Looking for a job, eh? Well, if you want to work at Cooper, you have to meet a few important requirements, namely, you have to be (1) epic; (2) awesome; (3) friendly; (4) fun; (5) hard working; (6) willing to take on any task you’re needed for, no matter how menial. If that’s you, then check out our job openings below and fill out an application!
When you come to work for Cooper, you’re not just getting a job, you’re joining a family. That’s one of the many advantages of a ski resort of our size: we all get to know each other, we’re not just cogs in a wheel! We’re all in it for the same reason: because we LOVE the authentic skiing/riding experience of The Heart of Skiing in the Heart of the Rockies, and we want to share it with others. We go out of our way each and every day to provide the best skiing and the best service in the business, all at a price that is accessible to families and average hard-working people.
As part of the Cooper work family, you get all kinds of epic benefits, including free skiing at tons of the great Colorado ski resorts. Plus, you get your free season pass to Cooper, so you get to enjoy the best snow in the state combined with our pretension-free, condo-free, liftline-free atmosphere whenever you want!
What are you waiting for??? Find a position that suits your aptitudes, and join the Cooper family!
J-1 Visa Applicants:
J-1 visa applicants must be able to meet our winter seasonal commitment date of December 10, 2016 to March 31, 2017. Some department requirements may vary slightly. Cooper Hill Ski Area, Inc. is not a sponsoring agency for J-1 visas. We recommend contacting a J-1 visa sponsoring agency if you wish to obtain a J-1 visa. Furthermore, we do not have employee housing of any kind.
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Cooper Hill Ski Area, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer and a drug-free workplace. All applicants are reminded that Cooper Hill Ski Area, Inc. adheres to Federal Immigration Law requiring all employees to prove their identity and eligibility to work in the United States within 3 days of employment. Such proof may be satisfied by the presentation of a U.S. Passport, or the combination of a Driver’s License and Social Security Card. Certain other documents are also acceptable by law – please contact the HR Department for a complete list.
2016 Winter Season Job Fair: Saturday, October 22nd, 9am – 12pm at the Cooper Base Lodge – Come see the mountain, meet the management, and interview for jobs!
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Snowsports Instructors (Ski & Ride School)
Contrary to what you may have thought, you don't have to be an ex-Olympian to be an effective teacher. In fact, an enthusiastic personality and a passion for skiing and riding is our most critical prerequisite! Sure, skiing and riding skill is required, but at minimum, intermediate ability. The majority of our students are first-timers, and we will teach you how to teach them. If asked, most of our "master teachers" would never have considered themselves worthy at first. The key is in conveying your love of the sport in a safe, informative and nurturing manner.
The best teachers in the world are great learners first...that is where we come in. Our staff trainers started right where you are now. They will guide you through the technical teaching skills to make you a successful teacher, and along the way you will, as a partner in learning, grow your own personal skills beyond recognition!
Your personal goal by the end of your rookie season should be to achieve your Level 1 PSIA or AASI certification! The breakthrough you are seeking in your abilities may just lie in the teaching of others!
Cooper’s Ski & Ride School instructors serve as professional instructors and representatives of Cooper. Instructors work as members of an interdependent team dedicated to creating the best possible environment for taking and teaching a ski or snowboard lesson. Instructors work not only with students, but with all guests, internal or external, at all times, exemplifying the goals of the resort's Guest Service model, on and off the hill.
Duties and responsibilities
Recognizes that outstanding service is the product and exceeding guest expectations the goal
Maintains a safe and responsible work environment while teaching and adheres to those principles of conduct while riding or skiing
Instructs group and private lessons of varying ability levels, as assigned
Instructs students of any age, sex, nationality, and learning ability as assigned
Understands and follows Cooper’s teaching guidelines as well as Professional Ski Instructors of America and American Association of Snowboard Instructors – Rocky Mountain Division with individuality and personal insight
Makes a conscious and continued effort to improve and expand personal riding and skiing skills, teaching skills and professional knowledge
Is the embodiment of a guest services and public relations representative for Cooper on and off the hill
Is visible, approachable, and available to guests
Supplies modern, indemnifiable personal ski and/or board equipment and maintains it in a safe, functional, and attractive condition
Is responsible for all information contained in manuals, amendments, addendums, posts on bulletin boards, email postings, and morning meetings
Any other tasks assigned
High School Diploma or GED preferred
Some skiing/snowboarding experience required
Full Time commitment is 70-100 days per season, Part Time commitment is a minimum 0f 28 days per season
Great communication skills
The ability to effectively teach the skills and technique of skiing/snowboarding to others
A positive and professional attitude
Willingness to be part of a team and be a productive teammate
Must be able to work weekends, vacation periods, and on major holidays
The Ski & Ride School Instructor position is based primarily outside and is exposed to temperature extremes (above 85 degrees and below 20 degrees), sun and wind exposure, inclement weather (rain, snow, ice) and high altitudes (10,500+ feet).
Must be able to walk on even/uneven/slippery terrain, climb/descend even/uneven/slippery terrain, climb/descend stairs, stand and/or sit for long periods of time, bend, stoop, reach, push, pull, lift objects that may be heavy, and ski or snowboard at an intermediate level.
Criteria for Evaluation
The Ski and Snowboard Instructor is evaluated on performance of duties, teaching ability, communication skills, level of guest service, attitude, attendance and punctuality, attire and appearance, initiative, guest feedback, student return rate, hours worked, skiing/riding ability and measurable improvement, relations with coworkers, other departments and Guests, technical knowledge, participation in educational clinics and events, PSIA/AASI certification, PROFESSIONALISM and mature judgment.
The Instructor must exude a passion for snowsports. An appropriately extroverted, charismatic sharer with a high level of enthusiasm and energy. Must be flexible, adaptable and willing to grow. Must enjoy being part of a diverse team of motivated, highly skilled and fun-loving individuals. Must completely understand the meaning of the following statement, “ We Work When Everyone Else Is On Vacation.”
Pay and Benefits
A dynamic, pay-for-performance compensation system is in effect for members of the Ski & Ride School. Instructors are paid by the class and only while they are teaching. Base pay is very competitive and is enhanced by incentives based on hours worked, number of students, returns and commissions on both requested and assigned private lessons. Pay increases are made by attaining higher certification levels.. Certification is highly encouraged. . Instructor pay is increased immediately with new certification and exam fees may be reimbursed after the following season. All instructors receive a free season pass, discounts for dependents, and earn comp lift tickets. Instructors are eligible for F&B discounts and Pro deals. Uniform and locker room provided. A season end bonus may be available for eligible instructors.
Training clinics are held on a regular basis as well as impromptu. As a staff member, you are required to attend morning training clinics on days that you are working.
Types of Positions Which May Be Available
A variety of positions may be available. Ski and Snowboard Instructors for Adults and Children (must be 18), Apprentice Instructor (ski and snowboard), must be 16). Other positions may include: Indoor Monitor, Registration Desk and Reservation Agent. Instructor Positions can be Part time (weekend, holiday or midweek) or Full time (any combination of 4-6 days per week).*All work schedules must be approved by the Department Supervisor or the Director.