Alta's Rustler Lodge

Ski, live, and work with friends this winter!

Alta’s Rustler Lodge is ski-in / ski-out, located at the base of Alta Ski Area. Voted Trip Advisors best of the best North American ski lodge in 2022! the Rustler boasts a five-star dining room, bar, outdoor pool, two Jacuzzis, a fitness room, and spa overlooking the Mountains. The Rustler hosts ~200 guests and ~70 employees.

Alta is a small town in the Wasatch Mountains resting at 8,600 ft above sea level with surrounding peaks of 11,000 ft! Alta is 35 miles from the Salt Lake City International airport, 1 mile from the Snowbird ski resort and within 90 minutes of Park City and 5 other local ski resorts.

About Alta's Rustler Lodge

Working at Alta's Rustler Lodge is the ULTIMATE SKI JOB! You get to ski every day!

Now accepting applications for the 2024-2025 ski season!!

Voted Trip Advisors best of the best North American Ski Lodge in 2022!

Both employees and guests return to the Rustler year after year, a testament to our friendly and supportive working environment. We expect our employees to focus on customer service and knowledge of the job responsibilities while at work. While not working we encourage our employees to take advantage of the world-class skiing outside our door and the great Alta community.

We are not supporting H2B visas at this time. 


The Employee Experience

Working at Alta's Rustler Lodge is an experience like no other!

With 70 employees living on site we quickly become a family. Many lifelong friendships are made over our 5 1/2 month winter season.

Coming from a variety of backgrounds, we bond over our love for the outdoors (skiing in particular) and providing top-notch customer service. Family run, we take pride in what we do and we love the life we have in Alta. We are ski in/ski out so this is a REAL ski job!! All schedules allow for ski time daily and it's as easy as going to work, finish your shift, and head out to the slopes. In the evenings, employees spend time together enjoying our lodge amenities (pool, fitness center, spa) as well as events with other canyon employees offsite. For those living off-site, a personal and shared ski locker is provided so the same convenience is available. Come join us for the best winter of your life!

Ideal Candidate

We hope to attract skiers and outdoor enthusiasts!

Our ideal candidate is hardworking, self-motivated, customer service orientated, and has a passion for the outdoors and skiing. 

Alta is a small town and skiing is what is going on. Living on-site affords employees the ability to ski before, after, and between shifts. It's the perfect work/play balance. What we lack in nightlife, shopping, etc. is well made up for in our snowfall and close-knit employee community! Most employees live on-site so the ability to get along with and respect others is imperative.

Room and Board

Room and board is available for live-in positions at a cost of $250/month (payroll deduction). Employees enjoy three meals per day and have 24-hour access to food in our employee dining area. Full-time employees not living in the lodge receive full-time food privileges along with a personal locker.

On-site housing is dormitory-style with 3- 4 people sharing a room with a bath down the hall. Certain supervisory positions have double or single-room options.

Off-site housing is available in a limited capacity for certain positions at a cost of $200/month (payroll deduction). A snow worthy vehicle is required, as public transportation to Alta ends at 6 p.m. 

Incentives are given to those who choose to find their own housing.

Employee Perks

Living and working at the Rustler comes with a lot of great perks:

  • Ski Pass - Employee Perks include an Alta or Snowbird season pass. Please note that Alta does not allow snowboarding. A deposit is required for the pass and monthly deductions apply. All are fully refunded upon completion of the contract with Alta's Rustler Lodge. As a live-in employee, you are ON the hill with ski in /ski out access to some of the greatest skiing in the world. Ski before, after, or between shifts! 
  • Access to Alta and Snowbird resorts right outside your door. Living in the mountains is great.
  • Pool, Jacuzzi, Fitness Room, Sauna, Spa – Living in and working in our hotel is great because it comes with access to all of our amenities.
  • 3 meals a day and 24/7 access to food.  
  • Discounts on gear, ski tunes, and resort food with your employee ski pass.
  • Bus pass
  • Employee activities – about once a month lodge staff enjoy employee activities such as night skiing at Brighton or trivia night. 
  • Being part of a great team!

Getting Here and Getting Around

Alta is located in Little Cottonwood Canyon, just 45 minutes from downtown Salt Lake City and Salt Lake International airport. This makes transportation from Salt Lake City International airport, bus station, and train station easy when the weather is clear. During ski season the UTA Bus runs regularly up and down the canyon and a bus pass is included with your ski pass.

Little Cottonwood Canyon is steep and narrow, with walls extending up to ~5,000 ft above the canyon bottom, and is accessed by a 7-mile-long, dead-end road. The town of Alta is located at ~8,500 ft elevation and receives an average of ~500 inches of snow a year. The heavy snowfall combined with the steep, narrow, winding canyon road isolates the town and makes travel difficult at times during the winter. Because of these winter conditions, combined with limited parking in the town of Alta, we discourage employees from bringing cars. All vehicles in the canyon during the winter months (November – May) are required to be equipped with chains or have 4x4 and snow tires.

For Fun


Alta's Rustler Lodge is ski-in/ski-out. You are able to maximize your ski time before, after, and in between shifts!!! The Wasatch Mountains are spectacular and, in addition to resort skiing, offer world class backcountry skiing, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, hiking, biking, and rock climbing.

In addition to skiing, there is a vibrant mountain community within Little Cottonwood Canyon. Alta Community Enrichment (ACE) is a local non-profit organization that hosts a variety of events for us in the winter. These vary from music, movies, arts & crafts, speakers, and healthy well-being. Your ski pass works on the UTA bus which can get you to Snowbird which is one mile down the road and into Salt Lake City for free.

Lifelong friendships are made in our ski season. Come and have the best winter of your life at Alta's Rustler Lodge! 

How to Apply

Please apply on our website. We are currently accepting applications and filling positions for the 2024 - 2025 season with employment dates of roughly November 30, 2024 through April 21, 2025. Please review the employment page of our website for additional information and details.

We are not sponsoring H2B visas at this time. 

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