STEVENS PASS — Ski patrol workers at Stevens Pass Mountain Resort voted last week to unionize for better bargaining leverage with the ski mecca’s new ownership.
The 48 Stevens Pass employees join about 400 other ski patrollers already represented by the United Professional Ski Patrols of America Local 7781. The union is a chapter of the Communications Workers of America. Forty-five patrollers voted on the move, which passed 27-18.
The April 16 vote came after the acquisition of Stevens Pass last June by Vail Resorts of Colorado, for $67 million. The union already represents ski patrol teams at other resorts owned by Vail, including Park City and Crested Butte.