Summer Operations

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  • Summer Ops Camp 2023 Recap

    Summer Ops Camp 2023 Recap

    Steamboat Resort hosted the thirteenth SAM Summer Ops Camp Sept. 10-12, 2023.
  • Summer Ops Vendor Guide

    Summer Ops Vendor Guide

    Peruse summer operations suppliers for ideas, inspiration, and contact information.
  • Luxury Gone Wild

    Luxury Gone Wild

    The growth in popularity of glamping, a.k.a. glamorous camping, cannot be ignored. Learn from resorts that are making the most of the opportunity.
  • Selling Summer Podcast

    Selling Summer Podcast

    From the best mix of attractions to the right narrative, this PodSAM discussion is full of important information that will help four-season business thrive.

 Summer operations have grown significantly—from a side hustle to a mainstay of four season mountain resort operations. That trend continues, so what does that mean for your operation? What are the new considerations you need to make? What are the best new installs and upgrades? This mountain department page contains a wealth of resources to help you answer those questions and so many more. Let SAM help you take your summer business to new heights.

 


 SUMMER OPS ARTICLES

View the most recent articles on Summer Ops from SAM magazine.

  • May 2024

    Coasting Along

    The mountain coaster market is expanding and new tech is improving safety and throughput.   When Jiminy Peak, Mass, installed a Wiegand alpine coaster in 2006 as part of a major investment in year-round operations, staff didn’t realize it would remain one of the resort’s most popular attract The mountain coaster market is expanding and new tech is improving safety and throughput.

  • May 2024

    From Tee to Green

    How to improve your golf course—and maybe its ranking—without breaking the bank.   It’s not easy to be a golf course attached to a ski resort. Cold weather, short seasons, and rugged terrain conspire against many such courses reaching and maintaining a top status on a golf magazine ranking How to improve your golf course—and maybe its ranking—without breaking the bank.

  • January 2024

    Capital Ideas for Summer

    Experts dish on how to survive (and thrive during) summer construction projects. During summer, the challenge of balancing capital improvement construction zones, staff schedules and tasks, and providing guests with activities and positive experiences requires a lot of planning, strong communicati Experts dish on how to survive (and thrive during) summer construction projects.

  • November 2023

    Defining Summer Success

    When it comes to a successful operation, profit is only a piece of the puzzle.  What defines success for a resort’s summer operations? Claire Humber of SE Group posed this question to a few areas ahead of SAM’s Summer Ops Camp in September, where a session she led examined the topic further. When it comes to a successful operation, profit is only a piece of the puzzle.

  • September 2023

    Mountain Spy :: September 2023

    Hiking at a resort. THE QUESTION: “My family wants to come hike at your resort, but we’re pretty inexperienced. Do you have any advice?” Hiking is a great, free activity to offer your guests that leverages your beautiful natural environment. So, you can imagine the Spy’s surprise when the Hiking at a resort.

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SUMMER OPS CAMP 2023

The thirteenth SAM Summer Ops Camp drew ski area and aerial adventure operators, experts, and suppliers from all over North America to Steamboat, Sept. 10-12, for three days of learning, networking, and hands-on fun in the name of growing non-winter business. Read the recap and stay tuned for the announcement of next year's Summer Ops Camp host. 
 


SUMMER OPS SUPPLIER GUIDE 

Peruse our top Summer Ops Camp vendorsSupplierGuide2 online with our Summer Ops Supplier Guide. Choosing your next summer attraction or service is made easier with company and product descriptions, videos, testimonials, and ket contact information. 



ADVENTURE PARK INSIDER

Screen Shot 2023 04 03 at 12.36.13 PMOur sister publication, Adventure Park Insider, has tons of content to help you navigate the aerial adventure side of your business. We've compiled this content into various park departments so you can quickly find articles on specific topics. View all of the park departments here. We've also listed a few specific topics below. 

 

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TREE HEALTH
Learn how to properly care for one of the most essential resources for aerial adventure courses; trees. These articles cover a wide range of important topics from assessing tree health, to proper maintenance techniques, and so much more.

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EQUIPMENT
Harnesses, belays, helmets, trolleys...the list goes on! Keep up to date on all of the necessary equipment for your staff and guests. Plus, learn how to clean and store your gear effectively. 

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STATE OF THE STANDARDS

REGULATIONS AND STANDARDS
Regulations and standards are ever evolving. Stay in-the-know with these articles on how standards affect your operation. 

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