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Pioneer Fantasy Lift

Schweitzer Mountain, Idaho, built a new Garaventa six-pack and modified the terminals to make it look like a 19th century steam-powered contraption. Using Disne...
The cover is an illustration by Marcelo Vignali of Schweitzer Mountain's new Stella 6-pack. The story is in the loading and unloading stations, which o...
An around-the-world look at what's happenning in the ski industry. Covered areas: Austria, France, Switzerland, Italy, Scandinavia and Northern Europe,...
This is the report of a survey conducted at Colorado Mountain College that asked resorts about snowmaking practices, covereages, training for personnel...
This is a profile of the successful ski school operation at Hyland Ski and Snowboard Area in Minnesota. Bucking a national trend, the resort boasts an ...
The author takes the reader through a first-timer's first experience, detailing the rights and wrongs of layouts. Make it easy and straightforward, tre...
The piece details the first specifications for internationally sanctioned halfpipe events. A diagram details the specs for building FIS-approved superp...
Mount Shasta, Calif., keeps breaking skier visit numbers. This profile of the operation tries to shed some light on the reason for its success.
This is a case review of an accident that reaffirms the importance of proper training of lift attendants.
This actually is an excerpt from Pete Seibert's new coffee-table book "Vail: Triumph of a Dream."
The story explains the new deal to rejuvenate citizen racing at ski areas through Nastar. Agreement hammered out involving SKI magazine, the U.S. Ski T...
This article describes a Tubbs Snowshoes-Reebock program aimed at increasing snowshoeing at resorts by appealing to indoor athletes in city gyms. Progr...
Projects detailed at: Seven Springs, Pa., Telluride, Colo., Bristol Mountain, N.Y., Chestnut Mountain, Ill., and Big Mountain, Mont.
Projects detailed at: Seven Springs, Pa., Telluride, Colo., Bristol Mountain, N.Y., Chestnut Mountain, Ill., and Big Mountain, Mont.
Mirrors at top terminals to help lift operators keep watch of the end of the unloading ramp while also watching approaching skiers from Snowshoe, W.V.;...
Skiing Co and TMM Sold to Time, Inc.; SACC to Grade Resort Environmental Records; Sydney Dynamics Sought for 2002; piece on Jim Lyons having authority ...
Joe Gmuender engineering from a lawn chair; using old skis as tomato stakes; engineering definition from Nils Ericksen; A weird survey.
This is a roundup of what resorts across the continent are doing to be environmentally sensitive.
This short piece points out that while selling real estate isn't a bad thing, the ski industry could be hurt by the emerging image that it is all about...
David points out that in trying to fix low retention rates among ski areas, ski school needs to play an important role, making instructors part of the ...
Tim's piece decrys the apparent lack of durability of shaped beginner rental skis. The cap construction, he says, means the ski looks old after one sea...
This piece posits that better retention rates and real growth will be improved if the ski instruction martketplace is opened up to new methods. Seiler ...
This piece advocates resorts offering guests educational avenues to learn about avalanches and backcountry safety as off-piste skiing becomes more popu...
The article highlights the practices and the importance of keeping rental fleets tuned for customers. Contains a sidebar on backshop tips.