Some companies pride themselves on being “customer-first” organizations. While Cooper cares deeply about our guests, we truly believe that the best way to serve them is by serving you first. If you are happy, healthy, engaged, invested, and passionate, we believe that you will take pride in providing top-quality guest service.
Similarly, other companies place their priorities in the bottom line as “profits-first” organizations. Like any business, Cooper depends on profitability to continue operating, growing, improving, and paying your paychecks. But again, we believe that investing in you first will allow and motivate you to deliver the products and services our guests want to the highest level, thereby producing the best financial results as well.
In sum, it is the conviction of the Cooper executive team that our greatest successes are realized when we take care of our Cooper Family (that’s you!) first.
All of the benefits listed below are available to all part- and full-time Cooper employees, whether you're seasonal, or year-round! Please note that several additional benefits are available for Full-Time-Year-Round positions.
Cooper administers a supplemental insurance program at an attractive, discounted group rate for all employees through Aflac. This program allows employees to build a plan that fits their needs, and includes benefits like Accident Insurance, Dental Coverage, Vision Coverage, Critical Illness insurance, and more. You will have the opportunity to enroll in the benefits of your choice and you will be billed directly by Aflac. You are responsible for paying the bill. During your term of employment, Cooper will reimburse up to $40/month toward each employee’s premium (yes, you can customize a benefits plan that is less than $40/month!). You will be responsible for submitting the bill to HR if you wish to receive the reimbursement. You can retain this supplemental insurance during the off–season or after leaving the organization, though you will no longer be eligible for any reimbursement after termination (seasonal or permanent).
Cooper Cares about your work/life balance, so we happily offer a Paid Time Off (PTO) benefit program.The purpose of PTO is to provide you with paid time off to use as you’d like, and to manage according to your individual needs. PTO may be used for any reason, including sick leave, personal time, vacation, pet care, family/elder care, personal appointments, emergencies, etc. Please use your PTO! Use the time to recuperate when you’re not feeling well, physically or mentally. Use it to take a break when you need it. Use it to reconnect with family, nature, yourself. Use it to relax and regroup. Use it when your family needs you. Use it however you need it!
Here’s how it works for hourly employees (salaried positions will receive a slightly different program):
• For each hour you work you earn 0.067 hours of PTO.
• PTO accrual is calculated automatically based on actual hours worked
• PTO must be requested/used in full 8-hour day blocks (partial days may not be requested).
• PTO may be requested for any reason but is subject to manager approval in advance due to fluctuating business and staffing needs. For best chance of approval, please request as early as possible, and avoid holiday periods.
• While we strongly encourage you to use your PTO during the ski season to refresh and renew, if you are unable to do so you will be paid for any unused accrued balance upon termination (seasonal or permanent) at your regular hourly rate.
More specific details will be provided at orientation and in your Cooper Cares employee handbook.
Cooper Cares about keeping you nourished, and we know inflation has driven up cost of living. To help ease your meal budget and keep you well fed, Cooper will provide a meal voucher for one full meal (from a limited employee meal menu) to each employee working each day of the ski season. Voucher may only be used in the Base Lodge Cafeteria, and is only valid for the day it is issued, and must be used by the employee to whom it is issued.
We’re all here to ski, right?!?! All full- and part-time Cooper employees receive a complimentary Cooper Season Pass which entitles the employee to unlimited free
skiing at Cooper. Full-time employees (seasonal or year-round) are eligible for free dependent passes for spouses and/or children. Please note that employee passes do not provide access to our partner resort network. However, you can ski at most ski areas across Colorado for free with the Real Deals and GEMS programs. Check out the Reciprocal Skiing tab for more details!
Cooper employees can ski for free at most of Colorado’s incredible ski resorts with Real Deals and Gems vouchers!
Full-Time employees ( > 30 hours per week) are eligible for 2 vouchers per pay period (the pay period is Saturday through Friday). Part-Time employees ( < 30 hours per week) are eligible for 1 voucher per pay period. Temporary Employees are eligible for 1 voucher per pay period only during their temporary employment. Dependents of full time Employees, with dependent pass, are eligible to receive 50% off vouchers using these same guidelines. Volunteers are not eligible for reciprocal programs. YOU MAY NOT RECEIVE A VOUCHER FOR ANY DAY THAT YOU ARE SCHEDULED TO WORK AT COOPER! Please be mindful that this program is a privilege, and regulated by a committee from all the participating resorts. One person’s misconduct or abuse could result in revocation for all Cooper employees.
Gems Resorts: Arapahoe Basin, Loveland, Eldora, Monarch, Powderhorn, Ski Granby Ranch, Sunlight
Real Deal Resorts: Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk, Snowmass, Copper Mountain, Winter Park, Steamboat Springs, Howelsen Hill, Telluride, Purgatory, Silverton
We’re all here for the same reason: SKIING! Cooper wants all its employees to have the chance to fully enjoy the sport, and to expand their skills. Complimentary ski or snowboard lessons are available to all employees on a limited basis based on availability and timing (details will be provided in–season). Lessons must be taken on your day(s) off, or during a time when you’re not scheduled to work!
Cooper offers all employees a variety of discounts onsite. These include:
• 50% discount at the Base Camp Cafeteria and the Ridgeview Café (valid for any food/drink purchases outside the complimentary employee meals; alcohol excluded; pre-packaged food & drinks excluded, e.g. Gatorade, candy bars, etc.)
• 25% discount at Katie O’Rourke’s Irish Pub and the Timberline Taproom, valid for food and non-alcoholic drink purchases, pre-packaged food & drinks excluded
• 40% off all merchandise over $15.00 in the Timberline Trading Post retail shop
• 40% off daily ski/snowboard rentals
Cooper cares about helping you reach your full potential! All Cooper employees will have the opportunity to apply for a leadership/career mentoring program. This program is designed for employees on any level–from someone in a first-time job, right through our management team–who desire to develop their leadership skills and advance their careers. Applicants will be selected from the pool of candidates and matched with a mentor (a member of Cooper’s senior leadership team, or Board of Directors) who best fits their goals. Details about this program will be provided after the Christmas holiday period.
Cooper cares about introducing your friends and family to Cooper’s amazing skiing! Each season employees are provided with several comp tickets to share with family or friends who would like to ski at Cooper for free. These are typically distributed after the Christmas holiday period.
We notice when you go above and beyond! Your manager or a Cooper senior manager may reward exceptional performance or character with “Cooper Cash,” which will be serialized and issued for use at any Cooper F&B or Retail establishment.
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Cooper Hill Ski Area, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer and a drug-free workplace. All applicants are reminded that Cooper Hill Ski Area, Inc. adheres to Federal Immigration Law requiring all employees to prove their identity and eligibility to work in the United States within 3 days of employment. Such proof may be satisfied by the presentation of a U.S. Passport, or the combination of a Driver’s License and Social Security Card. Certain other documents are also acceptable by law – please contact the HR Department for a complete list.