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Snowbasin Names Ratchford as General Manager

SAM Magazine—Snowbasin, Utah, April 20, 2018—Snowbasin Resort appointed Davy Ratchford as its new GM effective May 2018. Ratchford will succeed retiring GM John Loomis.

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March Snows Fueled Visits for Western Destinations

SAM Magazine—Denver, April 19, 2018—Significant snowfall in many regions continued through March and raised March occupancy 0.5 percent compared to year-ago levels. That cut the decline for the 2017-18 winter season from 2.6 percent to 1.3 percent, according to Inntopia in its monthly DestiMetrics Market Briefing.

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Mountain Travel Symposium Addresses Topics Old and New

The word innovation connotes creative, forward-moving success. But as a principal theme of the Forum portion of the 2018 Mountain Travel Symposium, April 11-12 in South Lake Tahoe, there was a reminder that innovation is best used remembering the lessons of yesteryear, and that nothing comes easy.

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Mountain Capital Partners to Run Nordic Valley

SAM Magazine—Durango, Colo., April 18, 2018—Mountain Capital Partners, which owns Purgatory and Arizona Snowbowl among other resorts, has entered into an operating agreement with Skyline Mountain Base, LLC, to manage and operate Nordic Valley Ski Resort, Utah.

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Outdoor Retailer Snow Show Dates Moved Back

SAM Magazine—Denver, April 12, 2018—“We’re listening. And we heard you loud and clear. We’ve adjusted our January dates.” That was the message from Outdoor Retailer VP and show director Marisa Nicholson in a letter to the industry, unveiling a return to late-January dates for the Outdoor Retailer Snow Show in Denver—Jan. 30–Feb. 1. The new dates are about three weeks later than the schedule announced back in February.

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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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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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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...
Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area is looking for a Rental/Retail Shop Operations Manager to join our team. Please visit for more information and to apply. Send resumes to
For sale: used 2008 Wintersteiger Discovery SSF fully automatic ski tuning robot - 3 module - 2 x Stone/Disc, 1 x Finish.I am the sole operator and have meticulously maintained it for 10 seasons along with yearly Wintersteiger maintenance. It produces an exceptional product, is in pristine...
The Director of Lift Maintenance at Breckenridge Ski Resort will manage the preventative, routine, scheduled, and unscheduled maintenance of all lifts in a proactive, safe and efficient manner; provide oversight of lift construction and special projects as assigned by the Senior Director of...
Attitash Mountain Resort, located in New England’s #1 ski town, is seeking a Lift Mechanic to inspect, repair, and maintain lifts and cable-based attractions. Previous experience preferred, but we’re willing to train the right person who has some lift ops experience. Full-time, year-round, fully...
Snowbird is looking for a Director of Mountain Operations, for more details visit
Removing 1986 & 1989 Poma detachable lifts. Some equipment only, available for short time. 12,000' 42.5mm rope in good condition. Email Mark at
Lift Mechanic year-round position. Cat Operators 18/19 winter season, housing is available. Snow Removal/Shop Fabrication 18/19 winter season, housing is available. For job descriptions and to apply visit
This is an excellent opportunity to join a great company in a unique position. Timberline is a fun and exciting work environment full of great people and memorable experiences! We need a responsible, self-motivated individual who can jump from repairing snow cats and other company vehicles, to...
The National Winter Activity Center (NWAC), Vernon, NJ is seeking a Program Director to oversee and manage the competitive programs segment of its comprehensive deliverable “Elev8”. NWAC offers Elev8 Learn and Elev8 Compete Alpine, Snowboard and Nordic programs for school age youth. The Program...
Mount Snow Resort in the Green Mountains of Southern Vermont is looking for a safety driven, detail orientated, dynamic leader to join our team in the role of Patrol Manager. You will exercise full supervisory authority, directly and indirectly, over up to 30 paid Patrol, Base First Aid, Trails...
Doppelmayr Canada is looking to hire an experienced Ropeway Construction Manager to take charge of our 8 month construction project in Whistler, BC. Please email for more details and an extensive description of the position.