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January 2007

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Lifts 2006-There Were Some Big Stories

Our annual lift construction survey is a contradiction in numbers...sort of. All in all it was an adventurous year for lift installers.

Diving In

Written by Allen Best
The first article in a special section on summer entertainment. Here we look at the lure of waterparks.

Make Summer Sizzle

Written by A Staff Report
SAM hit the road to the annual IAAPA show to find out what's hot for the warmer months and what some ski areas were looking at.

A Blast From the Past

Written by Katie Ford
Mountains have the edge on selling gravity thrill rides, so maybe it's time to take a look at the Alpine Slide again. It's as popular as ever.

Grrl Power

Written by Sally Johnstone and James Chung
Teenage girls don't make up a big chunk of business-but they could.

Supersize It

Written by Tom Boxler
Squaw Valley's superpipe take time, energy and a lot of snow to build and every year they wonder-is it worth it?

Just the Facts, Ma'am

Written by Skip King
While the season is in full swing, it pays to take a close look at your accident investigation protocol-there are some new tricks that could make it be...

Construction Site :: January 2007

Written by A Staff Report
See what resorts were up to this past building season.
Dumpster forks and a new grouser tool are some of the great ideas from creative ski resorts. Plus, we pick the best idea of 2006.
Felix Kagi, General Manager of Crotched Mountain, talks efficiency in "A Mighty Wind". Chuck Cobb, Chairman of Kirkwood and Durango Mountain Resorts, ...
Booth Creek sells... Alyeska Sold... Tenney Not to Open... People... Supplier People... Supplier News

What's in a Number?

Written by Joy Spring
Winter resorts are eyeing their Net Promoter Score (NPS), and that's good. But knowing the score is just the beginning.

The "E" Word

Written by Nicole Voth
Empowerment is a lot more than just giving an employee the keys.

Snow? Who Needs Snow?

Written by Linda Goodspeed
The early season brought its usual heartache and cheer.

Raising the Bar

Written by Kathy Hubbard
CSIA and Sierra College have teamed to create a training program for lift maintenance and electrical staff.

What's Old is New Again

Written by Cindy Hirschfeld
The new owner of Red Resort has both big and small plans for the area.

Mountain Spy :: January 2007

Written by Liz Eren
Mountain Spy tackles women-specific rental equipment.