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Set yourself up for a fun and exciting winter with a job at Squaw Valley. Working at Squaw offers you the opportunity to mix fun and recreation, make lifetime friendships, garner personal achievements and get valuable work experience. 

Now accepting applications for winter positions- Apply online

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About Us

About Us

Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows, located in Lake Tahoe, joined forces in November 2011, bringing the two resorts under common ownership. Skiers and riders can access 6,000 skiable acres, 43 lifts, 10 terrain parks and over 270 trails all on a single lift ticket or season pass.  

Squaw Valley

Host of the 1960 Winter Olympics, Squaw Valley is a year-round mountain destination offering world-class adventure, North America’s most diverse terrain and events and activities throughout the seasons. Squaw is renowned for its legendary terrain that spans 3,600 skiable acres, six peaks and 30 chairlifts including a unique mountaintop beginner area and unrivaled expert steeps, chutes and bowls. In summer and fall, Squaw’s scenic Aerial Tram offers transport to a wide array of mountaintop activities in a spectacular alpine setting. The Village at Squaw Valley welcomes a full line-up of live music and festivals. For the ultimate slope side lodging experience, guests can stay in one of The Village at Squaw Valley’s one, two or three bedroom suites, each with a fireplace, kitchen and balcony.

Alpine Meadows

Alpine Meadow’s seven powder bowls, summit-to-base groomed slopes, and authentic hospitality are among the many attributes that have made the resort a favorite of the local community and visitors alike. Alpine Meadows offers skiers and riders access to more than 100 trails across 2,400 skiable acres serviced by 13 lifts. With its high annual snowfall, the resort boasts one of Tahoe’s longest skiing and boarding seasons.

Current Openings

Current Openings

**Jobs that start with "Alpine" are located at Alpine Meadows Ski Resort. All other jobs are located at Squaw Valley Resort.**

Working at Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows means you’ll be surrounded by people who share the “work hard, play hard” mentality. Work where you are surrounded by 450 inches of fresh snow, vibrant blue skies, endless sunshine, cool winter air, and a unforgettable mountain adventure. Get paid to work and live in beautiful Lake Tahoe. 

Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows is an adventure beyond ordinary. Individuals will experience endless opportunities to mix fun with recreation, all while creating lifetime friendships. We are looking for motivated individuals who can help provide an unforgettable experience for our customers. Check out our opportunities and apply for your dream Lake Tahoe job.

How to Apply

  1. Click on "advanced search"
  2. Click the position drop down menu for all job openings. Select the job title
  3. Click "search"
  4. Click "apply"
  5. Confirm your selection and click "next"
  6. Create an account or log-in using your existing username and password. 

For information on relocating to the area, please check out our first timer's guide

Be an Instructor

Learn to be an Instructor

Do you have an inner “ski bum” yearning to work?  We offer innovative terrain based beginner programs and an incredible playground for all levels of skiers, taught by industry leaders. We are hiring people with a passion for snowsports; someone who counts the number of days they ski on more than two hands. If this sounds like you, come join our team.


  • No prior teaching experience needed
  • Intermediate skiers and above welcome
  • Desire to work with kids (ages 3 yrs and older) in small groups
  • Enjoys working outdoors on the snow for 6-8 hours a day; standing, walking; skiing
  • Communicates a passion for the sport
  • Available to work a minimum of 21 days for the winter season, including Holidays and weekends
  • Indoor/outdoor support staff positions available. Duties include rental shop tech, boot fitting, operating Magic Carpets, supervising children, on-snow support, set-up and tear down, and chairlift riding support. 


  • Enjoy lake views while teaching on dedicated beginner slopes, gentle teaching terrain, and watch your students’ progress on one of our terrain based teaching features. Beats on office job any day!
  • Earn ski pass privileges for you and your legal dependents at Squaw Valley & Alpine Meadows. That’s over 6,000 skiable acres, 43 lifts, 270+ trails all accessible on one pass.
  • Take your skiing to the next level.  We offer riding, teaching and technical training to those that want to earn PSIA & AASI certifications. ( Our clinics include PSIA/AASI Level 1, 2, 3, Children’s Specialist, Senior Specialist and Avalanche & Freestyle accreditations.
  • Daily skiing/riding/teaching clinics include topics for Alpine, Nordic, and Snowboard disciplines.

