• 2017 SAMMY Leadership Awards
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  • Featured Article - Gimme Shelter
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  • 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...
  • Employee housing has become a pressing issue for resorts nationwide. Communities and areas are taking a variety of steps in response.
  • The question: "I'm a decent skier, but I've never skied powder before and it looks awesome. But I hear it's different. What do I need to know?"
  • Kris Blomback speaks out on the topic of preparing our next generation of mountain resort leaders.

Big Snow, Longer Season from East to West

SAM Magazine—Dover, Vt., April 28, 2017—Across much of the country, the grass is growing, flowers are blooming, and spring sports are in full swing. But dozens of mountain resorts are still open for skiing and riding—some with plans to remain open for months to come, thanks to deep snowpack and a winter that just won’t quit.

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SANY to Host Lift Training and Maintenance Program

SAM Magazine—Jamesville, N.Y., April 28, 2017—The Ski Areas of New York Lift Training and Maintenance Program is being offered this summer at several locations around the state. The program will provide training and networking to lift maintenance staff in more than 10 critical areas of lift maintenance. SANY membership is not required in order to attend any of the classes; all New York state ski area lift personnel are invited. There is no cost to participate, and lunch will be provided at each location.

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Snow People - April 2017

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

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Occupancy Flat, Revenues Rise at Western Mountain Resorts

SAM Magazine—Denver, April 24, 2017—The 2016-17 season started slowly for Western destinations, strengthened mid-season, and then lost momentum in the final weeks, according to Denver-based DestiMetrics. The season will likely record some year-over-year declines by the end of April. As of March 31, aggregated occupancy reservations from November through April were down 0.3 percent. Overall revenue, though, rose 6.8 percent compared to the same time last year. Four of the six winter months showed increases; November and April were down.

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Kircher Buys Crystal from Boyne Resorts

SAM Magazine—Crystal Mountain, Wash., April 19, 2017—On March 31, John Kircher acquired Crystal Mountain Ski Resort in a transaction between Kircher and Boyne Resorts, Inc. Under terms of the deal, Kircher, a longtime partner in Boyne Resorts, has swapped his share of ownership for Crystal, leaving brother Steve Kircher in control of Boyne Resorts. The sale values Crystal at $40 million and occurred 20 years to the day after Boyne purchased Crystal Mountain in 1997.

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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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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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Hunter Mountain is looking for a Communications and PR Manager to be the voice and face of Hunter Mountain. This position requires a balance of creative, witty, and professional writing and verbal communication skills while managing public relations and multiple forms of digital communication,...
Angel Fire Resort is accepting applications for a Snowmaking Manager to join the Mountain Operations team. We are looking for an enthusiastic, safety minded individual with at least 5 years of experience working with an air/water system who is also capable of leading by example to manage a...
Cooper, CO seeks IT Technician to install and maintain computer systems and networks resort-wide. Successful candidates will have excellent troubleshooting & communication skills, and working knowledge of PC and network hardware, Windows Server and desktop operating systems, Active Directory and...
Giants Ridge is seeking sealed bids for the sale of a 1997 Riblet Tramway fixed grip triple Chairlift. The chairlift has 115 three passenger chairs, 13 towers, and 125 HP motor. It is currently in operation at Giants Ridge in Biwabik, MN. For more details please contact Sean Peyla 218-865-8043,...
Vail Mountain in Vail, CO has a full-time, year-round, benefitted position available for a Lift Maintenance Mechanic, previous experience required. Job duties include repair and preventive maintenance of all detachable, fixed grip, conveyors and surface lifts.
Two 2013 Bison X, just serviced, one with winch, 2011 Bison X, 1997 LMC 1800 3655 hours, $29,000, PB 240/280 wheels and tires, Three Areco Supersnows, Summer tubing, mSnow Bumper Tubing, 300' long $35,000, Niedner hose, Call or text Jason with CHS Snowmakers 303.818.5923
Full-time, year-round position. Boyne Highlands Resort, the best in the midwest, with 435 skiable acres, 8 lifts including 4 place high speed. Responsibility covers repairing all aspects of carpets, chair lifts, rope tow and zip line structures. Experience preferred, but willing to train. Learn...
Mountain Village Gondola - connects the towns of Telluride and Mountain Village. We are seeking a FTYR Electrical Technician/Supervisor with an emphasis in controls and automation. Experience with ABB, Eurotherm VFD’s, CTEC/Doppelmayr low-voltage controls and, Allen-Bradley programming....
Eaglecrest Ski Area is looking for an Experienced Snowcat Operator/Mechanic. During the winter this position is responsible for operating grooming equipment and supervising the nightly grooming staff. In the summer months this position will assist with all mountain maintenance that includes but...
As the General Manager of Camelback Mountain, the Activities side of our Resort, you will have the opportunity of a lifetime to be part of a unique and dynamic resort, where having fun is literally our mission! The General Manager will oversee, direct and manage the day to day operations of the...
Grand Targhee Resort is seeking an experienced Sales Manager, to join our team. The National Sales Manager is responsible for overall resort destination group, day group, and leisure sales functions. Candidates must have 3 years of previous experience as well as a passion for the ski industry....
Sunrise Park Resort, owned and operated by the White Mountain Apache Tribe is seeking a Lift Maintenance Manager to manage all aspects of lift maintenance department. Responsible for scheduling, training staff, coordinate activities. Prepare & review inspection reports. Also schedule & budget...
Anakeesta in Gatlinburg seeks an experienced Lift Maintenance Supervisor for a new Leitner-Poma fixed grip gondola/chairlift. Full-time, year-round. Send resume to
Loon is looking for an enthusiastic full-time, year-round sales manager to sell and facilitate memorable Loon experiences for our guests. Work with a range of business segments from new and returning ski, corporate, school, and social groups, hotels, functions and weddings to sell and fulfill...