• Lake Tahoe Ski Resort
  • Snowcat Squaw Valley
  • Ski Team huddle at Squaw Valley
  • Lake Tahoe sunset seen from Emigrant Peak
  • Employees at Squaw Valley
  • Squaw Valley ski school group gets ready to shred!
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  • All smiles on the chairlift at Alpine Meadows
  • Lake Tahoe Ski Resort
  • Squaw Kids Summer Adventure Camp
  • Squaw Kids Summer Adventure Camp

Join the Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows Team! Part-time and full-time work is available.

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Be a Kids Ski Instructor at Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows

Join our team and work at the largest ski resort in California, offering legendary terrain with a rich Olympic history. Our ski school was awarded by PSIA-AASI Members as the School of the Year in 2014. Be part of something great, with access to world-class training while creating lifelong friendships.


Benefits of being a Kids Instructor (non-certified) at Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows - no experience needed
  • FREE Instructor Academy Training
  • World-class coaching on skiing & teaching technique
  • Pay increase upon completion of Level 1 certification
  • Competitive pay package with incentives based on position
  • Other internship training programs cost upwards of $5,000 - we offer it for free

For more information contact Karen Roske, Director of Squaw Kids at kroske@squaw.com

Full and Part time positions available

Benefits of being a Kids Instructor (level 1-3 certified) at Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows
  • Our team of PSIA/AASI examiners and national team members are ready to help you achieve your professional goals
  • World-class professional development training opportunities
  • Competitive pay package with incentives based on position
  • Fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment with opportunities to develop private lesson clientele
  • Challenge yourself athletically and professionally on our legendary mountains

For more information contact Karen Roske, Director of Squaw Kids at kroske@squaw.com

Full and Part time positions available

Other benefits to working at Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows
  • Ongoing education for all instructor levels taught by a training team which features 15+ current and former PSIA/ AASI examiners and National Team members
  • Reimbursements and pay increases for new certifications
  • Lively social environment, frequent employee functions and vibrant après scene
  • Close to metropolitan centers: 45 minutes from Reno, NV; 3 hours from San Francisco, CA

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Qualifications to be a Ski Instructor

Kids Instructor (non-certified) qualifications
  • No prior teaching experience needed
  • Able to ski at an intermediate level
  • Enjoy working with kids (ages 3 to 13) in small, age & ability matched groups
  • Able to work outdoors on the snow for 6-8 hours a day; standing, walking, skiing
  • Can communicate a passion for the sport and the outdoors
  • Available to work a minimum of 21 holiday and weekend days during the winter season
Kids Instructor (level 1-3 certified) qualifications
  • Current membership with PSIA/ AASI
  • Enjoy working with kids (ages 3 to 13) in small, age & ability-matched groups
  • Able to work outdoors on the snow for 6-8 hours a day; standing, walking, skiing
  • Can communicate a passion for the sport and the outdoors
  • Available to work a minimum of 21 holiday and weekend days during the winter season

Be a Kids Program Support Staff (non-ski opportunity)

Sales Staff
  • Provide excellent customer service while selling and creating reservations of ski school products
  • Ensure guest satisfaction by accurately describing products such as lessons and daily packages
  • Performs other support roles indoors

For more information contact Karen Roske, Director of Squaw Kids at kroske@squaw.com

Be a Lift Operator at Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows

Are you an outdoor enthusiast looking for a fun and unique work experience? Join the Lift Operations Team at Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows and spend your winter working in the California sunshine and blue skies.


Benefits of being a Lift Operator
  • $12 per hour. Full-time and part-time hours available
  • Opportunity to ski & ride every day
  • Greet & interact with guests from around the world
  • Work with a culturally diverse and fun-loving team
  • Enjoy endless recreational activities
  • Create memories to last a lifetime
Qualifications to be a Lift Operator
  • No prior Lift Operations experienced needed!
  • Enjoy speaking and interacting with guests for extended periods of time
  • Able to work outdoors on the snow for 6-8 hours a day; standing, walking, skiing
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Now accepting applications for the 2016-17 season!

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J1 Work & Travel Visa | 2016-2017 Winter Summer

We are no longer accepting applications from J1 visa holders for the 2016-2017 winter season.

H2B Work Visa

We do not provide sponsorship for H2B work visas.

