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Ski & Snowboard Team Coach – Palisades & Alpine

Palisades Tahoe

This is a Contract position in South Lake Tahoe, CA posted September 22, 2023.

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

Seasonal (Seasonal)

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 16 years of age.

Job Summary: Ski team coaches are responsible for the successful implementation of curriculum as developed and communicated by the Manager, Head Coach and or Director. Our Mission is to provide the best development opportunities for personal and athletic achievement while instilling passion for snow sports and appreciation of our Olympic history, legacy and legendary mountains. Success is measured by the quality of the athlete and employee experience, athlete success through skill acquisition and performance in skill assessments, parent satisfaction and athlete and employee retention.

Job Details:

  • Seasonal, full-time and part-time positions available coaching the Palisades Tahoe Teams (Big Mountain-Freeride, Devo, Mighty Mites, Shooting Stars, and Rangers)
  • Role will frequently be exposed and immersed in outdoor winter weather.

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

General Responsibilities:

  • Know and adhere to schedule, Time & Attendance expectations
  • Set up quality Training Environments: Transport and install necessary equipment for training, safety & security including closures, signage, training poles/panels, drills and other
  • Implement Team training at the direction of Team Manager: accountable for the quality of curriculum, products and services delivered
  • Execute against a long term athlete development focus: athlete retention and skill development
  • Adaptability to training environments and interpersonal dynamics
  • Help maintain quality and appearance of all Ski Team facilities and physical plant including Team Center, on-mountain training facilities, signage and program imaging and other
  • Stay current and adhere to company guidelines, policies and procedures including but not limited to: Employee Ski & Ride Policy, safety, behavior, appearance, travel, time & attendance and other
  • Communicate effectively with Team Members including guest and employees
  • Ensure and execute teamwork within the team, departments and company
  • Attend and positively contribute to required trainings and meetings
  • Perform other duties as assigned and agreed to with Supervisor, Manager and/or Director

Guest and Employee Focus:

  • Meet, greet and interact with guests daily. Be a role model for others
  • Contribute to the quality of overall staff, including coaches and administrative staff, to deliver exceptional guest experience
  • Seek feedback and input from customers, athletes and parents when required
  • Contribute to a positive work environment for all staff.
  • Communicate company goals and objectives
  • Stay informed on all levels
  • Contribution to meaningful and compelling goals within the overall mission, vision and values of the Team and company
  • Proactively involved in the performance development process including goal setting and feedback on performance

Personal Focus

  • Take ownership for professional development and personal growth
  • Remain current with US Ski and Snowboard certification and license; remain current of industry trends.
  • Remain open and eager to learn tools for communication professional development
  • Arrange time with immediate Supervisor for performance assessments
  • Attend educational opportunities for professional growth.

Competencies and Job Requirements:

  • Professionalism: Punctual, reliable and displays proper appearance in accordance with company guidelines. Understands and is knowledgeable of the job skills, duties, protocols, and responsibilities.
  • Productivity: Shows initiative to perform high quality work with efficiency, works individually to meet the performance objectives of the team, exhibits a willingness to be versatile and flexible in work duties and assignments. Values athlete progress through the program.
  • Service: Takes personal ownership for positive and helpful interactions with both internal and external guests, strives to meet the goals and objectives of the department’s guest service system. Values ski team family retention.
  • Safety: Has a proactive approach towards safety of self and others, maintains awareness of order and cleanliness in the workplace and takes action when needed, adheres to and supports safety policies and procedures including Employee Ski and Ride Policy.

Job Qualifications:


  • Current membership with US Ski & Snowboard
  • Extensive experience and credibility within the competition level/segment.
  • A proven track record of working in successful team(s).
  • Adherence to US Ski & Snowboard core values
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; ability to be a team player
  • Ability to work independently
  • Excellent communicator
  • Basic level of comfort utilizing “smart” devices, tablets, video camera, etc

Education and Experience:


  • US Ski & Snowboard Membership


  • High School Diploma
  • US Ski & Snowboard Level 100 or Higher
  • PSIA or IFSA Certification
  • Prior applicable coaching experience

The base hourly pay range below represents the low and high end of the Palisades Tahoe Resort, LLC’s hourly pay range for this position. Actual pay will vary and may be above or below the range based on various factors including but not limited to experience, education, training, location, merit system, quantity or quality of production, responsibilities, and regular and/or necessary travel. The range listed is just one component of Palisades Tahoe Resort, LLC’s total compensation package for employees. Other rewards may include short-term and long-term incentives and many region-specific benefits.

Base hourly pay range: $15.43 – $24.28 per hour

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, hear, and ski/snowboard. Employee must be capable of skiing or snowboarding in all types of terrain in varying and sometimes hazardous snow and weather conditions. Must be capable of standing for long periods of time, up to 90% or more of a normal work shift. Must be capable of frequently or constantly balancing, reaching, squatting, bending, kneeling, stooping, handling and twisting. May require out of the ordinary skiing or snowboarding movements in order to assist children on the mountain. Must be capable of occasionally carrying, lifting. pushing or pulling up to 75bs. 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 may encounter extreme winter cold and blizzard conditions.

Hazardous Materials/Noise: This job may experience atmospheric conditions such as fumes, odor, dusts, mists, gases, ventilation

Equipment Used in Job: hand tools, small power tools, bags or large duffels, bamboo poles, ropes and rope spools, banners, shovels, gates/poles, skis or snowboard

Safety/Protective Equipment: While performing the duties of this job, the employee may be required to wear eye protection, gloves, masks, helmet.

For information on Alterra Mountain Company’s Social Responsibility work including our Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion actions, please see our webpage at Among other resources, Alterra has Employee Resource Groups to support the BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and people of color), disability, LGBTQIA2S+, and women communities within our workforce.