Available Positions

Race Coach

Requires ski racing experience, and a strong knowledge of racing etiquette and culture. Must be available to work on weekends and some evenings. Job includes, but is not limited to, coaching customers, setting up and taking down race courses for practices and events. Work in concert with all departments at Ski Sundown. PSIA/USSA certification and familiarity with timing systems is a plus.

Wage range:

Commensurate with experience.

Ski & Snowboard Instructors

We need individuals who are energetic, outgoing and love to work with children. Must be responsible, patient, have strong communication skills and be at least an intermediate skier or snowboarder. Teaching snow sports involves working weekends and holidays. A minimum weekly commitment of one weekend day and at least one day after school (3:15-6:30) or one evening (6:30-9:00) for the entire season is required. Training is provided for all qualified applicants.

If you’re interested in becoming part of the Snowsports School at Ski Sundown but don’t know where to start, you’ve come to the right place! There are a couple of important things to know about working as a Ski Sundown Snowsports instructor. While we take our job seriously, we enjoy what we do. It is imperative that this position be more than just a job, as we are searching for talented, enthusiastic individuals who love to meet new people and share their passion for winter sports with our guests. We hire instructors with these objectives in mind to ensure that we are a match. Below is an overview of the hiring process.

Step 1: The application and interview. Candidates will complete an application and interview with Snowsports trainers, and get to know one another. The interview process can start as early as September, or attend our Job Fair in October and get an on-the-spot interview.

Step 2: A group interview, typically held the weekend after the Job Fair. During this 2 hour session, candidates will be split into groups, and spend time with our trainers who will guide them through a series of activities based on outdoor leadership situations. Trainers will be evaluating candidates on communication, confidence and leadership skills, as well as the ability to work as a team and manage an outdoor education environment. Upon completing the 2 hour interview, job offers are finalized. Successful candidates will be offered positions with the Snowsports School pending on-snow performance and schedule availability.

Step 3: A 3 hour in-house New Hire Orientation, where hiring paperwork is completed, employment guidelines are covered, and schedules are finalized. Participants will be compensated for their time spent in this session.

Step 4: The last step is a 2-day on-snow Basics of Teaching Snowsports course. These sessions are typically conducted in early December, and are weather-dependent. Participants will be compensated for their time spent in this session. Lift tickets are provided and participants continue to be evaluated based on on-snow performance. If required, additional paid training involving shadowing experienced instructors and additional on-snow exercises are offered before instructors are expected to teach on their own. It is our mission to turn out professional Snowsports Instructors to our guests.

Initial interviews can be scheduled by contacting the Snowsports School at: skischool@skisundown.com. Click here to download an employment application.

In preparation for the interview process, we would recommend you visit the American Snowsports Education Association. This link reaches the Professional Ski Instructors of America and American Association of Snowboard Instructors, commonly known as PSIA/AASI. PSIA/AASI is an educational body that gives ski and snowboard instructors their framework. We take the training of our staff seriously at Ski Sundown and focus on the safety of our guests first, with fun being a close second and, of course, learning! We encourage our staff to become members of PSIA/AASI but do not require it.

Minimum Age:

16 years

Wage range:

Minimum Wage and up


Learn about our Junior Instructor Development Program

Welcome Center

We need customer service and detail oriented individuals who are outgoing, personable and flexible and have the ability to communicate clearly with our diverse guests, both in person and over the telephone. Main duties will involve lift ticket, rental and lesson sales using a point-of-sale system. Basic computer knowledge required. Must be available to work nights, weekends and holidays.

Rental / Tuning / Repair Shop

We need outgoing, personable staff members who are customer service oriented, comfortable dealing with a fast-paced environment, mechanically inclined, and should enjoy being part of a team. Responsibilities include all aspects of fitting equipment to customers’ diverse ages, sizes and abilities. Supervisor positions also available.

Wage range:

Minimum Wage and up

Lift Operators & Attendants

We need enthusiastic, energetic and reliable individuals who enjoy the great outdoors, physical work and extensive customer contact!