Employee Perks
  • FREE season pass
  • FREE tram access for you and your legal dependents
  • FREE tram tickets, plus 50% off vouchers
  • FREE access to High Camp pool and hot tub and legal dependents receive 50% off
  • FREE access to summer activities including: roller rink, disc golf, tennis court.
  • FREE bus passes to get to and from work
  • 25% discount at Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows owned & operated retail outlets
  • 50% off Food and Beverage (no discounts on alcohol) at all Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows owned & operated restaurants
  • Discounted Wanderlust Yoga Studio classes
  • Discounted bike rental
  • 50% off golf at KSL participating courses across the US, with restrictions
  •  ProMotive and 3point5 Membership - discounts on dozens of brands
  • Hotel & Lodging discounts: $95 hotel rooms at the Village at Squaw Valley, and $75 rooms at Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego, discounts at Omni hotels. Does not include tax and resort charge.
Benefits for Full Time Year Round Employees
  • Medical, dental, and vision coverage
  • Health Savings Accoun
  • 401(k) and Savings plans
  • Paid holidays, time off, and sick pay
Housing Resources

Finding housing in North Lake Tahoe requires advance planning. We recommend that you exhaust all resources.

Distance from Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows to:
  • Tahoe City 7.7 mi
  • Sunnyside 9.7 mi
  • Dollar Point 10.8 mi
  • Truckee 11.7 mi
  • Carnelian Bay 11.9 mi
  • Homewood 13.6 mi
  • Tahoe Vista 15.6 mi
  • Tahoma 16 mi
  • Kings Beach 17 mi
  • Incline Village 22.4 mi
  • South Lake Tahoe 37 mi 
Things You Should Know
  • Deposits: It is common practice to pay a deposit when moving in.  You will receive the money back at the end of the lease ONLY if the property is in the same condition as the start of the lease. Security deposits will be provided AFTER participants have left for the season. They will assess housing damage before returning any money! Remember: Clean your rental completely before move out or you can be charged. Remove clothing, food and anything else you may have bought during your stay that was not there when you moved in
  • Rent: Paid monthly, ranging from $400 to $500 per person to share a bedroom
  • Utilities: Landlords may or may not include utilities (water, sewer, heat, trash removal) in the total price of your rent. This is a question you should ask before signing a lease.  It may be your responsibility to sign up for your own utilities.
  • Internet: Most landlords will not provide internet service. If you want to set up internet service, you will need to arrange on your own.
  • Phone Service: It is your responsibility to establish home phone or landline service. Most individuals use their personal cell phone.  Be aware cell service is not 100% reliable in all locations.
How do I get hired?
  • Apply online
    • When a candidate submits an application, it goes directly to the hiring manager for review, and the hiring manager will reach out to qualified candidates 
    • Summer jobs are typically posted in April
    • Winter ski jobs are typically posted between July-September
How do I apply online?
I've applied for a job. How long until I hear from the hiring manager?

Be patient. We receive a lot of applications and it can be difficult to respond to candidates right away. If you don’t hear back immediately, don’t assume that you didn’t get the job, mostly likely your application just hasn’t been reviewed yet. You can check the status of your application at any time by logging into your profile.

Do you have a Winter Job Fair?

We typically hold a winter job fair sometime in October or November. Most of our departments try to fill their job openings before the job fair, so it’s always best to apply early, but there will be a variety ski jobs still available at the job fair. This is a good option if you aren’t in the area, or have applied online but haven’t been contacted by a manager yet. There is a good chance you can interview face to face with a manager and be offered a position on the spot at our winter job fair. The line forms quickly, so arrive early!

How do I nail my interview?
  1. Make a Good Impression: We are a ski resort…we aren’t expecting a suit and tie (however, bonus points if you do show up in a suit and tie!!) Be on time, be clean, dress and groom well.
  2. Think about your responses: Research common interview questions and think about how you will answer. When you have prepared, it definitely shows.
  3. Promote Yourself: Many of our positions are entry level. Even if you don’t have a lot of experience, show your potential. We are looking for candidates who are hard working, willing to learn, can arrive at work on time, fulfil the job requirements, and comply with grooming standards.
Can I get a second job?

Yes. Employees are welcome to seek additional employment.  There are several options within The Village at Squaw Valley, Truckee, CA, and Tahoe City, Ca. We ask that employees work with their managers to make sure a second job does not interfere with their current work schedule.   

What kind of work schedule can I expect?

Work schedules vary by department, but almost every position will require you to work weekends and Holidays. Please communicate any schedule requirements, or requests for time off as early as possible or at your time of hire.

