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Ski Patrol Specialist - Winter Seasonal

Date:  Sep 10, 2021

Truckee, CA, US

Company:  Northstar California Resort
Shift Type:  Winter Seasonal 2021/2022

With diverse tree-lined mountain trails, a world-class terrain park and a vibrant village, Northstar is the perfect setting for families and snow sports enthusiasts alike. Nestled in the Sierra Nevada just 15 minutes from Lake Tahoe, 30 minutes from Reno and a few hours from Napa and San Francisco, it’s easy to explore everything Northern California has to offer. Join the Northstar team and learn why Truckee, CA has been voted one of the “Top 25 Ski Towns in the World.” www.vailresortscareers.com

As of Nov. 15, 2021, Vail Resorts will be requiring all employees across North America to be vaccinated for COVID-19.

Ski Patrol Specialist is responsible for overseeing special duties as assigned, acts as the senior patroller in absence of management during medical/guest situations that occur.  This position insures that guest service functions are addressed prior to patrol supervisory staff arriving.


 Additional responsibilities include (but are not limited to):

  • First to handle difficult employee situations as this position is part of the ski patrol chain of command
  • Supervising and promoting guest safety
  • Assisting injured guests on the mountain and administering first aid
  • Transporting injured guests off the mountain using a toboggan or supporting air lift operations
  • Organizing sweeps at the end of the day to ensure that all guests are safely off the mountain
  • Transporting and setting up mountain safety equipment
  • Transporting supplies and heavy equipment to areas of need, on skis or snowboard
  • Avalanche control including safely transporting and placing explosives on the mountain and stabilizing snow pack and cornice edges on skis
  • Driving snowmobiles to various areas of the mountain, as needed
  • Enforcement of the Skier Responsibility Code and Resort Policies
  • Proficient with chairlift and Gondola evacuation
  • Three (3) years of Northstar patrol experience preferred



  • High school diploma or GED required
  • Must possess a current California Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certification OR National Ski Patrol Outdoor Emergency Care (OEC) required.  National registry EMT accepted.
  • Must be an advanced/expert level skier/snowboarder, capable of skiing all types of terrain under all weather conditions and pass a PSIA level 8 ski test.
  • Resort Certified in Bloodbourne Pathogens training program, Hepatitis B Vaccination.  Resort Certification for any used equipment.
  • Must have excellent guest service skills
  • Must uphold Vailresorts policies and values at all times.
  • Must be able to lead small teams
  • Must successfully pass back ground check
  • Must be available to work holidays and weekends
  • Must have the ability to lead a team during emergency situations
  • Must have specific areas of expertise that may include knowledge of Northstar boundaries, infrastructure, training, accident investigation and knowledge of Health and Safety objectives.


Reach Your Peak at Vail Resorts.  As a community of adventurers and discoverers, Vail Resorts delivers an experience of a lifetime to our guests and our employees. Our team is made whole by the brave, passionate individuals who ambitiously push boundaries and challenge the status quo. Whether you’re looking for seasonal work or the career of a lifetime, join us today to reach your peak. 

Vail Resorts is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status or any other status protected by applicable law.

Requisition ID 343478

Nearest Major Market: Sacramento
Nearest Secondary Market: Elk Grove