Powder Mountain Resort hiring patrollers (02/08/19)

POSITION: Ski or Snowboard Patroller/Snow Safety Technician
TYPE: Seasonal
LOCATION: Powder Mountain Resort in Eden, Utah
DATE POSTED: January 28, 2019
CLOSING: None Given.
CONTACT: Michelle Mulder, mmulder@powdermountain.com, or Mike Otto, motto@powdermountain.com

Located on the cusp of the northern Wasatch and the Bear River Range in Utah, Powder Mountain boasts having over 8,000 skiable acres. We are looking for people who love to slide on snow, can work in extreme weather conditions, are interested in expanding their avalanche familiarity and are capable in helping guests. With Powder Mountain Patrol you would patrol trails, respond to medical emergencies, maintain resort boundaries, assist with tasks affiliated with resort operations, participate in snow safety in the field of avalanche mitigation and ski/ride powder.

Qualifications/skills: OEC technician training or National Registry EMT, the ability to ski/ride at an advanced level and preferably be familiar with uphill travel as well as traveling in avalanche terrain.

Copper Mountain Winter 2019/2020 Ski Patrol (Full-time seasonal and volunteer)

Job Summary:
To provide for and ensure a reasonably safe skiing environment. To provide medical assistance and evacuation, skier safety, search and rescue support, trail work, lift evacuation, duty station responsibilities, equipment maintenance, and other assigned duties. Each task requires a high level of decision making. Computers (proficiency in Microsoft office), EMT, technical rope experience CPR minimum requirement.

  • Must be an expert skier or rider.
  • Hold current (or be enrolled in) Colorado or National EMT (or higher) and current CPR certification.
  • Patrol or mountaineering experience preferred.
  • Must be 21 years old.
  • Must have valid US driver's license.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Medical assessment, treatment and evacuation. All staff must be at least EMT certified and trained to respond to any likely eventuality in a winter alpine environment. Training in Mountain Emergency Plan, triage, and multi-system trauma.
  • Reporting/documentation: Incident investigation procedure, preservation of the facts, forms and records. All staff will be familiar with (and held accountable for) the complete documentation of a given event that might include standard reporting, photographs, witness statements, diagrams, etc. This is a very labor-intensive, time-consuming activity. Considerable training is required, as well as the necessity to remain sensitive to the needs of family and friends of the injured party.
  • Establish a reasonably safe skiing environment; i.e. trail checks, trail openings/closings, early season preparation, boot packing, maintenance, obstacle marking, signage, sweeps, and special race preparation.
  • Snow safety: All staff will be familiar with the terrain at Copper Mountain Resort. Observation of ever-changing snow stability, snow pit profiles, ski cutting, and boot packing of avalanche starting zones.
  • Search and rescue: All staff must know about the formulation of a preplan (Mountain Emergency Plan), practice drills, and execution. Use of hand held and avalanche charges. Skilled in the use of all avalanche/search and rescue equipment. Locating lost parties on the mountain.
  • Lift evacuation: Responsible for the evacuation of people from the lift in the event of a breakdown.
  • Skier education: Enforcement of Skier Safety Act, i.e., boundary management, safe skiing, speeder control. Visible to the public for skier information. Host program: base area public relations, distribution of surveys, skier information services, and VIP tours.
  • Training/development: All staff will participate in training and demonstrate proficiency in all areas of patrolling. This constant and ongoing process includes medical preparation (medical lectures), avalanche related skills, lift evacuation, snowmobile certification, mountain/company policies, inter-agency relations and contacts, etc. Ski improvement through all terrain with varying snow conditions.
  • Construction, maintenance, preventive maintenance inspections of equipment (duty stations, toboggans, medical, search and rescue, explosives, radios, emergency medical vehicle rescue beacons, and snowmobiles).
  • Duty station assignments: PHQ, Timberline, Six Patrol, Dispatcher, Patrol Room orderly, and snowmobile driver.
  • Weather department: This department is responsible for maintaining ongoing historical records, daily observations for marketing, snow safety, and the development of a Daily Trail and Information sheet to include interaction with slope maintenance, USFS and the Colorado Avalanche Information Center.
  • Computers: Accident records input for the development of reports submitted to the insurance carrier, weather and snow safety factors, forms and records, and word processing. Weather facsimile for the development of weather forecasting.
  • Community Education: Hosting avalanche schools (national avalanche schools, AAI, CRAD dog program). Teaching CPR classes. Patrol and SAR lectures for school and ski groups, Cub Scouts, etc.
  • Integration with other Copper Mountain departments for smoother functioning within the company. Orientation of employees in areas of mountain safety awareness.

