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2014 NSAA Winter Conference - Steamboat, CO

From January 21-23, almost 800 people gathered at Steamboat, Colorado, for the National Ski Areas Association Western Conference and Trade Show. With 84 ski areas on hand, the 147 exhibiting companies had no shortage of potential customers. And ski area attendees had a wide variety of educational sessions to choose from as presenters tackled everything from marijuana use at ski areas to wildfire management. Of note was a presentation by Nate Fristoe of RRC Associates who predicted that the 2013-14 skier visit numbers will struggle to reach 53 million thanks to poor snow on the West Coast.

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2013 Summer Ops Camp Wrap-Up

In its fourth year, the SAM Summer Ops Camp drew over 150 operators and vendors together at Attitash Resort, N.H., from September 15-18 to discuss the many money-making opportunities to be had outside of the snowy months. From aerial adventure parks to mining and from water features to mud races, operators from approximately 35 resorts from across the country left with a slew of new ideas and best practices from vendors and from each other.

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2013 New England Summit

The 2013 New England Summit Sept. 17-19 at Attitash, N.H., drew 425 attendees, including more than 275 ski area staff from 51 areas. There were also eight industry organizations represented, and 150 exhibitors.

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Ski Areas of NY & Pennsylvania Ski Areas Association Expo 2013

From September 11 to 13, 2013, 326 attendees from 66 supplier companies and 36 ski resorts gathered at beautiful Holiday Valley for a few days of networking and shopping during the Ski Areas of NY (SANY) and Pennsylvania Ski Areas Association (PSAA) annual Expo. Attendees took advantage of more than 30 sessions covering everything from risk management to social media and cruised the trade show hall for new ideas from vendors. It was all capped off by a fantastic fireworks display from Young Explosives. Check out the full gallery of pictures here.

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MSAA Trade Show 2013

From August 4-7, 401attendees representing 54 ski areas and 71 suppliers, convened at Alpine Valley Resort, Wisc., for three days of networking, learning, shopping, eating, and duckie races. Check out the photo gallery below.

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KATV Opens New Corporate Office, Service Facility

PistenBully parent company Kassbohrer All Terrain Vehicles (KATV) hosted a crowd of 150 resort customers, local businesses, and staff at the grand opening of its new office and warehouse facility in Reno, Nev., July 24. KATV had invited many customers to join a multi-day celebration that included a tour of Lake Tahoe on the M.S. Dixie paddleboat and a reception, ribbon-cutting, and tour of the new facility itself.

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