Snow Conference - Award Nominations


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April 7th - 9th, 2020
Two Rivers Convention Center in Grand Junction, CO





Nominations for 2020 Snowmaker of the Year, Groomer of the Year and Terrain Master of the Year are coming soon.


Snow Conference Award winners are honored each year in June at CSCUSA’s Annual Meeting and Double Diamond Awards in Denver, CO, where individuals who made significant contributions to the industry are recognized for their excellence in competition, patrol, instruction, operations, and ski area management.
Additional details on the Double Diamond Awards can be found HERE.

2019 Terrain Master of the Year

Brandon McFadden Telluride  Terrain Master of the Year
Brandon McFadden - Telluride

Brandon first began operating snow cats at Purgatory Resort. There, he learned how to operate their Prinoth snow cats and gained a basic understanding of how to create and maintain terrain park features. After meeting with Chris Meyer, the former Terrain Park Manager at Telluride Ski Resort, Brandon McFadden decided to make the move to Telluride. Since his arrival in November of 2015, Brandon has been one of the largest contributors to making the Telluride Terrain Park a success. With a penchant for rail fabrication, McFadden has taken part in the construction and maintenance of all of Telluride’s rail fleet. Under the guidance of Meyer, Brandon learned to operate Telluride’s Pisten Bully Park Pro snowcats, and honed his skills in Terrain Park maintenance and also in Terrain Park Building. Over the past few years, Brandon has excelled in maintaining features and the groom that he leaves in the park is almost always flawless.  When building park features, Brandon is always coming up with new feature ideas and new ways to enhance the flow of the park, and his finished product is always crisp and safe to ride. This season, Brandon was promoted to Head Builder, and his knowledge and ambition for building has skyrocketed.   


2019 Snowmaker of the Year

Mike Baumli Sunlight Snowmaker of the Year
Mike Baumli - Sunlight

Mike has worked in many facets of the ski industry since 1984, including two seasons snowmaking in Japan. Being a small ski area, our staff tends to wear several hats. Mike brings an extensive knoweldge of all aspects of mountain operations; however his knowledge and skills as a snowmaker are invaluable to us. He is able to coordinate and integrate snowmaking operations with grooming, ski patrol and lift operations, not always an easy task. Mike has been instrumental in simplifying our system along with helping design and construct new lines, hydrants and two new retention ponds. Mike's integrity and work ethic are beyond reproach which earns him respect from everyone he works with. 


2019 Groomer of the Year

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Logan James - Purgatory

Logan has grown up on this hill. His dad ran the winch on the trail crew and Patrolled as well. Logan started at the ripe age of 17. He runs a motor grader for his dads construction company and cuts fire line with the dozer in the summer when called out to fires. Logan will come in whenever asked and stay late to get a project done right. Logan has stepped up the winch game around here and could hang with the best anywhere in the world. From prepping race courses to pushing man made to helping out the park crew he is on it. He is setting patterns that haven’t been done before and continues to increase efficiency in the trails department. Logan is a critical part of the operation and I look forward to many more seasons. Logan basically kills it!! He gets the job done every time and does it the best every time. On time and always available. He knows how to take care of his equipment and keep things moving forward. He has put some of the best grooming down I have ever seen this season and it is noted company wide.



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Colorado Ski Country USA 
3773 Cherry Creek North Drive
Suite 955
Denver, CO 80209