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Operator $21/hr- Gondola, Tram, Funitel

Palisades Tahoe

This is a Contract position in Tahoe City, CA posted December 3, 2022.

Please note, this position is located at Palisades Tahoe Resort in Olympic Valley, CA


About Palisades Tahoe

Palisades Tahoe is the largest ski resort in the Lake Tahoe region, boasting 6,000 skiable acres across eight peaks. The more than 70-year-old resort celebrates a rich history as the host of the 1960 Winter Olympics, the Spring Skiing Capital, and home mountain to dozens of Olympic and World Cup athletes across multiple snow sports. With an average annual snowfall of 400 inches, Palisades Tahoe frequently operates the longest ski and snowboard season in Lake Tahoe. The European-inspired Village at Palisades Tahoe offers year-round events and over 50 bars, restaurants, and boutiques, many of which are locally owned and operated. Palisades Tahoe is on the Ikon Pass, which offers access to 47 international ski destinations. In 2021 the resort changed its name, trading in a harmful slur for a name that better reflects its values and legacy. Visit the Palisades Tahoe website or call 1.800.403.0206 to learn more. You can also visit us on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Vimeo.

A Great Job and Benefits to Match:

  • Free skiing + riding privileges to 14 iconic resorts including Palisades Tahoe, Mammoth Mountain, Steamboat, Solitude and more!

  • 401(k) plan with generous company match

  • Free lift tickets, plus 50% off lift tickets

  • 25%-50% discount at Food & Beverage locations at Palisades Tahoe

  • 30% discount at Palisades Tahoe operated retail stores, including The North Face, Oakley and more

  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties.

Applicants must be 18 years of age.

Job Summary: Responsible for Gondola, Tram, or Funitel Operations, loading and unloading passengers, and providing guests with high level customer service in compliance with all Palisade Tahoe policies. Perform all duties assigned to Gondola Operators.  

Job Details:

  • Opportunities with Base 2 Base Gondola on both sides of the resort or Funitel
  • Seasonal full time
  • Role starts at $21 hourly

Essential Job Responsibilities/Duties/Tasks include the following; other duties may be assigned:

  • Engage and interact with customers and employees in a positive and professional manner.
  • Conduct pre-operational lift inspections on the Gondola and the Funitel.
  • Operate the Gondola and Funitel.  
  • Trained to clear lift faults and restart the lifts after stops.
  • Assist guests in loading and unloading, including ski/snowboard equipment as well as loading and unloading freight from cabins.
  • Engage and operate the Funitel and Gondola emergency drives.
  • Assist technicians in various maintenance tasks.
  • Maintain cleanliness, operating and safety standards.
  • Perform necessary snow and ice removal.
  • Flexible schedule reporting to either Palisades or Alpine base areas, depending on the need at each resort.

Competencies and Job Requirements:

  • Effective communication skills, oral & written
  • Strong sense of customer service & safety awareness
  • Able to understand and follow verbal and written instructions Have a neat & clean appearance in compliance with the company grooming standards
  • Punctual, able to report at scheduled start time
  • Work well as part of a team
  • Able to remain patient, calm and composed in all situations
  • Able to present information to groups


Knowledgeable about all aspects of Palisades Tahoe

Physical Requirements:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to walk, talk, see, and hear. Must be capable of walking or standing 95% or more of a normal 8-hour work shift. Must be capable of occasionally carrying, lifting, pushing, or pulling up to 50lbs. Must be capable of occasionally squatting, bending, kneeling, reaching, and balancing, able to climb ladders and shovel snow. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perceptions and the ability to adjust focus.

Working Conditions:

Indoor/Outdoor: While performing the duties of this job, the employee will frequently be exposed to outside weather conditions. The employee will frequently be exposed to extreme cold, wetness and/or humidity, and occasionally blizzards and extreme storm conditions.

Hazardous Materials/Noise: The noise level in the workplace is usually loud.

Equipment Used in Job: Snowblower, handheld radios, shovels

Education and Experience:


High School Diploma or GED Three to six months related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience Previous experience working with public Excellent understanding of ski lifts


Public speaking experience