Panorama Mountain Resort - Job Description – Avalanche Observer (Forecaster)
Timing: Seasonal (Full Time or Half-time) (Approximately October 27, 2019 to April 13, 2020)
Reports To: Avalanche Risk Management – Program Manager (Mountain Operations Department)
Works With: Avalanche Technicians, Ski Patrol, Trail Crew
The Avalanche Forecaster is responsible for the administration of the avalanche risk management program. This includes but is not limited to:
Providing supervision and direction for all workers and guests in and around avalanche terrain.
Provide a daily avalanche hazard assessment and forecast.
Oversee avalanche control program resort wide.
Ensure that avalanche risk within all open terrain is within operational thresholds (the operational risk band) and that terrain with elevated risk is closed to the public.
Provide training and mentorship to employees.
Provide information to guests and public with respect to avalanche risk management.
Ensure accurate and timely weather observations are being recorded.
Ensure that adequate snowpack observations are being recorded.
Periodically review and update the panorama emergency response plan as it relates to avalanche involvements.
Investigate any near misses or incidents involving guests or staff and report to program manager.
Ensure that information regarding closures and terrain restrictions are communicated to all relevant staff and/or public.
Ensure that accurate data is being recorded locally and reported on the InfoEx.
Ensure that accurate weather data is conveyed to media and other departments.
Oversee/direct/participate in any rescue or search operations being conducted in avalanche terrain.
Ensure records are kept for daily meetings, near misses, incidents, training, blasting, explosives inventory, etc.
Assist the manager with Avalanche Safety Plan revisions, business and budget planning.
Gather snowpack observations
Take daily weather observations
Lead avalanche control teams
Twice daily meetings where avalanche forecast and assessment are produced
Additional Responsibilities and Requirements: (When main job responsibilities and tasks have been fulfilled)
Provide first aid to injured workers or guests
Oversee the operations of any rope rescue operations on site
Assist with dispatch and other patrol related duties
Assist with other departments as required
Able to listen carefully
Able to communicate clearly while speaking and writing
Advanced to Expert skier
Ability to travers difficult mountain terrain & travel
Education, Certifications and Memberships:
CAA Operations Level 2
CAA Professional Member
Current WorkSafeBC Blasting Certification (Hand Charging with Safety Fuse; Helicopter)
NUEC Level 3 First Aid with advanced protocols
High School Diploma or equivalent (College/University Degree preferred)
Extensive avalanche control experience
Experience working with ski patrol
Backcountry ski experience
Local terrain knowledge an asset
Computer experience including MS Office (CAA InfoEx platform and Snowpro+ an asset)
Current with CAA standards outlined in the Operational Recording guidelines and Standards for Avalanche Professionals (OGRS).
Current with applicable WorkSafeBC regulations
Current with Explosives Act
Must have strong english communication skills
Safety oriented mindset