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Join the Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows Team! 

Work alongside and on California’s best terrain in our vibrant and enthusiastic community. Receive retail and restaurant discounts, season passes for eligible dependents, and free tram access. Full-time, part-time, and on-call staff ski free at 14 iconic resorts, including Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows.

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General Questions? 

Please contact Human Resources: 

(530) 452-7112


Housing Questions? 

Please email: 


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
  • $14 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
Apply Now

Now accepting applications for the 2019-20 season!

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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. 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
  • Paid Instructor Training
  • Free world-class coaching on skiing & teaching technique
  • Pay increase upon completion of Level 1 certification
  • Top tier pay and 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@squawalpine.com

Full and Part time positions available

Benefits of being a Kids Instructor (level 1-3 certified) at Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows
  • Fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment with opportunities to develop private lesson clientele
  • Reimbursements & pay increases for new incentives. 
  • Challenge yourself athletically and professionally on our legendary mountains
  • 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
  • Top tier pay and incentives based on position

For more information contact Karen Roske, Director of Squaw Kids at kroske@squawalpine.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
  • Full time, part time, and holiday positions available 
Kids Instructor (level 1-3 certified) qualifications
  • Certified 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@squawalpine.com

Rental Support/Magic Carpet Staff

  • Assist children in getting ready for ski lessons by fitting boots & skis. 
  • Set up & tear down fences in lesson area
  • Run & supervise the magic carpets
  • Assist with supervising & entertaining children during break times and lunch 
  • This role requires someone who is excited and willing to be both indoors and outdoors!  

Work in Food & Beverage at Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows

Do you want to hone in your culinary or service skills while working in a fun team environment and living in the mountains? Join our Food & Beverage Team at Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows!

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Benefits of being in Food & Beverage
  • Ability to learn and grow within different areas of F&B
  • Learn valuable culinary skills
  • Free "Family Meal" lunch daily
  • Meet new and exciting people in a fun team environment
  • Wide variety of food service venues to choose from
  • Flexible hours
  • Competitive resort wages
  • It's interesting and satisfying to make people's day with delicious food!
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Some of our current openings
  • Cooks: entry and experience positions available
  • Experienced Sous Chefs
  • Servers
  • Supervisor & Manager positions
  • Food Runners/Bussers
  • Dishwashers
  • Food Court & Station Attendants
  • And so much more!
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Apply Now

To apply and see all open jobs, start by clicking on the link below. You will then be directed to our Careers search page. Under the category section, select "Food and Beverage" and then hit submit!

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Employee Perks
  • FREE season pass for team members and their legal dependents* and FREE skiing/riding at the following resorts: Mammoth, Big Bear, Snow Summit, June Mountain, Winter Park, Steamboat, Snowshow, Stratton, Blue Mountain, Crystal Mountain, Deer Valley, and Solitude
  • Free tram access for team member and their legal dependents 
  • FREE lift tickets, plus 50% off vouchers for friends & extended family 
  • FREE rentals Monday-Thursday. Holidays and weekend blackouts apply. 
  • FREE bus passes to get to and from work
  • FREE access for team members to Snow Tubing. Legal dependents receive 50% off. 
  • Free adult group lessons. Holiday blackouts apply.  
  • 30% off retail at Squaw Alpine owned retail outlets including The North Face, Patagonia, Oakley, and more
  • 25-50% off Food & Beverage at all Squaw Alpine owned & operated restaurants. No discounts on alcohol. 
  • Discounted Wanderlust Yoga Studio classes. 
  • Discounted bike rental 
  • Experticity Membership: Tons of name brands available at discounted prices
  • Hotel & Lodging discounts: Discounted hotel rooms at the Village at Squaw Valley. $100 rooms at Monarch Beach Resort. Does not include tax & resort charge. 

*Some restrictions apply. Part time and on-call employee dependent passes cost $25 each. Dependents include spouse, domestic partner, and children under age 26 only. 

Benefits for Full-Time Year Round Employees
  • Medical, dental, & vision coverage
  • Health savings account
  • 401k & Savings plans
  • Paid time off & sick pay
Employee Housing

Dormitory-style housing is available for full-time active Squaw | Alpine employees on a first-come/first-serve basis. Onsite employee housing units are located on Squaw Valley premises and within walking distance to the Village. Basic furnishing and supplies are provided, along with access to a laundry machine and wireless internet.

One requirement for living in employee housing is full time employment at Squaw Valley or Alpine Meadows. Once you have secured a job offer letter, please reach out to housing@squawalpine.com and we can send you a housing application. Please keep in mind that spaces in housing are limited and not guaranteed to any employee. 

Most of our employees live outside of Employee Housing. Our onsite units are built to be seasonal housing for those new to Squaw | Alpine. The goal is to help new employees get integrated into the Squaw | Alpine community and not meant for long-term solutions. For these reasons, we do recommend that you also look at other housing options as well.

Housing Resources

Finding housing in North Lake Tahoe requires advance planning. We recommend that you exhaust all resources. Below is a non-exclusive list of agencies, individuals and lodging properties that may have temporary/long-term housing available. There is also more information located in the Human Resources office, located at the Olympic Village Lodge at Squaw Valley. 

Additionally, please check out and join these Facebook Groups:

Lastly, please ask about our Rental Rewards Program where local homeowners are incentivized to rent out to our employees. 

Things You Should Know

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 
  • 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.

For all questions related to Housing, please email the Housing Coordinator at housing@squawalpine.com.

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.

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 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.

How do I get to work? 

  • We provide free bus passes for all employees for the local transportation (Tahoe Truckee Area Regional Transit). Click here to view the current bus schedule. Please keep in mind the schedule may vary depending on weather.
  • Driving your own car – there are employee parking lots at both Squaw and Alpine. Contact the Human Resources team at hr@squawalpine.com for more information
  • Carpool – Depending on availability, if you carpool with 3+ people you can park in the Protect our Winters Parking lot at the front of the village.

International Hiring

J1 Work & Travel Visa

Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows employs summer and winter university students on J-1 cultural exchange visas. We work with various international sponsor companies to hire J-1 applicants. New J-1 applicants must be hired through an Agency Job Fair.

  • South America & South Africa: please reach out to the sponsor companies CCUSA or CIEE for information about the Work Experience USA program
  • Europe: please reach out to the sponsor company CIEE for information about the Work & Travel USA program

We only hire under the independent option if you are a returning Squaw | Alpine employee. Please contact HR or your previous manager for approval to return.

Please Note: Most of our positions start in mid-November and carry through till mid-April. Please make sure you are available for most of the time.

H2B Work Visa

At this time, Squaw|Alpine does not provide sponsorship for H2B work visas.

For more information, please email the Human Resources office at hr@squawalpine.com or call 530-452-7112.

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.

Aerial Tram Winter
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.”

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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”

employees in the kitchen
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.”

employees riding the gondola
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?!”

Alpine Patrol
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!”

mechanic working on a truck

“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.”

Squaw Alpine All Stars

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