Do Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows require a pre-employment drug screen?


What is the grooming and appearance policy?

Creating good memories for our guests involves projecting a positive image. A professional and well-groomed appearance is an essential ingredient to our success. We are here for our guests and it is absolutely necessary to create a safe, warm and welcoming environment at all times. Team Members should dress according to their department uniform guidelines. If a Team Member fails to dress appropriately, the Team Member may be asked to leave for the day or to return home, change into suitable clothing, and report back to work. If you have any questions about the proper attire for your work area, ask your manager.

Men can wear small rings such as class rings and wedding bands are permitted but should not be worn while performing work where they might present a safety hazard. No pins or other articles are allowed on uniforms with the exception of certification pins (P.S.I.A., Far West, Squaw related etc.). One small earring is allowed.
Hair must be of a natural haircut, neat and tidy at all times. Well groomed hair is essential. Sideburns must be neatly trimmed and may extend to a half inch below the ear. Full beards, mustaches, or goatees are permitted if fully grown at the time an individual is hired and cannot be started during the active season (June 1st through October 1st and November 1st through May 15th ). All beards, mustaches, and goatees must be neatly trimmed daily and of a conservative nature. Beards may not extend onto the neck area, or more than one-half inch in fullness.

Women must present a neat, natural hairstyle. Long hair may need confinement in areas where it is a health or safety hazard. Jewelry should be worn in moderation. Small rings, wedding bands, bracelets, and earrings (two) are permitted, but should not be worn while performing work where they might present a safety hazard. No pins or other articles are allowed on uniforms with the exception of certification pins (P.S.I.A., Far West, Squaw related etc.).

Radical hairstyles or colors (bleached OK) do not meet our standards. Exposed body piercing and excessive exposed tattoos are not acceptable on the job with the exception of one small facial stud smaller than 1/16 of an inch with only one end exposed.

Tattoos may be required to be covered depending on location and content of the tattoo. See your manager for clarifications.

Do you provide housing?

No, we do not provide employee housing, however we do offer housing resources and a first timer's guide for those relocating to the area. It can be a challenge to find housing in this area so we suggest you research housing options well in advance of moving here.

What kind of perks will I receive?

There are many benefits to working for Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows! You can review a list of perks & benefits here and we will provide you will a full list of perks/benefits upon hire.

Employee Testimonials

Working at Squaw Alpine means “inspiring adventure with a smile”. It means being part of a community of passionate adventure-seeking individuals. Here’s what those individuals have to say.

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About Our Mountains

“Alpine is all around an amazing mountain for families, locals, and employees! The best resort I've had the pleasure of working with.”

“Alpine is a great mountain with both great guests and employees. I am proud to be a part of it and to help our guests enjoy their experience”

“Amazing mountain, amazing village, amazing people and they are good to their employees.”

About Our Culture

“The ski resort has an amazing culture that includes teamwork, good attitudes and fun.”

“Squaw Valley is a wonderful place to work you will end your day in a smile and everyone who you work with is so happy”

About Our Community

“Squaw is like a family. The longer you are here the more connected you are. Love it!”

“Such a sense of community - we're all here because of our shared passion!”

“I love the community and sense of belonging one gets through this work.”

About Our Work Environment

“Squaw Valley creates a positive work environment like no other. It is a pleasure working here”

“Squaw values their employees and it shows. Great environment to work in.”

 “Your office is a mountain, how can you beat that?!”

About Our Jobs

“I love my job, Squaw is amazing and the advantages are diverse and great”

“I love this mountain and all the staff! It's an amazing place to make a paycheck!”

“Ski Instructing has been an amazing experience. I find it very rewarding to meet with so many new people and teach them a sport I love so much!”

“The way supervisors and managers treat employees in Lift Operation is great, it makes work a really nice experience. Aside from that, the benefits Squaw offers are great, and the environment is overall really good.”

“My experience with Race Services has been one of the most fulfilling, exciting and enjoyable jobs I have ever had! Never been so pleased to work so hard!”

“I've worked for Squaw Valley since I was 14 years old (I'll be 24 in a month) and I've had nothing but exceptional work experience here. The people I work with have become my good friends, mentors, and role models. I love the community Squaw Valley has provided for me to grow up in and how Squaw Valley is helping me build the career path I am on today. I feel nothing but respected, valued, and enjoyed as a member of this team.”