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  • Synthetic slopes are growing in number. Will operators reap the benefits of longer seasons or year-round operation?
  • What Is the Return on Investment of Terrain Parks?


Jackson Hole Mountain Resort President Jerry Blann to Retire

SAM Magazine—Teton Village, Wyo., Nov. 30, 2017—After a 47-year career in the ski and tourism industries, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort president Jerry Blann will retire after the 2017-18 winter season. He has spent the last 22 years as JHMR’s president. Prior to leading JHMR, Blann was president of Aspen Skiing Company, where he worked for 18 years, and also was president of Bear Mountain, Calif.

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Summer Lodging Trends Spill Into Winter For Mountain Destinations

SAM Magazine—Denver, Nov. 21, 2017—The summer of 2017 set two all-time records for the six-month summer season—a strong seven percent gain in aggregated revenue among 20 mountain destinations in eight western states, and occupancy eked out a scant 0.1 percent increase over the summer of 2016. The month of October was up 9.7 percent in occupancy with a 14.1 percent gain in revenues compared to October 2016. This is the final summer report for 2017 released by Inntopia in its monthly DestiMetrics Market Briefing.

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Year-Round Snowsports Complex Planned for Castle Rock, Colo.

SAM Magazine—Castle Rock, Colo., Nov. 20, 2017—Developers will break ground this month on Miller’s Landing, a new 65-acre mixed-use project in Castle Rock, Colo., that is expected to include a year-round outdoor snowsports complex, aptly named Snowsports 365.

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The Fairbank Group Launches Variable Lift Ticket Pricing Online

SAM Magazine—Hancock, Mass., Nov. 20, 2017—The Fairbank Group’s resorts—Jiminy Peak, Mass., Bromley, Vt., and Cranmore, N.H.—are now offering discounted advance purchase lift tickets through an online storefront on each resort’s website. The strategy follows the same concept of “airline-style” variable pricing employed by third-party lift ticket sellers. Discounts of 30- to 50-percent off the window rates represent the largest lift ticket savings ever offered by any of the resorts.

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More Early Openings, and a Few Delays

SAM Magazine—Dover, Vt., Nov. 17, 2017—A huge number of mountain resorts across North America—from small ski areas near urban centers to the biggest operations on the continent—have either already opened or plan to spin lifts by this weekend, marking an early start for most. However, a few operators are still waiting for sustained cold temps and natural snow, forcing them to push back previously announced opening dates.

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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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Mountain Village Gondola - connects the towns of Telluride and Mountain Village. We are seeking a FTYR Electrical Technician/Supervisor with an emphasis in controls and automation. Experience with ABB, Eurotherm VFD’s, CTEC/Doppelmayr low-voltage controls and, Allen-Bradley programming. Salary...
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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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Stevens Pass is now hiring an Accounting Manager. This is a year round, exempt, management position with a comprehensive benefit package. This position is responsible for the success of the Accounting department's budget, staffing, and performance. They maintain effective relationships with...
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Located adjacent to the Gatineau River in Cantley, Quebec, Mont Cascades Resort is a water park and ski resort, only a 20-minute drive from downtown Ottawa. The resort is affiliated with ProSlide Technology Inc., which is the world leader in water ride innovation. This 360° mountain provides...
SEEKING LIFT MAINTENANCE SUPERVISOR: Rain Forest Adventures is currently seeking a Lift Maintenance Supervisor 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...
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Mountain Creek Resort is looking for experienced groomers to help sculp and comb our mountain nightly to provide a premium product for our guests. Apply at mountaincreek.com\jobs
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The Vice President of Sales & Marketing will assist in the brand direction, marketing strategy and advertising for the four-season attractions at Camelback Resort, Camelback Lodge & Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark, The Kartrite Hotel & Indoor Waterpark, and H2OBX Waterpark in order to achieve...
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As the Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Branding you will be responsible for leading and developing the resort sales and marketing teams as they implement innovative strategies that will build our brand, increase revenue and foster respect among our employees and guests. Our ideal...
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The Snowmass Terrain Park Team is looking for a Terrain Park Groomer/Half Pipe Cutter for the winter 2017-2018 season.Winch and Zaugg experience is preferable, summer work for Bike Trail Department and housing also possible.Please apply ASAP at www.aspensnowmass.com/jobs, snow is on the ground...
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Powder Ridge Mountain Park and Resort in Middlefield, CT is recruiting for a full time facilities manager. The right candidate should be an outdoor enthusiast, that enjoys the challenges of problem solving and multi-tasking throughout the day/evening. The candidate will act as a working manager...
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Snowbasin Resort’s greatest assets are its employees. Could this be you?Key Positions: Electrician, Vehicle Technician, Terrain Park Snow Cat Operator/Builder, Terrain Park Host LeadOther Opportunities: Lift Operations & Ticket Checking, Food & Beverage, Guest Services, Ski School, Snowmaking &...
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Hiring experienced leader to assist with operations & promote exceptional customer service in a fun and low instructor-to-child ratio group/private lessons for 3 – 7 year olds. Salary DOQ, includes recreation privileges. Season approx.. Oct 1 – April 30. In a beautiful state-of-the-art facility...
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Dodge Ridge, Pinecrest CA, is seeking a Director of Mountain Operations. We are a family-owned ski area committed to our guests and staff. Experience in multiple mountain departments required. This is a great opportunity to be part of a dedicated team. First-rate Benefit/PTO package. Send...
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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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