Ski Patrol Tryout for the 2023-2024 Season

Date:  Sep 26, 2023

Whistler, BC, Canada

Company:  Whistler Blackcomb
Shift Type:  Winter Seasonal 2023/2024


Create Your Experience of a Lifetime!


Come work and play in the mountains!  Whether it’s your first-time seeing snow or you were born on the slopes, joining our team means discovering (or re-discovering!) a passion for the outdoors while building lifelong connections with teammates and guests from around the world.


With 40+ resorts across 3 continents, you can join our team for a season or stay to build a career. From day one, you'll receive some of the highest compensation rates in the industry, free Epic pass(es) along with free ski and snowboard lessons, 40% retail discounts, the chance to grow through Epic Service - our leading training and development experience, and wellness benefits to fuel your success.



Job Benefits


  • Ski/Mountain Perks! Free passes for employees, employee discounted lift tickets for friends and family AND free ski lessons 
  • MORE employee discounts on lodging, food, gear, and mountain shuttles
  • RSP Options (after 12 months or 2000 cumulative hours of service)
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Excellent training and professional development
  • Referral Program


Full Time roles are eligible for the above, plus:


  • Health Insurance; Medical Insurance, Dental Insurance, and Vision Insurance plans (for eligible seasonal employees after working 500 hours)
  • Free ski passes for dependents
  • Critical Illness and Accident plans



Are you interested in joining the Whistler Blackcomb Ski Patrol team for the 2023-2024 season?


Come join us at the end of April for a ski/ride test. Successfully completing the ski/ride test will put you at the top of the hiring list for the upcoming season.


Pre hire Clinic Schedule (subject to change):

7:00:                     Supervisor meet with potential candidates to set the plan for the day and Sign Release of Liability     

7:15:                     Pair with pro-Patrol proceed to gondola for the ride up to the alpine elevation

8:00                      Morning Meeting

8:20                      Morning stretch

8:30-9:30              Morning work

9:45:                     Meet at the Rendezvous/Roundhouse
10:00 –11:00:       Ski/Ride test with ski school representative 
This test will consist of a few laps to evaluate short radius turns, long radius turns, side slipping, kick turns/180s, moguls, stability etc.
11:00:                   Dismiss any one who does not pass the ski/ride test (you may still enjoy the rest of day skiing)

11:00-12:00:         Simple problem scenarios

12:00-12:30:         Lunch (pack a lunch)

12:30-2:30:           Knots and Rope

2:30-3:00:             Beacon Use Assessment

3:00:                     Re-group at Alpine Bump elevation

3:15-3:30              Debrief and Q&A

3:30-E.OD:           Exit interviews cont.


An OEC or OFA LVL or EMR (BC) is required before your official fall hire date prior to Fall


Job Summary:

Ski Patrol is responsible for performing guest service functions such as accident handling, administering first aid, trail maintenance, promoting and creating a safe environment for guests and employees, mountain sweeps, lift evacuation and explosives handling. 


Job Specifications: 

  • Expected Pay Range: $20.00 - $21.00 / hour
  • Shift & Schedule Availability:  Full Time and Part Time
  • Skill Level: Entry


Job Responsibilities:

  • Supervising and promoting guest safety on varied terrain in high altitude, with varying winter weather conditions
  • Assisting injured guests on the mountain and administering first aid
  • Transporting injured guests off the mountain using a toboggan or supporting air lift operations
  • Performing sweeps at the end of the day to ensure that all guests are safely off the mountain
  • Maintaining trails, such as removing debris and marking hazards
  • 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
  • Enforcement of the Skier Responsibility Code and Resort Policies
  • Chairlift and Gondola guest evacuation
  • Other duties as assigned


Job Requirements:

  • Must be at least 19
  • Valid 1st Aid certification as listed above
  • Valid BC Driver’s license (or able to obtain)
  • Must have excellent guest service skills
  • Must work well in a team
  • Must be able to work in inclement weather in a high alpine environment
  • Must have manual dexterity to operate equipment
  • Must have sight, speech, and hearing abilities sufficient to learn skills, follow and provide directions
  • Must be available to work holidays and weekends
  • Previous patrol experience an asset
  • Must be an advanced/expert level skier, capable of riding all types of terrain under all weather conditions. Must pass a ski check with resort Ski and Ride School.
  • Resort Certified in Blood-Bourne Pathogens training program, Hepatitis B Vaccination.  Resort Certification for any used equipment. Wilderness Emergency Certification a plus.
  • The employee frequently is required to reach with hands and arms, climb or balance, and talk or hear.  The employee is occasionally required to sit and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.  The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 75 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move more than 100 pounds.  




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 492909
Reference Date: 05/03/2023
Job Code Function: Patrol