Ski Patrol Trainee (Winter Season)

Winter Park (Colorado, USA) - May 8, 2019
Ski Winter


Opened in January of 1940, Winter Park Resort is the oldest continuously operating resort in the U.S., and located just 67 miles NW of Denver, is the closest major ski resort to the City. Winter Park’s traditions are deeply rooted in railroad, logging, and the early exploration of Grand County and the local Fraser Valley. Our mission is to “create the best memories, again and again,” for our guests, our employees, our community, and our strategic partners.

Headquartered in Denver, Colorado, Alterra Mountain Company is a community of 12 iconic year-round destinations, including the world’s largest heli-ski operation. The company owns and operates a range of recreation, hospitality, real-estate development, food and beverage and retail businesses. Headquartered in Denver, Colorado with destinations across the continent, we are rooted in the spirit of the mountains and united by a passion for outdoor adventure. Alterra Mountain Company’s family of diverse playgrounds spans five U.S. states and three Canadian provinces: Steamboat and Winter Park Resort in Colorado; Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, Mammoth Mountain, June Mountain and Big Bear Mountain Resort in California; Stratton in Vermont; Snowshoe in West Virginia; Tremblant in Quebec, Blue Mountain in Ontario; Deer Valley in Utah; and CMH Heli-Skiing & Summer Adventures in British Columbia. We honor each destination’s unique character and authenticity and celebrate the legendary adventures and enduring memories they bring to everyone.


The Trainee Patroller will learn the mountain and equipment functions; help in providing assistance in the effective care and evacuation of injured, sick, and lost guests; learn to patrol the mountain for our guests’ safety and skiing enjoyment; and maintain good public relations. The Trainee Patroller will require careful supervision and instruction on all assignments. He/She will follow, consistently, WPRA policies and procedures.


* Learn to assist in the evaluation, care, and transportation of accident and illness cases
* When at Patrol Headquarters be prepared to respond quickly to any incident on the mountain.
* Learn to perform morning trail checks (unmarked obstacles, downed flagging, check emergency phones).
* Carry out instructions from dispatcher and senior and master patrollers.
* Training as indicated by the Ski Patrol Foremen.
* Assist in general mountain safety work (tower pads, bamboo, rope, race closure, traffic control, etc.).
* Learn to fill out incident reports.
* Learn how to conduct an accident investigation.
* Learn all the facets of Ski Patrol education programs.
* Maintain personal ski equipment in good condition
* While skiing, will be under control and observe mountain safety rules as an example to the public.
* Close lifts, as necessary, being polite, but firm and tactful with the public.
* Perform trail sweep to close the mountain and clear all trails of the public, providing assistance as necessary
* Participate in skier education programs


* Assist in dispatching and all related activities.
* Assist base patrol coordinator and learn all related activities (once or twice per season).
* Assist in search and rescue, and lift evacuation, as needed.
* Learn to assist in avalanche control and rescue, as needed.
* Completion of Trainee/New Patroller training checklist.
* Report unsafe conditions regarding equipment and area of work, or elsewhere on the area.
* Maintain a friendly, congenial, and helpful attitude while effectively dealing with the guests and other employees.
* Maintain Winter Park cleanliness standards.
* Perform other duties as directed by Foremen or Director
* This job description is an overview of the scope of responsibilities and is not intended to be an inclusive list of job tasks and expectations. With the evolution of this resort and position, the responsibilities of this position may change.



High school diploma or GED
* Outdoor Emergency Care (120 hours)
* CPR for the Professional Rescuer


* Successful completion of Winter Park Ski Patrol Assessment Clinic.


* Must be at least 18 years of age.
* Must be an expert skier (3 to 5 years).
* Alpine or Telemark equipment
* Avalanche rescue beacons and probes
* Use of PPE (personal protection equipment)


This position is five days per week and may be required to work evenings, weekends and holidays.

Mountain Environment:
* The primary physical environment in which this position works is out of doors with a high exposure level to cold, snow, wind, rain, bugs, sun, high altitude, extreme heights, lightning, etc...
* The degree of strenuous activity within the job is considered to be high. Often lifting a weight of 60 pounds throughout the day is common.
* Additional strenuous physical activity may include skiing, walking or hiking upon uneven, challenging terrain with heavy tools or equipment.
* Exposure to: Chemicals required for cleaning, de-greasing, and painting. Ultra Violet radiation from the sun enhanced through lack of atmospheric filtration at work altitude. Fumes produced in activities ranging from cleaning to painting. Noise generated by snowmobiles, lift equipment, and tools may require hearing and eye protection to be worn.
* Talking and hearing occur continuously in the process of communicating with guests, supervisors and other employees.
* Vision occurs continuously with the most common visual functions being those of near vision and depth perception.
* Helmets worn at all times when skiing or driving snowmobiles
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily- reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


This position description is an overview of the scope of responsibilities for the role described above. With the evolution of Winter Park Resort, the responsibilities of this position may change as may the dates associated with many of the tasks. During these times of change, this position requires the flexibility and willingness to accept new responsibilities and potentially transfer others. It will also be the responsibility of any employee of Winter Park Resort to be a positive influence on the transformation of the resort and its associated lines of business.


Winter Park Resort is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is dedicated to the principles of equal
employment opportunity in any term, condition, or privilege of employment.
We do not discriminate against applicants or employees on the basis of age, race, sex, color, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, or any other status protected by state or local law.
Winter Park Resort will make reasonable accommodation for qualified individuals with known disabilities unless doing so would result in an undue hardship to Winter Park Resort. This policy governs all aspects of employment, including selection, job assignment, compensation, discipline, termination, and access to benefits and training.
This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed in this position. I understand that this document does not create an employment contract, implied or otherwise, other than an “at will” relationship.

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