Steamboat Powdercats is hiring a Backcountry Touring Guide for the 2022/2023 ski season. This is a full time, seasonal position running from December 1, 2022 to April 1, 2023. Based on experience there is also an opportunity for the right candidate to lead/manage the Backcountry Touring Program with SPC.
Steamboat Powdercats backcountry touring guides are responsible for leading private groups of up to 4 skiers/riders individually or up to 8 guests with another guide, in the winter backcountry. SPC offers full day tours only. These tours involve a motorized “bump” into the operating terrain, followed by human powered touring, and typically finishing with a motorized “bump” at the end of the day.
Trips are custom built for each private group, focusing on activities such as touring tips/techniques, avalanche awareness and rescue and/or snow science. SPC also offers 2-3 day Backcountry 101 courses in which participants gain the skills to tour on their own. Guide duties include: pre and post-trip logistics, guest service, avalanche awareness, forecasting and emergency medical response, as well as snowmobile operations.
– Must be at least 21 years of age
– Must be an expert skier, able to ski in varied terrain and snow conditions
– Must have current WFR and CPR for healthcare providers
– Must have Pro I or Level II avalanche education
– 2 years of operational guiding/outdoor leadership experience
– Must be able to document personal and/or professional touring days
– Clean driving record
Skills & Knowledge
– Operational guiding/leadership skills
– Strong social and customer service skills required for interacting with guests, other SPC staff, and the public
– Excellent fitness and winter backcountry travel skills
– Basic computing skills (web apps, microsoft office, etc.)
– Use of two-way radios, rescue equipment (i.e. snowmobiles, transceivers, toboggans, etc.), and medical equipment (i.e. splints, backboards, vacuum mattress, etc.)
– Snowmobile and snowcat operations (desired)
– Regularly scheduled work shifts require being on-call and working weekends, holidays, and some evenings
– Work days are typically 8-10 hours
– Guides may work 3-5 days a week
– Work is physically strenuous and includes time on snowmobiles as well as in snowcats
– Work is outdoors and requires constant exposure to cold, other extreme weather conditions, and potential avalanche hazard
Interested applicants please send resume and cover letter to Eric Deering (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Steamboat Powdercats is an Equal Opportunity Employer.