Devil’s Thumb Ranch Seeks Ski Instructors

Audrey ManganSeptember 28, 20123

Nordic Instructor

Location: Devil’s Thumb Ranch, Tabernash, CO.

Number of Openings: 2


We are currently hiring Nordic Instructors for the upcoming winter season.

Responsibilities include

  • Teach Nordic classic and skate lessons to groups and individuals
  • Ensure a high level of guest service and safety
  • Assist with rental fittings, retail sales, and provide knowledge about services offered throughout the Ranch


  • Must be in good physical condition and able to work outside in cold winter conditions
  • Must have previous Nordic Ski experience
  • Retail sales and customer service experience preferred.

This position begins in November and ends in mid-April.

$11-13/hr plus lesson rate & tips.

Please call the Nordic Center at 970-726-8231.


Audrey Mangan

Audrey Mangan (@audreymangan) is an Associate Editor at FasterSkier and lives in Colorado. She learned to love skiing at home in Western New York.

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  • ColoradoSep

    October 1, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    My family and I ski at DTR as much as we can, 20 times a season or so, and I have to say, it is a *great* place to be for a winter. If I was a ex-racer college kid who had just graduated and I needed a job, this would’ve been it. You get to ski every day, you hang out/work with some really awesome cool people, the setting is amazing, and you would be working with all sorts of skiers (collegiate racers to first-timers). Jump on this guys, no joke!

    I would’ve been all over this gig in a heartbeat, but I am too old and slow now. 🙂


    P.S. I do not work for DTR, just saying from a old east coast skier/family customer perspective, it is a really rad place.

  • Mike Trecker

    October 3, 2012 at 10:04 am

    Unfortunately, $11-13 an hour is not a living wage in these parts. DTR is a great resort, but they really should be offering a minimum of $15, if not $20. If we don’t want Nordic sports to be the recipe for lifetime poverty, we need to start upping the value of our product. Quality instructors and coaches are not making the money they need to make to stay in the game, and interns with pathetic levels of experience and competence do not do our sport any favors.

  • ColoradoSep

    October 3, 2012 at 9:32 pm

    I think I was mis-understood. My post was to encourage post collegiate kids, who want to keep skiing and not join the “real world” just yet, to take a look at DTR, as it a great place that treats its customers and it staff really well along with being in a beautiful setting where it is really fun to ski.

    But, if we are going to DIScourage people from working in the ski industry, due to low wages (BTW, 13 bucks an hour, plus tips, living in employee housing, for a kid fresh out of college, in Fraser, not Aspen, that’s totally doable, trust me.), I think that does the ski industry a DISservice. If DTR pays employees 20 bucks an hour, then they have to make that money up somewhere. Raise the price of trail passes or season passes, eliminate school group discounts, decrease lesson time. Like I said, I don’t work for DTR, I have no idea what they would do, but they are a business, they are in the business of making money. They gotta make it up somewhere.

    If we increase the value of our sport, we run the risk of pricing people out of the sport. That’s not a good idea. I would rather have more people skiing, more people enjoying the outdoors, more people having fun with their families; than saying our sport is “valuable” What good does that label of “valuable” do? Who cares?


    I think most public school teachers don’t make as much money as they want. But, working with kids, being able to design what you do in the classroom every day, and having fun every day keeps a lot of teachers in the game. It’s not always about money, its about doing what you want to do at that point in your life. Money is just a tool. You got enough money to live, you’re good.

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