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Snowcat Operator

Aspen Skiing Company

This is a Full-time position in Squaw Valley, CA posted November 18, 2022.

Company Description

Aspen is one of the world’s premiere destinations for inspiration and transformation at the intersection of recreation, nature, and culture. Aspen Skiing Company was founded 75 years ago following World War Two in a moment of vision and renewal.
With a purpose deeply rooted in expanding possibilities, we are company driven by its values and our people.

We operate four mountain resorts (Aspen, Aspen Highlands, Snowmass and Buttermilk) with summer and winter experiences; the Five Star, Five Diamond Little Nell Hotel in Aspen; the contemporary Limelight Hotels in Aspen, Snowmass and Ketchum; world-class events including the World Cup series and X Games; and a multi-store retail portfolio.

Job Description

The Snowcat Operator – Entry Level is responsible for the safe operation of a snowcat to create quality snow surfaces for skiing and riding to support day-to-day mountain operations and special events. 

Essential Job Functions

  • Grooms terrain for skiing and riding 
  • Responsible for consistent grooming, creating clean lines on the slopes and effectively cleaning up pattern discrepancies that result in crooked lines and/or turn marks
  • Ability to maintain grooming standards including at night on uneven terrain and in adverse weather conditions
  • Performs general maintenance of the snowcats and informs mechanics of any issues
  • Must pass ASC and Colorado snowmobile test (as required)
  • Performs other duties as assigned


  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • Valid, current unrestricted Driver’s License required
  • Ability to understand directions and communicate effectively in English including via radio required
  • Experience operating heavy equipment including on uneven terrain and at night preferred
  • Intermediate ski/snowboard skills preferred
  • High school degree or equivalent preferred

Additional Information

Supervision Given and Received:
Supervision Given: This position has no supervisory responsibilities.
Supervision Received: Works under direct supervision of Winter Trails Manager. Tasks are assigned according to specific procedures, and work is checked frequently. Instruction, advice and assistance are readily available.

Work Environment and Physical Demands:
Ability to reach, crouch, kneel, stand, bend or be on your feet for extended periods of time  
Regularly work in wet, cold, hot conditions requiring the use of protective apparel/equipment to prevent exposure to the elements and may be required to walk on slippery and uneven surfaces 
Must be able to frequently lift, push or pull up to 50 lbs. individually or with assistance (weight limits can vary according to position, but no more than 50)

As of March 11th 2022, Aspen Skiing Company, ASPENX, The Little Nell, and The Limelight Hotels will no longer require all active employees to be fully vaccinated in the workplace. Read more about our policies as it relates to employee safety here