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  • Smart Cats: Grooming Tech 2017

    Snow management systems are bringing a new level of sophistication and efficiency to grooming operations. Snow management is the new hot topic in the ski industry. Making, moving, saving, and building with snow are all parts of the management equation. Overproducing and misplacing snow can hurt your cause as badly as a heat wave in December. Managing snow efficiently can allow you to open earlier, stay open later, and save money. And today, there are many tools to help maximize your snow potential.GPS-based snow management systems are one of the newest. For groomers and ski area operators, this technology removes the guesswork about snow depth, and that can lead to savings on grooming, s...

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The PistenBully 400 4F with SNOWsat slope and fleet management and snow depth measurement, which can track what each vehicle does and also record the slope data.

Smart Cats: Grooming Tech 2017

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Snow management systems are bringing a new level of sophistication and efficiency to grooming operations. Add a comment Snow management is the new hot topic in the ski industry. Making, moving, saving, and building with snow are all par...

Bright Ideas

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End-of-season planning is a key part of your year-round business operations. Here are six steps tohelp get the most from your efforts. Add a comment If you could magically see the inner workings of a resort that manages to focus on big ...

SIA Editor's Picks

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SAM trolled the halls at the SIA Snow Show to find the newest, coolest products for resorts and their customers. Add a comment The 2017 SIA Snow Show in Denver hosted thousands of veteran and new brands alike, showcasing their latest pr...

The Guest Experience is the New Marketing

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Focus on raising your Net Promoter Scores and watch your profits grow. Add a comment One of the biggest business trends today, across the entire Western world, is the increased focus on the guest experience. Steve Cannon, Mercedes Benz ...

Smugglers’ Notch, Vt., keeps smiles on kids’ faces with a variety of programs and activities off the slopes.

Family Values

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A look at programs that keep kids happy, off snow as well as on, during the day and in the evenings, whether they ski or ride, or not. Add a comment Tubing hills, mountain coasters, zip lines—all are great amenities that provide famil...

Aspen Skiing Co., purchased six 500 sq. ft. “trailer coaches,” built by Sprout Tiny Homes, as an experiment for additional employee housing.

Gimme Shelter

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Employee housing has become a pressing issue for resorts nationwide. Communities and areas are taking a variety of steps in response. Add a comment It is something of a perfect storm for ski-resort housing across the country. High month...

Publisher's Memo :: Grooming Our Future

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As the ski industry’s leaders reach retirement age, preparing their successors for the next step is paramount. While succession planning sounds intimidating, it simply means putting a plan in place for choosing the new leaders in your organization ...

Speak-Out :: Train Our Future Leaders in Finance 101

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At last year’s NSAA annual convention, NSAA president Michael Berry said that 37 percent of ski industry GMs are now over the age of 60, and that within the next five years at least half of this group will retire, taking with them a collective tota...

Industry Report :: March 2017

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NSAA Seeks Successor to President Michael Berry, and more... Add a comment BERRY RETIRING, NSAA SEEKS SUCCESSOR NSAA president Michael Berry informed the board of directors in January he intends to retire at the end of the calendar year...

Red Bull Slopesoakers 2017, Copper Mountain, Colo.

Life is a Carnival

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In spring, guests' fancies turn to music, beer, barbeques, and pond skimming. Add a comment Spring in ski country is more than soft snow and sun. It’s also live music, craft beer, barbecues, events, Easter eggs and, of course, pond sk...

Carver's Kitchen, Bristol Mountain Resort, N.Y.

Stay Healthy, My Friends

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Bristol Mountain, N.Y., aims to be the most nutritious resort in the world. Add a comment In everyday life, people are faced with countless obstacles to living a healthy lifestyle. At Bristol Mountain, our mission is to “inspire multi...

Mountain Spy :: March 2017

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THE QUESTION: “I’M A DECENT SKIER, BUT I’VE NEVER SKIED POWDER BEFORE AND IT LOOKS AWESOME, BUT I HEAR IT’S DIFFERENT. WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW?” Add a comment With the historic snowfall out West, and a fair amount falling in th...

Blue Pages :: March 2017

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Perspective and Views Add a comment SIA, OR SHOWS RIPE FOR REVOLUTIONThe abrupt decision in mid-February to move the Outdoor Retailer (OR) show out of Salt Lake City opens the door to a major change in the retail trade show scene, inclu...