Mountain Safety

Position Title:    Mountain Safety Volunteer
Reports To:        Volunteer Coordinator
Department:      450 - Patrol

General Purpose:

Maintain trails, participate in skier/snowboard education and monitor skiing/snowboarding to ensure mountain safety.

Essential Duties/Responsibilities:  

Provide professional, friendly and courteous service, while administering and monitoring of mountain safety.

Develop and maintain working knowledge of Patrol procedures.

Assist the professional patrol in mountain clearing procedures.

Assist the professional patrol in skier education and speed control efforts.

Maintain trail safety markings, pads and mitigate hazards.

Know and actively enforce the 1979 Colorado Skier Safety Act, Senate Bill 80 and Purgatory Mountain rules and regulations.

Notify dispatcher of injuries and/or violations using established procedures.

Follow safety procedures at all times.  Report any existing or potential safety hazard to supervisor immediately or remedy when possible.

Work required number of days for volunteer program (10).

Must work specific dates as defined by Patrol supervisor.

Other Responsibilities:

Other duties as assigned.

Job Qualifications:

    Knowledge, Skills & Abilities: Intermediate skiing/snowboarding ability, able to ski/snowboard intermediate terrain in all conditions.  Working knowledge of mountain, its facilities and locations.  Excellent interpersonal skills.

    Alertness, precision, reasoning, ingenuity, problem-solving, analytic ability, persuasiveness, memory, creativity, concentration, judgement, imagination, initiative, patience, visual, tactile and auditory discrimination, strong verbal and written communications skills are necessary abilities.

Skis/Snowboards, lifts, toboggan, snowmobile, radio, hand tools, medical care equipment and simple office equipment.


80% of the work day is spent outdoors in constantly changing weather conditions, including but not limited to extreme cold, wet, snow and wind.  20% of the workday is spent indoors.  30% of the work day is spent skiing/snowboarding, 15% is spent walking, 25% is spent standing and 30% is spent sitting.  Majority of walking and standing is done while wearing ski or snowboard boots.  Majority of sitting is on exposed chair lifts in a winter environment.

Occasionally lifting and carrying people and objects weighing up to 150 pounds, and occasionally pushing or pulling toboggans with injured skiers/snowboarders weighing up to 300 pounds.  Frequent use of skis/snowboard, poles toboggans and controls.  Constant use of near and far acuity and depth perception.  Frequently climbing, balancing, reaching, engaging in normal conversation, and use of color and field of vision.  Occasionally stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, fingering, feeling.

Frequent exposure to radiant energy.  Occasional exposure to mechanical hazards, high exposed worksite, burns, explosives, toxic and caustic chemicals, fumes, odors, mists, gases and poor ventilation.