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Summer Ops Camp 2014

With interest in summer business continuing to grow, it’s no surprise that this year’s Summer Ops Camp, held at Vail, Colo., Sept. 3-5, drew a record attendance of 150 from both resorts (46) and suppliers (34). Campers from North America, Chile, and China participated in range of business, activity-specific, and risk management seminars and discussions, and got hands-on with activities at Vail’s Adventure Ridge, Glenwood Caverns, Breckenridge Fun Park, and at the suppliers’ demo area in Vail Village.

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Midwest Ski Areas Association Trade Show 2014

From August 3-6, over 290 ski area attendees representing 55 ski areas gathered at Boyne Mountain in Michigan for three days of shopping, networking and learning. Over 76 companies displayed their wares providing attendees a one-stop shop for the coming season. Boyne supplied attendees with abundant sunshine, great food and a beautiful resort packed with every amenity a guest could want, from an indoor waterpark to a golf course, and from biking to zip lining. Indoors, attendees had the choice of dozens of information-packed sessions, addressing everything from lift maintenance to marketing.

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Cutter's Camp in the East and West Explore Everything Terrain Park


Cutter's Camp at Timberline, Mt. Hood, wrapped up last week, May 12-16, and celebrated its 12th year for this gathering. The shorter eastern Cutter's Camp took place last month, April 4-6, at Mount Snow, Vt. Between the two camps, over 85 resorts from across the continent (and a few from overseas) gathered with one thing in common—a passion to ensure that resorts both big and small run safe and successful parks.

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Leitner Poma High Roller Grand Opening

On a glorious evening in Las Vegas, Nev., on May 18, Leitner-Poma hosted an event to celebrate its installation of the world's tallest observation wheel, the High Roller. Attendees included representatives from Leitner-Poma, Sigma, Aspen/Snowmass, Grouse Mountain, Mt. Hood Meadows, Arapahoe Basin, Val Badia and many other parties involved in the construction of the project. The 550-foot wheel proved to be an impressive back-drop for an opening cocktail reception. And right at sunset, attendees were treated to a 30-minute ride on the wheel.

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43rd RMLA Conference, May 2014—Lift Safety Ideas, Summer Activity Concerns and More

The annual Rocky Mountain Lift Association (RMLA) conference May 5-8 in Grand Junction, Colo., expanded the usual safety and risk-management themes to year-round activities—a trend that has spanned several conferences this season. That, along with the many training sessions and several “does this happen at your area?” roundtables, drew a typical crowd of 315 attendees, along with another 111 speakers and suppliers.

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NSAA 2014 National Convention and Trade Show

The annual NSAA Convention, held in Savannah, Ga., April 29-May 2, drew an enthusiastic crowd. The convention provided an upbeat conclusion to a season that started slowly but rebounded strongly. Over 120 resorts were in attendance to cruise the trade show aisles, which hosted 150 companies. In all, 867 people had the chance to network, learn and recreate.