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Ski Patrol Apprentice – Full Time Position

Position Title: 

Ski Patrol Apprentice – Full Time Position

Reports To: 

Ski Patrol Director


Ski Patrol

General Purpose:

Provide and promote a safe environment for Purgatory guests and employees, educate skiers/snowboarders of the Skiers’ Responsibility Code, and monitor guests to ensure general mountain safety. Ski patrol is a highly visible role at Purgatory Resort and requires a great deal of guest interaction.

Essential Duties/Responsibilities:

Provide professional, friendly and courteous service to guest and employees, including responding to medical emergencies on the mountain, transporting injured guests off the mountain, and ensuring general mountain safety.

Develop and maintain working knowledge of Patrol procedures.

Maintain trail safety markings, pads and hazards.

Know, understand, and adhere to the 1979 Colorado Skier Safety Act, Senate Bill 80 and Purgatory Resort mountain rules and regulations, including the Skiers’ and Riders’ Responsibility Code.

Complete all required documentation in a timely and professional manner including logs, accident reports and checklists.

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

Check safety equipment daily for proper function.

Perform sweeps at the end of the day to ensure that all guests and employees are safely off the mountain.

Completing all duties and tasks with the utmost regard for personal and guest safety.

Continuing education and on-the-job training provided and expected.

Other Responsibilities:

Special duties may include chairlift evacuation, out-of-boundary and/or night search and rescue activities, avalanche control and implementing snow safety protocols.

Other duties as assigned.

Entry-Level Job Qualifications:

  • Education or Formal Training: Current CPR and Colorado EMT certification required. National Registry EMT certification preferred.
  • Knowledge, Skills & Abilities: Alpine rescue skills. Expert skiing/snowboarding ability, able to ski/snowboard all terrain in all conditions. Excellent interpersonal skills. Must be able to stand outside for extended periods of time in variable winter conditions and at high altitude.
  • Experience: Prior experience in EMT position preferred, especially in the outdoor environment.

Material and Equipment Directly Used:

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

 Working Environment/Physical Activities:

60% of the work day is spent outdoors in constantly changing weather conditions at high altitude, including but not limited to extreme cold, wet, snow and wind. 40% of the workday is spent indoors. 40% of the work day is spent skiing/snowboarding, 15% is spent walking, 15% 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 alpine environment.

Occasionally lifting and carrying people and objects weighing in excess of 150 pounds, and occasionally pushing or pulling toboggans with injured skiers/snowboarders weighing up to 300 pounds. Frequent use of skis/snowboard, poles, and toboggans. Constant use of near and far acuity and depth perception. Frequently climbing, balancing, reaching, handling, engaged 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 bio hazards associated with patient care, mechanical hazards, high exposed worksite, burns, explosives, toxic and caustic chemicals, fumes, odors, mists, gases and poor ventilation.



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