Telluride Ski Patrollers Vote to Unionize

Decision is nearly unanimous

Mar 2, 2015
Outside Magazine

Ski patrollers at Steamboat, Crested Butte, and the Canyons have also unionized.    Telluride Ski Patrol/Facebook

By a 47-1 vote, Telluride’s ski patrollers voted to unionize, the Telluride Daily Planet reported Sunday. The National Labor Relations Board office in Denver counted mail-in ballots on Thursday.

The patrollers will become members of the Communications Workers of America’s District 7. Changes to pay and work responsibilities will now be negotiated with the resort through the union.

Telluride communications manager Pepper Raper indicated some resistance on the part of the resort to the Daily Planet before the vote. “We are just trying to work with them to understand their concerns and the drive behind this,” she said. “But we don’t necessarily think we need a third party to tell us or tell them what’s best.”

But Raper said the resort would not resist the patroller’s unionization efforts after the vote. “Telski respects the decision of the Telluride Ski Patrol to be represented by the CWA District 7,” she told the Daily Planet.

The Telluride patrollers were not the first to choose union representation. The Communications Workers of America already represents patrollers at Steamboat, Crested Butte, and the Canyons.