Frequently Asked Questions

In many places, we can’t even afford to live in the mountain towns that we work in. The average wage for a ski patroller is around $13 and hour. That’s right, while we have specialized training and work in what can be very dangerous conditions, the resorts often pay us like unskilled teenagers in a first job.

Ski Patrollers are tasked with one of the most rewarding, but dangerous jobs in North America. From the high-profile to the ordinary – we do it all. From avalanche mitigation to evacuating a chairlift to answering questions about the mountain.

Like many of you, we feel that we should be treated with the respect and dignity that professionals deserve.

The United Professional Ski Patrols of America, CWA Local 7781 represents Ski Patrollers at Crested Butte, Park City, Steamboat, and Telluride.

YOU are the Union! The board is democratically elected from the membership.

Meetings are scheduled by each patrol units executive board as needed.

Dues provide the resources to stand up for good jobs and benefits, decent working conditions and a better future for our families. It takes money to run an organization like a church, a club or a union. Union dues pay for contract negotiation expenses, office & support services, legal services, union newsletters & other communications, training for stewards & members and organizing.

Dues collection is decided by each patrol unit. They can be collected personally or, if the employer agrees, they can be deducted from your paycheck.

Dues are typically 1.3% of your wages.

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