Browse Our Archives

FEATURED STORY

  • 2017 Terrain Park Contest

    Our 13th annual look at trends in design and events.     AFTER 13 YEARS OF HOSTING THIS CONTEST, WE CONTINUE TO BE AMAZED BY THE RANGE OF CREATIVE FEATURES AND EVENTS BUILDERS AND ORGANIZERS DREAM UP. WE RECEIVED DOZENS OF ENTRIES THIS YEAR, FROM ACROSS NORTH AMERICA AND AROUND THE GLOBE. WE HOPE THIS YEAR’S COLLECTION INSPIRE MORE PROGRESSION IN DESIGN AND EVENTS THIS COMING WINTER. CHECK OUT THE ENTRIES AND THEN VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE. THE TOP CHOICE FROM BOTH THE FEATURE CATEGORY AND EVENT CATEGORY WILL RECEIVE A GENEROUS GOODIE BAG FROM BURTON SNOWBOARDS, AND BRAGGING RIGHTS FOR THE YEAR.     FEATURES   1. Feel the Push and Pull  This multi-hi...

    Read More

Thanks for your interest in reading SAM Magazine. We hope you enjoy the select articles from this issue available in their entirety here.

If you'd like to read the rest, we can make that happen. Order a back issue by emailing sarah@saminfo.com. Don't miss another issue by subscribing to SAM now.  

2017 Terrain Park Contest

  • Push to The Latest: No
  • Sub Heading: 2
  • Show in The Latest?: No

Our 13th annual look at trends in design and events. Add a comment     AFTER 13 YEARS OF HOSTING THIS CONTEST, WE CONTINUE TO BE AMAZED BY THE RANGE OF CREATIVE FEATURES AND EVENTS BUILDERS AND ORGANIZERS DREAM UP. WE RECEIV...

At Mountain High, Calif., the resort’s Yeti costume is incorporated into  orientation—by the payroll manager— to help entertain, and introduce staff to company culture. The Yeti welcomes guests (opposite page) equally as well as it does staff.

Evolving Orientation

  • Push to The Latest: No
  • Sub Heading: 2
  • Show in The Latest?: No

Yes, you can make the onboarding process both more entertaining and more effective, as several resorts have discovered. Add a comment   Employee orientation programs at some ski areas have grown way beyond stale slideshows. Now, t...

Buck Hill, Minn., has installed an ambitious dry slope project from Neveplast.

Artificial Surfaces: Endless Winter

  • Push to The Latest: No
  • Sub Heading: 2
  • Show in The Latest?: No

Synthetic slopes are growing in number. Will operators reap the benefits of longer seasons or year-round operation? Add a comment  The idea of year-round fun for a normally seasonal sport was memorialized in the classic Sixties sur...

Illustration by Bryan Mettler.

Groom Safely

  • Push to The Latest: No
  • Sub Heading: 2
  • Show in The Latest?: No

Here are 11 tips guaranteed to promote the health of man and machine. Add a comment There’s a chill in the air, the leaves have fallen, and there’s even been a bit of snow. If you’re like me, you’re itching to get back in the ca...

Construction Site :: November 2017

  • Push to The Latest: No
  • Sub Heading: 2
  • Show in The Latest?: No

Revamped beginner terrain and facilities, new lifts, and snowmaking upgrades highlight this month’s selection of summer projects. Add a comment  COPPER MOUNTAIN, CO  Copper undertook a far-reaching $20 million makeover this...

Speak-Out :: November 2017

  • Push to The Latest: No
  • Sub Heading: 2
  • Show in The Latest?: No

What Is the Return on Investment of Terrain Parks? Add a comment At the NSAA Convention & Trade Show in May, one session addressed the return on investment for terrain parks. The session was hosted by John Rice, the longtime preside...

SAM on the Road :: November 2017

  • Push to The Latest: No
  • Sub Heading: 2
  • Show in The Latest?: No

Scenes from fall association shows, SAM Summer Ops Camp, and Mountain Tech Symposium. Add a comment NEW ENGLAND SUMMIT, SUNDAY RIVER, MAINE, SEPTEMBER 12-14 This year’s New England Summit drew a large crowd of more than 450 ski area ...

News & Views :: November 2017

  • Push to The Latest: No
  • Sub Heading: 2
  • Show in The Latest?: No

President Pawlak, Quebec Conversions, Vail Resorts’ Insights, and more. Add a comment KELLY PAWLAK TO LEAD NSAA If likeability was a quality the National Ski Areas Association board of directors sought in a new president and CEO, the...

Pass Sales on the Rise

  • Push to The Latest: No
  • Sub Heading: 2
  • Show in The Latest?: No

One day, season pass sales will plateau, or even fall. But this is not that day. Add a comment All across the country, early season pass sales are up—in some cases, dramatically. It’s a good omen heading into the season. “It’s ...

Among the many steps resorts can take to help make it safer for kids to ride chairlifts, the Leitner Poma KidStop, shown here, is a practical option.

Learning to Fly

  • Push to The Latest: No
  • Sub Heading: 2
  • Show in The Latest?: No

When young kids are riding chairlifts, it takes a village to teach them the ropes. Add a comment   In an industry wishing to grow its participation, paying keen attention to our youngest participants is vital. It’s our job to he...

When booking music for events, like Mount Snow’s Reggaefest (above), choose bands that fit the event’s theme, so guests know what to expect.

Music in the Mountains

  • Push to The Latest: No
  • Sub Heading: 2
  • Show in The Latest?: No

Choose the right mix of entertainers and performers, and your music program will be a smash hit. Add a comment As a musician, I love absorbing the culture of the mountains we play. In one town, we’re full throttle at après in fr...

B4BC kicked off the 2017 Shred The Love Series at Bear Mountain.

Progression Through Events

  • Push to The Latest: No
  • Sub Heading: 2
  • Show in The Latest?: No

Introduce women and children to your park in programs that are tailored to their needs and interests. Add a comment   The 2017-18 season is upon us, and like most mountains, you recognize that freestyle terrain is a necessity. You...

Moving on Up

  • Push to The Latest: No
  • Sub Heading: 2
  • Show in The Latest?: No

  Helpful tips for seasonal employees seeking to make a career out of the ski industry. Add a comment One of the most common questions I get from seasonal employees is, “How do I make the switch from being a seasonal to a year-r...