Apply Now for Non-Certified Instructor.

  • Send a one page resume & letter of reference to Karen Roske, at
  • Hiring managers will contact applicants throughout the summer.

Learn from the experts at Squaw Valley & Alpine Meadows, and experience extraordinary.

For information on relocating to the area, please check out our first timer's guide

International Hiring

International Hiring

H2B Seasonal Work Visa: We are applying for certificate of labor for Groomers, with one season of experience.  If you meet the minimum qualifications and are interested in working for us this winter, please send your resume and a letter verifying employment to Karen Roske at We are not able to accept applications if you do not have a minimum of 3 months experience as a Groomer. Applications must be submitted before September 15, 2013. 

J1 Seasonal Work Visa: Interested international applicants must arrange work visa through sponsoring agency. We use CIEE and CCUSA. These agencies are not affiliated with Squaw Valley and charge a fee for their services. We are not extending Independent Job Offers at this time.

Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows will be travelling to job fairs in South America to extend job offers.  Please join us at the hiring fairs hosted by agencies listed above. Please check sponsors website for find out dates & locations of Winter Hiring Fairs.

Current open positions:

  • Kids Ski Instructor
  • Ski School Rental Staff/Support Staff (indoor & outdoor)
  • Tubing Hill Attendant
  • Lift Operator
  • Dishwasher
  • Cashier
  • Prep Cook
  • Line Cook
  • Line Service
  • Parking Attendant
  • Parking/Food & Beverage Attendant

For information on relocating to the area, please check out our first timer’s guide.

Perks & Benefits

Perks and Benefits

Employee Perks

  • Free pass to access our mountain for you and your legal dependents (age 18 yrs old)
  • Free group ski/snowboard lessons (based on availability, for employees only)
  • 50% discount on private ski/snowboard (non-peak periods only)
  • Free sport rentals Monday-Friday for team members (some restrictions apply)
  • Complimentary lift tickets based on years of service; plus 8 half off lift tickets
  • Free bus passes to get to and from work
  • 20% discount at Squaw Valley owned & operated retail outlets
  • 50% off Food and Beverage (no discounts on alcohol) at all Squaw Valley owned & operated restaurants
  • Access to Mountain Collective Discounts
  • Employee discount lift tickets to other ski resorts
  • Free golf at participating courses with restrictions
  • Discounted health club memberships
  • ProMotive Membership -
  • Community discounts – See HR for more details
  • Ski School and Race Team discounts
  • Employee Assistance Program

Benefits for Full Time Year Round Employees

  • Medical, dental, and vision coverage
  • Health Savings Account
  • 401(k) and Savings plans
  • Paid holidays, time off, and sick pay

For information on relocating to the area, please check out our first timer's guide


Housing Hints

Housing Hints

Finding housing in North Lake Tahoe requires some planning in advance. Please see the below links for resources that can help.

Housing Resources

Distance from Squaw Valley to:

  • Alpine Meadows 5.9 mi
  • 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

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.


Can I get a second job?

Yes. Employees are welcome to seek secondary 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 coordinate seconds jobs.   

Will I be working on Holidays? When can I travel?

Holidays are our busiest time and we expect employees to be available to work weekend and Holidays.  Naturally, we experience slower periods during the season when we encourage people to travel and/or take time off.  Slow periods typically are between January 5-14th & February 1-17th.  Communicating any reasonable accommodation, or requests for time off during Holiday periods is required at time of hire.

Does Squaw do a pre-employment drug screen?

Yes, Squaw requires a pre-employment drug screen within the first 7 days of an employees first day of work.  There is an on-site facility, so it is fast & convenient.

What about ski/snowboarding equipment?

Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows offers free rentals to their staff members, based on availability. We recommend that you look for deals when you get here and shop around.  Cheap equipment can be easy to find once you arrive and network with the other employees. Check out our first timer's guide for more details.

What is the grooming and appearance policy?

Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows has a grooming and appearance policy. Please review prior to applying to ensure that you can comply with our standards.

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.

Woman 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?

We do not provide employee housing, however we do offer housing resources and a first timer's guide for those relocating to the area.






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