Snow Conference - Award Nominations


April 3rd - 5th, 2018
Two Rivers Convention Center in Grand Junction, CO
Trade Show: Tuesday, April 3, 2018 from 5 - 7 p.m.


Nominations for 2018 Snowmaker of the Year, Groomer of the Year and Terrain Master of the Year are now open.

Click here to download the 2017-18 Nomination & Evaluation Form. Nominations must be submitted by March 7, 2018.

For more information about nominations contact Darin Evangelista at


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.


Chris Blanchard Groomer of the Year
Chris Blanchard, Telluride Ski Resort - Groomer of the Year

Chris Blanchard has dedicated his career to Telluride Ski Resort. He has excelled in ski school, snowmaking, summer trails, and grooming. An outstanding leader, Chris remains calm all the time, communicates very well with everyone on the mountain, has never-ending patience and has impeccable integrity. His lengthy tenure on the mountain has enabled him to have experience with all facets of summer and winter mountain operations work. He can be trusted to go anywhere and complete any project safely and correctly. Chris does not take chances with safety by cutting corners. Every operation and laborer trusts Chris and looks to him for advice or know-how. He has a deep passion for his work and it shows. He is here because he loves Telluride and his job. Chris will continue to operate here for many years to come. In a snowcat, Chris can complete any task given to him - building runs, clearing runs, winching, special projects, dangerous projects and one of the trickier projects: rolling. 

Drew Warren Snowmaker of the Year
Drew Warren, Aspen Snowmass - Snowmaker of the Year

Drew Warren has worked for Snowmass for five years, quickly becoming an integral part of the snowmaking team. His cool under fire demeanor and unparalleled attention to detail make him an exceptional Snowmaking Controller, dedicated to learning and mastery of the craft. He prides himself on being a team player, supporting his team members in tough situations, communicating effectively with the rest of the resort staff and keeping a positive attitude at all times. He’s dedicated to a career in the Colorado ski industry, working tirelessly seven days a week to ensure the quality of products for Aspen Snowmass’ guests.

Andrew Roy Terrain Master of the Year
Andrew Roy, Eldora - Terrain Master of the Year

Andrew Roy began his ski industry experience working in the terrain parks of Waterville Valley. After a few years of competitive snowboarding, he made the transition to snowmaking operations and eventually park manager at Wachussett Mountain. This season Eldora went from a small park program to a Woodward terrain park, in what felt like an overnight build. We have been building new features non-stop from October till now and Andrew has been a key player from the welding shop to the snowcat. He has been a huge help with the success of our new park program. We couldn’t have done it without him. 


For more information about the event, or to sign up as a trade show participant or sponsor, please contact Katherine Rainbolt at or 303.866.9728.

Written material may be mailed to:

Attn: Snow Conference
Colorado Ski Country USA 
3773 Cherry Creek North Drive
Suite 955
Denver, CO 80209