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Position Title: 


Reports To: 

Snowmaking Foreman



General Purpose:

Set up and Operate snowmaking equipment in order to make quality machine-produced snow to provide a safe and quality ski experience for Purgatory Resort guests.

Essential Duties/ Responsibilities:

  • Know the area of the mountain covered by the snowmaking system – location of hydrants, valve boxes, layout of the system, expansion plans and the general terrain.
  • Properly operate and care for all equipment used such as snowmobiles, trucks, guns, hoses, valves, hydrants, and radios.
  • Ensure no damage to trees, lifts, buildings, vehicles, or the environment occurs.
  • Practice appropriate snowmaking procedures to produce the best quality of snow, safely.  Know the various types of man-made snow, when each type is used, gun placement, hose movement, and operation of different guns.
  • Set up, move, monitor and adjust snowmaking guns.
  • Shut guns off and move equipment to new site.
  • Dismantle and put equipment away.
  • Check safety equipment daily for proper function.  Use all safety equipment and procedures at all times.
  • Report to work wearing appropriate cold weather clothing and footwear.
  • Keep the lines of communications open with other mountain team members, such as Grooming, Lift Operations and Mountain Patrol to avoid hazards and maintain safe ski area operations.

 Other Responsibilities:

  • Operate compressor and pump facilities, if required.
  • Complete necessary paperwork such as fuel logs, repair orders, time cards, in a timely manner.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Job Qualifications:

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:  Basic mechanical skills.  Must be able to pass a written and driving snowmobile test.  Alertness, precision, initiative, ingenuity, common sense, decision-making, problem-solving, analytic ability, judgment, patience, concentration, spatial perception, creativity, concentration and auditory, tactile, and visual discrimination are necessary mental abilities.

Education or Formal Training:  Valid Driver’s License

Experience:  Previous skiing knowledge of the area and the snowmaking system helpful.

Material and Equipment Directly Used:

Flashlights, Snowmobile, 1/2 ton pick-up truck, snowmaking guns, snow hoses with couplers, wrenches, hammers, shovels, picks, digging bars, trailers, confined space rescue equipment, and other related industrial tools and supplies.

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