ski instructor interview questions

Working as a ski instructor is a great way to make money while you enjoy the winter weather.

17 Ski Instructor Interview Questions and Answers
  • Are you CPR certified?
  • What are some of your qualifications as a ski instructor?
  • How would you teach a beginner how to ski?
  • What is your favorite type of skiing and why?

How to get a job as a ski instructor, top tips from a snow school director

Interviews for Top Jobs at Vail Resorts

Ski Instructor Interview


I applied online. I interviewed at Vail Resorts (Park City, UT) in Oct 2021


the interviewer did not understand the job she was interviewing me for, making it a very unproductive process. I was very disappointed they didn’t even read my resume. they could not explain any answers from the scheduling of the job and when asked if they need employees this person had no idea

Interview Questions

  • will you be away during the holidays

Ski Instructor Interview


I applied online. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Vail Resorts (Truckee, CA) in Sep 2014


I think I had one interview, with my direct superior. I had a recommendation from two people within the company as well, so that helped. Vail will hire you even if you can’t ski. They’re the best ski education organization in the world, so they can teach anyone how to ski and how to teach skiing. It probably lasted 10 minutes. Super easy going, I got the job.

Interview Questions

  • How long have I been skiing

Ski Instructor Interview


I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Vail Resorts in Dec 2017


This interview process was TERRIBLE and completely unprofessional. Vail Resorts applications are all completed online and then according to whatever algorithm they use to cull applicants, you may be contacted to go further in the process. First step is a phone interview, which is set according to a time you choose in an online scheduler. For this experience, I selected a time that was towards the end of a Friday. The interviewer called several hours before my scheduled time to see if I was available so that she could “take off early on a Friday”, to which I told her unfortunately no, I was at work myself and preferred the time I had originally chosen. An hour later, I received an email from her saying that she had been called into a meeting and would not be available for our scheduled call. I responded and received an auto-reply saying that she had moved departments and would no longer be responding to job applicant emails. I was then bumped to a new person completely. The new person contacted me to reschedule our phone interview. Talking with this person, we discussed the position, timing, etc., and then she told me that the hiring manager at the mountain would contact me personally for a final interview. I received a call from the same interviewer two days later saying that all the slots were full and they were no longer looking for additional applicants. This was the end of the process. This was a totally unprofessional experience and ended up being a complete waste of my time. I have applied to several positions at Vail and they have all gone more or less like this. Very disappointing.

Interview Questions

  • How would I provide a positive experience to guests?

How candidates received their first interview at Vail Resorts

  • Employee referral – Lift Operator – Wilmot, WI – shared on May 28, 2020
  • Applied online and got a call the nextday. shared on January 22, 2019 – Denver, Colorado, Airport Operations Supervisor
  • I entered one of the stores on foot and questioned shared on December 27, 2018 – Telluride, Colorado, Advanced Supervisor

What advice do candidates give for interviewing at Vail Resorts

  • Do not be a robot. Be excited to work there. They do make it worthwhile and are very understanding if an unforeseen circumstance prevents you from working a shift. Shared on November 21, 2019.
  • Don’t go in high or drunk

    Shared on November 9, 2019
  • Explain any outside of work commitments like school. They will work with you. Shared on April 2, 2019 – Crested Butte, Colorado – Seasonal Night Audit

What candidates say about the interview process at Vail Resorts

  • Shared on May 28, 2020 – Lift Operator – Wilmot, WI – Very formal but not intimidating
  • The interview process is a great microcosm of Vail. You’ll receive a lot of calls from different people, each saying something different. Only one of the three phone interviews I had scheduled actually called me. Employee Village Supervisor – Moran, Wyoming Wai…Shared on March 19, 2020
  • Rooms Division Manager phone interview, totallyShared on February 22, 2020, Moran, Wyoming

Tell me about yourself?

This is a good opening question because it gives you lots of opportunities to describe who you are and what you have accomplished.

Tell them where you’re from, that you have a visa, and what you did for work in the past. If you lack relevant experience, you should list any comparable situations you may have encountered while in high school or college.

What are your strengths?

Jobs like this typically call for you to be a strong communicator, possess the necessary people skills, and be able to demonstrate initiative. Each skill should have one to two examples, and you should be able to describe instances in which you used each skill.

Use the keywords from the job description to your advantage, but be careful not to overdo it or it will come across as very phony.

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