Blacktail Mountain Ski Area

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Blacktail Mountain Celebrates 25th Anniversary!
Blacktail Mountain features all north facing slopes!

Want to work with some of the coolest people on the planet? If so, we want you!

Located in the quaint town of Lakeside in Northwest Montana, Blacktail Mountain Ski Area opened in December of 1998. Our mission at Blacktail Mountain Ski Area is to build lifetime memories and access to mountain experiences the authentic Montana way. Join a diverse team with some of the best snow conditions in the state of Montana!

On the shore of Flathead Lake in Lakeside, Montana. Flathead Lake is the largest freshwater, natural lake west of the Mississippi River! The small resort village of Lakeside has a small grocery store, several churches, pharmacy, banks, bars, restaurants & a brewery. It's located an easy drive to Glacier National Park and hot springs for fun on your days off!

About Blacktail Mountain Ski Area

Blacktail Mountain Ski Area is proud to be the newest ski area in the nation operating on 100% United States Forest Service land! We have a seasonal, winter crew of about 120 employees and we work hard and play hard in the Montana playground we get to call home! 

We only offer day skiing and snowboarding Wednesday through Sundays with some extra Holidays added in! We don't offer any lodging and we are housed in one gorgeous 3-story lodge that houses a retail shop, espresso bar, locker room, ticket office, rental shop, cafeteria, and bar & grill. 

Our 3 lifts + 1 handle tow are located on all north-facing slopes with the following family-friendly stats!

Average annual snowfall: 250″

100% natural snow

General Stats:

Over 1000 acres of National Forest
1440′ of vertical elevation
Top elevation: 6780′
Longest Run: 1.75 miles


The Employee Experience

Our Core Purpose at Blacktail Mountain Ski Area is to build lifetime memories and access to mountain experiences the authentic Montana way.

PASSION: We are passionate about the outdoors and sharing that passion with each other and our guests.  Our passion drives us each day to work hard and play hard, it is infectious.  

DURABILITY: Just like your favorite pair of Carhartts, we are durable.  Montana Grit is something we take pride in and is apparent in the way that we just keep showing up each day to bring it.

RESOURCEFULNESS: As the newest ski area on public lands, Blacktail was built with will and determination.  We have not always had the resources traditionally required to build and operate a ski area.  We have always found a way to do it and do it well.  This place breeds resourcefulness and that begins with our amazing crew.

AUTHENTICITY: We are authentic in every way.  It is not just about being true to the company line and honest about our snow conditions on the daily report.  It is also about being true to ourselves and honoring our respective strengths and weaknesses.  

FAMILY: We are a family here.  We care for and protect one another, hold each other up and call each other out.  Blacktail is the Mountain family we choose to spend our seasons with.

Ideal Candidate

We love our guests and our guests love us! That is directly related to how management treats you as an employee. Your happiness, growth, success, and longevity with the Company are a part of our culture. Happy employees equal happy guests! All ski areas sell the idea of outdoor fun but we do it with a genuine smile on our faces, no ego, and the belief that Blacktail Mountain Ski Area is a welcoming, honest and ethical employer. We expect the same in return from our employees and promise you will be treated fairly and as a genuine part of our overall success. 

Room and Board

We have several options for referring you to local property management companies who are renting houses and apartments in the area for the Winter season. The good thing is that rentals are becoming slightly more accessible in the Flathead Valley. You want to look for the small towns from Big Arm to Somers on the west shore of Flathead Lake as the closest to Lakeside. Kalispell is the largest town with an airport, hospitals, Costco, Target, grocery stores, pharmacies, breweries, banks, and more. 

Lakeside is small but does have basics like banks, one grocery store, two gas stations, a pharmacy, a brewery, restaurants, a post office, a library, coffee shops, a hair salon, yoga, and massage.

We will have an employee shuttle complimentary every day from Lakeside to the ski area. Park and ride with us!

New this year is a limited amount of employee housing in six cabins at the base of Blacktail Road about 11 miles from Blacktail Mountain Ski Area. 

Available for Full-Time who commit to the full ski season with approval by the General Manager. It is first come-first served.

Then you are officially approved by our GM and will be asked to sign a Lease agreement. 

They are individual, furnished cabins that have two bedrooms and one bathroom each. Both bedrooms are queen size beds and you would share with one other single or one couple. If you share with a couple, then your rent is slightly reduced.

The basic takeaways are: 

  1. Your rent will be $850 a month or $425 debited from your check every two weeks, including utilities.
  2. A deposit of $200 cash or check is required as well as your first two weeks' rent prior to moving in. Start date is Dec 1 and end date to April 30, 2023.
  3. Quiet hours are from 10 pm until 8 am daily
  4. There is no smoking on the property inside any cabins or on the exterior of the property. Forbidden at all times. 
  5. Fires will be allowed in the provided fire pit only
  6. Cleaning supplies must be obtained from the property manager onsite
  7. Regular visits to check on housing will be arranged by the property manager
  8. A check-in visit must be arranged with the property manager to review your agreement and confirm the state of your room and amenities.  
  9. A check-out visit must be completed to receive your deposit at the end of the season and your lease.

Employee Perks

  • Season Pass 
  • Family Season pass discount
  • Discounts on lessons, rentals & retail merch. 
  • Employee Food & Beverage discounts including $1.00 PBRs!
  • MSAA free lift tickets to other MT ski areas
  • Discounts 49Degrees North in Washington.
  • Free skiing at Mission Ridge, Wenatchee WA
  • Employee mountain shuttle from Lakeside
  • Breakfast with the Boss-once per week

Getting Here and Getting Around

Lakeside, Montana to Blacktail Mountain Ski Area at 13990 Blacktail Road is a 14-mile drive on mostly gravel and is plowed in the winter. Employees can take advantage of a free employee shuttle bus every working day.

Otherwise, a car or access to a car/driver is highly recommended. There is very limited Taxi, Uber, or Lyft in the Flathead Valley as it's pretty rural. There is no other public transportation in the area. 

FCA is the airport code to the closest international airport in Kalispell called Glacier International Airport.

For Fun

Flathead Valley offers a bunch of fun things to do in your free time! 

Hot springs, breweries, distilleries, live theatre, movie theatres, art galleries, live music concerts, ice skating, hockey, xc country skiing, snowshoeing, ice fishing, other ski area options, shopping, and pottery class. You name it, it can happen in this area! 

How to Apply

Please apply online with at least 2 references listed and we will assign you to the appropriate department supervisor for scheduling a phone, in-person or online interview. Once the interview is successful and references checked, then you will be offered a position that you can decline or accept. Once accepted by YOU, then we will mark you as hired and begin the onboarding paperwork process! 

Opening Day is still TBD but plan on early December for orientation and training with opening mid-December. Subject to change!

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