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Ski and Snowboard School Instructor – Snowburners

Position Title: 

Ski and Snowboard School Instructor – Snowburners

Reports To: 

Children's Ski and Snowboard School Manager


Ski and Snowboard School


Provide safe, professional, competent, and fun ski/snowboard instruction to children ages 3-12 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.

The ability to work during the following dates is a minimum condition of employment:

  • Two sessions of Snowburners instructor training
  • The same day of the week, each week for an 8 week Snowburners class at Purgatory Resort between the dates of January 4 – March 4
  • At least 2 sessions of teaching Snowburners at Hesperus

Applicants must be able to pass a background check.

Applicants must have their own equipment (ski, snowboard, helmet, etc.) and professional looking solid black snow pants.  We provide a uniform jacket.


Provide ski/snowboard instruction to guests up to 8 hours a day.  You will be required to teach children between the ages of 3-12.

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

Provide quality skiing and snowboarding instruction, give accurate feedback to students, and inform parents of their progress and options regarding further instruction.

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

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.


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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