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March 2018

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Groomer Report 2018

An inside look at the newest features and technology in groomers and the software programs that help manage them.

Problem Solving

Problem Solving

Written by The Editors
Mentors Blaise Carrig and John Rice dish on sizing up problems and identifying the best way to solve them. Part II of the SAM Summit Series.
Trailblazers :: March 2018

Trailblazers :: March 2018

Written by Staff Report
SnoCountry's Chuck Devine
Mountain Spy :: March 2018

Mountain Spy :: March 2018

Written by Dave Meeker
Our Mountain Spy asks a question on accessing Wi-Fi.
Christmas Ice Show—Sun Valley, Idaho

Frozen Assets

Written by Moira McCarthy
Ice—yes, ice—can be a winter resort's year-round best friend. Just keep it confined to an ice rink.
Valuable Resources

Valuable Resources

Written by Thomas Lithgow
Mining for nuggets in the NSAA Economic Analysis and Kottke Report.
Steamboat's Snow-Bright installation features magnetic induction, which casts light that resembles daylight. Among other benefits, the resort's racing program can now operate at night, freeing up trails that might otherwise have to be closed during the day.

Seeing the Light

Written by Bob Curley
LED and Snow-Bright systems are changing the game in night skiing.
The Blake, centerpiece of Taos Ski Valley's base village, marries the region's past and present.

Doing Business Sustainably

Written by Allen Best
Taos Ski Valley has found multiple benefits in the triple bottom line.
Gear for the Resort World

Gear for the Resort World

Written by Jim Felton
Diverse and suitable products we saw at the OR + Snow Show.
: Big Sky boasts nine cross-country trails

Move Over, Adrenaline

Written by Aaron H. Bible
Cross-country, mountain biking's relaxed cousin, hits the resort trail.
Publisher's Memo :: March 2018

Publisher's Memo :: March 2018

Written by Olivia Rowan
Finding good people... Nominate a SAMMY or 10-Under-30
On the Road :: March 2018

On the Road :: March 2018

Written by Staff Report
Scenes from NSAA winter shows, ACCT Conference, and OR + Snow Show.
News & Views :: March 2018

News & Views :: March 2018

Written by Staff Report
IKON Pass rumors, OR + Snow Show, plus supplier and people news.
Build a Better Workplace

Build a Better Workplace

Written by Paul Thallner
Four steps to improve your workplace culture—for everyone—and boost the bottom line.
Making a Bad Situation Great

Making a Bad Situation Great

Written by Joe Forte
SAM’s new mentor program, the Summit Series, challenges aspiring leaders to recognize and deal with real-world workplace problems. Here’s one “ho...
Increasing Beginner Conversion

Increasing Beginner Conversion

Written by Scott Hannah
Research and recommendations to help understand your learn-to audience and fine-tune your offerings for it.
Riding the Olympic Wave?

Riding the Olympic Wave?

Written by Linda Goodspeed
Despite an expected spike in visibility and interest from the Winter Games, resorts weren’t planning extraordinary measures to channel that awareness...
Idea Files :: March 2018

Idea Files :: March 2018

Written by Sam Geise
Liftie chair, emergency lights, and a portable lift control station.