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It's The Snow, Stupid

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  • Author: Janet Nelson
  • Volume: 32-3

An examination of indications that people want to be outdoors in the winter but not necessarily on skis. Notes the increase in snow sports that represent many of the same attributes skiing had at its beginnings. Add a comment...

Return Of The Goons

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  • Author: Seth Masia
  • Volume: 32-3

A look at the new short skis, one of many new on-snow options that are surfacing. The "Big Feet" or "Snow Runners" are being surprisingly well received and are being introduced to the rental and instructional departments at ski areas. Add a co...

Adding To The Mix

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  • Author: Ron Seeley
  • Volume: 32-3

Tyrol Basin,Wisc., a small area that derives 25 percent of its business from snowboarding, is one of the early success stories in the integration of snowboarding and skiing. A description of the area and how it runs is included. Add a comment...

Vision Of A New Industry

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  • Author: L. Dana Gatlin
  • Volume: 32-3

Sliding down chutes in rubber inner tubes may meet a new need for on-snow winter recreation. Brad Park has created the a 20-acre Winter Sports Park in Amesbury , Massachusetts. With 50,000 visits this winter, he has decided to pursue his dream and ex...

Reprise Of An Old Refrain

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  • Author: Jeff Dickson
  • Volume: 32-3

Snowshoeing is making a comeback partly because of new equipment, but also because people are finding it fun. An in-depth look at the revitalized and rapidly growing sport, with a listing of major manufacturers, assessment of the future and an explan...

Transforming A Persona

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  • Author: Jonathan Wiesel
  • Volume: 32-3

Short cross country skis are not only easier to use, they may be more fun for gliding, skating and learning the sport. Fischer's new introduction of the Revolution short (147cm) cross country ski has received rave reviews. It is reputed to be the nex...

Why Bother With A Safety Loop Monitor?

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  • Author: Vincent De Araujo
  • Volume: 32-3

The safety loop monitor is not just an expensive gadget: as the guarantor of a subtle, vital function, it is management's friend. A technical look at the problems of emergency stoppages and how a failsafe mechanism can ease the minds of operators and...

New Breed Of Cats

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  • Author: Eric Schlom, James Tabor
  • Volume: 32-3

Breckenridge, Colo., played host to a set of LMC over-snow vehicles for an entire season for research and development. The R&D was integral for LMC and Caterpillar, which needed an area like Breckenridge to put the machines through a wide variety of ...

Shopping For Natural Gas

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  • Author: Emily Barton
  • Volume: 32-3

Deregulation has made spot gas more appealing than ever for cost savings. An in-depth look at the heating gas market and the options it affords areas, with examples of what prudent attention to the gas markets can do for reducing overall energy costs...

1993 Vehicle Roundup

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  • Author: Nils Ericksen
  • Volume: 32-3

A look at refinements, innovations and safety measures for 1993 over-snow vehicles. Includes a two-page table with design and performance information on five classes of groomers. Add a comment...

Ticketing And Access Control

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  • Author: Phil Gravink
  • Volume: 32-3

A report on the successful ventures into electronic ticketing by SkiData at Attitash, New Hampshire. Add a comment...

Ticketing And Access Control

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  • Author: John Dendy
  • Volume: 32-3

An end-of-season report on the electronic ticketing program used by Red River Resort in New Mexico. Software created by Business Support Services got good results without the typical high cost of a hardware system. Add a comment...

Ticketing And Access Control

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  • Author: William Jensen
  • Volume: 32-3

An end-of-season look at the electronic ticketing system installed by First Tracks Corp. This system performed extensive data collection, allowing Northstar-at-Tahoe, Calif., to create a skiing club based on the number of vertical feet skied. ...

Ticketing And Access Control

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  • Author: Joel Bourassa
  • Volume: 32-3

Loon Mountain, N.H., reports a less-than-enthusiastic response to a joint research and development project on electronic ticketing systems with Delta Information Systems. An untested process presented operators with a few serious problems that, altho...

Ticketing And Access Control

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  • Author: James Tabor
  • Volume: 32-3

A review of the very successful venture into electronic ticketing and access control at Breckenridge, Colo. The system was designed in-house and will be for sale to other areas in the near future. Named Atlas, the program is touted as the next genera...

