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  • SPEAK-OUT :: JANUARY 2018
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  • Meet the New Boss
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  • Top Stories from 2017
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  • In a bid to bring together current and future industry leaders, SAM is launching a new program, the Summit Series.
  • As harassment revelations topple leaders across a wide swath of industries, we must assess our own business culture.
  • The SAM interview with Kelly Pawlak, NSAA's new president and CEO.
  • Ski Area Management magazine’s 55th year in print is officially in the books, but it’s too early to send all its content to the archives. To help readers catch up on articles they may have missed, we have compiled the following list.


Mary Kate Buckley Is Jackson Hole Mountain Resort’s New President

SAM Magazine—Teton Village, Wyo., Jan. 18, 2018—Jackson Hole Mountain Resort (JHMR) has named Mary Kate Buckley to succeed Jerry Blann, effective June 1, 2018. Blann has served as president since 1995. JHMR, independently owned by the Kemmerer Family, conducted a search to fill the role, and is pleased to bring Mary Kate with her strong ties to Jackson Hole and her extensive business experience.

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NSAA Names Michael Lane as New Director of Technical Services

SAM Magazine—Lakewood, Colo., Jan. 12, 2018—The National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) has named Michael Lane as its new director of technical services, a position primarily focused on lift safety, education, operations, and maintenance. Lane is currently the national ropeway engineer for the USDA Forest Service. He will assume his role at NSAA in February 2018.

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Winter Park Wins Dispute Over Service Dogs on Lifts

SAM Magazine—Lakewood, Colo., Jan. 12, 2018—In an important legal ruling, the Colorado Civil Rights Division sided in favor of Winter Park Resort over a recent disability discrimination claim against the resort regarding its restriction on service animals riding chairlifts. It’s the first legal challenge ever against a ski area over service animal restrictions on chairlifts.

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Colorado Resorts See Drop in Early-Season Visits

SAM Magazine—Denver, January 13, 2018 –Skier visits at the 23 member resorts of Colorado Ski Country USA were down 13 percent compared to last year’s mediocre first period visit numbers, for the season through Dec. 31, 2017.

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Vail Resorts Reports Early-Season Visit Decline

SAM Magazine—Broomfield, Colo., Jan. 13, 2018—Vail Resorts reported a 10.8 percent decline in visits across its major North American resorts through the early season, reflecting adverse weather and snow conditions across a broad swath of the U.S.

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Mountain Technology Symposium Has Successful Launch

The inaugural Mountain Technology Symposium, held Sept. 28 – Oct. 1 at Telluride Ski and Golf Resort, Colo., drew 82 ski industry tech leaders and suppliers, including 50 ski area personnel from 35 resorts. They discussed the IT state of the art and ways to improve upon it down the road.

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ISKINY-PSAA Expo 2017

It was Pennsylvania’s turn to host the annual joint-expo that gathers member resorts from both the Ski Areas of New York and the Pennsylvania Ski Areas Association, with Camelback Resort the chosen venue for this year. Hundreds of ski area operators, suppliers, and speakers attended the three-day event Sept. 18-20. The days were packed with networking opportunities, educational sessions, and, of course, plenty of fun.

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New England Summit 2017

This year's New England Summit, Sept. 12-14, drew a large crowd over three beautiful fall days to Sunday River, Maine. On tap were 35 educational sessions, including NSAA's Fall Education Series. Show organizer Bo Bigelow of the Ski Maine Association said the Summit drew a total attendance of more than 450 ski area personnel, suppliers, and speakers, with 54 resorts represented.

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2017 MSAA Summer Meetings and Trade Show

The 2017 MSAA Summer Meetings & Trade Show, held Aug. 20-23 at Devil’s Head, Wis., was memorable for several reasons. For one, this was the final convention attended by retiring NSAA head Michael Berry. His keynote speech touched on familiar themes of growth, succession planning, and environmental action. It was followed by a second brilliant keynote the next day, in which SNOW Operating chief Joe Hession implored resorts to seek and find new ways to fuel growth. Throughout, the program focused on these themes, as well as the practical issues of running successful resorts.

