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Special Report: Jay Peak Forges Ahead

Since April, the news about Vermont’s Jay Peak has been heavily focused on the alleged indiscretions of its two former principals and the ensuing legal situation. What many headline-readers may not realize is that Jay has been operating daily—and business is strong.

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Hesperus Ski Area Acquired by James Coleman

SAM Magazine—Durango, Colo., Sept. 23, 2016—The investment group led by James Coleman has acquired Hesperus Ski Area, a small, family-oriented hill located 11 miles outside of Coleman’s hometown of Durango. Hesperus is the fifth ski area in the group’s portfolio, which also includes Purgatory Resort, Colo., Arizona Snowbowl, Ariz., Sipapu Ski & Summer Resort, N.M., and Pajarito Mountain, N.M.

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SAM Summer Ops Camp 2016

More than 160 summer operations managers, vendors, and schemers gathered at the Canyons Grand Summit in Park City, Utah, to explore the state of the art in summer activities at SAM’s Summer Ops Camp, Sept. 14-16.

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Joint Venture to Acquire, Complete Snowmass Base Village

SAM Magazine—Snowmass, Colo., Sept. 21, 2016—After several years of uncertainty, the dormant Base Village project at Snowmass is being acquired from Related Companies by a joint venture that includes an affiliate of KSL Capital Partners, LLC, East West Partners, and Aspen Skiing Company. The partnership expects to close on the transaction by the end of 2016.

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Snow People - September 2016

Welcome to the September edition of Snow People, where we highlight happenings to prominent ski industry and supplier personnel. 

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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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New England Summit 2016

You can tell that winter is right around the corner when ski industry operators and suppliers gather at the annual New England Summit. This year’s event attracted nearly 420 ski industry personnel, exhibitors, and speakers at Sunday River in Newry, Maine, Sept. 13-15.

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2016 MSAA ANNUAL MEETING AND TRADE SHOW HELD AT SHANTY CREEK, MICHIGAN

About 400 ski area and supplier members attended the 2016 Midwest Ski Areas Association Annual Meeting and Trade Show, Aug. 21-24, at Shanty Creek Resorts in northern Michigan. The event addressed a wide range of issues, from beginner trial and conversion to leadership succession, lift maintenance and safety.

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Eastern Canada Ski Areas (ECSA) Conference

The Eastern Canada Ski Areas (ECSA) Conference and Trade Show May 31-June 2 drew resort operators from Ontario, Quebec, and the maritime provinces to Bromont, Quebec. The bi-lingual, quadrennial event addressed the state of the ski industry in eastern Canada and put an eye toward what the Canadian ski industry will look like in 2020. More than 450 attendees representing the Association des Stations de Ski du Quebec (ASSQ), Ontario Ski Resorts Association, and Atlantic Ski Areas Association attended.

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2016 NSAA Convention Focuses on Innovation, Adaptation

The National Ski Areas Association drew a typically large crowd to the National Convention and Tradeshow, May 17-21 in Nashville, Tenn. Attendees enjoyed the usual mix of inspirational keynotes and educational seminars, as well as the musical melting pot that is Nashville. But the lingering impact of a boom-or-bust season kept the audience focused on business. 

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Mountain High, a leading resort in Southern California, is looking to fill the following key positions for the upcoming season.SNOWCAT OPERATORS - with at least 2 years grooming experience and able to follow terrain park details. Must be willing to work nights, weekends and...
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If you like the benefits of being close to Boulder, CO and working in the mountains, Eldora wants you! We are looking for an experienced snow cat operator with at least 2 years grooming experience. Candidate must be proficient with blade and tiller operations. Winch cat and terrain park building...
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The Summit at Snoqualmie, is looking for an enthusiastic Terrain Park Operator Supervisor who works well in a team environment. Responsibilities’ include, but are not limited to: supervision of the park cat fleet, daily log entries, input on feature design, feature construction and...
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Mission Ridge Ski & Board Resort is hiring for the following seasonal position: Terrain Park Manager. Responsible for continuing Mission’s dedication to innovation in terrain park design and guest experience. The terrain park manager is directly involved in the daily operations of the...
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Dodge Ridge, Pinecrest CA, is seeking a proven Accounting & Finance Manager to bring expertise to our dedicated and skilled management team. This is a great opportunity for a next step in your finance career! We are a family-owned ski area proud of our commitment to workplace values that guide...
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Lee Canyon is currently hiring for a TERRAIN PARK SUPERVISOR/BUILDER & a LIFT OPERATIONS SUPERVISOR.The Terrain Park Supervisor/Builder has the overall responsibility for the layout, design, construction, grooming and safety program for all Terrain Parks. The Lift Operations Supervisor has the...
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Brundage Mountain is accepting applications for an experienced Lift Maintenance Electrician. A motivated, positive, individual with minimum 5 years experience with relay technology, PLC controls, analog drives, digital drives, low voltage controls, high voltage up to 480 VAC and able to read...
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Brundage Mountain is accepting applications for an experienced Lift Maintenance mechanic. A motivated, positive, individual with minimum 5 years experience on detachable lifts, Ctec fixed grips as well as Doppelmayr fixed grip. Experience in all aspects of lift maintenance including rigging,...
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Bluegreen Vacations - Wisconsin Dells - 16 amazing ski runs, 5 tubing runs, amazing terrain park!Directs Snowmaking, Lift Operations, Ski Hill Maintenance Teams.Details: https://re11.ultipro.com/BLU1002/jobboard/NewCandidateExt.aspx?__JobID=4992
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The Ticket Office Supervisor is an essential part of our Guest Services Team. Guest Services is responsible for ticket sales, answering phones, utilizing POS and Credit Card technology, daily cash outs, assisting with season pass holders, checking in and out for lodging guest.The Ticket Office...
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The Snowmaking Supervisor is responsible for duties related to snowmaking, including but not limited to: scheduling, maintenance, and repair of equipment. Applicants must be self-motivated and possess strong leadership and communication skills. Daily communication and coordination with day or...
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Copper Mountain Resort – Passion for the mountain! Currently hiring for Terrain Park Hand Crew Supervisor! Responsible for supervision/training/motivation of the hand crew and assisting daytime operation of parks. Assists in design/building/testing features and overseeing safety programs....
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Seven Springs Mountain Resort is seeking several positions in our Mountain Operations department. Positions available are 1 Fleet Grooming Supervisor, Several Fleet grooming positions, and several experienced Terrain Park Cat operators. Candidates should be committed to providing a high level...
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Mount Snow Resort has an exciting opportunity available for an individual who is ready to lead a talented team and operate a multi-faceted operation that is poised for growth. During the winter season we have over a dozen outlets, including full service, fine dining, cafeterias, bars, a bakery...
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Mount Snow Resort in southern Vermont in looking for a Grooming Manager to plan, schedule and manage our trail grooming operations, ensuring standards for quality and productivity are met. Your 5-10 years of grooming experience combined with your team leadership skills and desire for a...
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Mount Snow Resort in southern Vermont is looking for a Desktop Support Technician with effective communication skills who will provide excellent customer service to join our team to provide support for workstations and applications. The ideal candidate will have excellent troubleshooting skills...
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Granite Gorge seeks Director for our 400 plus Winter Youth and School Groups Programs. Granite has a 70 person Adult Race League and many lessons packages. Director will work with the family owners, Mountain Manager, Race Director and many experienced instructors all intent on supporting and...
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