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Julie Rust Interview Continued

If I had to say what the best part of my job working for the ski patrol is, it's the variety and the opportunities I have to work with the public. Unlike many other jobs, I never know what's going to happen from one minute to the next, so it keeps things interesting. And, helping our visitors enjoy themselves during their stay in Vail is very rewarding. Unfortunately, like any other job we do have experiences we could do without. It's frustrating when we come upon a situation that could have been easily prevented, ruining their vacation.

I think a lot of people would be surprised at just how much goes into a career as a ski patroller. From monitoring the weather to the condition of the runs, which chairlifts are running on time and how many people are in town skiing, we're constantly looking down the road trying to anticipate anything that might require our attention. The scope of the job is enormous.

Over the past 5 years, I have been absolutely dazzled by the quality of service and expertise that our team delivers. Even in the light of the increasing complexities of the job, the members of the Vail Ski Patrol have managed to outpace our customer's expectations.

For anyone who's interested in a career as a professional ski patrolman, I'd offer the following advice: be patient. Although openings on our staff are relatively rare, we are always looking for great candidates. Take time to build your customer service skills and continue to work on your skiing. One of these days, we'll have a position for you.

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