Snow Farmer

Ski Marmot Basin
August 6, 2019
Jasper, Canada
Job Type
Job Board Website


 Title:                    Snowfarming General Labourer (Snowfarmer)

Reports To:        Snowfarming Foreman


Position Overview

Snowfarming General Labourers work as part of the Safety Operations team. He/She is responsible for setting up and maintaining all Snowfarming fences and apparatus, performing trail maintenance, aiding with hazard marking and performing any general labour as required.  They are to report any issues to the Snowfarming Foreman.  They must ensure that all daily Snowfarming duties are being completed efficiently and work is documented.


The incumbent should expect to be working outside all day, every day, sometimes in adverse or extreme weather conditions.

This is a full-time seasonal role, 5 days out of 7 per week, October to May.


Shifts are 9 hours, inclusive of a 1-hour unpaid lunch. The incumbent will be available to work flexible shifts including weekends and holidays.

Alberta Employment Standards regarding probationary periods apply.

Job Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Build, setup, take down, move, and maintain snow fences
  • Use skis/snowboard to access work sites
  • Perform shoveling and other trail maintenance
  • Keep a daily log of any Snowfarming activities
  • Identify and address safety concerns pertaining to staff and guests
  • Ensure high standards of workmanship and efficiency
  • Assist in emergency situations, including; Lift evacuation, avalanche rescue response, first aid, fire, etc.
  • On-slope risk management: identify and mitigate hazards on hill (run checks, hazard marking).


  • Respect and adhere to the company’s policies and procedures as set in the “Corporate Policies”, “Employee Handbook” and “Safety Operations Training Manuals”
  • Understand and adhere to Ski Marmot Basin’s “Harassment Policy” and the company’s “Privacy Policy”.


  • Able to ski or snowboard in all types of mountain terrain in varying weather conditions at an advanced level
  • Physically fit with the ability to lift/carry heavy/awkward objects while skiing/snowboarding (up to 25Kg)
  • Good organizational skills & ability to multi-task
  • First Aid course/training preferred
  • Valid Alberta class 5 driver’s license or equivalent.

 Performance Requirements:


  • Build, setup, take down, move, and maintain snow fences, log the same
  • Work through extended periods of physically demanding conditions
  • Work in a safe and efficient manner and complete tasks as assigned
  • Enforce the “Alpine responsibility code”, slow riding zones, area closures
  • On-slope risk management: identify and mitigate hazards on hill (run checks, hazard marking)
  • Some snow-farming staff maybe trained and expected to operate snow mobiles
  • Some snow-farming staff maybe trained and expected to use a rescue toboggan (10-23) to move supplies and materials.


  • Learn two (2) sweeps in the upper area and one (1) sweep in the ridge area
  • Become familiar and proficient with Marmot Basin radio protocol
  • Become familiar with the Avalanche Rescue Plan
  • Become familiar with transceiver and other AvSar tool use
  • Review and sign off on the Safety Operations Hazard Assessment and any required training documents
  • Complete the workplace hazardous materials training (WHMIS)
  • Demonstrate familiarity with pertinent sections of Marmot Basin’s ski patrol manual
  • Report any damages or issues with company vehicles to the Vehicle Maintenance Supervisor
  • Assist other departments as required or perform any other duties as assigned by your supervisor.

 Core Competencies:

  • Professional deportment with excellent customer service skills: experience dealing with all on-hill patrons
  • Cheerful, outgoing personality; demonstrated temperament and disposition for highly stressful situations
  • Able to ski in all types of mountain terrain in varying conditions
  • Self-motivated and able to work unsupervised and as part of a team.


  • Strong team member able to take direction
  • Motivated and observant; able to perceive needed tasks and complete them without direction
  • Self-aware; able to identify strengths and gaps in own abilities and training
  • Able to use taught skills and previous experience to problem solve
  • Recreational mountain pursuits, such as rock climbing, and ski touring, are considered assets.

Employees in this position are responsible for providing the following tools: Skis/snowboard, ski/snowboard boots, appropriate clothing layers for the weather, black ski pants as well as other sundry items.


All employees in this position are required to:

  • Have completed the Marmot Basin and safety operations ski skill assessment and have a copy on file
  • Have completed a boot binding test, for all work skis, performed by Marmot Basin rental repair and have it on file.

 Please note that you may not receive full-time hours at the beginning/end of season and during other slow periods.


Questions: [email protected]

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