Ticketing And Access Control

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  • Author: Susan Johnson , Randy Howie
  • Volume: 32-3

Last in the series on electronic ticketing is the program developed by Copper Mountain, Colorado, and Comptrol. This system uses a bar code scanner and has received a positive response. Add a comment...

Opening The Outdoors To The Disabled

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  • Author: Carol Adams
  • Volume: 32-3

Winter Park, Colorado, is extending its disabled program with a specialized summer facility built by Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC). Called the Outdoor Center, it was proposed by the National Sports Center for the Disabled. The project include...

Ada Revisited

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  • Author: Brian Derouin
  • Volume: 32-3

A comprehensive look at the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1992 and what it means to the ski industry. Includes a recap of John Rice's seminars from NSAA workshops on how to ease compliance. A look at where to get up-to-date information on ...

Nepa Process May Be Revisited

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  • Author: Harris Sherman, Melanie Dummer Mills
  • Volume: 32-3

A look at the proposed new timing in the NEPA process of applications and approvals meant to reduce the redundancy of the EA and EIS permits. Includes comments from the opposition at the end of the conference sponsored by Colorado Ski Country USA (CS...

Ski Historians Meet At Sun Valley

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  • Author: Janet Nelson
  • Volume: 32-3

A look at the meeting of the International Skiing History Association (ISHA) at Sun Valley, Idaho. Honorees of the meeting were John Henry Auran and Sir Arnold Lunn. Add a comment...

Improving Attendants Attendance

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  • Author: Liz Lipton
  • Volume: 32-3

A look at how Hunter Mountain devised an innovative reward system to keep lift attendants throughout the season. Designed by the lift operators, the bonus system has effectively reduced the number of no-shows and late arrivals by attendants. A...

Horses To The Rescue

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  • Author: Peggy Thompson
  • Volume: 32-3

Keil Thompson, of Thompson Lift Construction Company, decided to use two Belgian work horses to carry tools and equipment into a rugged and environmentally-protected area. Helicopters were then used to complete a lift removal. Add a comment...

Telephone Trials

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  • Author: Elaine Carroll
  • Volume: 32-3

A look at the prevalence of phone mail systems and what the perceived effect is on the caller, including a list of do's and don'ts and an ideal set-up that puts a human operator at the controls for a more friendly service interface. Add a comm...

Accessing The Weather

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  • Author: Felix Kagi
  • Volume: 32-3

A look at some computer hardware and software that allows for immediate access, via a computer and modem, to National Weather Service information and other relevant weather information. At a final cost of $0.20 per copy, it is an affordable option to...

Ski Schools Coming On Line

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  • Author: John Baymore
  • Volume: 32-3

A comprehensive look at the role of computers in the Ski School that addresses the logistical nightmares involved in peak season operations of a ski school and how automation could repair the problem. Includes the benefits of several other applicatio...

Crockery, Glass And Silverware

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  • Author: Kirk Duncan
  • Volume: 32-3

A look at bottom-line savings at Sunday River, Maine, and Mission Ridge, Wash., in using reusable plates, silverware and hot cups. So far, the resorts seem to be successful in reducing food and beverage costs. Add a comment...

New Products

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  • Author: Staff
  • Volume: 32-3

3-D perspective maps (Terragraphics), Walk-in Cooler (H-Ski Products), Sign Carving Machine (Kimball Machine Co.), Fan Gun (Areco), Slope Maintenance Tractor (AR Assoc), Puff Pastries (Dawn Food Products) Aluminium Grouser Bars (Anodizing Inc.) Air P...

Snowboarding- Defining The Problem

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  • Author: Wiley Asher
  • Volume: 32-3

A look at the sport of snowboarding and how it works. Topics covered include: rider/skier relations, demographics, educating boarders, snow park construction and layout, insurance threats and ways of harnessing the snowboarding elite to help ease the...

What A Season!

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  • Author: Linda Goodspeed
  • Volume: 32-3

A look at the season's preliminary numbers from ski areas around the country, with a breakdown by state and region. Overall impressions are positive despite the recession. Add a comment...

U. S. Ski Team Development

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  • Author: Tom Kelly
  • Volume: 32-3

A look at what ski area operators can do to help support the U.S. Ski Team. Includes examples such as the official training center program and the Aspen Supports Kids Program.(ASK) Add a comment...