April 17, 2014
SAM Magazine—Houghton, Mich., April 17, 2014—Vern Barber, manager of Marquette Mountain, Mich., for the past 32 years, is joining Mount Bohemia as general manager. He starts his new job May 5. Mount Bohemia president Lonie Glieberman said that Barber will be charged with managing the resort’s growing lodging facilities and year-round operations. Bohemia has room for 140, up from 48 five years ago. The area has also added summer adventure options, a restaurant and bar, and...
April 17, 2014
SAM Magazine—Woodbury, Conn., April 16, 2014—SAM Magazine and HKD Snowmakers are proud to announce that Ken Mack of Loon Mountain, N.H., is the winner of the inaugural HKD Snowmaker’s I AM a Snowmaker Award. Mack, a 14-year snowmaking veteran, received the most votes of all nominees for his personal stories and reflections on his life as a snowmaker. More than 6,000 votes poured in from industry professionals and ski and snowboard enthusiasts to vote on the snowmaker who...
April 16, 2014
SAM Magazine—Washington, D.C., April 16, 2014—The U.S. Forest Service has finalized policy guidelines that will open opportunities for ski areas to develop and offer a variety of year-round recreation activities on the National Forests. The revised directives stem from the Ski Area Recreational Opportunity Enhancement Act of 2011. "The new directives will help usher in a wider spectrum of developed recreation opportunities that will encourage more people to enjoy the national...
April 16, 2014
SAM Magazine—Breckenridge, Colo., April 16, 2014—Occupancy and revenue remained on an upward trend at destination resorts through March, according to Denver-based DestiMetrics. Results varied with the weather for the three major regions covered in the firm’s monthly report. But strong summer reservations across all three regions foretell another record summer for mountain resort destinations. DestiMetrics data are derived from a sample of approximately 300 property management...
April 03, 2014
SAM Magazine--Queensbury, N.Y., April 3, 2014--April Fool's Day was no joke for West Mountain--the area has exited bankruptcy. According to the Post Star, the final decree was made public this past Tuesday. Apex Capital, which has been operating the area since last summer and who bought the first mortgage on the property in November of last year, is now the official owner. Spencer Montgomery of Apex Capital told the Post Star that the company has plans to expand into real estate, four-...
For the past decade, the mountain resort industry has circled around the trial and conversion quandary: How do we get more than 15 percent of those who try our sports to stick with them? The first...
From January 21-23, almost 800 people gathered at Steamboat, Colorado, for the National Ski Areas Association Western Conference and Trade Show. With 84 ski areas on hand, the 147 exhibiting...
In its fourth year, the SAM Summer Ops Camp drew over 150 operators and vendors together at Attitash Resort, N.H., from September 15-18 to discuss the many money-making opportunities to be had...
The 2013 New England Summit Sept. 17-19 at Attitash, N.H., drew 425 attendees, including more than 275 ski area staff from 51 areas. There were also eight industry organizations represented, and 150...
From September 11 to 13, 2013, 326 attendees from 66 supplier companies and 36 ski resorts gathered at beautiful Holiday Valley for a few days of networking and shopping during the Ski Areas of NY (...