Powder Term Ski Counselor

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Job Description

During “Powder Term” (January 4 to February 11, 2023) you’ll:

  • – Work and live alongside a staff of 6-7, on-site at Black Diamond Lodge, to implement the Powder Term experience for 24-36 teenagers
  • – Coach skiing for Powder Term participants 3-4 mornings/week, and free-ski 3 days/week
  • – Assist in the transport of the kids to/from Purgatory Resort (3-minute drive in shuttles)
  • – Rotate with other counselors in helping with room inspections, serving breakfast, overseeing the kids’ cleaning responsibilities at the lodge, and assisting the chefs at dinners
  • – Communicate and help make adjustments with Powder Term suppliers (food purveyors, ski equipment suppliers, shopping trips, etc.)
  • – Attend bi-weekly meetings/reports with Powder Term Founders directors and education guides
  • – Serve leftovers for lunch on Sundays and have pizzas delivered/pick-up for dinner on Sundays
  • – Attend a 3-day training event with Powder Term staff before the students arrive
  • – Have fun with the kids and ski your brains out in beautiful SW Colorado!


  • –  Free Room and Board included at Powder Term campus every ski season from early January to mid-February (1-mile down the street from the ski lifts at Purgatory Resort in Durango, CO).
  • –  Purgatory season pass included
  • – Rental equipment provided if necessary
  • –  $2500, plus bonus plan based upon student and staff ratings/reviews

– Transportation and flights to/from Durango, CO covered

Job Requirements

  • –  Must love working with kids ages 11-14
  • –  Experience coaching/teaching alpine skiing
  • –  Evidence of creative problem solving experience

–  The ability to sit in ambiguity, be patient, ask questions, and then take action

  • Instructions

Please email Jamie Matthews at jamesalexandermatthews@yahoo.com (512-422-2274) and include a resume and a personal statement describing why you may be interested in Powder Term and why you could be a good fit for the position

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