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  • Summer Ops Camp 2017
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  • Blue Pages :: May 2017
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  • Ski Area Ownership Timeline
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  • Featured Article - Mountain Spy
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  • Registration is open for SAM's 8th annual Summer Ops Camp!
  • This interactive on-line ownership chart goes back almost 30 years and delivers all the background information on the sales, purchases, closures and auctions of North American winter resorts.
  • The question: "I'm interested in buying a season pass for your mountain, but I've heard there's passes with other mountains on them, too. What do I need to know?"


Aspen Snowmass Has Big Plans for Summer

SAM Magazine—Aspen Snowmass, Colo., June 23, 2017—Summer operations are about to become a big deal at Aspen Snowmass. The resort plans to install a mountain coaster, zip line canopy tour, aerial adventure course, and climbing wall, and add miles of new hiking and biking trails. Most features are slated to open by summer 2018, part of the new Lost Forest located on Snowmass Mountain.

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Peak Resorts Expects Strong Fiscal 2017, Plans New Projects

SAM Magazine—Wildwood, Mo., June 22, 2017—Following a mild winter in the Midwest, Peak Resorts still expects to report record revenue of $120 to $125 million, and record EBITDA of $26 to $27 million for the year ended April 30, 2017. The company also plans to apply for permits to expand skiable terrain at Hunter Mountain, N.Y., and add a zip tour at Hidden Valley, Mo.

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Vail Resorts Names Pete Sonntag COO of Whistler Blackcomb

SAM Magazine—Whistler, B.C., June 16, 2017—Vail Resorts has appointed Pete Sonntag, the current senior vice president of the company’s Lake Tahoe region, to become chief operating officer of Whistler Blackcomb. Sonntag will start this summer, once his Canadian work visa is approved.

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MTBParks Multi-Park Pass Adds More Members

SAM Magazine—Jackson Hole, Wyo., June 16, 2017—The MTBparks Pass, which offers lift and trail privileges at more than 30 bike parks across North America, is the first and only one of its kind for mountain bikers. Now in its fourth year, the pass gives members one free day of riding at each park, as well as additional benefits such as discounts on lift tickets during subsequent visits at many participating parks, deals on bike shop retail and rentals, and more.

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CSCUSA Resorts 7.3 Million Visits in 2016-17

SAM Magazine—Denver, June 15, 2017—Colorado Ski Country USA’s (CSCUSA) 22 member ski areas totaled 7.3 million visits during the 2016-17 season. That’s down slightly from last year’s record 7.4 million. It is estimated that after final numbers are tallied, the 2016-17 season will be the state’s second best season on record. This year’s season total was up six percent over the five-year average, marking the fourth consecutive year that skier visits at CSCUSA resorts have outperformed the five-year average.

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2017 NSAA National Convention and Tradeshow

The NSAA National Convention and Tradeshow drew a total of 880 ski industry operators and suppliers to the Fairmont Princess Resort in Scottsdale, Ariz., May 5-7. The focus this year was clearly on developing and retaining new skiers and riders, a fitting aim for soon-to-retire NSAA president Michael Berry’s final act. 

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40th Annual LMS Draws Record Attendance

Celebrating its 40th year of educating ski area personnel, the Lift Maintenance Seminar (LMS) welcomed the biggest crowd in its history at this year’s event, held April 18-20 at Jiminy Peak, Mass. More than 420 participants from about 70 different ski areas came to expand their knowledge about chairlift and surface lift operation, maintenance, safety, risk management, and more, as well as sessions that covered snowmaking, staffing, and other mountain operations subjects.

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2017 NSAA Eastern Conference and Tradeshow, Mount Snow, Vt.

Compared to last year, the tone was decidedly different among operators and suppliers at this year’s NSAA Eastern Conference and Tradeshow, Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 at Mount Snow, Vt. Normal snowfall and strong visitation had the robust group of attendees singing a more positive tune than a year ago. 

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NSAA Western Trade Fair 2017

Short-Term Optimism, Long-Term Concerns

There was a general air of enthusiasm and optimism at the NSAA Western Winter Conference, Jan. 16-19 at Steamboat, Colo., thanks to a strong season to date for resorts across most of the country. But the long-term outlook is clouded by challenges ranging from the need to attract and retain more new skiers and riders to the rigors of training and retaining lift mechanics—challenges that the conference tried to address head on.

