Browse Our Archives

SAM Throwback

  • Can Snowmaking Compensate for Climate Change?

    MAY 2018

    Can Snowmaking Compensate for Climate Change?

    Two things make this article stand out: it’s the best analysis of the impact of climate change on winter resorts in the U.S., and it offers an expert opinion on whether resorts can take steps (i.e., snowmaking upgrades) to offset the impact of a warming climate. Robin Smith has 30-plus years of experience in snowmaking across North America, and he helped shape the EPA study that’s the basis for this article. He describes the study’s strengths and weaknesses and aligns them with his understanding of snowmaking. The result? A clear-eyed view to our possible futures, laying out the industry’s options based on the degree to which humanity reduces its carbon footprint.

  • Greasy Glass Ceiling

    SEPTEMBER 2013

    Greasy Glass Ceiling

    "You have to be able to drop trou in the cold snow and pee in the woods." When an article begins with a quote like this, what isn't to love? As a woman who has worked on the operations side of things, this quote rang true. But the best part of this article is reflecting back and seeing how we've grown since 2013. More and more women are involved in varying aspects of resort management and moving up the ranks and we're definitely moving toward a more gender balanced industry. Go girls!

  • Green Solutions

    SEPTEMBER 2008

    Green Solutions

    Keeping with the green theme, check out this article from 2008 that showcased some simple ideas that can still be implemented today at your resort. Your customer and the environment will thank you.

  • Paving The Way

    SEPTEMBER 2006

    Paving the Way

    Parking is a ho-hum topic no one wants to talk about but it's the first point of engagement with your customer and often is a big turn-off when juggling kids, equipment, icy surfaces in boots, and shuttle buses. This article gives some great advice on how not to treat your customers like cattle.

  • The Loyalty Equation

    SEPTEMBER 2016

    The Loyalty Equation

    With the massive shift in leadership happening in the ski industry right now, Paul has some excellent advice (as always) for current and would-be mountain resort leaders. Take heed, folks: develop a culture of trust, or your best people–even your mediocre people–will be unproductive, unhappy, and will find someplace else to work.

  • Mountain Spy

    SEPTEMBER 2011

    Checking Tickets Looks Like Fun!

    Resorts have historically depended on the "ski bum" to keep the resort machine going, using ski breaks and a free pass as enticement. So it was a bit surprising when our Mountain Spy called and not all the resorts were feeling the ski bum love.


For the past 50 years SAM Magazine has been reporting on, creating a platform for, and participating in the mountain resort industry. Over the years we have gathered a wealth of information which is now available through our online search. Whether it's an article from 1985 on snowmaking or a piece on terrain park signage from 2004, you will find it here.

To view our archives, please select a year from the drop-down menu above.