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Below is the Table of Contents from the current issue of SAM (Ski Area Management) magazine. We have selected a few articles that you can read in their entirety online.

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January 2015

  • Lifts 2014: Is That All There Is?
    New aerial lift installations hit rock bottom. Is this the new normal?

  • Rental Guide 2015
    Performance and graphic trends in ski and snowboard gear.
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  • The History of Cats: Part I
    A look back at the earliest machines used for slope grooming and the pioneers who invented them.
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  • Walking the Line
    It's barely five years since aerial adventure parks appeared in winter resorts, but they have become a key part of the landscape.

  • Programs for Summer
    Summer activities can be profitable. So can summer events. But the trifecta is activities, events, and programs.

  • Summer Ops and Tots
    Without the liability protection afforded by inherent risk statutes, summer activities need extra care--especially when kids are involved.

  • Construction Site
    Resorts across North America are making major improvements and expanding terrain for guests to enjoy this coming season.

  • Idea Files
    Tubing lane shapers, fast and cheap ATV windshield repairs, and mobile work platforms are the latest great ideas from resorts.

  • On the Road
    IAAPA Attractions Expo, Orlando, FL, November 2014... Boston Ski & Snowboard Expo, Boston, MA, November 2014... Ski NH Media Reception, Boston, MA, November 2014... TBL Fall Immersion, Killington, VT, November 2014... CCSAA Eastern Meeting, Stowe, VT, November 2014... Colorado Ski & Snowboard Expo, Denver, CO, November 2014

  • Letter to the Editor
    NSP Responds to "Rescue Me."
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  • Industry Report
    Vail Resorts to Invest $50 Million at PCMR, Peak's IPO, and other news.

  • Gearing Up for LSSM and BAF
    Resorts are taking a variety of approaches to boost trial and conversion.

  • Deals Expand the First-Time Audience
    Discount subscription programs such as Groupon broaden the newbie market.

  • Eco Tip :: Heating Timers
    Use only what's needed, while minimizing human error.

  • Fit Renters Right
    Improving the bootfitting process, wherever possible, is crucial for return business.

  • Online Waivers
    Cloud-based liability protection is the wave of the future.

  • Mountain Spy
    In this month's Mountain Spy, we tackle the simple act of renting gear. When a customer has doubts about going through the rental process, how easy do you make it for them?
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  • Blue Pages
    THE GREENEST CATS... THE CAT'S MEOW: A CELEBRATION OF SNOWCATS... SILVER TSUNAMI HITS THE SKI INDUSTRY... HIDDEN GEM