November 2017


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Our 13th annual look at trends in design and events.

Yes, you can make the onboarding process both more entertaining and more effective, as several resorts have discovered.

Synthetic slopes are growing in number. Will operators reap the benefits of longer seasons or year-round operation?

Functional Style

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Resort uniforms don't just identify staff or protect against the elements—they make a strong statement about your brand, for better or worse.

Here are 11 tips guaranteed to promote the health of man and machine.

Idea Files :: November 2017

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A found door knocker, an American flat with added significance, and a clever counterweight position switch.

Construction Site :: November 2017

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Revamped beginner terrain and facilities, new lifts, and snowmaking upgrades highlight this month’s selection of summer projects.

What Is the Return on Investment of Terrain Parks?

SAM on the Road :: November 2017

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Scenes from fall association shows, SAM Summer Ops Camp, and Mountain Tech Symposium.

News & Views :: November 2017

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President Pawlak, Quebec Conversions, Vail Resorts’ Insights, and more.

Pass Sales on the Rise

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One day, season pass sales will plateau, or even fall. But this is not that day.

Learning to Fly

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When young kids are riding chairlifts, it takes a village to teach them the ropes.

Music in the Mountains

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choose the right mix of entertainers and performers, and your music program will be a smash hit.

Progression Through Events

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Introduce women and children to your park in programs that are tailored to their needs and interests.

Moving on Up

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Helpful tips for seasonal employees seeking to make a career out of the ski industry.