Lift Operations frequently has openings for Operators (18+ years old) and Attendants (16-17 years old) throughout the operating season and take applications on a rolling basis. Schedules vary and include weeknights and weekends. Comprehensive training program is provided. Duties include (but are not limited to):

  • Assisting skiers onto and off the lift in a safe and timely manner
  • Monitoring the equipment for possible problems & completing inspections
  • Operating outside in variable weather conditions
  • Working shifts that include weekends, nights, and holidays

Applicants must meet the following requirements in order to be considered for employment:

  • Work three or more shifts per week (16+ Hours) including nights and weekends
  • Must be available to work weekends
  • Must be available to work some major holidays which include Christmas Eve (7:00am-5:30pm) Christmas Night (5:00pm-10:30pm) New Years Eve (Day 7:00am-4:30pm / Night 4:00pm-12:30am) New Years Day (7:00am-3:30pm)
  • Available to work the entire season (Late November/Early December to late March)
  • Employees are required to abide by our uniform policy which requires black ski pants (not supplied) and a department parka (Supplied to the employee for a $60 deposit which is refunded upon return of the parka)

Wage Range:

Minimum Wage and up
Operators who are scheduled for 40 hours / week and meet expectations within the first few weeks will receive a higher wage.

How to apply to become part of our seasonal team:

Print the application packet and mail your completed packet to:
Ski Sundown
Attn. Lift Manager
P.O. Box 208
New Hartford, CT 06057

Or email bvibert@skisundown.com for more details and to submit your application electronically.

Loss Prevention

We need enthusiastic, energetic and reliable individuals who enjoy the great outdoors and extensive customer contact. Comprehensive training program is provided. Duties include (but are not limited to): Monitoring customers’ use of lifts, working closely with Lift Department and assisting with Lift Operations, working outside in variable weather conditions and working shifts that include weekends, nights and holidays.

Minimum age:

21 years

Wage range:

Minimum wage and up

Ski Shop

We need outgoing individuals with good customer service skills who are knowledgeable about skiing accessories and products. Will be responsible for following store procedures related to opening and closing of the Ski Shop and processing sales. Training will be provided. Current shifts available are during the following times: Monday through Friday 8:30am to 8:30pm and Saturday, Sunday and Holidays 7:30am to 8:30pm.

Wage range:

Minimum Wage and up

Food & Beverage

We need excellent staff to prepare and serve food in a food court environment, monitor lodge area and operate point-of-sale system. Looking for outgoing, friendly and customer-service oriented individuals.

Wage range:

Minimum Wage and up

Snowmakers

We need hardy, dependable and rugged individuals in our snowmaking department. These candidates must enjoy working outdoors through the night in all types of weather. Not for the faint of heart. Full-time only. Shifts are 8:00am to 8:00pm or 8:00pm to 8:00am.

Minimum age:

18 years

Wage range:

$12.00 to $15.00

Groomers

We need hardy, dependable and rugged individuals in our grooming department. Applicants must have previous heavy equipment or grooming experience with references. Hours are 10:00pm to 8:00am.

Minimum age:

21 years

Wage range:

$12.00 to $15.00

Facilities Maintenance

Applicants must be dependable, flexible and self-motivated. Must be able to perform various janitorial and general maintenance tasks on buildings and grounds. Must be able to shovel snow and operate snow plowing/sanding truck with standard shift. Must be able to perform basic handyman repairs as required (plumbing, electrical and carpentry). A demonstrated use of hand and power tools is required. Safe work practices are essential. Must be willing to work with customers and other departments when necessary. Must be able to work weekends and holidays in all weather conditions.

Minimum age:

18 years

Wage range:

$12.00-$15.00

Terrain Feature Attendants

We need responsible, enthusiastic individuals who have knowledge of freestyle terrain. Duties include, but are not limited to, assisting in constructing, shaping and maintaining terrain features, fencing and signage, as well as educating guests on proper use and etiquette on and around terrain features. The right applicant will be able to work well with others in a variety of weather conditions. Must be expert skier or snowboarder with own equipment.

Minimum age:

18 years

Wage range:

Minimum Wage and up

Volunteer Positions

Adaptive Program Volunteer

If you are interested in gaining rewarding experiences working with children and adults with special needs, please consider being a volunteer in Ski Sundown’s Adaptive Program. Our Adaptive Program caters to individuals of all ages with physical, cognitive, or developmental disabilities. For more information, please email info@stride.org or call (during the season) (860) 379-7669 ext. 219.

NSP Mountain Host Volunteer

Looking for customer service oriented people. Must have a friendly, outgoing personality and enjoy working with the public. Will greet individual customers and groups, answer their questions and give directions. Will assist other departments as needed and promote ski and snowboard safety. Mountain Hosts must complete the National Ski Patrol Outdoor First Care Course, as well as a basic CPR/AED course. The Outdoor First Care Course comprises basic First Aid information and hands-on application. Intermediate ski or snowboard ability is required.

Helpful Forms

* All positions provide ski privileges (dependent upon number of hours worked). All positions require customer service skills.