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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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40th Annual LMS Draws Record Attendance

Celebrating its 40th year of educating ski area personnel, the Lift Maintenance Seminar (LMS) welcomed the biggest crowd in its history at this year’s event, held April 18-20 at Jiminy Peak, Mass. More than 420 participants from about 70 different ski areas came to expand their knowledge about chairlift and surface lift operation, maintenance, safety, risk management, and more, as well as sessions that covered snowmaking, staffing, and other mountain operations subjects.

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2017 NSAA Eastern Conference and Tradeshow, Mount Snow, Vt.

Compared to last year, the tone was decidedly different among operators and suppliers at this year’s NSAA Eastern Conference and Tradeshow, Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 at Mount Snow, Vt. Normal snowfall and strong visitation had the robust group of attendees singing a more positive tune than a year ago. 

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NSAA Western Trade Fair 2017

Short-Term Optimism, Long-Term Concerns

There was a general air of enthusiasm and optimism at the NSAA Western Winter Conference, Jan. 16-19 at Steamboat, Colo., thanks to a strong season to date for resorts across most of the country. But the long-term outlook is clouded by challenges ranging from the need to attract and retain more new skiers and riders to the rigors of training and retaining lift mechanics—challenges that the conference tried to address head on.

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