January 2012

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January 2012

  • Lifts 2011--Everyone Wins
    With new lifts in every region, sliders of every type are benefitting from a strong year in lift construction across North America.

  • What We've Got Here is a Failure to Communicate
    With a little face time and dialogue (and a lot of beer) the vehicle maintenance guys can get along with the operators...really.
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  • A Seven-Year Itch
    Stevens Pass is making its mark on the downhill bike park scene after years of brainstorming and research.

  • Know Before You Go
    The folks at Gunstock were eager to get into year-round operations, but knew enough to do their homework before they dove in.

  • Rocking the Rental World
    Areas are actually making rental shops a positive part of the guest experience.

  • Making More From Less
    It's no secret that small ski areas are vital to the overall growth in the mountain resort industry. Here is how three are having a big impact.

  • Change is in the Wind
    The Forest Service is looking at allowing wind power on its lands.

  • Going Up
    Believe it or not, there are guests out there who would rather hoof it up your mountain than ride a fancy lift. Keeping them safe is another matter.

  • Looking Beyond Winter
    Managers seek advice and insights at SAM's Summer Ops Camp.

  • Construction Site
    There was a lot of building activity at ski resorts last summer.

  • How's Your App-etite?
    Mobile apps are moving from novelty to necessity.

  • Idea Files
    Durable maze signs and a windproof heater vent are the latest solutions to come from resorts. Plus, we reprise the Best Idea from 2011.

  • Mountain Spy
    Mountain Spy Liz Eren goes back to one of our basic questions, and perhaps an area's most important phone call to field...
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  • GenAura/SAM Magazine Digital Communications Survey
    In fall 2011, executives and managers from almost 100 ski resorts in the U.S. and Canada responded to a survey about their use of several important technologies/services, including social media networks, microblogging services, and resort apps, which their ski resorts employ for promotional and communications purposes.
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  • On the Road
    SAM Summer Ops Camp, October 2011... BEWI's Boston Expo, November 2011... SAM on vacation.

  • Blue Pages
    THE RESORT PHOTOGRAPHY REVOLUTION... SKIING IN OUTER SPACE... TERRAIN PARKS TO DOMINATE ASTM MEETING... USTPC SUSPENDS CERTIFICATION PROGRAM... LET'S TOAST A GUINNESS RECORD... NEW QUAD AT GULMARG MAY TOP BRECK'S... WINTER REVIVALS... DOUBLE DUTY.

  • Speak Out -- Mountains of Opportunity
    Summer opportunities.
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  • Industry Report
    PEAK RESORTS POSTPONES IPO... CNL BUYS STEVENS PASS... NSAA FORMALIZES PARTNERSHIP WITH IMBA... OBITUARY... PEOPLE... SUPPLIER NEWS.

  • Eco-Tip: Cleaner Sleds, Cleaner Air
    Two- versus four-stroke snowmobiles.

  • ONLINE EXCLUSIVE :: Tips for Successfully Running a Family Business
    An interview with Transition Consulting Group.
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