January 2011

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January 2011

  • In Defense of Terrain Parks
    In a landmark case, terrain parks were recognized as a risk management tool, not a menace to jumpers.

  • Lifts 2010: Quality, not Quantity
    Construction activity picked up last summer as areas went bigger on aerial lifts and stocked up on conveyors.

  • Party On!
    Weddings, reunions, and other summer functions can be a boon for the bottom line and staff stability.

  • Building a Brand Base
    Follow simple steps to go big.

  • Snowmaking Automation
    The efficiencies and cost savings in automated snowmaking have resorts intrigued, if not entirely sold.

  • If You Sell It, They May Come
    As city ski and board shops disappear, resort shops just might gain business.

  • Park and Ride
    Mountain bike parks have come a long way and are poised for growth, so long as resorts serve riders' needs well.

  • Reining in Risk
    Serious tubing incidents are rare, but when they happen, "assumption of risk" statutes may not apply.

  • In the Fast Lane
    Tubing continues to grow in popularity, both with customers and resorts looking to expand their revenue streams.
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  • Mountain Spy
    Mountain Spy Liz Eren found that Eastern areas were quite often knowledgeable and helpful, while larger, Western resorts were largely clueless when it came to Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month. As always, names have been changed to protect the guilty.
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  • The Future of Real Estate, Part II
    A closer look at key trends and discoveries about Boomers and Gen X as revealed in the Kelsey Norden real estate survey.
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  • Blue Pages
    GET A GROUPON... ...OR TAKE A SHOT ON LIFTOPIA... JUST SAY NO TO GLUTEN... CULTURE SHOCK AT SQUAW VALLEY... 30 YEARS OF GRATITUDE... TAMARACK REOPENS FOR THE SEASON... SKIING IS A RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCE... STOWE: BEAVER CREEK OF THE EAST... SHORTSWINGS...

  • Fun and Games
    The summer attractions trade show, IAPPA, has a great deal to teach winter resorts about business year-round.

  • Idea Files
    Clever unloading signs, a windproof stop gate, and winchable loading gates are the latest great ideas to come from resorts.

  • Speak-Out -- More Mas
    Diversity and the MAS Report
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  • Creating Space
    As rental operations expand, clever storage solutions can maximize your available space.
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  • Industry Reports
    SKYTRAC, NEW LIFT CO.... VERMONT AREAS FOR SALE... KSL BUYS SQUAW VALLEY... WB IPO NETS $300 MILLION... AWARDS... PEOPLE... SUPPLIER NEWS...

  • Election Elation
    Will the electoral changes in state and national government be good for business? Areas vote yes.

  • Elk Becomes Eagle Point
    New owners take a pragmatic approach at an old area.