– Work with Education Director to recruit and hire the backcountry instructor team
– Schedule both full-time and part-time instructors to ensure that all classes are staffed
– Co-develop training material with the Education Director
– Lead instructor training and ensure continual training and instructor improvement
– Teach courses regularly
– Use booking software and other digital tools to keep instructor schedules and courses updated
– Collaborate with guest services and marketing to ensure tight communication
– Gather customer feedback and consistently iterate on curriculum and education offerings
– Create a welcoming culture for all Bluebird Backcountry guests

What Makes This Job Great
– Help build a world-class backcountry education program
– Work with a small, entrepreneurial, and motivated team
– Lots of time spent outside teaching and mentoring staff and students

Timing, Pay and Location
– This is a full-time winter seasonal position with part-time work during the fall
– Pay is a weekly salary of $750-$1,000 (depending on experience) during the ski season and an hourly rate of $25 during preseason
– Bluebird Backcountry is located between Kremmling and Steamboat Springs, Colorado, approximately a 35-minute drive from each. Google maps pin here.
– We can provide employee housing if needed at a significantly discounted rate

Tagged as: Backcountry Skills, Instruction and Guiding, Ski Industry, Teaching/Education


- Strong desire to welcome and share the backcountry experience with newcomers
- Self-starter with strong leadership abilities
- Previous coaching or teaching experience
- Excellent verbal communication skills
-Previous experience leading a small team
- Excellent off-piste skier/rider with at least 5 seasons of backcountry skiing or splitboarding experience
- AIARE Level 1-Rec avalanche education (or equivalent); Rec-2 AIARE P

About Bluebird Backcountry Ski Area

Bluebird Backcountry is the first and only fully human-powered, in-bounds backcountry ski area in the country. With a mission to make backcountry skiing safer and easier to learn, our operation features a 1,200-acre avalanche-managed and ski-patrolled area with zero chairlifts. Guests visit to try backcountry skiing, develop their backcountry skills, and explore new terrain in a relatively safe, welcoming, social, and educational backcountry environment.

Bluebird Backcountry is located on the Continental Divide in Colorado, halfway between Kremmling and Steamboat Springs. Our team has a welcoming, energetic, get-it-done culture. We are excited to introduce a new way to think about skiing… and to see just how far we can take the Bluebird Backcountry concept.

Application Instructions

To apply, please email a resume and cover letter to [email protected]