April 14, 2015
SAM Magazine—Denver, April 14, 2015—Despite mercurial temperatures and sporadic snowfall throughout the Rocky Mountain and Far West mountain resorts in February and March, resort lodging posted double-digit increases in revenue for the third straight winter, with summer reservations following a similar track, according to Denver-based DestiMetrics. As of March 31, data collected by DestiMetrics for 19 mountain destinations in six western states showed actual occupancy for the...
April 14, 2015
SAM Magazine—Natick, Mass., April 14, 2015—SAM Magazine is proud to announce the 2015 SAMMY Leadership Award winners: Beth Howard, Ryan Locher, and Hiram Towle. The awards, now in their 19th year, are given each year to individuals who will shape the future of the mountain resort industry. This year saw a record number of nominations, and almost 3,000 votes were tallied for our 12 finalists. Winners will be presented with an award on May 3 at the SAMMY Awards event at the National...
April 13, 2015
SAM Magazine—Squaw Valley, Calif., April 13, 2015—After years of negotiating, Squaw Valley has reached an agreement with private land owner Troy Caldwell to build a base-to-base gondola connecting Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows. The linkage traverses White Wolf, Caldwell’s land, and has been at the top of both parties’ wish list for years. “Connecting Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows through White Wolf is literally bringing my long-time dream to fruition, I’...
April 09, 2015
SAM Magazine—Denver, Colo., April 9, 2015—New snow that swept California, Utah, and parts of the Northeast have allowed some ski areas to tack on a few more days to their seasons. Squaw Valley reset its closing date to April 19 thanks to 20 inches of new snow in the past week. The area has four lifts running on a 45-inch base, and officials said they might stay open longer if conditions permit. Kirkwood had already cancelled its Banked Slalom event to be held April 11-12 due low...
April 09, 2015
SAM Magazine—Jackson, Wyo., April 6, 2015—Mountain bike riders in North America have crowned the top bike parks as part of the second annual "Best Bike Parks Riders' Choice Awards" produced by MTBparks.com, a comprehensive online guide to North American bike parks. More than 3,000 riders cast votes this year on the top lift-served mountain-bike parks in eight separate regions: Western Canada, Eastern Canada, Northeast, Mid-Atlantic/Southeast, Midwest, Southwest,...
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 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...