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  • Feature Article - 10 IDEAS FOR SUMMER OPERATIONS
  • Feature Article - 10 Under 30 :: 2016
  • Play. Discover. Profit. SAM presents a hands-on seminar for summer operations...
  • Other-season opportunities have their own unique demands and challenges. Here’s a look at 10 ideas...
  • From making snow at Eldora to running a ski school in China, this group of 20-somethings is a highly accomplished lot.

Peak Resorts Stock Offering Raises $20 million

SAM Magazine—Wildwood, Mo., Aug. 24, 2016—Peak Resorts has reached an agreement to sell $20 million of its Series A cumulative convertible preferred stock and warrants to purchase common stock to CAP 1 LLC, a family client of Summer Road LLC. Summer Road will also have the right to nominate a person for election to Peak’s board of directors. Peak plans to use the proceeds from this offering for working capital and for future growth, including expansion through acquisition.

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Red Mountain Turns to Crowdfunding

SAM Magazine—Rossland, B.C., Canada, Aug. 24, 2016—Red Mountain, the oldest ski resort in Western Canada, is turning to a new funding source: the internet. In what may be an industry first, it is turning to equity crowdfunding.

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Telluride Air Service Expands Again

SAM Magazine—Telluride, Colo., Aug. 24, 2016—In addition to the return of regular commercial flights into Telluride Airport (see earlier report), increased traffic into nearby Montrose will also ease access to Telluride this winter. Montrose is getting new Denver service with the addition of twice-weekly Allegiant Air flights. In addition, the region will see a major jump in service to Montrose on the American Airlines network.

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Valemount Master Plan Earns B.C. Government Approval

SAM Magazine—Valemount, B.C., Canada, Aug. 17, 2016—The Valemount Glacier Destinations Ltd. master plan for a proposed ski resort on Mount Pierre Elliott Trudeau in interior British Columbia has been approved by the government. The proposed project has gotten tremendous local support, which developers say helped expedite the recent approval.

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Summer Bookings in West Continue Strong Pace

SAM Magazine—Denver, Aug. 17, 2016—Occupancy figures nearly reaching winter levels during the summer? It’s true. Western mountain destinations participating in DestiMetrics’ tracking program have reported visits and reservations that are expected to eclipse last summer’s record, which reached 92.5 percent of occupancy rates for the winter of 2015-16. This would be the fifth consecutive record summer for aggregated lodging occupancy and revenues at western mountain resorts.

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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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2016 RMLA Spring Conference and Trade Show

More than 500 lift mechanics, operations staff, managers, suppliers, and instructors attended the 45th annual Rocky Mountain Lift Association (RMLA) Spring Conference May 2-5 in Grand Junction, Colo. The theme was “Expanding Winter into Summer” but focus was clearly on lift maintenance training and winter operations. There were fewer sessions on risk management and guest service this year, and more about how to keep older lifts healthy.

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2015 Toronto Snow Show

The annual Toronto Snow Show, Oct. 15-18, 2015, at the International Centre, helped kick-start the upcoming Canadian winter ski season—as well as the North American consumer show season. Featuring a mix of vendors, local retailers and 40+ resorts from across North America, thousands of consumers flooded the trade show floor looking to purchase the latest gear, the best season passes available, and unbeatable travel packages.

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The annual ISKINY-PSAA Expo Sept. 21-23, 2015, at Lake Placid, N.Y., attracted more than 370 ski resort, vendor, and guest attendees from across North America. Two major themes dominated the gathering: the guest experience and risk management.

Before diving into business, though, the fun kicked off with a tour of the operational areas at Whiteface Resort, followed by a friendly golf tournament.

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2013 Ford Elkhart Shuttles Buses for sale. Three 14 passenger 4x4 conversion shuttles and one 12+2 4x4 lift shuttle available. Great for areas with tough winters or rugged roads! Miles range between 56K-61K.14p Shuttles $39,50012+2 Lift Shuttle $38,000Please visit our website for additional...
Sugar Bowl Resort, perched high atop majestic Donner Summit, has been serving up some of the finest skiing & riding in the Tahoe region since 1939 and is currently recruiting a new Vehicle Maintenance Manager. This position will oversee all aspects of Sugar Bowl’s Vehicle Maintenance...
Sandia Peak Ski Company is looking for an experienced Lift Operations and Maintenance Manager to lead our lift department. Preferred skills include 5 yrs. experience in chairlift mechanical and electrical operations. Strong management/supervisory skills required. This is a year-round full time...
Sugarbush Resort is seeking an experienced Ski and Ride School Director.The ideal candidate must possess solid leadership experience and proven knowledge, skills and abilities in development of ski & ride school curriculum and theory. Requires experience managing supervisory employees to ensure...
Windham Mountain Resort is looking for a full-time, year round Communications Manager to join our Marketing team. Candidate must have strong graphic design, photography, videography, social media and media communication skills. For a full job description and to apply online please visit...
Arizona Snowbowl is seeking experienced Terrain Park Builders and Groomers for their Sunset Terrain Parks program. Must have at least 3 years of terrain park specific grooming experience. Seasonal, with full and part time positions available. Apply at
Stevens Pass Mountain Resort is seeking experienced Winch, Free Cat and Park Builders. Full time and part time seasonal positions are available. Swing and Grave shifts are also available. To apply and for more information please visit:
POSITION SUMMARY The Lift Electrical Supervisor is responsible for the day to day maintenance and operational functionality of the electrical systems for Winter Parks Lifts. They are responsible to train, direct, and schedule lift electrical technicians in designing, installing, maintaining and...
Snow King is seeking a dynamic mountain operations manager to join our growing team. This position will oversee snowmaking, lifts, facilities maintenance, grooming, terrain parks, and vehicle maintenance. Extensive knowledge, experience and understanding of the alpine ski industry and proven...
Summary: Computes, classifies, records, and verifies numerical data for use in maintaining accounting records by performing the following duties. Performs General Ledger reconciliations.Performs Bank Account reconciliations.Process Cash Deposits.Perform various assigned...
Join our world-class Events and Competitions team at Sunday River Resort. We plan and produce events and competitions of all types. We're a crew of experienced and dedicated ski professionals who hold ourselves to the highest standards. We work together, we work hard, and we love what we do. If...
Terrain Park Manager: Full time year round. Responsibilities include hiring, scheduling, managing, and ensuring proper training of staff; assuring park operations are maintained to industry best practice; planning the design and development of park features; maintaining contacts with industry...
TechnoAlpin USA Inc. is seeking an enthusiastic, customer and results oriented Service Manager to join our team at our Englewood, CO office. This is a key position within the North American operations of TechnoAlpin leading our team of technicians, providing support to our customers and working...