Canyons strikes accord with its ski patrol |

Canyons strikes accord with its ski patrol

Perhaps averting a strike, management at The Canyons resort reached an agreement with it ski patrol association.

Desiring a better contract, ski patrollers began negotiations with the resort in the fall.

"We all worked extremely hard over the past few weeks to reach an agreeable outcome," said Tim Hagen, vice president of mountain operations at The Canyons in a press release. "The Canyons has an exceptional group of ski patrol and we know just how important they are to the day-to-day operations of our mountain and we appreciate the part they play in creating a great skiing or riding experience at The Canyons."

According to Megan McKenna, a member of The Canyons Professional Ski Patrol Association, "[Ski patrollers have] always maintained the urgency for contract ratification with the company."

"Since negotiations began in November our goal has been to ratify a fair and equitable contract for both our membership and the company as soon as possible," she added.

The threat of a strike by ski patrollers did not drive contract negotiations, said Libby Dowd, a spokeswoman for The Canyons.

"All the typical sort of issues came up, benefits, pay," she added about the talks in a telephone interview Thursday. "We’re all very comfortable right now."

Each year the resort reviews the contract with its patrol, Dowd said, adding, "It’s a done deal."

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