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November 2018

On the Road :: November 2018

Regional Shows, Summer Ops Camp

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nov18 on the road 01This year’s New England Summit drew a crowd of nearly 450 resort staff, industry partners, and exhibitors to Sunday River, Maine, Sept. 11-13. The event kicked off with seminars on topics ranging from web trends to climate change and ended with multiple sessions on lifts and snowmaking. Top Left: Students from Northern Vermont University’s Ski Area Management program sat in on portions of the show. Top Right: (L to R) Ryan Lavoie of Peak Resorts, Brian Heon of Wildcat, and Michael van Eyck of Bromley participate in a panel discussion. (Photo: Dave Gibson, Propeller Media Works.) Bottom Left: The team from Mount Sunapee hangs with the Star Lifts crew. Bottom Center: Wintry Mix’s Alex Kaufman gave the SAM crew a hand interviewing Burke Mountain’s Jessica Sechler & Cody Sayers for our new podcast channel, PodSAM. Bottom Right: Pats Peak GM Kris Blomback chats with NSAA president Kelly Pawlak. (Photo: Dave Gibson, Propeller Media Works.)


nov18 on the road 02The combined forces of Ski Areas of New York (ISKINY) and Pennsylvania Ski Areas Association (PSAA) once again staged an informative, lively, and entertaining expo, this time at Peek’n Peak in western New York. A total of 324 ski area personnel and suppliers attended the expo, Sept. 17-19. Left: SNOW Operating’s Hugh Reynolds leads a session on marketing. Top Center: Windham Mountain Resort’s Dave Kulis and SAM’s Dave Meeker coordinated their outfits ahead of time. Top Right: Recently-retired Holimont GM David Riley (center) was inducted into the SANY Hall of Fame by SANY president Scott Brandi (left) and Windham GM Chip Seamans. Bottom Center: SMI’s Brooke VanderKelen Alba chats with Chris Naylor of Whitetail Resort. Bottom Right: HDNSE president Mike Wolf broke out the lederhosen for the evening. (Photos: Dave Gibson, Propeller Media Works)


nov18 on the road 03The ninth annual SAM Summer Ops Camp landed in Aspen Snowmass to focus on Summer Ops 2.0. More than 150 resort professionals and industry suppliers from around the world came ready to listen, learn, and experience summer programming. Top Left: A group of campers rode QuietKat e-bikes up to the summit of Aspen Mountain. Top Center: Peter Santini of Aspen Snowmass gives an operator tour of Lost Forest with a stop at the Rugged Ascent climbing wall. Top Right: Campers explore the Lost Forest aerial adventure course at Snowmass. Bottom Left: Breakout sessions allowed campers to connect directly with experts on a specific topic of interest. Bottom Center: (L to R) Jamie Barrow, Vail Resorts; Sarah Borodaeff, SAM; Dave Horan, Adventure Development Team; Casey Dixon, The Flybook; Jonathan Lumb, Adventure Development Team; and Sarah Wojcik, SAM, hang out at Snowmass’ Elk Camp. Bottom Right: Travis Beck (left) from SE Group moderates the US Forest Service panel with Forest Service representatives (L to R) Seth Wallace, Don Dressler, and Roger Poirier. (Photos: Action Photo Systems)


nov18 on the road 04More than 450 ski area and supplier members attended the Midwest Ski Areas Association Summer Meetings and Trade Show, Aug. 19-22, at Boyne Highlands Resort in northern Michigan. Top Left: Attendees sit in on sessions ranging from dealing with issues of growth to lift safety and risk management. Top Right: MSAA president Amy Reents hangs with two-time Olympic medalist, and Midwesterner, Nick Goepper. Bottom Left: Attendees check out the latest offerings in the trade show hall and even give each other a few pointers on how to use some of the latest tools. Bottom Right: NSAA president Kelly Pawlak gives a keynote speech at her first Midwestern show and puts forth her asks of the industry. (Photos: Dave Gibson, Propeller Media Works)