Phil Jones began skiing in 1945 when he was six years old at Magic Mountain ski area in Twin Falls, Idaho. The ski area was owned and operated by his father Claude Jones. He left Twin Falls to attend Denver University and race for their ski team.
In 1960, he attended the University of Utah for a short time. He taught skiing for the Brighton ski school in 1961. He then taught skiing at the Sugar Bowl area in California from 1962 to 1964. Afterward, Phil was hired as a full-time ski teacher at the newly opened Treasure Mountain ski area in Park City, Utah. Phil went on to become a co-director, Assistant Director and Director of the Park City Ski School.
Phil was named a member of the Professional Ski Instructors of America Demonstration Team in 1965 and 1968 and was named the Mattias Garcia Ski Instructor of the year in 1971. From 1968 to 1970 he served on the PSIA-I Board of Directors and was Vice President, Chief Examiner and Certification Chairman. In 1970, Phil was appointed Vice President of Resort Operations at Park City Mountain Resort. In 1981 he was appointed President and General Manager, holding that position for 16 years before leaving in 1997. Afterwards, he joined Snow Valley (California) and served as President and GM until 2006.
Phil is a past member of the Utah Tramway Board, past President of the Utah Ski Association, and former Vice Chairman of the National Ski Area Association. He was designated a LIFETIME MEMBER of PSIA-I in 1968, was a co-founder of the Veterans Ski Instructors Alliance and was a charter member of the University of Utah Marriott Library Ski Archives Advisory Board. In 2002, he was honored by the Veterans Ski Instructors Alliance at the annual Veteran Instructors Reunion held at Deer Valley.