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2022

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SAM's Annual Best and Worst in Marketing 2021-22

Panelists share hits and misses from a season where honesty and humor reigned.

Peer Reviews: 2021-22

Peer Reviews: 2021-22

Written by Morgan Bast, Matt Gustafson, Troy Hawks, Brandon Ott, Ciche Pitcher, Ashley Seier, and Jordan Spear
Resort marketers highlight noteworthy efforts from their contemporaries.
A robust snowmaking system covers Snowshoe's inverted base area at the top of the mountain.

The Best-laid (Snowmaking) Plans

Written by Andrew Lang
Your snowmaking strategy and master plan should drive the bottom line. Here’s how. 
Breaking Point

Breaking Point

Written by Moira McCarthy
The voices calling for solutions to the mountain-town mental health crisis are growing louder, and it’s time for ski areas to join the chorus. 
Why We Need Systemic Change to Solve the Climate Crisis
Stop falling for fossil fuel propoganda, and focus instead on systemic climate action.
Maintenance keeps the Blue Chair at Bousquet running, for now.

It's a Useful Life

Written by Alex McCann
Key considerations in deciding whether to repair, upgrade, or replace an aging lift. 
The Supply Dilemma

The Supply Dilemma

Written by Rick Kahl
Kinks in the supply chain have snarled the world of manufacturing, and resort suppliers are navigating the tangle.
A single dispatcher feeds up-to-date information to Jackson Hole's outdoor digital screens, website, and mobile app.

Screen Time

Written by Bob Curley
Ski areas are increasingly turning to digital signs to inform guests and smooth ops. 
Hidden Gems

Hidden Gems

Written by The Editors
Sound familiar?
Target Marketing

Target Marketing

Written by Gregg Blanchard
How to gather, analyze, and use guest data to improve your marketing and enhance the guest experience.
The Path to Progress

The Path to Progress

Written by Sarah Wojcik
Commitment and accountability are the keys to making the mountains more inclusive, equitable, and diverse. 
Getting Grants

Getting Grants

Written by Cindy Hirschfeld
The process of exploring grant funding for ski area projects and programs is a worthwhile endeavor.
Mountain Spy :: May 2022

Mountain Spy :: May 2022

Written by Jack Fagone
THE QUESTION:“Can my family and I camp on your mountain this summer?”
Uphill Uptick

Uphill Uptick

Written by Mark Aiken
How to handle ever-increasing uphill traffic.
Making It Interesting

Making It Interesting

Written by Michael Chait
Season pass strategies vary for 2022-23, with many notable changes, additions, and subtractions.
On the Road :: May 2022

On the Road :: May 2022

Written by A Staff Report
Scenes from the ACCT Expo, U.S. Ski & Snowboard HOF, MTS, and Sierra-at-Tahoe’s 75th birthday. 
News and Views :: May 2022

News and Views :: May 2022

Written by A Staff Report
Visitation guestimation, the voice of the guest, the premise and promise of Indy’s new XC pass, and more. 
Publisher's Memo :: May 2022

Publisher's Memo :: May 2022

Written by Olivia Rowan
Sixty years of SAM and NSAA