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July 02, 2015
SAM Magazine—Broomfield, Colo., July 2, 2015—Vail Resorts is increasing its minimum wage for entry-level positions to $10 an hour. Effective Sept. 26, the pay hike will affect nearly 7,500 of Vail’s 25,000 employees in eight states, including workers in housekeeping, lift operations, food preparation, and retail sales. Currently, the federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour, but 29 states and Washington, D.C., have minimum wages above that level. VR’s increase puts its...
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July 02, 2015
SAM Magazine–Donnelly, Idaho, July 2, 2015–Tamarack Resort will restart its mountain bike operation, which hasn’t been running since 2007, on July 4. But instead of providing uphill access via chairlift, Tamarack will offer a shuttle service and bike rentals. The services will begin July 4. The 10-passenger shuttle will run from the base-area Sports Dome to mid-mountain, offering riders a 1,800 vertical foot descent. Riders can take as many laps as they’d like. Shuttles...
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June 29, 2015
SAM Magazine—Athena, Ore., June 29, 2015—The listings of ski areas for sale recently grew by two, as Spout Springs, Ore., went on the market for $1.25 million and Marshall Mountain, located seven miles northeast of Missoula, Mont., is also for sale for $2.95 million. John Murray has owned Spout Springs since 1999, and said he wants to sell his 1,400-acre area and retire. The area has 800 vertical feet with a base elevation of about 5,000 feet. The business runs on a lease with the...
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June 29, 2015
SAM Magazine—Sheridan, Wyo., June 29, 2015—The board of directors of the Antelope Butte Foundation (ABF) signed a purchase and sale agreement with the U. S. Forest Service on June 19, paving the way for the purchase of the ski area located in the Bighorn Mountains near Dayton, Wyo. Mark Weitz, ABF board president, said the Foundation is purchasing the property, lifts, lodge, and outbuildings for $275,000. A first payment of 20 percent of the purchase price will be due within 45...
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June 29, 2015
SAM Magazine—Truckee, Calif., June 29, 2015—In a move to dampen the danger of accidental fires, the Tahoe Donner Association has implemented a smoking ban on all its properties. The ban, effective through the end of the year, prohibits smoking at all amenities, common areas, and other association-owned properties. The Truckee Fire Protection District has recently issued Red Flag warnings due to the risks of lightning and strong winds amid extreme fire danger in the region. “...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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