January 2014

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  • Lifts 2013—Meh
    Recovery seems to be slow in the lift-building business. But there are bright spots.

  • IAAPA 2013
    SAM gathers some great new products and ideas from the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions annual trade show.
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  • Rental Gear 2014
    Manufacturers on both the Alpine and snowboard sides continue to find ways to make the rental process easier and guests happier.
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  • Collective Alliances
    As resorts come together to sell combined season passes, are customers responding?

  • New Vision for Night Lights
    When Steamboat decided to offer night riding, the resort found a system that is low impact and maximum fun.

  • Construction Site
    Resorts worked on everything from summer operations to new learning areas.
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  • Idea Files
    A brake pump, a loading guide, and the winner of the Best Idea File of 2013.

  • On the Road
    DENVER EXPO November 2013... BEWI LUNCHEON November 2013... SKI VT AND SKI NH RECEPTIONS November 2013

  • Speakout :: Where Are All The Moguls?
    Twenty years ago you could hardly find a ski area that wasn’t littered with moguls. They were everywhere. But by the mid-’90s, moguls were on the way to extinction...
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  • Speakout :: Remembering Henrik Bull
    Henrik Bull remembered.
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  • Industry Reports
    TAOS TO BE SOLD... GOOD NEWS FOR WEST AND WHALEBACK... PEOPLE... SUPPLIER NEWS

  • Summer: What Price is Right?
    Flexibility is the key to pricing summer activities.

  • Top PR Peeves
    Advice and perspective from the field.

  • Little Areas That Could
    There's a lot happening at four smaller Maine hills.

  • Remote Control of Lifts
    Modern communications have made remote operation of lifts much easier. But that's no excuse for taking it for granted.

  • Sochi, The Prequel
    Russia's Winter Games has deep North American roots.

  • Mountain Spy
    In this month's Mountain Spy, we tackle what is becoming a controversial subject--uphill traffic. But this is a test of customer service. Whether the answer is "yes" or "no," it still pays to deliver information with a friendly attitude.
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  • BLUE PAGES
    CANYONS AVY SUIT HOLDS MANY LESSONS... SNOWMAKING WITH BALLS... HEAVENLY ADOPTS NEW ZIPLINE RULES... INTRAWEST FILES FOR $100 MILLION IPO... AND SHOWS INTEREST IN CRESTED BUTTE?... MUCH ADO ABOUT TOKING