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Mountain Safety Volunteer

Position Title: 

Mountain Safety Volunteer

Reports To: 

Mountain Safety Supervisor



General Purpose:


Assist in the creation and promotion of the safest environment for Purgatory guests and employees, educate skiers/snowboarders of the Skiers’ Responsibility Code, and serve as an ambassador for guest services. Uphold, demonstrate and maintain the highest level of guest safety and satisfaction on the mountain.


Essential Duties/Responsibilities: 

  • Provide professional, friendly and courteous services to guests and visitors of Purgatory Resort. Personally assist guests with all requests and inquiries.
  • Maintain the highest level of guest safety while skiing/boarding and standing on mountain trails, on varied terrain in high altitude with varying winter conditions.
  • Demonstrate, know and actively educate guests on aspects of the 1979 Colorado Skier Safety Act, Senate Bill 80 and Purgatory Mountain rules and regulations.
  • Assist the Patrol in mountain sweep procedures.
  • Pro-actively maintain trail safety markings, pads and mitigate hazards. Report any existing or potential safety hazards to Supervisor immediately and remedy when possible.
  • Assist guests to their feet and/or descend the mountain.
  • Notify dispatcher of injuries and/or violations using established procedures.
  • Must work specific dates as defined by Mountain Safety Supervisor.
  • Commit to completing a minimum of 10 shifts over the course of the season.


Other Responsibilities:


Other duties as assigned.


Job Qualifications:


Education or Formal Training:  Current CPR and First Responder certification preferred.


Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Intermediate skiing/snowboarding ability, able to ski/snowboard all terrain in all conditions.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Ability to remain levelheaded and tactful in difficult situations.
  • Must be able to work at high altitudes in inclement weather
  • Must be available to work holidays and weekends
  • Knowledge of local area and Purgatory Resort.
  • Must be able to stand outside for extended periods of time in variable winter conditions and at high altitude.



  • Thorough knowledge of Purgatory Resort operations
  • Prior guest services experience.




Skis/Snowboards, lifts, radio, hand tools, office equipment.



  • 80% of the work day is spent outdoors at high altitudes and in constantly changing weather conditions, including but not limited to extreme cold, wet, snow and wind.
  • 20% of the work day 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 in excess of 150 pounds.
  • Frequent use of skis/snowboard, poles, and safety equipment.
  • 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.
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