Aug 13, 2019

WP - Competition Center - Freeride Head Coach- Winter Season - Part Ti

  • Winter Park Resort
  • Winter Park, CO 80482, USA
Full-time Education Product and Program Management

Job Description


Opened in January of 1940, Winter Park Resort is the oldest continuously operating resort in the U.S., and located just 67 miles NW of Denver, is the closest major ski resort to the City. Winter Park's traditions are deeply rooted in railroad, logging, and the early exploration of Grand County and the local Fraser Valley. Our mission is to"create the best memories, again and again," for our guests, our employees, our community, and our strategic partners.

Headquartered in Denver, Colorado, Alterra Mountain Company is a community of 12 iconic year-round destinations, including the world's largest heli-ski operation. The company owns and operates a range of recreation, hospitality, real-estate development, food and beverage and retail businesses. Headquartered in Denver, Colorado with destinations across the continent, we are rooted in the spirit of the mountains and united by a passion for outdoor adventure. Alterra Mountain Company's family of diverse playgrounds spans five U.S. states and three Canadian provinces: Steamboat and Winter Park Resort in Colorado; Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, Mammoth Mountain, June Mountain and Big Bear Mountain Resort in California; Stratton in Vermont; Snowshoe in West Virginia; Tremblant in Quebec, Blue Mountain in Ontario; Deer Valley in Utah; and CMH Heli-Skiing& Summer Adventures in British Columbia. We honor each destination's unique character and authenticity and celebrate the legendary adventures and enduring memories they bring to everyone.


Will manage the class programs of the Freeride Big Mountain Competition Center training groups. Will organize and assist training staff, design and implement training plans, and will directly coach participants in a professional, enthusiastic and effective manner that helps the participants set and achieve goals in advanced skiing technique and competition and to inspire life-long enjoyment in sport.

  • Recruit, organize, and manage program coaching staff including staff scheduling, performance planning, and evaluation.
  • Assist to hire, train, manage alpine administration staff within budget, promote efficiency, and keep workload manageable
  • Provide leadership of daily training for program participants.
  • Communicate effectively with parents and athletes.
  • Prepare and implement technical teaching progressions, methodologies and content for daily training for athletes in conjunction with Program Senior Manager/Director.
  • Set and maintain courses and closures, following course setting standards of the US Ski and Snowboard, FIS and IFSA.
  • Have high standards for safety in all training environments.
  • Assure that all facilities and equipment are properly maintained and stored.
  • Video and conduct video analysis sessions with participants on a regular basis.
  • Conduct athlete goal setting meetings at start of year, review throughout season, and at the end of the season.
  • Coordinate team travel to alpine racing events and other local, regional and national alpine competitions.
  • Responsible for athlete supervision, van transportation, team captain's meeting representation, accommodation, lodging check in/out, and on-hill coaching duties at these events.
  • Provide positive feedback on a daily basis to participants and submit written mid-season and year-end evaluations on each participant.
  • Assist athletes and their families in obtaining equipment from ski manufacturers' representatives.
  • Participate in coaches meetings, briefings, and other professional functions as directed by Freestyle/Freeskiing Senior Manager/Director.
  • Provide regular feedback and evaluation to freeride coaching staff.
  • Plan for spring, summer and fall on and off snow ski and conditioning camps and dry land activities in conjunction with the Freestyle/ Freeskiing Senior Manager/Director and Sports Performance Manager.
Other duties:
  • Maintain a friendly, congenial and helpful attitude while effectively dealing with athletes, parents, guests and employees.
  • Report any unsafe conditions which may affect athlete, employee or public safety
  • Attend weekly Competition Center director meetings and bring forth alpine program issues
  • Enforce athlete code-of-conduct and hold self, staff, and athletes to the highest standard of behavior
  • Address any breach of conduct immediately and inform/involve other staff members as necessary
  • Must wear radio during all training sessions
  • Must wear uniform at all times while coaching and during work hours
  • High school graduate or GED is required.
  • Advanced level skiing skills and knowledge as indicated by demonstration to Supervisor/Director. Equivalent to skills required for Level 100 education in US Ski and Snowboard Coaches Education or IFSA and avalanche safety program. PSIA or equivalent acceptable.
  • Should have a minimum of three seasons as a coach in an organized IFSA, US Ski and Snowboard, or have experience at the NorAm level.
  • Experience in ski tuning, boot modification, and related equipment experience desirable.
  • Should be competent in Microsoft Office applications including Word, Excel, and Outlook (email)
  • Experience in physical literacy, physical fitness and dry land training programs desirable.
  • IFSA, avalanche safety and/or US Ski& Snowboard Level I Coaching certification or equivalent required.
  • First Aid/CPR certification required.
  • Safe Sport Certification required.
  • Knowledge about the chemical treatment of snow
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office and basic computer functionality required.
  • Is honest and demonstrates integrity
  • Is able to manage confidential information
  • Should be familiar with proper waxes and overlays and training equipment
  • Is trustworthy and self-directed in work tasks
  • Is able to handle a fast-paced working environment
  • Must be able to successfully manage multiple, high-priority tasks
  • Is flexible with days and hours of work, based on resort needs
  • Can deal effectively with poor staff and athlete performance and affect positive change
  • Effective communicator with athletes and parents and understands the importance of all players in the coach-athlete-parent triangle
  • Strong coordination and organizational skills
  • Web editing or programming experience (will use Sprongo and Coaches Eye video analysis software)
  • Adapts well to change
  • Valid Colorado Driver's License and a clean motor vehicle record-required
  • Must own comfortable skis and ski boots (will be required to spend long days on the hill)

May be extensive depending upon group age and experience, and may include off-season camps.


Mountain Environment:
  • The primary physical environment in which this position works is out of doors with a high exposure level to cold, snow, wind, rain, bugs, sun, high altitude, extreme heights, lightning, etc...
  • The degree of strenuous activity within the job is considered to be high. Often lifting a weight of 50 pounds throughout the day is common.
  • Additional strenuous physical activity may include walking or hiking upon uneven, challenging terrain with heavy tools or equipment.
  • Exposure to: Chemicals required for cleaning, de-greasing, and painting Ultra Violet radiation from the sun enhanced through lack of atmospheric filtration at work altitude. Fumes produced in activities ranging from cleaning to painting to fabrication of metal products. Noise generated by snowmobiles, lift equipment, and tools may require hearing protection to be worn.
  • Talking and hearing occur continuously in the process of communicating with guests, supervisors and other employees.
  • Vision occurs continuously with the most common visual functions being those of near vision and depth perception.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily- reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


This position description is an overview of the scope of responsibilities for the role described above. With the evolution of Winter Park Resort, the responsibilities of this position may change as may the dates associated with many of the tasks. During these times of change, this position requires the flexibility and willingness to accept new responsibilities and potentially transfer others. It will also be the responsibility of any employee of Winter Park Resort to be a positive influence on the transformation of the resort and its associated lines of business.


Winter Park Resort is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is dedicated to the principles of equal

employment opportunity in any term, condition, or privilege of employment.

We do not discriminate against applicants or employees on the basis of age, race, sex, color, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, or any other status protected by state or local law.

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