Basic Requirements:

  • Must be able to lift and carry toboggans weighing as much as 70 lbs. Other tasks include skiing in difficult conditions, working in cold and often inclement conditions, high elevations, carrying and transporting unwieldy materials such as tower pads, medical equipment, etc. No history of injuries or physical limitations.
  • Must be able to hear and speak clearly in order to hear beacon signals and skiers requesting assistance, and for communication to occur using radios and telephones.
  • Must be at least 21 years of age.
  • Must have a valid US driver's license.
  • Due to the sensitive nature of this position, a criminal background check will be conducted after position is accepted. This background check will be done in accordance with standards enacted under the Fair Credit Reporting Act.
  • This position may require the use of a motor vehicle and the employee is subject to comply with the Driver's Standards of Copper Mountain.

Preferred Experience & Skills:

  • Previous professional patrolling experience, previously employed by Copper Mountain, outdoor leadership skills, or experience within the medical field.
  • Computers, ACLS certification, EMT-P, PA and technical rope experience.
  • American Red Cross Advance First Aid with CPR minimum requirement, Strong alpine skiing or riding background.
  • Mountaineering skills preferred.
  • Industry experience, i.e. ski instructor, lift op, trail crew.

Copper Mountain, LLC is an affirmative action employer and that age 40 and over, color, disability, gender identity, genetic information, military or veteran status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or any other applicable status protected by state or local law, are not taken into account in any employment decision. We offer competitive benefits, employee housing, and a unique work atmosphere. All of our job opportunities are located at Copper Mountain Resort in Summit County, Colorado. 90 miles west of Denver, we are situated in the heart of Colorado's playground. All candidates must fill out an application to be considered for employment.

Can you see yourself here - Apply now! To be considered for this position, please submit an online application at https://recruiting.adp.com/srccar/public/RTI.home?c=1203501&d=Copper#/.

Patrol openings at Red River (08/29/18)

Red River Ski Area in northern New Mexico has positions available for full time paid patrollers!

Patrol Duties

  • Educate guests in safety while promoting the New Mexico Ski Safety Act.
  • Erect and maintain mountain signage, closed areas, ropes, and markings.
  • Correct any obstacles or safety issues ongoing throughout the day.
  • Monitor trails for fast or reckless skiers and warn them of the risks of injury to themselves and others if deemed necessary.
  • Close or maintain sections of the mountain due to weather, slope conditions, or special events.
  • Stop violators from skiing closed areas.
  • Assist or guide anyone who is having trouble.
  • Perform sweeps of all main trails throughout the day and closing.
  • Attend classroom sessions and field exercises of avalanche training and rescue procedures.
  • Perform any avalanche rescue or avalanche reduction.
  • Administer care and transport injured parties to the Ultimed Clinic.
  • Participate in any rescue or searches within our ski area boundary and help to locate or repair lost or stolen equipment.
  • Attend classroom sessions and field exercises of the evacuation procedures for all lifts.
  • Evacuate any lift if necessary.

Incident Reporting

  • All incidents will be reported on the appropriate forms. They must be legible and completed in a timely manner.
  • Any incident involving an RRSA employee while at work must be reported immediately to the department supervisor and forms must be submitted to Ana Haydon for Worker's Compensation.
  • All red-flag incidents must be reported to the ski patrol director immediately.

Mountain Maintenance

It is the RRSP responsibility to assist in all areas of mountain maintenance: ski packing, side slipping, grooming scars, snowmaking issues, and any cleanup. Also, any issues deemed necessary by Red River Ski Area Management.

Equipment Maintenance

It is the responsibility of the RRSP to maintain all equipment in good condition. All patrol equipment will be checked and maintained daily.

Work Environment

  • Regularly work with machinery and moving mechanical parts and tools..
  • Work indoors and outdoors in all types of weather and environmental conditions..
  • Lifting heavy weight, standing, climbing, and skiing will be required on a daily basis under any weather condition.
  • Employees may be required to work holidays and weekend.


  • Demonstrate good guest and employee relation skills: the ability to be pleasant, courteous, and actively friendly with everyone.
  • The job requires a high level of physical conditioning, endurance, and strength.
  • Ability to perform strenuous physical activities for extended periods of time.
  • Ability to read and interpret documents used by the RRSP and RRSA.
  • Ability to reason and deal with emergency situations performing under high stress.
  • Must be able to ski at an intermediate level.
  • Must be able to ski well enough and have the judgment to handle themselves and a sled under all mountain conditions.
  • Valid NSP Outdoor Emergency Care card or its equivalent.
  • CPR training.
  • APP/NSP: The members of the RRSP will involve itself with both professional organizations to further education in all areas of mountain operations and industry standards.

NSP members may contact me at dougmcintosh@redriverskiarea.com or can apply online at Red River Ski Area website.