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  • Ski Area Ownership Timeline
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  • Blue Pages :: May 2017
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  • 2017 SAMMY Leadership Awards
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  • This interactive on-line ownership chart goes back almost 30 years and delivers all the background information on the sales, purchases, closures and auctions of North American winter resorts.
  • The question: "I'm interested in buying a season pass for your mountain, but I've heard there's passes with other mountains on them, too. What do I need to know?"
  • SAM's annual SAMMY Awards honor those individuals in the mountain resort industry, who, at mid-career, demonstrate the enthusiasm, passion and creativity that will shape our future. Learn more about our 2017 winners...


Kohlberg & Co. Buys K2, Marker, Multiple Other Brands From Newell

SAM Magazine—Hoboken, N.J., May 26, 2017—Kohlberg & Company has purchased K2, Marker, Dalbello, and the rest of the winter sports businesses formerly owned by Newell Brands Inc. Gross proceeds to Newell from the divestiture are expected to be $240 million, subject to customary working capital and transaction adjustments.

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Whistler Blackcomb COO Dave Brownlie to Step Down

SAM Magazine—Whistler, B.C., May 24, 2017— Whistler Blackcomb Resort chief operating officer Dave Brownlie has decided to step down from his role and pursue other endeavors following a career at the resort that spans nearly three decades.

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Emerald Expositions Acquires Snow Show from SIA

SAM Magazine—San Juan Capistrano, Calif., May 24, 2017—Emerald Expositions, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Emerald Expositions Events, Inc., producer of business-to-business trade shows and conferences, including Outdoor Retailer, has acquired the SIA Snow Show from SnowSports Industries America (SIA).

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Lookout Pass Expansion Plan Approved by Forest Service

SAM Magazine—Mullan, Idaho, May 24, 2017—Phase I of Lookout Pass’ master development plan has been approved by U.S. Forest Service officials, and work can begin as early as this summer on projects that will total about $10 million over the next few years, including terrain expansion, new chairlifts, an addition to the base lodge, and more parking.

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Winter Concludes with Occupancy Down Slightly in the West, Revenues Up

SAM Magazine—Denver, May 18, 2017—Overall aggregated occupancy during the 2016-17 winter season—November through April—declined 0.2 percent, marking the first seasonal dip in winter occupancy since the 2011-12 ski season. In contrast, aggregated revenues were up a strong 7.2 percent, with double-digit growth recorded during the month of December. The data was released yesterday by Denver-based DestiMetric’s as part of its monthly Market Briefing.

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2017 NSAA National Convention and Tradeshow

The NSAA National Convention and Tradeshow drew a total of 880 ski industry operators and suppliers to the Fairmont Princess Resort in Scottsdale, Ariz., May 5-7. The focus this year was clearly on developing and retaining new skiers and riders, a fitting aim for soon-to-retire NSAA president Michael Berry’s final act. 

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40th Annual LMS Draws Record Attendance

Celebrating its 40th year of educating ski area personnel, the Lift Maintenance Seminar (LMS) welcomed the biggest crowd in its history at this year’s event, held April 18-20 at Jiminy Peak, Mass. More than 420 participants from about 70 different ski areas came to expand their knowledge about chairlift and surface lift operation, maintenance, safety, risk management, and more, as well as sessions that covered snowmaking, staffing, and other mountain operations subjects.

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2017 NSAA Eastern Conference and Tradeshow, Mount Snow, Vt.

Compared to last year, the tone was decidedly different among operators and suppliers at this year’s NSAA Eastern Conference and Tradeshow, Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 at Mount Snow, Vt. Normal snowfall and strong visitation had the robust group of attendees singing a more positive tune than a year ago. 

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NSAA Western Trade Fair 2017

Short-Term Optimism, Long-Term Concerns

There was a general air of enthusiasm and optimism at the NSAA Western Winter Conference, Jan. 16-19 at Steamboat, Colo., thanks to a strong season to date for resorts across most of the country. But the long-term outlook is clouded by challenges ranging from the need to attract and retain more new skiers and riders to the rigors of training and retaining lift mechanics—challenges that the conference tried to address head on.

