Summer Ops Camp 2014

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Join us at SAM Magazine's 5th annual Summer Ops Camp this
September where you and your team will gain valuable insight
into the mountainous potential of year-round business. 

Summer Ops Camp Questions: E-mail

Schedule at-a-glance:


10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Registration at The Lodge at Vail
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM Themed Adventure Packages - Experience Adventure Ridge and other activities and products in new and creative ways that get you thinking about programming and new revenue streams.
"Zip and Sip"; "Have a Ball & Free Fall"; "Pump n' Bump"; "Epic Adventure Challenge." Stay tuned for more packages to be added. Advance sign up recommended. Email for full schedule.
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM All group classroom sessions at Adventure Ridge.

"Zip, Swing and Climb Your Way to Success: Zipline and Aerial Adventure Park Innovation and Operations"

"Summer Market Intelligence"
6:00 PM - 6:30 PM Cocktails at Adventure Ridge

6:30 PM - 7:15 PM
Dinner at Adventure Ridge sponsored
by Outdoor Ventures

7:15 PM - 7:45 PM Featured dinner speaker: Chris Jarnot shares Vail's plans and vision for the future of summer business.

8:00 PM

Lighted walk along Gore Creek sponsored by Petzl

Last call at Cucina, The Lodge at Vail


7:30 AM - 9:00 AM Breakfast / Vendor Showcase.
Enjoy a hearty breakfast while you network with fellow operators and talk with summer ops suppliers.
9:00 AM - 9:15 AM Ride Gondola 1 to Mid-Vail for morning sessions
9:15 AM - 10:30 AM Dollars & Sense: The Financial Opportunities and Costs of Summer Activities
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM Small break-out sessions (PODS). Topics include: The Forest Service & Ski Area Recreation; Summer Ops Checklist - Transitional Season Success; Marketing to Your Summer Guests; Summer HR Strategies; Keeping Customers Cool - Shade and Water; Summer Ops Hidden Risks; Summer Programming Ideas
10:45 AM Coffee break

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Lunch at Mid-Vail sponsored by Wells Fargo

1:30 PM - 2:15 PM Return to Lodge at Vail
2:15 PM Buses depart from The Lodge at Vail promptly at 2:15 for an all camp off-site visit to Glenwood Caverns. This park is a must see.
3:15 PM - 5:30 PM Ride the tram up to Glenwood Cavern's park and experience the many activities in their park. Speak with experts on coasters, souvenir photography, safety and inspections.
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Cocktails and presentation by the operators of Glenwood Caverns

6:30 PM - 6:45 PM
Cowboy Dinner at Glenwood Caverns sponsored by Wiegand

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Buses back to The Lodge at Vail
8:00 PM Last call at Cucina, The Lodge at Vail


7:30 AM - 9:00 AM Breakfast / Vendor Showcase.
Enjoy a hearty breakfast while you network with fellow operators and talk with summer ops suppliers.
9:00 AM - 9:15 AM Ride Gondola 1 to Mid-Vail for morning sessions. Check out the outdoor Demo area on the way.
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM "Risk Management: Summer Ops & Tots"
"Hybrid Entertainment Model"
"Mountain Bike Parks, Big and Small, Built for Success"
10:45 AM Coffee break
12:00 PM - 1:15 PM BBQ / Box lunch at outdoor demo vendor lawn
2:30 PM Meet the operators of the Breckenridge Fun Park and enjoy a complimentary demo of their summer activities. Attendees will need to provide their own transportation to Breckenridge.


All-Inclusive PACKAGES: 

> Two nights of lodging at The Lodge at Vail
> All meals and drink tickets
> Two and a half days of sessions, activities and workshops
> Off-site visit to nearby summer operations
> Tours to Glenwood Caverns, Breckenridge and Winter Park

Airport Transfers: Colorado Mountain Express is offering discounted airport transfers for Summer Ops attendees on Wednesday, September 2 and Friday, September 5. Transfers include the Denver airport (DEN), Eagle-Vail (EGE) and Aspen (ASE). Click HERE to see discounted rates and to make a reservation.  

Space is limited and filled on a first-come, first-served basis to ensure a hand's on experience for attendees. 


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