operates in three separate, but highly integrated segments:

Our Mountain segment owns and operates the five premier year-round resorts of Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone in Colorado and Heavenly in California and Nevada. Our mountain segment includes lift ticket, ski & snowboard school, dining and retail & rental businesses.

Vail Resorts Hospitality owns and/or manages a portfolio of luxury hotels under the RockResorts brand, a number of hotels and condominiums located in proximity to our ski resorts, three destination resorts at Grand Teton National Park and six award-winning golf courses.

Real Estate:
Our Real Estate segment, Vail Resorts Development Company, holds, develops, buys and sells real estate in and around our resort communities.

At Vail Resorts, we are focused on expanding and improving our existing resorts, while increasing the scope, diversity and quality of the leisure activities we offer to our guests. Our long-term performance is the result of a well-thought-through approach to the operation, marketing, and development of world-class vacation resorts. A five-pronged business strategy has driven our actions for some years now, and we believe it will create significant value for our shareholders in the future.


Mission & Values

Our mission is simple. Extraordinary Resorts. Exceptional Experiences.

Our Values:
Our values are based on our mission and align the needs of our five constituents - our guests, our employees, our communities, our environment and our shareholders:

  • Provide an exceptional experience to each of our guests and employees
  • Bring passion, safety and integrity to everything we do
  • Partner with our communities
  • Protect our spectacular natural environment
  • Drive growth in shareholder value

Our Family:
Much more than simply staff members, our employees are truly our family! With more than 15,000 seasonal employees, more than 400 corporate employees, and many more members at our managed properties, each member is key to our collective ability to deliver uncompromising guest service and value to all of our stakeholders. We believe if we take care of our people, they will in turn take care of our guests. In the end, we strive to make every member of our family feel like working for Vail Resorts is an Experience Of A Lifetime!

Working Here

Vail Resorts College Program:
Offers students from all over the world the opportunity to experience a workplace unlike any other, at one of our exceptional resorts and iconic locations in Colorado, California, and Wyoming. This program, for current or recent college graduates, offers positions in Operations, Hospitality, and Administration. Our program goes far beyond the typical college program, to offer you a well-rounded learning experience.

Vail Resorts Internship Program:
The Vail Resorts Internship is more than an academically aligned experience; it is an opportunity to exponentially expand on your academic learning. The program provides students with an opportunity to apply and enhance the education and training they are receiving at the university/college through hands-on training and functional development. Much like a standard internship program, the focus of the program is to expose students to a particular career field, through training and functional projects and tasks. Yet the program takes internship past just the functional experience by exposing students to various corners of the entire organization.

Vail Resorts Management Associates Program:
Excellence is taken to the next level as high caliber recent hospitality graduates participate in the Management Associates Program (MAP). This two-year rotational program aims to challenge and stretch participants to expose their true potential. Participants rotate through various managerial roles at RockResorts, Grand Teton Lodge Company, and Vail Resorts Hospitality. This broad experience exposes trainees to multiple facets of the hospitality division including, but not limited to, Rooms, Food and Beverage, Front Desk, Reservations, as well as other operational areas.


  • Free Skiing and Riding with the 5 Mountain Ski Pass
  • On the job training and career training
  • Health Insurance options
  • Affordable employee housing
  • Discounts on outdoor clothing and gear, equipment, meals, activities, hotels, travel and more
  • Additional discounts with local merchants
  • Work with International Clients
  • Great résumé builder
  • Improved Customer Service
  • An unforgettable experience