NSAA Western Conference, NSAA Eastern Conference NSAA WESTERN CONFERENCE & TRADESHOW, PALISADES TAHOE, CALIF., JAN. 17-18 More than 650 operators and suppliers gathered at Palisades Tahoe, Calif., for the National Ski Areas Association Western Winter Conference and Tradeshow. 1. Several SAM Summit Series mentors and mentees meet up in the tradeshow hall at the SAM booth. 2. Don Dressler, USDA; Travis Beck, SE Group; Scott Prior, SE Group; and Kent Sharp, SE Group. 3. Michael Bettera of Effective Edge and a panel of industry pros discuss terrain park incident trends and potential solutions to reduce guest injuries. 4. SAM editor Dave Meeker and James Coleman of Mountain Capital Partners.. 5. Jim Schneider, Steamboat, Colo.; Pete Sonntag, Sun Valley, Idaho; Dee Byrne, Palisades Tahoe; Calif.; Bruce Fery, Sun Valley, Idaho. NSAA EASTERN CONFERENCE & TRADESHOW, KILLINGTON, VT., JAN. 31 - FEB. 1 Nearly 500 operators and suppliers attended the National Ski Areas Association Eastern Winter Conference and Tradeshow, hosted at Killington Resort, Vt. 1. Attendees demo Sno-Go ski bikes outside Killington’s Snowshed Lodge. 2. SAM Summit Series mentee Connor O’Sullivan of Stratton Mountain, Vt., and program mentor John Hammond, general manager of Sugarbush, Vt., catch up. 3. Evan Kovach, GM, Mountain Creek Resort, N.J.; Jeff Boliba, COO, SnowCloud; and Kelly Brooks, CPO, Snow Partners. 4. Monika Ratnik and Tim Wang of Ratnik Industries. 5. PistenBully’s Bryan Schuler and JP Wirtz talk shop. 6. Kissling AG’s Roman Siegfried and Prinoth’s Rachel Templar and Andreas Muigg hit the show floor. 7. Montage Mountain, Pa., operations director Jack Spitzer chats with Bill Toye and Charles Blier from PNP Supply. Photos 3-7 courtesy of Dave Gibson, Propeller Media Works.