Lift Mechanic

March 22, 2024

Job Description

Taos Ski Valley, Inc.

The Lift Mechanic will maintain, repair, and assist in the operation of the chairlifts by completing preventative maintenance, troubleshooting malfunctions, and preparing lifts for daily operation in compliance with all ANSI B77.1 standards.

This job description is intended to be a broad description of duties. You will be expected to carry-out all responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws. Specific information on duties and policies can be found with your supervisor or in the Employee Reference Guide. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.

Essential Job Responsibilities:
  • Positive can-do attitude. Ensure enthusiastic and professional work environment.
  • Produce high employee morale, motivation and guest satisfaction in an atmosphere of continuous improvement.
  • Foster and promote a positive working culture within lift maintenance and TSV wide.
  • Always seek out new opportunities for improvement, efficiency, and innovation.
  • Ensure proper operation of chairlifts and personnel by completing preventative maintenance of APU’s, electric motors and line gear following manufacturers’ maintenance manuals.
  • Remove defective parts by dismantling devices, using come alongs, cranes, heavy equipment, rigging, hand and power tools; examining and diagnosing cause of failure and correcting the condition.
  • Perform all summer maintenance work including line work, grip work, and general maintenance.
  • Maintain equipment, parts and supplies inventory and conserve resources by checking stock to determine inventory level; anticipate equipment, parts and supplies and using equipment and supplies as needed to accomplish job results.
  • Prepares operational and maintenance reports by collecting, analyzing and summarizing information.
  • Executing scheduled annual, monthly, weekly and daily maintenance on chairlift and mechanical equipment.
  • Responding to and determining cause of lift problems with public on board.
  • Perform all tasks associated with inspecting, repairing, and maintaining lift equipment including:
  • Tower machinery and sheaves.
  • Drive equipment, such as gear boxes, drive belts, electric motors, diesel engines, bearings.
  • Hydraulic and mechanical tension and braking systems.
  • Carriers, grips, clips, and detachable grips.
  • Bullwheels, terminals, towers, haul ropes, control systems, batteries
  • Observe mechanical devices in operation and listen to their sounds to locate causes of trouble. Dismantle devices to gain access to and remove defective parts. Examine form and texture of parts to detect imperfections. Inspect used parts to determine changes in dimensional requirements. Adjust functional parts of devices and control instruments. Repair or replace defective parts. Install special functional and structural parts in devices. Lubricate and clean parts. Start devices to test their performance.
  • Carries out all company procedures for mechanical failures, lift evacuation, adverse weather conditions or any other occurrence which may adversely affect the safety of the passengers on lift equipment.
  • Prepare chairlifts daily for operational use.
  • Complete required departmental maintenance log sheets and record keeping.
  • Keeps current on all ropeway safety requirements as outlined in the latest edition of the ANSI B77 manual.
  • Maintains tools, vehicles and equipment in a clean and good working condition.


Personal Skills:
  • Enthusiastically approaches all aspects of the job outlined in this job description and other tasks asked to endeavor.
  • Establishes and maintains productive work relationships with co-workers, other TSV staff, Supervisors and Management.
  • Strong personal character and commitment to Taos Ski Valley, Inc.’s Commitment and Passions.
  • Understanding of resources – knows how to contact the designated individuals for answers to questions regarding emergencies, maintenance or service.
  • Provides a guest experience that exceeds the guest’s expectations.
  • Ability to gracefully and humbly accept criticism and opportunities for growth.
  • Ability to stay positive, focused, and constructive when faced with set-backs, challenges and while working in an ever-changing environment.
  • Capable of working independently when needed as well as being an integral part of the Lift Maintenance team.


Qualifications & Knowledge:
  • 1 year of prior experience with lift maintenance and/or lift operations preferred.
  • Education requirement of High School Diploma, preferred
  • Must possess valid driver’s license
  • Must be able to climb chairlift towers wearing a fall protection harness, while carrying tools, to troubleshoot / repair equipment at heights up to 65 feet while chairlift is running.
  • Must be able to operate a snowmobile, with public on mountain safely and respond to stopped lift issues quickly and efficiently in all types of snow conditions including deep powder.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule including weekends, holidays and evenings.
  • Knowledge of lift safety codes and standards – ANSI B-77 Standard, preferred
  • Familiar with lift operation and controls, preferred
  • Possession of personal tools and understanding of tool use safety, preferred


Work Environment:

Must be able to work in a fast-paced environment. TSVI is located in a high altitude alpine environment. Position may require travel on uneven, snow packed, or icy terrain and may be exposed to wet, cold and/or humid conditions.

Physical Demands of Position Include:

20% of the workday is spent indoors: 80% of the work day is spent outdoors in constantly changing weather conditions, including snow, extreme cold and wet in winter and heat, thunder and lightning storms in summer. 60% of the day is spent walking, 35% of the day is spent standing and 5% is spent sitting. Frequently lifting and carrying objects weighing up to 100 pounds and pushing and pulling objects weighing up to 250 pounds (buddy lifts are required to maintain personal safety). Constantly using and monitoring controls that operate lifts and using heavy tools. Constantly climbing heights up to 65 feet, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, and reaching.

Constantly listening to machinery sounds and smelling for gases and odors, near and far acuity, depth perception, color and field of vision. 60% of the time noise levels reach 75 – 110 decibels. Constant exposure to mechanical and electrical hazards, high exposed work site, burns and radiant energy. Frequent exposure to fumes, odors and gases.

Background Check/MVR:

Positions dealing with children, of safety-sensitive and/or confidential nature, require driving or positions that handle cash may require a background check and MVR check. Employment is contingent upon a favorable background check and MVR check.
  • Is a Background Check required for this position: YES
  • Is an MVR required for this position: YES