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Ski and Snowboard School Instructor – Apprentice

Position Title: 

Ski and Snowboard School Instructor – Apprentice

Reports To: 

Ski and Snowboard School Adult Manager/Children’s Manager


Ski and Snowboard School


Provide safe, professional, competent, and fun ski/snowboard instruction to Purgatory Resort guests in a mountain winter and spring environment.

New applicants for this ski/snowboard instructor position must apply for this position online and provide:

  • Two references from current/former employer, professors, coaches, etc. who can address how your experience, work ethic and character traits make you a good fit as an instructor and employee at Purgatory Resort.

Once we receive the completed application (including resume and references), we will contact you to arrange an interview.

Applicants must be able to pass a background check and have their own equipment (ski, snowboard, helmet, etc.) and professional looking solid black snow pants.  We provide a uniform jacket.  Contact Human Resources at 970-385-2162 with any questions.


Provide ski/snowboard instruction to guests up to 8 hours a day.  You will be required to teach both children and adults.

Make appropriate decisions regarding student progressions, terrain and teaching different abilities/attitudes.

Encourage further Ski and Snowboard School participation by teaching high quality lessons and providing an enjoyable guest experience.  Provide quality skiing and snowboarding instruction, give accurate feedback to students, and inform guests of their options regarding further instruction.

Understand and adhere to all Purgatory Resort/Ski and Snowboard School policies and procedures.

Participate in provided training sessions for Level 1 certification by Professional Ski Instructors of America/American Association of Snowboard Instructors.

Promote and emphasize safety in all classes.

Wear assigned uniform jacket with solid black snow pants. Uniform must be clean with accessories appropriate for ski and snowboard professionals.  Overall appearance must be neat, clean and professional.


Assist in maintaining locker and ski room.

Communicate any existing or potential safety hazards to supervisor immediately.

Other duties as assigned.


Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

Must be able to ski/snowboard at an advanced intermediate level or above with consistency of speed and turn shape. Demonstrate effective communication and interpersonal skills.

Alertness, precision, ingenuity, problem solving, analytic ability, spatial perception, persuasiveness, memory, creativity, concentration, judgement, aesthetic sense, reasoning, imagination, initiative, patience, auditory and visual discrimination, excellent speaking and hearing ability are necessary abilities.

Education or Formal Training:  None required

Experience:  Experience in customer service, teaching or sport instruction preferred.


Skis and/or snowboards and ski lifts.


95% of the work day is spent outdoors in constantly changing weather conditions: these include extreme cold, snow, and wind during the winter season, extreme heat and wet in the spring season.  60% of the workday is spent skiing, 15% is spent sitting, 15% is spent standing, and 10% is spent walking.  Majority of walking and standing is done while wearing ski boots.  Majority of sitting is on exposed chair lifts in a winter Alpine environment.

Frequently lifting guests who have fallen, weighing up to 200 pounds and occasionally more.  Constantly climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling and crouching to help guests with their equipment and while maneuvering on their skis.  This is a skiing/snowboarding position.

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