Current Issue

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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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May 2015

  • Economic Analysis 2013-14: Size and Location Matter
    Yes, weather impacts profitability. So does a resort's size, and how it manages its business. Plus: the lessons that losses teach.

  • Advantages in Summer Activities: Terrain, Lifts, and Gravity
    Meditations on the role and potential of off-season business.
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  • Beginner Moves
    What does it take to adopt terrain-based learning?

  • Best/Worst Marketing, 2014-15
    SAM's annual look at the highs and lows from the past season.
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  • The Balsams Rising
    The return of this Grand Resort proves all things old can be new again.

  • The Lessons of Snowboarding
    Three years ago, an NSAA report incited a flood of "snowboarding is doomed" articles. Today, the future looks brighter.

  • Peaks and Placebos
    Establish expectations for a great experience, and that's just what customers will have.

  • Masters of Festivities
    As BBQ fans and winter resorts know, summer and fall are a great time to party.

  • Living with Older Machinery
    All it takes is TLC, planning, and an understanding of how machines work.

  • Trailblazers :: Jan Leonard
    First in a series on individuals who have had a significant impact on developing the North American winter resort industry.
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  • Speak-Out :: The e-Commerce Challenge
    Jonathan Davis, IT director at Perfect North Slopes, responds to the article, "The e-Commerce Wait Problem" in SAM, March 2015.
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  • Industry Reports
    VAIL RESORTS TO ACQUIRE PERISHER... POWDR ACQUIRES PRODUCTION COMPANY... CSU LAUNCHES ONLINE SKI MANAGEMENT CERT... B.C. DEVELOPS CLIMATE CHANGE ACTION PLAN... PARK CITY APPROVED FOR $50 MILLION MAKEOVER... SEVEN INJURED IN 'LOAF LIFT ROLLBACK... PEOPLE... SUPPLIER NEWS... OBITUARIES

  • A Wild and Crazy Year
    It was the anti-Goldilocks year: too warm or too cold; too little snow, or too much. Yet many areas enjoyed record or above-average seasons.

  • The Payments Revolution
    In October 2015, the U.S. begins the switch to EMV credit card technology, which means greater fraud protection and wider acceptance of mobile payments.

  • Top Tips for installing Pipe
    Snowmaking installations are often essential and expensive. Make sure you get it right the first time.

  • A Fresh Approach
    Ski resort fare is becoming faster, healthier, and made to order.

  • Mountain Spy
    In this month’s Mountain Spy, we address an idea that many of us have encountered before, but still wonder about its safety.
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  • Idea Files
    This month’s cool ideas come from Bryce Resort, Va., which devised three innovative solutions for its bike park guests, improving the user experience and making resort operations more efficient.

  • Blue Pages
    CNL RESORT SALE: READING THE TEA LEAVES... WOLF CREEK: COLORADO’S NEXT SKI TOWN?... WE THOUGHT ALL THINGS VAIL WERE “EPIC”... WAIVERS OUT, OREGON TURNS TO SAFETY LAW... SHORTSWINGS