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  • Meet 10 outstanding and inspiring twenty-somethings who are having an impact.
  • The Frendly Gathering at Sugarbush, VT, started by pro snowboarders Danny Davis and Jack Mitrani, originated as a way to bring Frends from all over the world to one place to share a deep love for music, snowboarding and the outdoors.
  • To build our sports, reframe skiing—and riding—as a mountain experience. Our sports' beauty is what seduces guests into becoming skiers and riders.
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Schmitz Brothers to Operate The Rock Snow Park (Wis.)

SAM Magazine—Franklin, Wis., July 19, 2017—Schmitz Brothers LLC, which operates Little Switzerland and Nordic Mountain ski areas in Wisconsin, has reached a purchase agreement and long-term lease deal with ROC Ventures to take over ski hill operations of The Rock Snow Park in Franklin, Wisconsin.

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David Perry Leaves SkiCo For Post With New Joint Venture

SAM Magazine—Aspen, Colo., July 19, 2017—Aspen Skiing Company’s chief operating officer, David Perry, left the company Monday to become a full-time consultant in launching the as-yet-unnamed SkiCo/KSL Capital Partners joint venture, which recently got the green light from regulators to move forward with its acquisitions of Intrawest and Mammoth Resorts.

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UPDATE: Grouse Mountain Sale Finalized

SAM Magazine—North Vancouver, B.C., July 19, 2017—Grouse Mountain in North Vancouver has been acquired by GM Resorts, a company that was just incorporated in March by CM Asset Management Co. Ltd. (CM Canada). The rumored $200 million price tag was not confirmed in a news release announcing the deal. See SAM’s earlier report about the sale HERE.

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Accesso Plans To Acquire The Experience Engine (TE2)

SAM Magazine—Orlando, Fla., July 19, 2017—Accesso Technology Group plans to acquire The Experience Engine (TE2) in a deal valued at around $80 million, which is the largest acquisition in the company’s history. Both technology companies currently serve leisure, attraction, and hospitality operations around the world, including ski resorts, theme parks, hotels, quick service food, and healthcare, among others.

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Blue Knob (Pa.) Acquired by Investment Group

SAM Magazine—Claysburg, Pa., July 18, 2017—Sustainable Hospitality and Development, a limited partnership formed by a group of six investors from Pittsburgh, has purchased Blue Knob All Seasons Resort in Pennsylvania. The group acquired the resort from Richard Gauthier, 79, whose family purchased Blue Knob in 1983. The sale is not expected to disrupt operations.

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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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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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Leitner-Poma of America is currently accepting applications for exciting opportunities to work on our latest airport tramway. Individuals must have experience with PLC’s, hydraulics, pneumatics, HVAC, electrical or mechanical systems. Must be willing to relocate to the Miami, Florida region....
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Sugarbush Resort is looking to hire a Director of Finance. The Director of Finance will serve as a key member of the leadership team responsible for the financial management of a diverse year round resort. This position entails oversight of all financial management functions and accounting...
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Enjoy making the longest winter in the East! Killington/Pico Ski Resort has year round and seasonal openings in our world class Snowmaking Department. We are looking for a year-round Snowmaking Pump/Compressor Mechanic, a 10-month/year Snowmaking Operations Foreman, and seasonal Control Room...
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The Mountain Village Gondola, connecting the towns of Telluride and Mountain Village in the scenic San Juan Mountains of Southwest Colorado, is seeking a technician to lead our electrical department. The right candidate will be in charge of the electrical maintenance of a mono-cable gondola...
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