Ski Patrol - Stage V - Avalanche Technician
Dillon, CO Ski Patrol
Job Type

Starting Pay: $24.25/hr

Status: Seasonal Hourly (Non-exempt)


The Arapahoe Basin Ski Patrol Avalanche Technician manages all mountain terrain with a specific focus on mitigating avalanche terrain to ensure employee and public safety. This position will be responsible for contributing in all aspects of the A-Basin Ski Patrol Snow Safety program. 

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Perks and Benefits for this Position Include:

  • Unlimited skiing/riding at Arapahoe Basin and 20 other Colorado ski areas and resorts
  • 4, 10-hour days; 3 days off
  • Ski for your job!
  • Free, transferrable A-Basin comp lift tickets earned for every 120 hours worked
  • Health, Dental, Vision, and Life Insurance for full-time employees beginning on the 1st of the month following date of hire
  • 401(k) for eligible employees
  • Paid time-off for all full-time employees
  • Sick pay and bereavement pay for all employees
  • End-of-season bonus for all employees
  • Financial assistance and mental health resources through WorkLife Partnership
  • Much more! Check out all of our perks and benefits here! 

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Provides weather forecasts and avalanche hazard ratings for mountain operations and all departments
  • Assists ski area management with decisions regarding avalanche terrain opening and closing
  • Monitors snow stability on avalanche prone areas of the ski area through explosives and ski testing, snow pit analysis, snow cover distribution, meteorological observation, and avalanche occurrence data
  • Coordinates with other ski area departments to assure safe traveling on the mountain during times of moderate and higher avalanche hazard
  • Coordinates daily explosive needs and manages avalanche mitigation leader assignments
  • Works with Training Coordinators to facilitate and document avalanche rescue training program
  • Maintains and inventories adequate avalanche rescue gear
  • Issues avalanche rescue gear to avalanche mitigation workers/Arapahoe Basin Ski Patrol
  • Manages and operates ski area weather observation systems, including archival data systems and sharing that information with other agencies
  • Coordinates and helps maintain remote weather station sensors and installations
  • Coordinates and helps maintain avalanche occurrence records
  • Coordinates and maintains explosive use and electronic blasting reports in SmartMountain/Survey123 by properly adding layer data from mitigation
  • Coordinates and maintains explosive inventories and internal magazine inspection records
  • Coordinates and complies with state, local, or federal explosive magazine inspections
  • Assists with ski area avalauncher maintenance
  • Maintains positive relationships with AES, WESCO, and other explosive suppliers
  • Maintains positive relationships with outside associations: NAS, AAA, AIARE, AAI, etc.
  • Assists with continuing education of staff members through participation in NAS, ISSW, CSAW, or other similar educational opportunities 
  • Facilitates Avalanche Deployment Team training and participation
  • Assists with development of avalanche hazard management guidelines for any proposed ski area expansion
  • Maintains competence in the use of appropriate computer software to gather, use and maintain snow, avalanche, and meteorological data
  • Leads, trains, and assists other ski patrollers with daily operational needs. Acts as a mentor for lower stage ski patrollers. 
  • Other duties as assigned 

Experience Requirements:

  • Meets all Arapahoe Basin Ski Patrol Stage 3 requirements
  • Experience running and coordinating most routes at Arapahoe Basin or applicable experience

Education Requirements:

  • Minimum NAS Pro 1 or AAA Professional Level 1 Certification
  • Maintains a Type I Permit for Avalanche Mitigation per the CO Dept. of Labor & Employment, Division of Oil and Public Safety and Explosive Regulations

Skills Required:

  • Exceptional time management, organizational, and decision-making skills, especially when pertaining to avalanche hazard
  • Competent in MS Office and SmartMountain/Survey123
  • Ski at an expert level - able to ski all Arapahoe Basin terrain with excellent decision-making skill, control, and confidence
  • Operate a snowmobile effectively and within Arapahoe Basin guidelines
  • Speak, read, and write with proper grammar and spelling and in English

Physical Requirements:

  • Can work outside while standing or skiing in a high alpine, wintery environment for up to 10 hours 
  • Able to lift 10-25 pounds 2/3rds of the time or more, able to lift 50 pounds 1/3 to 2/3rds of the time, able to lift 100 pounds up to 1/3rd of the time
  • Can perform the following activities constantly: walking, using hands to finger/feel, reaching with hands and arms, climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl, talk or hear 
  • Vision Requirements: close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, ability to adjust focus
  • Withstand high-altitude conditions at all times

Other Requirements:

  • Provide necessary equipment for skiing and for working in a high-alpine environment

Work Environment:

  • Works daily with explosives in avalanche terrain and adverse weather conditions. Works outside in a cold, snowy, high alpine environment frequently faced with wet and/or humid conditions. Riding a chairlift is required for this role.