Website The Highlands SnowSports Academy

Ski Instructor


Teach guests how to ski and enjoy the winter environment.  A love of the sport and the desire to continually improve both personal skiing skills and teaching ability are important.

Essential Duties: (including but not limited to):

  • Must be comfortable setting up an environment conducive to safety, fun and learning.
  • Must have strong communication skills and be able to communicate effectively with students, supervisors, and co-workers.
  • Must have a genuine desire to pass on knowledge of the sport and inspire others to enjoy it.
  • Must be able to work outside in extreme and quickly changing winter weather conditions.
  • Must be able to work in a physically challenging environment.
  • Must be able to maintain a great guest service attitude while working with beginner students on green terrain throughout the season.
  • Must meet schedule commitments to cover business needs.  Be available to work as many of the peak business days as possible.
  • Support SnowSports Academy sales by learning, understanding, and being able to explain products, reservation processes, and other operational procedures to team members and guests to enhance the guest experience.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • 16 + years of age.
  • Must be reliable, dependable, and timely.
  • PSIA/AASI Certified Level 1 status preferred, but not mandatory.
  • Must have a genuine desire to pass on knowledge of the sport and inspire others to enjoy it.
  • A growth mindset (an openness to learning and feedback).

Physical Demands:

  • Must be able to lift up to 25 lbs.
  • Must be able to ski for up to 8 hours per day.
  • Must able to teach ski lessons in harsh winter weather (cold, snow, wind, rain, sleet, ice).

Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • Organize and conduct both group and private ski lessons for guests.
  • Demonstrate and communicate proper ski techniques in accordance with the guidelines established by the resort and Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA).
  • Be familiar with and adhere to the policies and procedures of the resort Team Member Handbook and the SnowSports School Manual.

Work Environment:

  • The instructor work environment is primarily outdoors in the winter weather. Temperature can vary greatly throughout the day and from day-to-day.
  • Must be able to ski in snow, low visibility, powder, ice, hard pack, rain, sleet.

Position Type and expected hours of work:

  • The ski instructor position is full-time, part-time, or holiday based on candidates availability.
  • Typical work day is 8:30am – 4:30pm.
  • Must be available for weekends and weekdays.
  • Some instructional programs occur in the evening after 4:30pm but never after 9:00pm.


  • Must be able to travel to and from home.

Additional Questions:

  • Can minors work in this position? Yes – with work permit.
  • Will this position work directly with children?
  • Will this position require driving a vehicle?
  • Will this position require skiing or snowboarding?

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. The Highlands will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified persons with known disabilities to allow an individual to perform the essential functions of his or her job, as required by law.  If you believe you require reasonable accommodation you should let your supervisor or Human Resources representative know as soon as possible.

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