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  • 2018 Sammy Leadership Awards
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  • Cutter's Camp 2018
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  • SAM Summit Series
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  • SPEAK-OUT :: JANUARY 2018
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  • Meet the New Boss
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  • Registration packages are all-inclusive. Space is filled on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • In a bid to bring together current and future industry leaders, SAM is launching a new program, the Summit Series.
  • As harassment revelations topple leaders across a wide swath of industries, we must assess our own business culture.
  • The SAM interview with Kelly Pawlak, NSAA's new president and CEO.


Ikon Pass Adds Partner Resorts, Releases Pricing and Pass Options

SAM Magazine—Denver, Feb. 22, 2018—After months of speculation by industry folk and consumers alike, we now know how much the Ikon Pass will be, where it provides access to, and how often.

Details about the pass options were released along with the news that SkiBig3 (Banff Sunshine, Lake Louise, and Mt. Norquay in Alberta), Revelstoke, B.C., and Sugarbush, Vt., have all been added as partners on the pass, bringing the total access to 25 “destinations,” not including CMH Heli-Skiing and Summer Adventures.

The “destination” designation follows a similar model taken by the Mountain Collective, where nearby resorts—Alta and Snowbird in Utah, for instance—are considered one destination.

“We continue to curate like-minded partners for the Ikon Pass,” said Erik Forsell, chief marketing officer of Alterra Mountain Company. “The addition of SkiBig3, Revelstoke Mountain Resort and Sugarbush Resort brings tremendous value to the Ikon Pass, and expands access in Canada and the East Coast.”

Pass Details
The 2018-19 Ikon Pass goes on sale March 6, 2018. There are two primary options. Each has several value-add benefits and provides different levels of access to different resorts, but here are the basics:

Ikon Pass, $899:

• Unlimited access to 12 destinations, including Powdr’s Copper Mountain and Eldora in Colorado.
• Seven days at Jackson Hole, Big Sky, Killington, Sugarbush, Revelstoke, and Deer Valley.
• Seven total days at four different destinations, each comprising multiple nearby resorts: Alta/Snowbird, Aspen Snowmass, etc.
• Zero blackout dates.

Ikon Base Pass, $599:

• Unlimited access to eight destinations. Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows has 10 blackout dates.
• Five days at the same seven-day resorts as Ikon, plus Steamboat, Mammoth, and Stratton. All with 10 blackout dates.
• Five total days at the four different multi-resort destinations. All with 10 blackout dates.

Both passes offer “early booking privileges” for winter and 10 percent off summer reservations with CMH Heli-Skiing and Summer Adventures.

The Child Pass for kids 12 and under is available for $149 when purchased with an adult Ikon Base Pass, or $199 with an adult Ikon Pass. They are only available to buy through April 9.

See all the details at www.Ikonpass.com.

Nominate a 2018 SAMMY Leadership Candidate

SAM Magazine—Natick, Ma., Feb. 16, 2018—The nomination period for the 2018 SAMMY Leadership Awards is now open. SAM Magazine asks members of the winter sports industry to nominate leaders who deserve this recognition, and soon—nominations close March 15, 2018.

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Jay Peak and Burke Mountain For Sale in May

SAM Magazine—Jay, Vt., Feb. 16, 2018—The official opening of Jay Peak’s Clips & Reels, a $5 million indoor movie theater, climbing wall and arcade center, marks the end of nearly a decade of major development at the resort—and the beginning of the process to sell the property, along with sister resort Burke Mountain.

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Western Mountain Bookings Down, Revenues Hanging On

SAM Magazine—Denver, Feb. 16, 2018—Meager snowfall at many western ski resorts through January led to a decline in winter occupancy for the first time in six years, while lodging properties maintained a tenuous hold on revenues, according to Inntopia’s monthly DestiMetrics Market Briefing.

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Forest Service Seeking Feedback on Environmental Rules

SAM Magazine—Washington, D.C., Feb. 16, 2018—The U.S. Forest Service has commenced a series of “Regional Partner Roundtables” to gather feedback to improve processes related to environmental analysis and decision making (EADM). The roundtables provide resorts that operate on Forest Service land the opportunity to make suggestions for improving the efficiency of the processes associated with every improvement project that resorts undertake, according to the most recent NSAA Capitol Watch.

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NSAA Western Winter Conference and Tradeshow 2018

If it seemed that there were a lot of folks attending the NSAA Winter Conference and Trade Show at Snowbird, Utah, Jan. 15-18, well, there were. The official tally was 793 attendees, including 423 resort personnel and 370 supplier reps. A total of 88 resorts attended. It was a disappointing snow season through early January for many, but that didn’t depress attendance.

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Mountain Technology Symposium Has Successful Launch

The inaugural Mountain Technology Symposium, held Sept. 28 – Oct. 1 at Telluride Ski and Golf Resort, Colo., drew 82 ski industry tech leaders and suppliers, including 50 ski area personnel from 35 resorts. They discussed the IT state of the art and ways to improve upon it down the road.

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ISKINY-PSAA Expo 2017

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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