October 20, 2014
SAM Magazine—Vail, Colo., Oct. 20, 2014—The U.S. Forest Service has published a final record of decision regarding Vail’s comprehensive summer activities proposal, "Epic Discovery, a Summer Mountain." The decision is the first to stem from passage of the Ski Area Recreational Opportunities Act in 2011. Epic Discovery encourages “learning through play,” promoting environmental education and conservation through a variety of experiences. The main approved...
October 17, 2014
SAM Magazine—Denver, Oct. 17, 2014—The record-breaking summer for both occupancy and revenue among western mountain resorts is carrying into the winter booking season, according to Denver-based DestiMetrics, which tracks mountain lodging bookings at 19 western mountain resorts in six states. As of Sept. 30, winter bookings for November through March are up 7.4 percent in occupancy and 15.5 percent in revenue for the upcoming season compared to the same time last year, with...
October 15, 2014
SAM Magazine—Arapahoe Basin, Colo., Oct. 15, 2014—Arapahoe Basin Ski Area will kick off Colorado’s 2014-15 ski and snowboard season on Friday, Oct. 17. The Black Mountain Express high-speed quad chairlift will open at 9 a.m. to whisk riders to the top of the intermediate High Noon trail at mid-mountain. “Conditions have been outstanding for snowmaking and we are very excited to open this Friday,” said Alan Henceroth, A-Basin’s COO. The area’s mountain...
October 09, 2014
SAM Magazine—Broomfield, Colo., Oct. 9, 2014—Vail Resorts has named Bill Rock, currently chief operating officer of Northstar California Resort, as the new chief operating officer of Park City Mountain Resort and Canyons Resort. Beth Howard, currently vice president of mountain dining and clubs, will become general manager of Northstar California Resort. Both appointments are effective Nov. 1, 2014. Rock joined Vail Resorts in 2010 as COO at Northstar and, at that time, also had...
October 08, 2014
SAM Magazine--Steamboat Springs, Colo., October 8, 2014--It seems that Utah can't stay out of the news. On the heels of the launch of a marketing campaign by Visit Salt Lake to promote Salt Lake City and its four member resorts (Brighton, Solitude, Alta and Snowbird) as Ski City USA, which appeared to be an effort to attract visitors away from places like Park City, Steamboat Springs, Colo., moved to protect its trademark Ski Town, U.S.A. in the Federal District Court for the District of...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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,...