Boot Packer - Holiday Help 18/19 - Crested Butte Mountain Resort

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Crested Butte Ski Patrol Bootpacking Program 2018-19

The Crested Butte Ski Patrol will be accepting applications for paid boot packing positions to assist the patrol with pre-season snow compaction efforts in CBMR avalanche terrain. Crested Butte avalanche terrain is a unique place for skiing and riding and would not be open without the dedicated efforts of our ski patrol.

Job Summary

Boot-packing is the art of what The Avalanche Handbook (David McClung and Peter Schaerer) calls stabilization by compaction. Essentially, boot and ski packing require walking through avalanche starting zones. The goal of boot and ski packing is to break through ALL existing layers within the snowpack in our avalanche start zones. The breaking down and overall disruption and compaction of early season snowpack layering, results in a much more dense and cohesive snowpack that usually retains adequate strength even during melting. Boot-packing compresses depth hoar and prevents its further development by decreasing pore space, the space between ice grains within the snow occupied by air, water or both. If properly preformed, the end result will be a much more supportive snowpack base and foundation capable of supporting the subsequent winters snowpack

Bootpacking at the ski area involves long days spent outside in severe winter conditions at high altitude. The work is extremely strenuous and is comparable to mountaineering. All the inherent risks of that sport are here also, including falls or possible avalanche involvement.

To qualify for this program, you must be an expert skier capable of moving safely through very rocky and steep terrain often with very little snow. You must have capable ski equipment and be willing and able to walk on and over rocks with your skis. Your equipment will get beat up. Lastly, due to the amount of traversing required, snowboards are not suitable for this job.

Additionally, to be considered eligible for this job you must be willing to work a minimum of 60 hours but not to exceed 100 hours. It must be made clear that this is a part time and/or holiday help job that will have irregular hours and scheduling. Our work is dictated by the often-unpredictable nature of the weather and snowpack in conjunction with our overall ski area operational objectives. You must have a schedule that will provide availability to work when the call is put out for packers to show up.

In addition to Bootpacking, packers may be required to assist with on mountain work projects. These projects may include but will not be limited to shoveling snow off of explosive magazines, shoveling snow in and around the entrances into our extreme limit s terrain along with the maintenance and of snow fencing.

Essential Job Functions and Requirements

  • During the early season, we may be working from 9am until 4:00pm, weather permitting.
  • There is an option to work either an AM or PM shift or an entire day
  • Daily lunch break is 12:00-1:00
  • Packing will begin when there is sufficient snow in the starting zones. Due to this requirement, dates of operations may begin or end at any time. In the past several years, the schedule has varied widely. We have begun as early as mid-November and as late as mid-December. We try to finish by the end of January but can carry on into February based on the nature of the winter season.
  • On average there will be around 30 days of packing
  • It is up to the individual to fit their Packing days into the days available. There is no guarantee how many days will be available for Bootpacking.
  • Some days, boot packers will not work, while ski patrol conducts Avalanche Mitigation operations

    Job Required Gear

  • Avalanche rescue beacon broadcasting at 457khz. Avalanche shovel and probe
  • If you do not have your own avalanche beacon one will be provided.
  • A vibram soled ski boot is preferred. Alpine touring boots or telemark boots is the ideal footwear.
  • Full winter clothing able to withstand entire days outside.
  • Packers are responsible for their own lunch and water and must have a suitable backpack for carrying personal gear.
  • Skis will likely be damaged due to traveling over low snow depth terrain. Bring rock gear. (Ask if you don t understand what this means.)
  • Skins and AT bindings are a plus but not necessary.
  • Boot packers will receive an employee season Pass

There s nothing like ski town life in the heart of the Rocky Mountains.You ll get to live and play in the heart of paradise and work with some of the friendliest coworkers in the Gunnison Valley. In fact, our guests repeatedly tell us that it s the welcoming smiles, upbeat attitudes, and friendly vibe that bring them back to Crested Butte (in addition to the great skiing, of course).

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 162307

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