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ISKINY-PSAA Expo

The annual ISKINY-PSAA Expo, Sept. 19-21, 2016, at Holiday Valley, N.Y., attracted more than 345 ski resort, vendor, and guest attendees from across North America. The program kicked off with the annual golf tournament and opportunity to demo Holiday Valley's aerial adventure parks.

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This position assists with the maintenance of all rolling stock at Stevens Pass. Must have minimum four years’ experience in auto mechanics and vehicle maintenance. Responsible for troubleshooting, diagnosing, and repairing mechanical problems of the rolling stock including loaders, snow...
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Sunrise Park Resort located in the White Mountains Greer, Az is seeking Vehicle Shop Supervisor. Sunrise is a year round ski & summer resort owned and operated by the White Mountain Apache Tribe. Qualified candidate must have proven track record in all aspects of resort’s vehicle...
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Arizona Ski Resort is seeking a dynamic person to coordinate the Marketing and Public Relations. Sunrise is a year round ski and summer resort in the White Mountains of Arizona owned and operated by the White Mountain Apache Tribe. Qualified candidates must have proven track record in all...
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Mountain High, a leading resort in Southern California, is looking for an enthusiastic leader to oversee and work alongside our snowmaking team. 2+ years’ management experience + extensive knowledge in the field. Benefited, full-time (appx 10 month) position. Interested candidates submit...
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Mountain High, a leading resort in Southern California, is looking for an enthusiastic leader/team builder to oversee and work alongside our lift maintenance team. 3+ years’ management experience and 3+ years’ lift maintenance experience. Benefited position to start ASAP. Interested...
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Sunrise Park Resort located in the White Mountains (Greer AZ) is seeking a Full Time Food & Beverage Supervisor. Sunrise is a year round ski & summer resort owned and operated by the White Mountain Apache Tribe. Qualified candidates will actively manage and operate Sunrise Food &Beverage...
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Arizona Ski Resort is seeking a qualified Computer Technician. Sunrise is a year round ski and summer resort in the White Mountains of Arizona owned and operated by the White Mountain Apache Tribe. Candidate must have at least 3 years directed knowledge to be able to install and configure...
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Sunrise Park Resort of Arizona, owned and operated by the White Mountain Apache Tribe, is seeking a qualified candidate for the Accountant/Cashier position. Candidates must have 2 years experience in AP, purchasing, journal entries, balancing and reconciling all revenue. At least 1 year...
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Mission Ridge Ski and Board Resort is seeking a full time Vehicle Maintenance Manager that is motivated, professional, friendly, highly attentive, and values teamwork. Vehicle fleet includes snowcats, heavy equipment, trucks and snowmobiles. Send resumes to: humanresources@missionridge.com
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We’re looking for an organized, customer-focused person willing to jump in with both feet to manage a staff of dedicated employees and the day-to-day rental shop operations. The Rental Shop Manager's first priority is to ensure our guests receive the equipment they need and are looking...
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The Yellowstone Club, a private ski and golf resort in Big Sky, MT is accepting applications for the following open positions. These open positions are a result of creating a new ski expansion for the 2017-2018 ski season: Lift Maintenance MechanicGondola/Detachable ElectricianLift...
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Vail is located in Eagle County, Colorado, approximately 100 miles west of Denver on Interstate 70. Vail has 5,300 permanent residents, 8,500 part-time residents, and as many as 35,000 daily guests during the peak winter season. The selected individual will be a full-time resident of Vail and...
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Arizona Snowbowl is seeking a year-round Assistant General Manager to assist the GM in managing all aspects of resort operations including Mountain, Operations, Lodging, F&B, Retail, Guest Services and procurement. The AGM will directly manage these functions in the absence of the GM. Degree in...
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