Ski Lift Mechanic

Maintain lifts to keep skiers moving up the slopes.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$30,000 – $65,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Ski Lift Mechanics do?

Ski Lift Mechanics make hitting the slopes possible (not to mention easier) for many people. In this full-time, year-round position, you troubleshoot, maintain, and repair ski lift equipment. The ski slopes may not be open the whole year, but, as a Ski Lift Mechanic, you work all 12 months to keep the machinery in topnotch condition.

Attention to detail and critical thinking are necessary for a Ski Lift Mechanic, as you are required to understand the maintenance recommendations of all ski lift manufacturers. Based on those recommendations, you identify potential problems with the ski lift before it become dangerous. Hundreds (or thousands) of skiers depend on your knowledge and expertise to keep them safe on the ski lift as they reach new heights on the mountain.

You start the process of performing routine ski lift maintenance by interpreting diagrams and manufacturer’s manuals. Then you fit bearings, perform service on grips, rebuild sheave trains (a wheel with a groove for a rope to run on), and carry out other mechanical procedures.

You work in all types of conditions (you’re on a ski slope, after all), but the job gives you the chance to enjoy the outdoors. Plus, you get paid, and enjoy discounted (or free) access to some of the world’s greatest slopes. Tighten your helmet because you’ll also be required to operate machinery such as snowmobiles, all-terrain vehicles, and 4×4 trucks. Playing in the snow, keeping people safe, and fixing things—a good combination of activities to make up a career.

Should I be a Ski Lift Mechanic?

You should have a certificate degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Persistent: You keep pushing through, even when faced with tough obstacles.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.

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    How to become a Ski Lift Mechanic

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