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ISKINY-PSAA Expo

The annual ISKINY-PSAA Expo, Sept. 19-21, 2016, at Holiday Valley, N.Y., attracted more than 345 ski resort, vendor, and guest attendees from across North America. The program kicked off with the annual golf tournament and opportunity to demo Holiday Valley's aerial adventure parks.

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Fatzer 1-3/8", 6x25, bright-ungalvanized w/poly core, RLL, 10,000ft., 7,000hrs., Maintenance records available. Make Offer. Email bahern@snowbasin.com
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Enjoy the longest winter season in the East! Killington/Pico Ski Resort’s Mountain Operations Department has year-round positions available with benefits including medical, dental, vacation, 401(k) and great resort privileges. Immediate openings include, Vehicle (Equipment) Mechanic...
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Rain Forest Adventures is currently seeking an Operations Manager for Rockland Estate, a new eco-adventure park on the Dutch side of St. Maarten. This is an opportunity to be a leader in a unique, world-class tourism venue in the Eastern Caribbean bringing experience to its operational...
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www.crystalmountainresort.comFull time, year round position with benefits.Maintain, repair and assist in the operation of chairlifts by completing preventative maintenance, troubleshoot malfunctions and perform training to operators.Job Requirements:• One year of lift maintenance, a strong...
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Ski Santa Fe is looking for an Assistant Snow Maintenance Manager/Snowmaking Supervisor with a passion for all aspects of the snowmaking operations including design and installation of future upgrades/expansions. Experience in grooming and snow removal a plus, but not required. The right...
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Equipe Sport, an independent ski and sport retailer with four locations in Southern Vermont, is looking for a retail location manager. Responsibilities include: - Oversee rental and repair department including all service and rental areas.- Responsible for inventory and sales of all summer and...
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Full-time, year-round benefited position. Repair and perform maintenance on shuttle buses, trucks and other large equipment and vehicles. Repair hydraulics, hydrostatic drive systems, electronics and more. Must have previous vehicle and equipment repair experience. Weekends/holidays required....
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Loon Mountain is looking for an organized, customer-focused person to assist in managing a staff of dedicated employees and the day-to-day rental shop operations. Assist the manager with hiring, training, upholding guest service standards, and performing required ASTM testing and maintenance of...
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Sunday River is seeking experienced Lift Electrical Technician and Lift Mechanic to join our fun, hard-working, dynamic Lift Team. Ideal candidate will have 1+ year of experience and be familiar with ski industry standards. If you have a passion for the ski industry, enjoy a challenge, and are...
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Ski Butternut – Great Barrington, MA is looking for an experienced marketing professional to lead our marketing team. The Director of Marketing & Sales is a senior staff position responsible for promotion & sales of all resort products. Position oversees the company brand and ensures that...
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Angel Fire Resort is seeking an Assistant Controller. The right person will be an enthusiastic, hands-on team player capable of assisting the Controller in overseeing the Accounting Department. For more information and to apply online:...
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Mountain High, a leading resort in Southern California, is looking for an enthusiastic leader to oversee and work alongside our snowmaking team. 2+ years’ management experience and 2+ years’ snowmaking experience. Benefited position to start ASAP. Interested candidates submit...
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Mountain High, a leading resort in Southern California, is looking for an enthusiastic leader to oversee and work alongside our rentals team. 2+ years’ management experience and 2+ years’ rental equipment experience. Benefited position to start ASAP. Interested candidates submit...
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We are looking for forward thinkers who are committed to the mountain and eager to promote skiing and snowboarding to everyone. Oversee and support the day to day operations of children’s winter sports. 2+ years’ supervisor experience and 2+ years’ winter sports experience....
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We are looking for forward thinkers who are committed to the mountain and eager to promote skiing and snowboarding to everyone. This positon will help to oversee and support the day to day operations of our Winter Sports School. 3+ years’ management experience and 3+ years’ winter...
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Reporting to the President, the Director of Technical Services coordinates the consensus standards that are related to the industry. This includes standards under the jurisdiction of ANSI, ASTM. Additionally the individual produces the RMLA and LMS lift maintenance and operations conferences,...
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17 runs, 300 ft. vertical. 3 triple chairs/tows/magic carpet lifts. Snow making and all equipment. Key staff in place. Chalet for 150+. $3,000,000Dan Lee/Jim MohrbacherFirst Weber - Commercial R.E.(608)833-3711
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Angel Fire Resort is seeking a dynamic and enthusiastic Retail Buyer to join our Team. This position will be responsible for implementing the buying and merchandising for a wide variety of the Resort’s retail outlets including, but not limited to ski, snowboard, golf, RV, bike, and gift...
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