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March 2019

On the Road :: March 2019

Winter trade shows in words and pictures.

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mar19 otr nsaa western 01Plentiful snow at Snowbird during the NSAA Western Winter Conference and Tradeshow meant few breaks between skiing and sessions for the 700-plus attendees. Top row, left: SAM’s Dave Meeker interviews Vail Resorts’ Bill Rock for PodSAM. Top row, center: Summit Series mentor and Loon Mountain GM Jay Scambio catches up with Summit Series mentee Tess Hobbs of Snowbird. Top row, right: NSAA president Kelly Pawlak is all smiles with (L to R) Burton’s Billy Johnson and Shaun Cattanach, and Senan Gorman of North Pole Designs. Middle row, left: Stefan Spindler, PistenBully; Jeff Kohnstamm, Timberline Lodge and Resort; and Dennis McGiboney, PistenBully, enjoy the PistenBully dinner. Middle row, center: (L to R) Kevin Laverty, Effective Edge; Michael Schipani, Northstar California; Elia Hamilton, Peak Resorts; and John Rice, Sierra-at-Tahoe, talk terrain parks during a session. Middle row, right: (L to R) Nicholas Vornle von Haagenfels, Axess; Tom Butz and Shaydar Edelman, Woodward Park City; Tucker Norred, Boreal; and Rich Taxwood, Snowbird, hang at the SAM booth.


mar19 otr nsaa eastern 01Nearly 700 attendees made their way to Killington, Vt., for the NSAA Eastern Winter Conference and Tradeshow. Top row, left: Bobby Murphy of Stowe Mountain Resort (left) chats with SE Group’s Kent Sharp and Claire Humber. Top row, middle: MountainGuard’s Jesse Whitcomb and Tim Barnhorst enjoy a bluebird morning on the mountain. Top row, right: SAM’s Sarah Wojcik interviews Hugh Reynolds of SNOW Operating about where he learned to ski for #MyFirstMountain. Bottom row, left: A large crowd joined PRINOTH, Leitner-Poma, and DemacLenko to celebrate the long, successful career of Rick Spear. Bottom row, middle: Waterville Valley’s Tim Smith and Matt Hesser huddle during the trade show. Bottom row, right: Tahoe Training Partners’ Laura Moriarty and Elisa Tauber enjoy the Vermont sunshine.


mar19 otr outdoor retailerThe Outdoor Retailer + Snow Show trimmed its schedule to three days for 2019 following feedback from the attendees, and those three days were lively and well attended. Top row, left: (L to R) Manuel Duermoser, Recco Systems LTD; Tom Winter, freelance writer; Jason Blevins, The Colorado Sun; and SAM editor Rick Kahl chat about show trends over a few brews. Top row, middle: Crowds gathered at The North Face’s Future Lab to sit, talk, and make plans for the upcoming year. At right: Thomas Carpenter shows off the latest layering technology from BlackStrap. Bottom row, left: Boots, both ski and snowboard, were a hot topic of discussion throughout the show. Bottom row, middle: SAM’s Rick Kahl talks rentals with Sam Beck of Nordica. For more from the OR + Snow Show, check out “New Products” on page 60.


mar19 otr acctSAM represented sister publication Adventure Park Insider at the Association for Challenge Course Technology Conference. Top row, left: SAM’s Olivia Rowan and Sharon Walsh chat with Head Rush Technologies’ Chris Koske and Sarah McNichols. Top row, middle: Scott Hannah (R) of Guest Research and Lee Kerfoot of MN Zip Line Adventures share insights during Adventure Park Insider’s State of the Industry Report presentation. Top row, right: SAM’s Dave Meeker chats with Micah Salazar of Outdoor Ventures. Bottom row, left: The Adventure Park Insider Edit Review Squad! (L to R) Back row: Keith Jacobs, Experiential Systems; Micah Henderson, Bonsai Design; Lori Pingle, Adventure Development Team. Middle row: Jamie Barrow, Vail Resorts; Rick Kahl, SAM; Bahman Azarm, Outdoor Ventures. Bottom row: Dave Meeker and Olivia Rowan, SAM; Paul Cummings, Strategic Adventures; Sarah Borodaeff, SAM; and Bruce Brown, Royal Gorge Zip Line Tours. Bottom row middle: The SAM team hangs with Skip King of Reputation Strategies (middle) and Jason Roe of Revelstoke, B.C. Bottom row, right: Adventure Park Insider’s Sharon Walsh with Valdo Lallemand and Emily Hawkins of Aerial Designs.