November 2013

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  • Guests of the Future
    New demographic studies show that the snowsports industry is going to have to tap new markets.
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  • What's in Your Park?
    SAM's 9th annual terrain park contest gathers features and events from around the world. Now it's your turn to pick your favorite.
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  • Alternative Structures
    Ski areas are finding great uses for temporary structures, from patrol buildings to watering holes for guests.

  • Techno Grooming
    GPS's role in grooming has been minimal so far, but that could change.

  • Olympic-Sized Projects
    With the Sochi Olympics just around the corner, SAM took a peek behind the scenes at the massive uphill transportation and snowmaking systems.

  • Construction Site
    Resorts were busy this summer with improvements.

  • Idea Files
    An evac system, a lift stop gate, and hangers in the maintenance shop are the latest and greatest ideas from resorts.

  • On the Road
    SANY/PSAA EXPO, Holiday Valley, N.Y., September 2013... NE SUMMIT, Attitash, N.H., September 2013... SAM'S SUMMER OPS CAMP, September 2013

  • Industry Report
    CAMELBACK SOLD... MOUNTAIN RIDER'S ALLIANCE TO RUN MT. ABRAM... BEAR VALLEY DEAL FALLS THROUGH... TWO AUCTIONS, ONE SALE... OBITUARIES... PEOPLE... SUPPLIER NEWS... CORRECTIONS

  • Pass Sales Up
    Partnerships and specials keep passes popular.

  • ECO TIP :: Waste Oil Heaters: Recycle, Reuse
    Waste oil heaters can cut the waste management cost and reduce overall heating bills.

  • LSSM Makes Learn-to an Easy Sell
    Tying local promotions to a national program can attract publicity and boost sales.

  • What's Hot in Terrain Parks?
    At SAM's annual Cutter's Camps, the latest trends are revealed and discussed.
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  • Mountain Spy
    In this month's Mountain Spy, we logged on to Facebook and posted our question on the walls of several mountain resorts. In a world of immediate customer service, Facebook is the first place many customers go for a quick answer--and a legitimate one at that. Unfortunately, almost half of the mountains didn't respond to our message and left our Mountain Spy in the dark...others nailed it!
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  • Blue Pages
    EVOLVING TERRAIN PARK MANAGEMENT... ONLINE WAIVERS GAINING LEGAL BACKING... UNITED WE SKI AND RIDE IN D.C... FOREST SERVICE CLARIFIES RESORT RULES... HAYSTACK TRANSFORMATION TAKING SHAPE... PASS DEALS WITH A TWIST... HOW DO WE LOVE THEE?... WHEN DID SOCCER BECOME A WINTER SPORT?... A DAY TO CELEBRATE SNOWBOARDING