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Ski Patrol Specialist - Winter Seasonal

Date:  Sep 15, 2021

Vail, CO, US

Company:  Vail Mountain
Shift Type:  Winter Seasonal 2021/2022

Be a part of the resort where it all started. Imagine belonging to a team that delivers the life of luxury to its guests while infusing the mountain lifestyle in every experience. Are you someone that never settles for second best? Take your mountain exploration to the next level and join a passionate group of people who thrive on extraordinary customer service. Come help us deliver unparalleled adventures in a place that is unrivaled and unflinching. Join the team at Vail – a place that’s Like Nothing on Earth. www.vailresortscareers.com



A Ski Patrol Specialist is responsible for the daily ski patrol tasks of their assigned team and mountain zone. Works cooperatively with co-lead(s) to direct and organize team. Coordinate with Patrol Director, Managers and Supervisors to facilitate daily projects. They should contribute to a strong safety culture within Patrol.


Job Requirements include but are not limited to:

  • Extensive knowledge of ski patrol including but not limited to:  medical response, trails, weather, training, avalanche mitigation, snowmobile operations, chairlift evacuation, and slope safety.
  • Extensive knowledge of Operations, including:  snowmaking, risk management, terrain park, lift maintenance, race crew, lift operations, mountain safety, F & B, ski school, events, transportation, guest services and mountain services
  • Demonstrates effective communication skills and strong guest service skills
  • Strong decision making skills
  • Effective working relationships inter/intra departmentally
  • Participates in and supports mountain safety programs
  • Demonstrate advanced to expert skiing ability and be able to safely negotiate any area of the mountain, whether chairlift or hiking access, in all weather and snow conditions. Patrollers must be able to ski at an advanced level to safely handle a toboggan (with provided training) in any terrain and perform avalanche mitigation duties
  • High School Degree or equivalent
  • Outdoor Emergency Care (OEC) Technician Certification
  • Avalanche Route Leader
  • Basic computer knowledge of Microsoft Office
  • English speaking, writing and comprehension
  • Must be at least 21 years of age at beginning of 2019/2020 season
  • Must possess valid U.S. Driver’s License
  • Previous patrol experience – Required
  • Must be available to work holidays and weekends. This is a full-time, 5 day a week position.
  • Other duties, projects and responsibilities as assigned.


Physical Requirements:

  • Must be able to ski at a professional skier level in all snow and weather conditions, daily, for two hours minimum and up to eight hours at a time;
  • Be able to lift (and ski with) a minimum of 50 lbs daily, if the opportunity presents itself.
  • Must have frequent ability to lift, stand, walk, sit, and maneuver in all climate conditions on mountain, in high elevation territories;
  • Must have full dexterity of hands and fingers to feel and maneuver in cold temperatures;
  • Ability to reach with hands/arms;
  • Ability to climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl in all weather conditions at a high elevation;
  • Ability to communicate with our guests verbally -  listening and talking in a calm manner
  • Must have good vision (corrected or not corrected) – with ability to see up-close, in the distance, peripheral, depth perception and have the ability to adjust focus.


The budgeted range starts at 18.50-28.50.  Actual pay will be adjusted based on experience.

The perks and benefits include

  • Free ski passes for employees 
  • 401(k) retirement plan  
  • Accrued Sick Time 
  • Discount lift tickets for friends and family 
  • Free ski lessons 
  • Discounted lodging, food (including $5 meals), gear, and mountain shuttles 
  • Discounted bike haul & golf 
  • Excellent training & professional development 

Seasonal Full Time roles are eligible for the above, plus…

  • Critical Illness and Accident plans
  • Medical, Dental, and Vision insurance (only available once eligible employees work 750 hours)  
  • Free ski passes for dependents

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 345671

Nearest Major Market: Denver