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Marathon bargaining session leads to agreement 'in principle' for Vail, PCMR ski patrol union

PCMR Patrol Union
Park City Professional Ski Patrol Association
Wednesday's negotiations reportedly lasted more than nine hours.

In a joint statement to KPCW Thursday morning, Vail resorts and the Park City Professional Ski Patrol Association announced they have reached a tentative agreement for a new contract.

Wednesday's bargaining session lasted over nine hours and ended with a tentative agreement for a new contract. The statement reads:

The Park City Professional Ski Patrol Association (PCPSPA) and Vail Resorts are pleased to announce that they have reached an agreement in principle, and are appreciative of the engagement and commitment on both sides. The parties are finalizing the details and next steps which will include a vote by union members in the coming days. We appreciate the patience and support of everyone as we work on moving forward together.

Union representatives have told KPCW they anticipate membership to vote on the proposal tonight.

Both Vail and the union told KPCW they won't be sharing details of the deal, like pay and benefits, until the vote. The union has been bargaining for a $17/hr starting wage for over a year and a half and voted last weekend to authorize a strike if negotiations failed.

This is a developing story. Stay tuned for more information as it is released.

Sean Higgins covers all things Park City and is the Saturday Weekend Edition host at KPCW. Sean spent the first five years of his journalism career covering World Cup skiing for Ski Racing Media here in Utah and served as Senior Editor until January 2020. As Senior Editor, he managed the day-to-day news section of skiracing.com, as well as produced and hosted Ski Racing’s weekly podcast. During his tenure with Ski Racing Media, he was also a field reporter for NBC Sports, covering events in Europe.