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September 2005

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Loaded to Capacity

At Mt. Bachelor there never is more than a seven-minute wait at a busy lift and they always run at capacity. Here's how.

David Hamilton Rowan: 1927-2005

Written by Staff Report
A look back on the career and words of the SAM founding publisher.

2005-2006 Media Directory

Written by Jessica Welensky
The annual round-up of special winter sports sections in major metropolitan newspapes and industry-specific magazines across North America.

Happy Campers

Written by Claire Walter
Specialty clinics and camps are a great way to improve the experience for your guests, and it can add to the bottom line.

Web + Log = Blog

Written by John Clyman
Everybody's doing it-and more are doing it every day. We're talking about blogging. Here's a look at what it is and how to do it-it's easy!

SAM Idea Files

Written by Sam Geise
A covered bridge, stoplights for tubers, and wheels for rails are some of the great ideas from creative ski resorts.


Written by Staff
The Business Case for Diversity, a SAM editorial. That Worrisome Conversion Rate, a SAM editorial.

Industry Reports

Written by Staff
Mountain High Sold... Big Sky and Moonlight Offer Combined Pass... Bear Valley Sold... Schweitzer and Stevens Pass Split... Camelback Sold... Ohio Law ...

Cash Cow or Money Pit?

Written by Katie Bailey
Though it's difficult to strictly weight the profit or loss on a halfpipe, the promotional value can be priceless.

A room with Page Views

Written by Skip King
Online media rooms can be very helpful for journalists. How effective is yours?

Take Aim At Your Electric Bill

Written by Seth Masia
Taos overpaid its electric bill by $100,000 over five years. But no one knew it until a pro analyzed the system.

Hard Times In the Pipe

Written by Bill Moss
Tracks and grousers get banged up in pipe and park work. What can you do about it?

A Fraction of the Action

Written by James Chung and Tara May
Fractional ownership is not for everyone, or every resort. Here's a look at where fractional real estate works, and why it sometimes falls short.

Blue Pages

Written by Staff
Ski and Ride in San Francisco... Squaw Goes on the Environmental Warpath... Smoke Shacks Bite the Dust at Breck... In the Utterly Stupid Category... Th...