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Eighth Annual SAM Summer (Ops) Camp

“Summer does NOT equal winter,” declared SE Group’s Claire Humber at SAM’s eighth annual Summer (Ops) Camp, held Sept. 5-7, at Vermont’s Killington Resort. Roughly 170 resort-industry professionals from the U.S., Canada, and Japan gathered for three days to discuss the opportunities, choices, trends, and pitfalls in developing a summer activities program.

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Ski Blandford which was recently purchased by Ski Butternut is looking for a few experienced people. Located in the Berkshires of MA, we are undergoing a rebuilding of the facilities over the next few years. We are looking for people that have experience in snowmaking, lift maintenance and...
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Snow King Mountain Resort is hiring for a Sales and Marketing Director position. If you are interested please contact us at HR@snowkingmountain.com or call (307) 201-5004.
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Solitude Mountain Resort is looking for an individual to manage all aspects of the resort's digital marketing efforts, including website management, SEM, social media, and email marketing. Visit https://goo.gl/MTTKNb for the full job description.
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The Lift Maintenance Electrician will maintain, troubleshoot and repair all electrical equipment, as well as perform preventative electrical maintenance for all of Mountain Operations including aerial and surface lifts, snowmaking equipment, and communications. Preventative and routine...
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Angel Fire Resort in Northern NM is seeking a dynamic and enthusiastic Retail Buyer to join our Team. This position is responsible for implementing the buying and merchandising for the Resort’s retail outlets including ski, snowboard, golf, RV, bike, and gift shop. For more info and access to...
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In need of used rental skis and boots If you are upgrading your rental offerings and wondering what to do with the older, but still usable ones call Dave 701-549-3600
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Stevens Pass is now hiring a Terrain Park Grooming Operator. This position is responsible for building, grooming, and maintaining Terrain Park features to the desired specification in coordination with the Mountain Operations to provide a consistent quality surface for the guests. For more...
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Doppelmayr USA, the operator and maintenance contractor for the OHSU & City of Portland Aerial Tramway, has an immediate opening for a full-time year-around Tramway Maintenance Technician. Preferred applicants will have experience and knowledge in the maintenance and repair of tramways or ski...
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Southern Hemisphere Proving Grounds in the South Island of New Zealand is looking for experienced Snowmakers for winter in May 2018.Please e-mail work@shpg.co.nz with your resume and for a full job description www.shpg.co.nz
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There are many resorts to ski at, work at, and be part of. The people who return to Cranmore year after year do so because we offer an experience that feels positive. The energy of the mountain is contagious, and the smiles on people’s faces are proof of what we’re claiming. Join our team and be...
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Fatzer 1-3/8", 6x25, bright-ungalvanized w/poly core, RLL, 10,000ft., 7,000hrs., Maintenance records available. Make Offer. Email bahern@snowbasin.com
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West Haight Mountain (Alder Creek Divide) is looking to attract development investors to build a new facility for skiing and other outdoor recreation. Located near Mt. Shasta and Sacramento, CA, the area offers downhill skiing, fishing, hiking, mountain biking, bird watching, hunting, and...
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Mountain High, a leading resort in Southern California, is looking for an enthusiastic leader/team builder to oversee and work alongside our lift maintenance team. 3+ years’ management experience and 3+ years’ lift maintenance experience. Benefited position to start ASAP. Interested...
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Eaglecrest Ski Area is looking for an Experienced Snowcat Operator/Mechanic. During the winter this position is responsible for operating grooming equipment and supervising the nightly grooming staff. In the summer months this position will assist with all mountain maintenance that includes but...
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Grand Targhee Resort is seeking an experienced Sales Manager, to join our team. The National Sales Manager is responsible for overall resort destination group, day group, and leisure sales functions. Candidates must have 3 years of previous experience as well as a passion for the ski industry....
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