Lift Maintenance - Mechanic I-IV
Dillon, CO Lift Maintenance
Job Type

Pay Range: $21.50 - $25.75/hr

Status: Year-round Hourly (Non-exempt)


Lift Mechanics at Arapahoe Basin are responsible for the maintenance of all aerial tramways and surface lift equipment during our winter and summer seasons. Responsibilities include being on-site to assist other staff members with any lift issues as they arise as well as performing regularly scheduled maintenance and reporting on all aerial tramways and surface lifts in accordance with state and federal guidelines. If you are looking for a challenging yet rewarding role that keeps the “wheels turning” at A-Basin year-round, this is the job for you!

Lift Mechanics at A-Basin are eligible for a staging program based on experience and tested knowledge that relates to applicable pay. See below for the individual staging requirements and duties. We are currently seeking individuals with higher level Lift Maintenance experience. See below for all of our staging requirements.

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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
  • 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:

  • Carry out all work duties in accordance with ANSI B-77, and CPTSB regulations
  • Pass a CPTSB Section 23 test
  • Be familiar with “OSHA” Codes and protocols and “Lock-Out Tag Out” procedures
  • Be familiar with “Confined Space” procedures to ensure a safe working environment at all times
  • Be familiar with “Qualified Climber” and “Fall Protection” procedures and “Basic Safe Rigging Practices” and procedures
  • Be familiar with “Lift Access Work Order System”
  • Be familiar with “Maintenance Manuals” for each lift
  • Be familiar with “Blue Prints” and how to read them
  • Perform weekly and monthly inspections of lift machinery
  • Assist with return and drive bullwheel hub purging; assist with bullwheel liner replacement
  • Maintain and repair lift equipment; ensure efficient and safe operation of all lifts
  • Perform daily start-up procedures; complete daily operation log for all lifts
  • Perform daily AM/PM inspections on all lifts
  • Check for abnormal sounds, appropriate fluid levels, and other mechanical abnormalities throughout the course of daily work assignments
  • Assist with weekly and monthly inspections of lift machinery
  • Perform annually scheduled maintenance on all lifts as directed
  • Be able to operate all A-Basin lifts on auxiliary power without assistance
  • Operate (drive) all A-Basin lifts in a safe manner for line work
  • Assist the work chair captain while performing line work
  • Assist with grip and carrier inspection, general inspections, and Non-Destructive Testing
  • Assist with haul rope inspection and lubrication
  • Inspect and rebuild sheaves; replace bearings and liners
  • Collaborate with the Lift Maintenance team and other A-Basin operations by assisting with ongoing training and supporting seasonal lift operators
  • Safely operate a snowmobile, UTV, and other heavy machinery
  • Assist Lift Mechanics with grip, chair, haul rope, carpet, and auxiliary maintenance as well as any electrical needs
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Education Requirements:

  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Must pass certified climber training

Experience Requirements:

  • 1 year of previous lift operations or lift maintenance experience – required

Skills Required:

  • Ability and knowledge to operate basic hand and power tools
  • Ability to perform all job duties at heights with the use of fall protection
  • Ability to identify all lift components and understand their purpose
  • Knowledge of proper rigging procedures
  • Basic math skills to apply the concepts of algebra and geometry to lift maintenance-related duties

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to withstand high-altitude conditions at all times
  • Ability to use full range of body motion and lift up to 75 lbs.
  • Able to stand, walk, kneel, squat, and crawl throughout a 10-hour shift.
  • Ability to climb ladders and lift a significant portion of own body weight
  • Ability to ski at an intermediate or expert level

Other Requirements:

  • Must be available on weekends and holidays
  • Must provide own ski or snowboard equipment
  • Must pass a motor vehicle records background check

Work Environment:

  • This position will work outdoors in a high-alpine environment in all types of weather conditions. Most work is performed around loud machinery sometimes at heights and sometimes in cramped spaces such as a crawl space or machine room.


Lift Maintenance Staging Program

Lift Mechanic I: See above for essential responsibilities and requirements.

Lift Mechanic II: Pay Range: $22-$27.50/hr

Fulfill all stage I responsibilities and requirements in addition to the following:

  • Possess an understanding of the Lift Access Work Order System
  • Demonstrate the ability to make and fill out both unscheduled and scheduled 250, 500, 750, etc. Hour Work Orders
  • Demonstrate the knowledge and skills to disassemble reassemble and test the following components of a chair lift, carpet, or tow:
  • Tension System
  • Brake Systems
  • Grips, Fixed/Detachable
  • Sheave/Assembly
  • Haul Rope
  • Auxiliary Engine/Torque Converters
  • Identify and explain the functions of all lift components:
  • Tension System
  • Brake Systems
  • Grips, Fixed/Detachable
  • Sheave / Assembly
  • Haul Rope
  • Auxiliary Engine/Torque Converters
  • Cable Tack(s)
  • Guide Sheave Encoders
  • Bullwheel Encoders
  • Electric Motor
  • Motor Tack versus Armature Feedback

Lift Mechanic III: Pay Range: $23.00-$24.00/hr

Fulfill all stage I-II responsibilities and requirements in addition to the following:

  • Develop a rigging plan for haul rope splice/repair
  • Develop a rigging plan for bullwheel bearing replacement
  • Be able to captain the work chair for lift line-related maintenance
  • Has knowledge to read and understand electrical schematics
  • Demonstrate basic electrical troubleshooting knowledge and skills
  • Identify why a lift is down (i.e., blown fuses, power outage, safety gate is triggered or malfunctioning, stop button is triggered or malfunctioning)
  • Hold current Level 2 NDT certification
  • 3 years of previous lift maintenance experience – required
  • Be familiar with Tramway Codes – Chapter 23 and pass the Chapter 23 test

Lift Mechanic IV: Pay Range: $24.00-$35.25 /hr

Fulfill all stage I-III responsibilities and requirements in addition to the following:

  • Coordinate and lead lower-level lift mechanics through all regularly scheduled and unscheduled maintenance projects
  • Demonstrate the electrical knowledge, skills, and ability to identify and explain the functions of all components the Allen Bradley, ABB, Yaskawa Drive, LPOA Light Drive
  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills in working with the following mechanical components of chair lifts (Leitner-Poma, LPOA GMM Tele-Cord, Magic Carpet Ski Lifts):
  • Tension and Counterweight Systems
  • Inspection and repair of Bullwheel liners
  • Inspection of the Haul Ropes
  • Inspection and testing of all brake components
  • Setting the correct stopping distance for a given lift as per ANSI B-77 STOPPING DISTANCES
  • Performance of brake tests on all A-Basin lifts
  • Demonstrate the knowledge and ability to read any blueprint of any lift; identify and explain the function of every component
  • Demonstrate the knowledge skill and ability to troubleshoot any form of electrical problem on any lift
  • 5 years of previous lift maintenance experience – required
  • Demonstrate the knowledge, skill, and ability to perform heavy rigging including:
  • Gear Box
  • Drive Bullwheel bearing replacement
  • Return Bullwheel bearing replacement
  • Removal and instillation of an electric motor
  • Haul rope splice
  • Sheave assembly removal rebuild and reinstallation