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  • Mountain Spy—March 2018
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  • Mentors Blaise Carrig and John Rice dish on sizing up problems and identifying the best way to solve them. Part II of the SAM Summit Series.
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Western Destinations Set Lodging Revenue Record; Summer Is Mixed

SAM Magazine—Denver, May 21, 2018—Western mountain destinations eked out a lodging revenue increase of 1.8 percent over last year as of April 30. The aggregated figure set a new revenue record among participating properties, even though occupancy finished the season down one percent compared to the previous winter. Increases in the average daily rate (ADR) elevated total revenues. The season-end summary was reported by Inntopia in its monthly DestiMetrics Market Briefing.

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NSAA Climate Challenge Enrollment Deadline Is May 18

SAM Magazine—Lakewood, Colo., May 17, 2018—Resorts interested in joining the NSAA Climate Challenge have until tomorrow, May 18, 2018, to complete the enrollment form, or at least alert NSAA of intention to join.

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Co-Sponsors for Ski Fee Retention Act Growing, More Needed

SAM Magazine—Lakewood, Colo., May 17, 2018—In its most recent edition of “Capital Watch,” the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) said the list of co-sponsors in the House and Senate for the Ski Fee Retention Act of 2018 is growing, thanks in part to efforts by ski areas that operate on public lands and state associations reaching out to their respective federal lawmakers—but the more the merrier.

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NSAA 2017-18 Safety Award Winners

SAM Magazine—Marco Island, Fla., May 11, 2018—The National Ski Areas Association recognized six ski areas and one state association with Safety Awards for exceptional initiatives to educate guests and employees about skiing and snowboarding responsibly.

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Millennials Help Boost Peak Resorts Season Pass Sales

SAM Magazine—Wildwood, Mo., May 11, 2018—The presence of the Ikon Pass and Epic Pass in the Northeast market doesn’t appear to have impacted sales of Peak Resorts’ incumbent Peak Pass. The company reported that consolidated sales of the five Peak Pass products through April 30, 2018 increased 14 percent in units and 16 percent in revenue year-over-year, buoyed by a 47 percent jump in unit sales of the Drifter Pass, an unrestricted discounted pass for the 18- to 29-year-old crowd.

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SAVMI 2018: Educational Value Continues to Draw Crowds

The annual conference of the Ski Area Vehicle Maintenance Institute (SAVMI), held May 14-17, drew 316 attendees to Grand Junction, Colo., including 179 resort employees. The schedule was heavy with company-specific classes as well as broader classes on hydraulics, lubricants, welding, rigging, and safety.

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2018 NSAA National Convention and Tradeshow Marco Island, Fla., May 2-5

The 878 attendees at the NSAA National Convention and Tradeshow in Marco Island, Fla., May 2-5 enjoyed four days of stimulating and thought-provoking presentations, seminars, keynotes, and networking. Strong March visitation at resorts nationwide muted the impact of a trying winter for many, and combined with the energy brought by new NSAA president Kelly Pawlak to create an upbeat gathering. The throng included 442 ski area representatives from 115 resorts, and 436 supplier personnel from 168 companies. 

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NSAA Western Winter Conference and Tradeshow 2018

If it seemed that there were a lot of folks attending the NSAA Winter Conference and Trade Show at Snowbird, Utah, Jan. 15-18, well, there were. The official tally was 793 attendees, including 423 resort personnel and 370 supplier reps. A total of 88 resorts attended. It was a disappointing snow season through early January for many, but that didn’t depress attendance.

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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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Work as a team focused on creating high-quality snow across three mountain peaks. As the Snowmaking Pumps and Compressor Supervisor, you will be leading 5 seasonal employees during the snowmaking season. Service and maintain the snowmaking plant, assist on capital construction projects and stay...
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Sleeping Giant Ski Area & Zipline is currently accepting applications for the position of General Manager. Sleeping Giant is a ski area and zipline operation located just outside of the east gate of Yellowstone Park, in Wyoming’s rugged North Fork valley west of Cody, Wyoming. The successful...
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Indian tribe in New Mexico seeks highly-qualified Director of Ski Operations for its well-established ski area. The ski area is part of a large resort and casino enterprise. Director is responsible for the overall management of ski and summer operations. This announcement is not a complete list...
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Lutsen Mountains Ski & Summer Resort, a growing, historic year-round resort located on the beautiful North Shore of Lake Superior. Responsible for lifts, snowmaking, vehicles, buildings. Competitive pay and benefits package. Contact Kathy Buckman, kathyb@lutsen.com
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Goldbelt Mt. Roberts Tramway in Juneau, Alaska, is seeking a Tram Maintenance Technician to perform preventative maintenance and repairs to the aerial tramway. The Tram Maintenance Technician shall comply with the operational rules and regulations of the Mt. Roberts Tramway including using tools...
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Goldbelt Mt. Roberts Tramway in spectacular Juneau, Alaska, is seeking a Tram & Facilities Manager to join our team. Tram manager oversees the maintenance, repairs and physical operation of the tram and its related structures, equipment and utilities. As the Tram & Facilities Manager, you will...
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Vail Mountain is now hiring a Full Time Year Round Snowmaking Supervisor! Please reach out to Dave Tucholke at Dtucholke@vailresorts.com for more details or call 970-754-4027. Four years in Snowmaking is preferred but Mountain Operations would be considered along with two years of leadership...
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Maintain alpine grooming equipment including tracked vehicles, tillers, half pipe cutters, trucks and automobiles. Must have own tools. At least five years of relevant mechanical experience required. Experience with diesel mechanics and hydraulics is preferable. Welding and fabrication skills are...
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Rain Forest Adventures https://www.rainforestadventure.com/pages/stmaarten is seeking a GM for Rockland Estate, a new eco-adventure park on the Dutch side of St Maarten. This is an opportunity to take the lead in a unique, world-class tourism venue in the eastern Caribbean bringing extensive...
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Marketing Director will oversee Homewood Mountain Resort, West Shore Café & Inn, and Homewood High & Dry Marina marketing needs as well as manage the marketing team to promote, shape, and champion the Homewood Mountain Resort brand and culture. This position works directly with the General...
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Like driving heavy equipment? Want to be a part of a world-class grooming operation? Come join us for the 2018/2019 Winter Season at Vail or Beaver Creek! Please apply here: bit.ly/vrgrooming or reach out to Grace Cryer at gcryer@vailresorts.com or Sarah Olin at Solin@vailresorts.com
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The Director of Food and Beverage is a year-round, executive level position responsible for all line of business aspects for F&B. The position oversees the department managers of each of food and beverage line of business. The Director is responsible for long term strategic planning, creating...
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Ski Blandford located in the Berkshires of MA is looking for a Snowmaking Operations Supervisor. We are currently undergoing a rebuilding of the ski area which will include upgrades to the snowmaking system. This is a key position that will provide leadership, training and team building skills...
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Rain Forest Adventures is currently seeking an Operations Manager for Rockland Estate, a new eco-adventure park on the Dutch side of St. Maarten. This is an opportunity to be a leader in a unique, world-class tourism venue in the Eastern Caribbean bringing experience to its operational...
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Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area is looking for a Rental/Retail Shop Operations Manager to join our team. Please visit www.bogusbasin.org for more information and to apply. Send resumes to jamie@bogusbasin.org
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