Ski Instructor
Dillon, CO Snow Sports
Job Type

Starting Pay: $20.50 per hour

Status: Seasonal Hourly (Non-exempt)

At the Arapahoe Basin Snowsports School, we like to have fun while doing great work and hope to instill a love of snow sports in every guest we meet. Likewise, we want all of our instructors to have rewarding careers working alongside people they can trust and respect.


As a Snowsports Instructor at A-Basin, you will teach skiing/snowboarding to adults, children, and families in a high-energy and high-alpine environment. While doing so, you aspire to nurture a love of snow sports and create a day worth repeating.  

If you are passionate about skiing or snowboarding and want to share that passion with others in one of the most beautiful places on Earth, A-Basin is the place for you!

Snowsports instructors are eligible for a staging program that relates to applicable pay based on experience. See below for specific details. 

Apply now and be part of THE LEGEND!

Benefits and Perks for this position include:

  • Unlimited skiing/riding at Arapahoe Basin and 20 other Colorado ski areas and resorts
  • Free, transferrable A-Basin comp lift tickets earned for every 120 hours worked
  • PSIA/AASI exam reimbursement and pay increase upon successful completion
  • Health, Dental, Vision, and Life Insurance for full-time employees beginning on the 1st of the month following date of hire
  • 401(k) for eligible employees
  • Paid time-off for all full-time employees
  • Sick pay and bereavement pay for all employees
  • End-of-season bonus for all employees
  • Financial assistance and mental health resources through WorkLife Partnership
  • Much more! Check out all of our perks and benefits here! 

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Introduce guests to snow sports and A-Basin’s culture  
  • Create a safe and fun learning atmosphere while providing excellent customer service to create a day worth repeating for A-Basin’s guests
  • Accurately describe and demonstrate how to ski and/or snowboard while adapting to the specific skill level of any individual guest
  • Work with kids, adults, and families to nurture a love of the sport  
  • Understand, adhere to, and educate guests on the Responsibility Code and Skier Safety Act  
  • Communicate with others in an honest, accountable, transparent, and respectful manner   
  • Take ownership of and maintain a specific work schedule  
  • Make an ongoing effort to improve personal skiing and riding  
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Education Requirements:

  • PSIA or AASI certification - preferred

Experience Requirements:

  • Previous customer service, teaching, coaching, or other related experience – preferred

Skills Required:

  • Excellent communication and customer service skills
  • Strong interpersonal and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to multi-task and work independently without supervision

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to ski, ride, walk, kneel, crawl, carry, reach, stand, stoop, squat, and lift equipment or students up to 35 lbs. while actively teaching and coaching
  • Ability to withstand a high-altitude environment at all times

Other Requirements:

  • Must be available weekends and holidays
  • Must provide own ski or snowboard equipment and other necessary gear to work outside in a high-alpine, snowy, and cold environment

Work Environment:

  • This position will spend most of the time outside in a high-altitude, high-alpine, and snowy environment. Instructors usually wear ski/snowboard equipment for the duration of their shift and are on their feet interacting with customers most of the day. Riding a chairlift is required for this role.


Snowsports Instructor Staging Program:

Instructors at A-Basin are eligible for a staging program that starts when hired and continues into employment.

  • Compensation: an entry wage of $20.00/hour
  • Additions to the entry-level wage for experienced, certified pros may include:
  • PSIA-AASI Level 1 $1.00/hour
  • PSIA-AASI Level 2 $2.25/hour
  • PSIA-AASI Level 3 $3.75/hour
  • PSIA-AASI Children’s Specialist 1 $.50 /hour
  • PSIA-AASI Children’s Specialist 2 $1.00/hour
  • PSIA-AASI Freestyle Specialist $.25/hour
  • Additions to the entry-level wage for inexperienced pros will consider prior experience teaching snow sports, outdoor education, and other teaching or guiding experience
  • An in-house training exists to verify instructors to act as Snowsports Leads on specific days. This would be a paid activity at an increased rate and would encompass heightened responsibilities. Inquire with Snowsports management for details.
  • Further staging guidelines are available upon request and will be provided upon starting work.