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Vail Resorts Commits to Zero Net Operating Footprint by 2030

SAM Magazine—Broomfield, Colo., July 25, 2017—Inspired by the environmental commitment of Whistler Blackcomb, a recent Vail Resorts (VR) acquisition, VR will aggressively pursue a comprehensive sustainability commitment across all its resorts, called “Epic Promise for a Zero Footprint.” The pledge commits VR to zero net emissions by 2030, zero waste to landfill by 2030, and zero net operating impact to forests and habitat.

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Breckenridge Opens Epic Discovery Alpine Camp

SAM Magazine—Breckenridge, Colo., July 25, 2017—Breckenridge held the grand opening of Epic Discovery at Alpine Camp last week, marking the expansion of its summer offerings. Guests were treated to a scenic ride up the Colorado SuperChair on Peak 8 for the debut of Breck’s Gold Summit Climbing Wall, along with the resort’s observation tower and interpretive hiking loop. An aerial adventure course at Alpine Camp will follow later this summer.

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Safehold Special Risk to Be Bought by USI Insurance

SAM Magazine—Lakewood, Colo., July 21, 2017—Wells Fargo has entered into an agreement with USI Insurance Services to sell Wells Fargo Insurance Services (WFIS), inclusive of the Safehold Special Risk program business. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

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Silverton Mountain Adds Passholder Perks

SAM Magazine—Silverton, Colo., July 21, 2017—As Silverton Mountain begins its 16th year, the resort has teamed with six other ski areas that will give Silverton passholders 20 days of free skiing during the 2017-18 ski season.

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Summer at Western Destinations: Occupancy Flat, Revenues Up

SAM Magazine—Denver, July 21, 2017—While occupancy at Western mountain destinations for the summer months (May through October) is up a mere 0.2 percent year-over-year, aggregated revenues as of June 30 jumped 8.4 percent from the same period a year ago, thanks to robust gains in average daily rate (ADR). Occupancy for the month of June dipped 0.5 percent, but revenues were up 6.5 percent, according to Inntopia’s monthly DestiMetrics Market Briefing.

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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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ISKINY-PSAA Expo

The annual ISKINY-PSAA Expo, Sept. 19-21, 2016, at Holiday Valley, N.Y., attracted more than 345 ski resort, vendor, and guest attendees from across North America. The program kicked off with the annual golf tournament and opportunity to demo Holiday Valley's aerial adventure parks.

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Sunrise Park Resort, owned and operated by the White Mountain Apache Tribe is seeking a Lift Maintenance Manager to manage all aspects of lift maintenance department. Responsible for scheduling, training staff, coordinate activities. Prepare & review inspection reports. Also schedule & budget...
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200 Jr. Elan Skis (70cm-135cm)100 Jr. Burton LTR Boards (80cm-125cm)500 Pairs Dalbello Ski Boots (size 8-9.5) All Reasonable offers considered.Contact: jim@patspeak.com
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Hiring experienced leader to promote exceptional customer service in a fun and low instructor-to-child ratio group/private lessons for 3 – 7 year olds. Salary DOQ, includes medical, dental, vision, paid sick/vacation and recreation privileges. Season from Oct. 1 – April 30.Plan, direct &...
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A Dedicated Outdoor Winter Environment that improves the HEALTH, LIVES and FITNESS of our youth! 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...
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Communications/PR and Social Media Manager needed at Killington/Pico Resort. Manage and coordinate all public relations, social media, blog and traditional media communications. Work within the marketing department and other resort departments to keep guests engaged in social and traditional...
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Anakeesta is looking for an exceptional individual to manage our Chondola operations. Overseeing personnel in all phases of the Leitner-Poma Lift. Email kmontgomery@anakeesta.com
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NASHOBA VALLEY SKI AREA-Snow Groomer Operator Wanted. Snow Grooming experience a plus but will train the right individual with a strong mechanical and machine operations background. Year round or Seasonal options. Salary commensurate with experience. All interested candidates please forward your...
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NASHOBA VALLEY SKI AREA- Lift Maintenance Technician Wanted. Lift maintenance experience a plus but will train the right individual with a strong mechanical background. Year round or Seasonal options. Salary commensurate with experience. All interested candidates please forward your resume to...
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Blue Hills is a small ski area, just minutes from downtown Boston. We train great employees for key positions and give them the skills needed for a career in the ski industry. We can even provide seasonal housing.We are currently looking to train for these positions: Lift Manager: Responsible...
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Sunrise Park Resort located in the White Mountains Greer, Az is seeking 4 Lift Maintenance Mechanics. Sunrise is a year round ski & summer resort owned and operated by the White Mountain Apache Tribe. Qualified candidates must have proven track record on maintaining routine procedures on all...
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Purgatory Resort is needing a Lift Electrician for our team! Please visit https://www.purgatoryresort.com/employee-resources/employment-opportunities for a full job description and to apply. EOE.
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Angel Fire Resort is seeking a dynamic and enthusiastic Retail Buyer to join our Team. This position is responsible for implementing the buying and merchandising for a wide variety of the Resort’s retail outlets including, but not limited to ski, snowboard, golf, RV, bike, and gift shop. The...
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