Hiking/Mountain Guide -- Summer 2023

Ski School
Anchorage, Alaska

Posted On: March 09, 2023
Last Day to Apply: April 30, 2023

Hiking/Mountain Guide

This job is located in Girdwood, Alaska. The Hiking/Mountain Guide leads guest excursions exploring the 1,600 acres of Alyeska’s Mountain Resort, as well as the trail systems throughout Girdwood’s glacier valley.


  • Lead group outdoor activities for guests of all ability and fitness levels. Outdoor activities may involve hiking, climbing, light bouldering, bicycling, and eco touring.
  • Promote a culture of safety among guests and team members
  • Follow the Resort’s posted signs and trail maps.
  • Follow best practices in avoiding and/or encountering wildlife  
  • Attend ongoing training to keep up to date with contemporary concepts and progressions, striving to better our teaching and guiding techniques.
  • Must work well in a team environment.
  • Able to work successfully with a variety of audiences, general public, parents, children and peers.
  • Excellent communication skills, demonstrated good judgment, facilitation and problem-solving skills.
  • Able to work in a fast-paced team environment as well as independently.
  • Organized and creative, with strong supervisory talent and commitment to a thriving team.
  • Previous guiding experience in outdoor education a plus.
  • Able to maintain a flexible schedule, sometimes working long and irregular hours, including all weekends.
  • Arrive at work on time, with equipment ready, uniform clean and tidy, presenting a professional appearance
  • Work as a team with colleagues and other mountain departments so that all may benefit from working in an environment of good will and mutual respect
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the MLC Director or Supervisors, as well as other Mountain Managers.

Why Alyeska?

Alaska is an incredible place and Girdwood is a friendly, lively town where residents value both outdoor adventure and community spirit. Alyeska Resort offers the type of atmosphere where our employees are able to work hard and play hard, and are encouraged to share their enthusiasm with our guests.

Offering year-round and seasonal opportunities, working at Alyeska Resort is both rewarding and exhilarating. Whether you are a seasoned hospitality or ski resort professional, or just starting out with an avid interest in ski area management or travel tourism, we invite you to review current career opportunities and check back often as we are always seeking great talent.

Alyeska Resort offers many exciting career opportunities, beautiful surroundings and exciting employee benefits including:

  • Vision, Dental, and Medical Insurance for regular full-time employees
    • Paid holiday and paid time off (Vacation and Personal)
    • Free Season Pass for employees and qualified dependents
    • Roth 401(k) and 401(k) Retirement Savings Plan
    • Discounts for rooms at The Hotel Alyeska and affiliate hotels
    • Discounts in Resort restaurants, shops, Nordic Spa


Skills/Requirements: The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. A successful candidate must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Excellent customer service, interpersonal and verbal communication skills
  • Successful completion of Alyeska Resort Rock and Rappel Training
  • Prior Climbing instructing and guiding or other teaching experience preferred
  • Able to hike for extended periods of time, requiring lifting, bending and twisting
  • Ability to work in all weather conditions

Physical demands and work environment:  The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Physical demands:  guides must be physically able to safely navigate all in-bounds areas in all weather and trail conditions.  You will be required to hike and talk for extended periods of time.  Lifting heavy objects (no more than 50 pounds), bending, twisting and shoveling may be required.  You will be required to stand, hike, and climb/rappel safely on uneven terrain.  Employee may be required to pass a functional capacity test developed for this job.
  • Work Environment:  the noise in this work environment is usually moderate.  Physical terrain in the work environment can be uneven with poor traction; there is mud, rock, and gravel outside and wet floors indoors.  Outside temperatures can be cold and wet.

Alyeska Resort is an Equal Opportunity Employer and a Drug-Free Workplace. All resort employees must possess current documentation showing they are eligible for employment in the United States. Alyeska Resort accepts applications for currently available positions only, and does not accept applications for “general employment.” Preference may be given to local candidates, as relocation may not be available.

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