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Bradley Packer 35 Years Later

An invention that changed the course of modern skiing was celebrated at SilverCreek by honoring the man who created it.

Building Ski Industry Demand

Written by Staff Report
The McKinsey plan is to realize 3.5 million new skiers and $1.4 billion additional revenue by spending $97 million over the next five years on a market...
Winch Grooming Comes of Age

Winch Grooming Comes of Age

Written by Paul Janoff, Jack Wolf
As winching vehicles become more popular, crews are discovering new ways to use them and tips on how to ge more out of them.

Where Will New Customers Come From?

Written by Judith Waldron
The best and most logical source for more skiers is to be found among people who participate in other sports. Just match their characteristics.
A device that can quantify snow quality using calorimetry can now be added to flow meters and sensors of ambient conditions.
Numerous environmental barriers made expansion seem practically impossible at Ski Inclive, until innovative techniques were employed.

1987-88 Economic Analysis

Written by C. R. Goeldner
After several years of downward trends, there were improvements all around.

Montana's Crown Jewel

Written by Jean Arthur
Attention to customers, employees and the Forest Service has produced happy results at Showdown and that makes for bottom-line profits.

New Products :: March 1989

Written by Staff Report
A collection of inventive devices that work well for ski areas.
To bring the message about safety to skiers, the National Ski Patrol enlisted American Express as a sponsor.

The Life and Legacy of Ernie Blake

Written by Wolfgang Lert
"I pray there is no reincarnation. Nothing could equal the journey I've had. Anything else would be a boring encore." — Ernie Blake.

Belleayre Saved by Skier's Coalition

Written by Dave Knickerbocher
A look at the Coalition to Save Belleayre, an organization currently numbering more than 2,000 metro New and Long Island skiers and Catskill area busin...

Snow Companions' Diary

Written by Claudia Pepe, Christine Smith
They call it Hunter Mountain Shiobara — "Snowmaking Capital of Japan." For two women from New York, it was a month-long adventure of a lifetime. Here...
A National Children's Symposium was held at Copper Mountain, Colo., in January. About 80 participants studies a new teaching manual, "Child-Centered Sk...

Speak Out

Written by Donna
Ernie Blake 1913-1989... Ski Undistry Crossroads: Merger and Marketing...

Ski Reports

Written by Staff Report
NSAA/SIA Merger Plan Faces SIA Vote This Month...Forest Service Finalizing New Permit Provisions... Important Jury Case Won in Wisconsin... Forest Serv...

Advances in Snowmaking

Written by Norm Sothan
The l988-l989 ski season will certainly merit being call "The Season of the Snowmaker."

Liability Insurance: An Open Letter

Written by Felix R. Kagi
Last summer Stuart Campbell, the president of the Midwest Ski Areas Association, asked me to conduct a seminar on liability insurance at the MSAA fall ...


Written by Donna
Etiquette and Semantics... Poconos Promotions

Buying Uniforms

Written by Nancy Fendler, John Horan-Kates
When it comes to ordering new lifts or grooming machines, or when starting a new mountain restaurant, ski area executives understand the necessity for ...

Ski School

Written by Stu Campbell
Accused of being an elitist.


Written by Seldon L. Hannah
Revised edition update.

Ski Indusry Focus

Written by John Fry
John Fry's perspective and views.