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SAVMI: World€™s Best Independent Snowcat Mechanics Program?

OK, that’s a trick question. SAVMI, the Ski Area Vehicle Mechanics Institute, is likely the only such program anywhere. Where else can groomer mechanics learn about Tier 4 mechanics, oil analysis, tire and track maintenance, plus electrical and hydraulic troubleshooting? And that’s why its 30th annual Conference and Trade show drew 312 attendees, including more than 200 resort personnel from 49 resorts (comprising 13 states and three countries) and representatives from 47 supplier companies to the Two Rivers Convention Center in Grand Junction, Colo., May 18-21.

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2015 NSAA National Convention and Tradeshow

NSAA’s National Convention and Tradeshow in San Francisco at the Hilton San Francisco May 2-6 drew the usual crowd. But there was a greater sense of urgency than usual, as the prolonged drought in California and extreme snow and cold in the East depressed visits last season. A slew of other issues kept attendees focused on business issues.

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The World'€™s Fair of Winter Sports: Interalpin 2015

Approximately 23,000 winter resort professionals descended on Messe Innsbruck, Austria, April 15-17 for the annual Interalpin trade show. Attendees came from nearly 80 countries, from major markets such as the U.S., France, and Switzerland to emerging markets such as Kazakhstan, China, and Argentina. More than 60 percent of the visitors came from outside of Europe, indicating the show’s international appeal.

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NSAA 2015 Winter Conference - Snowbird, UT

On Feb. 10-12, more than 400 ski area attendees representing 87 areas gathered at Snowbird, Utah, where 105 exhibitors filled the show floor. Attendees had a variety of educational sessions to choose from as presenters tackled everything from drone technology, freestyle terrain resource updates, minimum wage exemptions and the future of electronic incident reporting. Snowbird itself received close to six inches of snow during the conference, which many attendees took full advantage of during first tracks on Wednesday and Thursday. 

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SANY/PSAA Conference 2014

From September 22-24, 2014, Hunter Mountain, N.Y., hosted the annual SANY/PSAA meeting. It was a record-breaker in many regards. Overall, there were over 400 attendees, 237 of whom came from 52 ski areas from New York, Pennsylvania and beyond. Over 76 companies were on hand to showcase their products. The highlight of the show was the final gala dinner, which called for attendees to come dressed in their best Woodstock outfits. Many obliged, creating a throwback event complete with daisies, tie-dye and funky glasses.

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New England Summit 2014

From September 16-18, 2014, over 250 people from 65 resorts gathered at Attitash, N.H., for three days of shopping, networking and learning at the New England Summit. There were 72 exhibitors in the packed trade show hall, giving attendees plenty to peruse. When not in the trade show hall, attendees had dozens of sessions to choose from, covering everything from snowmaking to marketing and rental to risk management. On the final evening, conference goers were treated to a spectacular fireworks display by Atlas PyroVision, followed by a dinner at Bear Peak base lodge.

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