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A Day In The Life of A Lifty At The Lake Louise Ski Resort

November 17, 2018
A Day In The Life Of A Lifty At The Lake Louise Ski Resort - White Petal Travels

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to work as a lift operator? They wake up while it’s still dark out, shovel large amounts of snow, tolerate the harshest of weather and they do all this for pennies, should be a bad job right? Wrong! It’s anything but.

While everyone else is inside, dealing with angry customers, picking up dirty dishes and cleaning toilets, lifties are out there living and breathing the mountain. They’re the ones starting the magic each morning, watching the sunrise over the mountains, basking in the sun on bluebird days and shredding the gnar. This is what keeps lifties coming back season after season.

So what does a typical day as a lifty look like?

A Day In The Life Of A Lifty Lake Louise Ski Resort - White Petal Travels

6:30am – Wake up time!

It’s time to wake up and get ready for the day. Check the forecast and dress appropriately or else you are in for a very long miserable day.

7:30am – Morning Meeting

Head to the locker rooms and grab all your gear ready for the morning meeting where you’ll get the rundown for the day, stats, conditions, and any other information you might need.

7:50am – Go to your Lift

Now depending on your lift you may have a quick walk or you may have to upload and ride to your lift, if the latter, take full advantage of those first tracks!

8:00am – Get Your Lift Ready For The Day

The lift maintenance guys will already have your lift up and running for you. Your job is to get the lift ready for the public. This includes setting up maze gates, putting out signs and benches, shovelling away any snow that’s fallen overnight, re-building the ramp, flipping seats and brushing off any snow.

9:00am – Open To The Public

Once you have clearance from Dispatch to open, the rest of the day is spent loading and unloading guests, chatting with customers, maintaining your ramp, and most importantly having fun!

A Day In The Life Of A Lifty Lake Louise Ski Resort - White Petal Travels
Photo by Mike Thom


The best thing about being a lifty is our ride breaks. At the Lake Louise Ski Resort, we rotate top and bottom shifts between three people. You will have three different positions you work over your week.

  • Base Opening operators will have one hour break and finish early, which is about 3 pm.
  • Top Opening operators will have two one hour breaks and will close the base.
  • Late Operator will start at 10 am and close the top.
A Day In The Life Of A Lifty Lake Louise Ski Resort - White Petal Travels
Photo by Trax Wehr

3:30pm – Start To Pack Down

Depending how many guests are still on the hill, slowing start packing away everything that was put out in the morning, chip, shovel and rake your ramp, flip chairs, put up the closed sign and call the last chair.

4:05pm – Close Down Your Lift

Once the last chair is off, park the lift for the night and do all close down procedures. If you’re the top operator your lucky enough to ride down with no public on the hill besides the odd straggler. Meet up with other liftiesΒ and race to the bottom to meet your bottom operator before heading to the locker rooms.

4:40pm – Heading Home

By this time you will be clocking out and heading home for the night ready to start it all again tomorrow!

Interested in getting a job at the Lake Louise Ski Resort? Have a look at their available jobs by clicking here!

A Day In The Life Of A Lifty Lake Louise Ski Resort - White Petal Travels

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