Doing Good: On-Mountain Volunteering

October 27, 2016 in Inside Look, Slope Stories - No Comments

Sometimes, doing something for others can manifest in a personal feeling of satisfaction. And other times, it can result in skiing and snowboarding on eight peaks at Sunday River. Each season, in addition to our extremely dedicated staff, we also require a number of volunteer positions to keep the [bull]wheels turning. Here’s an inside look at volunteer opportunities at the mountain:

Mountain Hosts & Ski Patrol

A Mountain Host is tasked with being a guest resource and providing help on-hill. You’ll be required to log at least 20 days, plus some mandatory training, and register a National Ski Patrol membership in exchange for a season pass


In addition to strong skiing or snowboarding skills and a love of safety, your typical day will consist of maintaining fencing, raising and lowering tower pads, providing quality guest service, educating guests on safe skiing and snowboarding, and assisting ski patrollers with crowd control.

Volunteer ski patroller positions for this season are filled, but require the same 20 day minimum and National Ski Patrol registration, plus first aid certification in Wilderness First Responder, OEC Technician, or EMT, a valid driver’s license, current CPR certification, and top-notch ski or snowboard abilities in exchange for a season pass.

To apply to be a Mountain Host, visit

Events and Competitions

Working with Events and Competitions can go one of two ways. You can volunteer 20 times for a season pass, or help out sporadically in exchange for a voucher to be used at a later date. Either way, you get a free lift ticket to use for yourself each day you volunteer.


Primarily, volunteers fill a variety of competition and race roles—like helping with the Gould Academy Competition Program—that are crucial to the success and safety of our competitions. Positions include but are not limited to announcers, starters, crossing guards, bib collectors, referees, timers, gate judges, scoreboard recorders and more. Positions are also needed for events, such as the all new Brisket Derby.

To find out more or sign up as an Events and Competitions recruit, contact Meryl Kelly at

Maine Adaptive Sports and Recreation

Though Maine Adaptive Sports and Recreation is not operated by Sunday River, we’re extremely proud of our partnership with their adaptive ski and snowboard program. Volunteers for Maine Adaptive fill a number of roles, like instructing lessons, maintaining equipment, doing office work, taking photos and videos, and driving snowmobiles, all in order to benefit participants.

To become a Maine Adaptive volunteer, you must be an intermediate or higher-level skier, have your own equipment, be 18 years old or older, complete a series of required training, and work a minimum of 10 days during the season. There is also an opportunity to be a Junior Volunteer.

In exchange for your time, Maine Adaptive offers a subsidized season pass after one year, access to professional deals, and education and training opportunities. You can sign up to volunteer at

Looking for a full- or part-time seasonal or year-round job with us? Visit for more information on available positions!

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