Winch Cat Operator

Winch Cat Operator at Whistler Olympic Park plays a key role in developing athletes for future Olympics by providing ideal conditions to learn and train on. The precise requirements of Ski Jumping and weather conditions of the Callaghan Valley provide an ideal challenge for the experienced operator to expand their skills and learn something new every day. The Winch Cat Operator is responsible for the day-to-day grooming and snow management of the Whistler Olympic Park ski jumps, snow and ski play areas, baseboarding slope as well as assisting the trail groomers. The safe and careful operation of a modern fleet of Pisten Bully and Prinoth snow cats, as well as snowmobile grooming equipment is required.  Seasonal Casual role and requires flexibility to work weekends and nights.


  • Reporting to the Supervisor, Maintenance and Sport Operations work with Groomer Operators to ensure optimum day-to-day grooming and maintenance duties as assigned
  • Create high quality jump and ski conditions for guests of all levels
  • Operation of grooming machinery both snow cat and snowmobile in a safe and responsible manner
  • Ensure all snow surface areas have a safe and high quality surface
  • Assist mechanic(s) to troubleshoot mechanical breakdowns when needed
  • Maintain grooming, machinery and records as directed
  • Perform daily machine checks including pre start up inspections, shut down and post operational procedures including documentation regarding machine maintenance per established protocols
  • Adhere to all safety, operating and maintenance procedures
  • Demonstrate ability to follow directions and work in small groups or alone when required
  • Interact with volunteers to ensure their inclusion in department team
  • Carry out Whistler Sport Legacies’ AIM philosophy:  All Interactions Matter
  • Assist the team with other duties as assigned or required

Position Requirements


  • 3+ years of winch cat grooming experience
  • Good understanding of grooming principles
  • Experience operating snowmobiles and snowcats
  • Knowledge of radio protocol
  • Valid BC Driver’s License and abstract required
  • Reliable winter transportation (WOP is not serviced by transit)


  • Ability to perform physical labour on a daily basis
  • Keen and can-do attitude
  • Willingness to assist other team members (perhaps outside the department) as needed and requested
  • Exceptional customer service is essential

Physical Requirements

  • Ability to work outdoors in variable weather winter conditions performing physically demanding tasks
  • Ability to stand for long periods of time
  • Ability to regularly lift 50lbs


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