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Groomer- All Experience Levels

Posted: September 23, 2023 Expired: October 21, 2023
Palisades Tahoe
High School 1 Year

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 18 years of age.

Job Summary: A Groomer will prepare and maintain a snow surface that is safe and functional for skiers and snowboarders during all snow and weather conditions. Depending upon level responsibilities may also include hauling and dozing to support the needs of other mountain departments.

Job Description: The Groomer operates heavy construction equipment and/or snow grooming equipment with attachments. This person operates heavy equipment in an efficient manner on an as needed basis and grooms trails with the objective of providing an enjoyable skiing surface for guests. He/she knows capability of machinery and understands maintenance functions and gauges.

Job Details:
  • Seasonal, full-time and part-time positions supporting the Palisades Tahoe Grooming Team
  • Role will frequently be exposed to and immersed in outdoor winter weather conditions

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

Entry Groomer- Job Duties:
  • Maintain mountain skiing surfaces to finest level possible
  • Ability to learn how to operate all Slope Grooming equipment
  • Safe operation of a turbo-charged diesel powered over the snow vehicle with hydrostatic drives, 12 way blade, and multi function roto tiller rear implements
  • Operate all machine functions, such as blade controls, rear implement controls and steering.
  • Minimize down time through basic preventative maintenance, cleanliness and up-keep of machine
  • Covers rocks and obstacles on the slopes. Moves snow from low wear areas to high wear areas.
  • Manual labor in other Slopes and Trails work
  • Receive daily working instructions from Foremen and Supervisor
  • Daily, as needed, communication with shop Mechanics concerning mechanical problems

Entry Groomer- Education & Experience:
  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • 1 year grooming/ Snowcat operation experience
  • Equipment operation background and experience with diesel engine/hydraulic machines
  • Ski area experience
  • Basic knowledge and Troubleshooting skills grooming equipment
  • Valid driver's license with no restrictions

Experienced Groomer- Job Duties: (in addition to job responsibilities listed for Entry Groomer)
  • Maintain demanding mountain skiing surfaces to finest level possible, with little supervision
  • Grooms steep slopes by operating grooming machine with a drum winch.
  • Builds and maintains snow covered roads on the mountain.
  • Builds and maintains ramps and mazes at ski lifts.
  • Completion of Industry training for Groomer maintenance and Repair

Experienced Groomer- Education & Experience
  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • 3 years grooming/ Snowcat operation experience
  • Equipment operation background and experience with diesel engine/hydraulic machines
  • Ski area experience
  • Intermediate knowledge and Troubleshooting skills grooming equipment
  • Valid driver's license with no restrictions

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.
  • Required to ski or snowboard on snow and ice, and up and down hill, while carrying equipment.
  • Able to work with minimum supervision

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: $20.54 - $39.10 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. Must be capable of sitting for long periods of time, up to 90% or more of a normal 8 hour work shift. Must be capable of occasionally balancing, climbing, reaching, squatting, bending, kneeling, stooping, and crawling. 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: The noise level in the work place is usually moderate, this job may experience hazards such as mechanical, electrical, fumes, odors, dusts, gases.

Equipment Used in Job: Snow guns, hoses, hydrants, compressors, hand tools, torches, snowmobile, skis or snowboard

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