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March 2016

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Grooming Vehicles 2016

March 6, 2016

Both PRINOTH and PistenBully continue the transition to Tier 4, the emission control technology mandated by the Enivronmental Protection Agency. Yes, after y...

The World Ski and Snowboard Festival at  Whistler, B.C., draws a large number of visitors who don't ski or ride, but who are exposed to winter sports anyway—and some become converts to snowsliding.

Why Don't More People Like Us?

Written by Timothy Sweeney
Here it comes again, hurtling toward you like that old double chair that whips into the back of your legs no matter how prepared you are for it: survey...
Reaching New Markets

Reaching New Markets

Written by Moira McCarthy
Mountain resorts have their share of challenging winters. Last year, the Pacific West barely eked by, and this year the East had to use snowmaking musc...
E-Commerce Solutions: Still Waiting?
About a year ago, mobile devices surpassed the desktop in Internet usage, which means more people are accessing information on the go and using it to m...
MARMOT CHEEKY PANTS: Women want more technical elements in their outwear, as well as comfort and functionality. Marmot's response: the Gore-Tex Performance three-layer Cheeky Pant. Removable, insulated shorts help ladies stay perfectly warm when skiing and riding, and look stylish during après. Technical elements and details include Recco avalanche rescue reflector, leg vents, water-resistant zippers, adjustable snap closures, and both waist and internal gaiters with gripper elastic. www.marmot.com

SIA Snow Show: Editor's Picks

Written by The Editors
The 2016 SIA Snow Show in Denver Jan. 28-31 showcased the usual overwhelming number of products and brands. SAM searched the show halls and gathered th...
To Build or Not to Build

To Build or Not to Build

Written by Carl Skylling
With hundreds, if not thousands, of old lifts running across North America, many managers are asking themselves, “Should I repair or replace these ol...
Publisher's Memo - March 2016

Publisher's Memo - March 2016

Written by The Editors
Cyber Hacking, Active Shooters, and Unions, Oh My! As one operator said at the recent NSAA winter shows, after attending sessions on unions, ADA web c...
On the Road - March 2016

On the Road - March 2016

Written by The Editors
Faces and Places...
Industry Reports - March 2016

Industry Reports - March 2016

Written by The Editors
MT. ROSE FOR SALE In late January, after 45 years as majority owner, Fritz Buser, 95, put Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe up for sale. Over the last 15 years, Buse...
Trailblazer :: Claire Humber, Resort Planner
  Third in a series on individuals who have had a significant impact on developing the North American mountain resort industry.
Time for a Guinness

Time for a Guinness

Written by Linda Goodspeed
The Guinness Book of World Records is still evaluating the results of the World’s Largest Lesson (WLL), which drew about 6,000 first-time skiers and ...
From Obsession to Progression

From Obsession to Progression

Written by Andrew Roy
There is a preoccupation in the park world with continually pushing to reach the next level. This notion has endured from a time when going bigger was ...
Resort Rental Gear Remains Hot

Resort Rental Gear Remains Hot

Written by April Darrow
Performance, demo, and backcountry rentals are helping to fuel growth in rental overall, according to a recent survey conducted by SAM Magazine and Sno...
Sliding on Air

Sliding on Air

Written by Peter Oliver
The urge to slide down slippery slopes seems to be primal, embedded in the human DNA. For centuries, people have been coming up with all sorts of devic...
Idea Files - March 2016

Idea Files - March 2016

Written by Sam Geise
SCENIC CHAIR “We decided to start to run our Stevenson Express for scenic chairlift rides, but it only had a ramp for winter use. So we had to desig...
Blue Pages - March 2016

Blue Pages - March 2016

Written by The Editors
SUMMER BUSINESS: A SHARED EXPERIENCE The Assembly, conceived and run by Denver-based DestiMetrics, has quickly become a staple of the annual mountain ...