August 28, 2015
SAM Magazine—Aug. 28, 2015—A memorial service for Jan Leonard, the principal in Skytrac lifts and former president of Doppelmayr who died Aug. 26, will take place Sept. 1. In a prepared statement, Kay Leonard and family said they "would like everyone to know that a celebration of Jan Leonard’s life has been scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 1, from 6 to 8 pm at Starks Funeral Parlor in Salt Lake City. There will be no viewing, just a gathering to remember Jan and connect with...
August 26, 2015
SAM Magazine—Aug. 26, 2015—Jan Leonard, a principal in Skytrac lifts and former president of Doppelmayr, died this morning. His Skytrac partners, David Metivier, Alan Hepner, and Carl Skylling, have presented the following open letter to the industry: To all our friends, industry patrons and trade partners, It is with great sadness that we write this letter concerning the passing of our beloved Mentor and Business Partner Jan Leonard. Jan Leonard, who is survived by his loving...
August 26, 2015
SAM Magazine—Natick, Mass., Aug. 26, 2015—Registration for SAM’s sixth annual Summer Ops Camp—a series of seminars, workshops, and site visits that explore the state of the art in summer operations—closes Monday, Aug. 31. A few spots are still available for the camp, Sept. 9-11 at Camelback, Pa. Summer Ops Camp is a hands-on educational and networking event that gathers activity experts, resort managers and operators from around North America to explore the...
August 20, 2015
SAM Magazine—Lakewood, Colo., Aug. 20, 2015—A number of ski associations in the U.S. are plotting to pull off the “world’s largest ski and snowboard lesson” Jan. 8, 2016, with the goal of having it officially recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records. The goal is also to use this stunt as a kickoff event for Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month and the Bring a Friend learn-to campaigns. Representatives from the National Ski Areas Association, SnowSports...
August 19, 2015
SAM Magazine—Denver, Aug. 19, 2015—Summer lodging revenue is up 14 percent and occupancy is up 8 percent compared to last summer, according to data collected among lodging properties at 19 western mountain destination resorts in six states. In July alone, revenue was up 13.8 percent and occupancy 7.9 percent, according to DestiMetrics, the Denver-based firm that collects and analyzes the data. “With much of the summer season behind us and kids headed back to school, resorts...
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...
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...
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...
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...