Snow Monsters Join NSAANSAA announces Jack Turner's Snow Monsters program (video and snow creatures) have been made available to member resorts in an effort to help grow skiing and snowboarding among the youngest sliders. The program appeals to kids and teaches safety and etiquette on the slopes in a fun, positive manner.
Modern History of Wire RopeAfter a flurry of advancements more than a century ago, wire rope has not changed dramatically. This is a comprehensive history of wire rope from technical breakthroughs in Europe in the early 19th century through the present day.
Enter E-CommerceThis article reviews the resorts that are offering skiers the opportunity to book vacations on-line. It also takes a look at the technology that is making it all possible.
Ski School Reunion at TremblantThe gathering of 600 ex and current ski school instructors at Tremblant was a huge success for a few days in July owing to a gigantic pile of snow stashed in late April and insulated from the summer sun.
The Opie and Dopey ShowTwo Breckenridge patrollers developed a multimedia presentation to teach kids about ski safety. The program is a success, using miniature characters in a slide show accompanied by music. They take the show into classrooms around Colorado.
Battling Inadequate RentalsThough ski area managers have been working to upgrade rental condominiums over the last few years, eradicating the worst might take a few more. The attempt has been to maintain and improve the the integrity of resort rental programs, and thereby improve the integrity of the resorts themselves. This report is an update of the situation around the country.
Base Area VillagesThis article discusses potential opportunities and pitfalls when developing resort villages. It also discusses the ways to successfuly structure and market such developments. (An accompanying article--on page 55, same issue--takes a look at Winter Park for some specifics covered by the main article).
Kasper, New FIS Head, Gives ViewsAn interview with the new head of the FIS, Gian Franco Kasper, reveals the new full-time president has a lot of work to do to modernize the federation.
Work In ProgressThis sidebar to a main article on the potential opportunities and pitfalls in developing resort villages takes a look at Winter Park for some specifics covered by the main article. It discusses the land swap that allowed the resort to begin the base area village development as well as a number of ways the current development answers the questions raised in the preceding article.
Colorado's Price Wars: Bonanza or Bubble?Taking acue from the major airlines, Colorado resorts are coming up with deals and discounted tickets to gain market share and get more people to the slopes. This is a brief analysis of how early sales went and what the effects will be.
Introducing Blacktail, MontanaThis is a profile of the process of founding Blacktail, Mont., the first new ski area to open on Forest Service Land since 1978.
A Wrapup of the 13th InteralpinThe Interalpin, held in Innsbruck, Austria, was the show of shows. New products, great parties and dancing.
Whitetail Goes GeothermalGeothermal power is being harnessed for Whitail, Pa.'s first on-site lodging. This article details how the resort is building to accomodate its environmentally-friendly mantra.
Avoiding Architectural CreepThis article describes how to avoid blowing budgets and maintaining the programs wanted when designing with an architect.
1998 Rental Helmet RoundupThis is a roundup of all the helmets available for rental shops for the 1998-1999 season.
Industry ReportsVail Facilities Savaged in Arson Attack; Intrawest to Develop Village at Solitude, UTah; also Intrawest-Mont Ste-Anne Negotiations; Suit Forces Whitetail to Drop County Bond Deal; Cochran's to Operate on Non-Profit Basis; Seven Springs Update; Powder Makes U-Turn; Steve Knowlton Dies; Freestyle Cops Honors; Implementation of New USFS Fee System; Personnel Moves; People; Supplier News
Seth Says: Whiskey Bottle MarketingSeth's buddy, Slats Grabski, holds forth on how ski business works, taking into account IPOs, marketing programs and staying afloat by trimming costs.
Construction SiteCapital improvements at Deer Valley, Utah; Loveland, Colo.; Heavenly, Calif.; Mad River Glen, Vt.; Fernie Alpine, B.C.; Mountain Creek, N.J.
SAM Idea FilesSki lift seats used to pad snowmaking hydrants; PVC pipe used to cover fence posts look good, make attaching fence easier and protects skiers; the Zalonga Evac Device helps stabilize skiers dangling from lifts.
Blue PagesVail Battles an Ugle Perception; GLM...GLS...Shorties...Now It's Your Turn...Perfect Turn; Jay Peak Finds Expansion Dollars; Impacts of a Low Loonie; Olympic Bookkeeping; An International Back Door; Stirrings in Stowe.
The End PageFunny captions for photos; a ditty about Noah and the Ark and what if Zoning Boards existed back then; Aspen Today's snow desk.
1998 Directory of Products and ServicesThe entire directory of companies that provide products and services to resorts.
Taking a Look at FoodThe article is a roundup of "recipes for success" taken from top F&B managers across the country.
Steve Knowlton: 1922-1998The first head of Colorado Ski Country U.S.A. was a racer, 10th Mountain veteran, restaurateur and tireless skiing booster and promoter.
When Small is Large-An ElegyA piece about Ted Gilchrist who was a tireless volunteer at Veteran's Memorial Recreational Area ski hill in Franklin, N.H.
Quit Arresting Kids Who InvertMike's piece is a call to areas to relax the ban on inverting on skis and snowboards, after all snowboarding helped generate new interest in resorts. The twin sports of snowboarding and skiing are enjoying a fun evolution and shouldn't be held back.
SAM and STN Form Web PartnershipAnnouncement of the partnership with STN and the value it brings to saminfo.com.