soulskier wrote:I must say, for such an opinionated group, no one response is surprising.
This is big news. Does anyone know if there has ever been a documented case of ski area employees protesting against their employer?
soulskier wrote:This is big news. Does anyone know if there has ever been a documented case of ski area employees protesting against their employer?
EMSC wrote:Ski patrollers are highly trained in several specialized fields and thus much tougher than average to replace (vs say a lifty). It could directly effect operations over an extended period.
Moderately big news, perhaps. Ski patrollers are highly trained in several specialized fields and thus much tougher than average to replace (vs say a lifty). It could directly effect operations over an extended period.
As to job actions, there have not been a ton of them, but there have been several in the past and many of the ones I have heard about involved patrollers (at The Canyons a few years ago for example). However I don't recall large numbers of patrollers being fired previously, though I could be wrong since I'm going off memory, not specific facts.
berkshireskier wrote:Yea, if I owned a ski resort, the last group of people I would want to piss off is the ski patrol. My belief is that, at most ski areas, the ski patrol are a very tight group of people who perform a a highly necessary function to keep the ski area running successfully. I'm also guessing that it is not that easy to replace a group of patrollers on short notice. In fact, I think most ski areas have a hard time finding qualified individuals who want to patrol.
soulskier wrote:They started a Facebook support page that is quickly becoming viral. Just hit the refresh button on your browser and watch the fan count grow.
I predict this will be a big story for a long time to come. Like others have eluded to, it would be one thing if they fired the burger flipper. But it was the most senior staff of ski patrol, during the middle of winter, with a sketchy snowpack.
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