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  • SAM asked several top executives from across the country, "What are the top priorities for the new president?"
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  • Retiring NSAA president Michael Berry talks about he past, present, and future of the industry he's served for more than 50 years.

Autumn Boosts Overall Summer Occupancy in the West

SAM Magazine—Denver, Oct. 20, 2017—Overall occupancy at western mountain destinations for the six summer months, April through October, was boosted by bookings made in September for arrivals in September and October. With the last-minute uptick, as of Sept. 30, aggregated summer occupancy edged up 0.1 percent, while revenues are up a robust 7.2 percent compared to the same time last year. For the month of September alone, occupancy was up 1.4 percent, with a 7.3 percent increase in revenue. Inntopia released the results in its monthly DestiMetrics Market Briefing, which tracks 20 destinations across several states.

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Arizona Snowbowl to Purchase Elk Ridge (Ariz.) Ski Area

SAM Magazine—Flagstaff, Ariz., Oct. 17, 2017—Arizona Snowbowl, part of the Mountain Capital Partners group of resorts, plans to purchase the 37-acre Elk Ridge Ski Area near Williams, Ariz. Pending a special use permit approval by Kaibab National Forest officials, the plan is to open Elk Ridge as soon as possible under the current operating plan. Improvements are being proposed.

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Mount Snow Names Erik Barnes as New General Manager

SAM Magazine—Mount Snow, Vt., Oct. 11, 2017—With current general manager Kelly Pawlak leaving to assume the role of president and CEO of the National Ski Areas Association, Mount Snow wasted no time naming Erik Barnes as her successor. Barnes has been with the resort for more than three decades, most recently serving as director of resort services. His first day as GM will be Nov. 4.

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Timberline Lodge First Resort to Open in North America

SAM Magazine—Timberline Lodge, Ore., Oct. 11, 2017—Since September, winter storms have been dropping a fair amount of snow on the high country out West, stoking the excitement of skiers and riders. Adding to the excitement, Timberline Lodge and Ski Area on Mt. Hood, Ore., laid claim to being the first ski area to open when it spun the Palmer Chairlift on Sunday, Oct. 8. Weather permitting, the lift will be open Saturdays and Sundays, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., for advanced skiers and snowboarders.

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NSAA Names Kelly Pawlak as New President

SAM Magazine—Lakewood, Colo., Oct. 9, 2017—The board of directors of the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) has named Kelly Pawlak as NSAA’s new president and CEO. Pawlak, who is vice president and general manager at Mount Snow Resort, Vt., will assume the position Jan. 1, 2018.

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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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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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2017 NSAA National Convention and Tradeshow

The NSAA National Convention and Tradeshow drew a total of 880 ski industry operators and suppliers to the Fairmont Princess Resort in Scottsdale, Ariz., May 5-7. The focus this year was clearly on developing and retaining new skiers and riders, a fitting aim for soon-to-retire NSAA president Michael Berry’s final act. 

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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 &...
Attitash Mountain Resort, in the beautiful White Mountains of NH, has the following positions available (some seasonal, some year-round with full benefits). • Trail Crew/Snowmakers• Snowmaking Supervisor• Lift Mechanic• Park Groomer• Mountain Ops Dispatcher• Compressor Room Operator To apply,...
Experienced Lift Mechanics and Terrain Park Cat Operators! Seven Springs Mountain Resort is seeking hard working, dedicated and passionate individuals to join our Mountain Operations Team! Available positions include, Lift Mechanics, Terrain Cat Operators, Snow Groomers, Cat Operators,...
Historic Timberline Lodge and Ski Area, family owned and operated, is looking for an experienced Lift Mechanic to join our team. Have you been in the industry a while? Looking for a ski area with advancement potential? If you’re not intimidated by the weather extremes of Mount Hood or a ski area...
Ski Santa Fe is looking for an Assistant Snow Maintenance Manager/Snowmaking Supervisor with a passion for all aspects of snowmaking operations including design and installation of future upgrades/expansion. Experience in grooming and snow removal a plus, but not required. The right candidate...
Loon Mountain is seeking an experienced snow-cat operator to work with the Terrain Park department. Responsibilities include but are not limited to; properly operating a snow-cat, input on feature design, feature construction, and nightly maintenance of all terrain park areas. Position is...
PRINOTH Snow Grooming division is looking for a Service Technician for its Salt Lake City distribution center. Great opportunity to work for the leader in snow grooming equipment offering competitive wages in a fast paced environment. Resumes should be sent to
Killington/Pico Ski Resort is seeking Lift Operations Team Leaders, become a member of the largest lift operations team in the East! The Team Leader is responsible for the daily operation of the lifts in their assigned area and will provide direction, instructions and guidance to the lift...
Sunday River needs an experienced Guest Service and Ticket Manager to lead our season pass, tickets, and guest service team. Customer service skills are a must along with being able to make quick, on-brand decisions to help resolve customer-facing issues. Visit for...
Mount Snow Resort in Southern Vermont is seeking an experienced maintenance professional with a positive attitude to join our team. Ideal candidate will multiple years of relevant experience and basic knowledge of low voltage electrical systems and ANSI B77.1. Position is responsible for the...
Granite Gorge Ski Area in Keene, NH is seeking a Snowsports Director.  This position will be responsible for a maintaining and growing a 300+ participant Winter Youth (after school) ski/ride program, hiring and training all instructors, coordinating lessons & scheduling staff.  Position also...