Snow Conference


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

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The Annual Snowmaking and Slope Maintenance Conference & Tradeshow provides snow professionals with information from experts and suppliers on the latest snowmaking and slope maintenance technology, offers resort management and staff the ability to network, and creates the unique opportunity for snowmaking and slope maintenance professionals to learn about industry resources throughout the state, region, country and the world.




8 a.m. –
12 p.m.

Two Rivers Convention Center Atrium

Snow Conference Award Nominee Interviews

12 p.m. –
1 p.m.

Welcome Lunch
Andy Daly, Owner, Powderhorn

1 p.m. –
2 p.m.

Potential Impacts of Climate Change for Colorado Ski Resorts 
Brian Lazar, Deputy Director, Colorado Avalanche Information Center
This talk will cover various projections for future temperature and snowfall in the U.S. Mountain West through the end of the century, the impacts to snow coverage under these projections and the implications for ski areas.

2 p.m. –
3:30 p.m.

Workplace Safety - Year in Review
Mistica Walker, Specialty Claims Adjuster, Safehold Special Risk
This session will look at general work compensation, then focus on this past winter season’s incidents. We will then shift to ways to make a positive impact and keep all employees safe.

Build Genuine Connections - Make the difference for long term growth
Chris Hargrave, Chief Consultant, Hargrave Coaching Innovations
We will cover the importance of connecting with guests, peers and leadership, then relate that to building successful operations that support growth in our industry.

3:45 p.m. –
5 p.m.

Nominee Round Tables
Meet this year’s Snow Conference Nominees and find out what makes them the best at what they do.

5 p.m. –
7 p.m.

Trade Show & Welcome Reception
Come see the latest technology and learn about your vendors’ services and products. Refreshments and raffle giveaways during the event.


8 a.m. –
8:30 a.m.

Please enjoy the complimentary breakfast at your hotel.

8:30 a.m. –
9:45 a.m.

Where's the Line? - Snowmaking Safety Roundtable
Bill LeClair, Snowmaking & Vehicle Maintenance Manager, Arapahoe Basin
Open discussion on when taking "shortcuts" can lead to a negative and unexpected result. True examples of snowmaking situations that started out as a simple task, then took a turn for the worse. How could these situations have been handled better and what can we learn from them? 

Machine Preservation and Maintenance Roundtable
Travis Benson, Director of Trails, Buttermilk Mountain, Aspen Snowmass
Dave Hagerman, Senior Manger of Slope & Vehicle Maintenance, Winter Park Resort

The session will cover the things operators can do to prevent damage to their machines, including a look into best practices that limit downtime and extend the life of the machine.

Branding and Park Identity: Building for Your Clientele and the Influence of Media on Parks
Bob Holme, Director of Mountain Maintenance, Winter Park Resort
Branding and park identity are major drivers in the decisions and operations surrounding resort terrain parks. This session will cover a broad range of topics that will provide insight into how to establish a brand or ensure you are already on track. 

10 a.m. –
11:30 a.m.

Performing on the Olympic Stage
Paul Hoagland, Grooming Foreman, Copper Mountain
Allison Marriner, Snowcat Operator, Beaver Creek
Geoffrey Marriner, Mountain Operations Manager, Jeongseon Alpine Centre
Jason Rakow, Demo Operator/Trainer, Prinoth LLC

A panel consisting of former Olympic operations personnel discuss the processes of building and running events on an Olympic stage. A look into the future of what Colorado may be in store for as we explore the possibility of making an Olympic bid.

11:30 a.m –
12 p.m.

Grab and Go Lunch Provided
Two Rivers Convention Center Atrium 

12 p.m. –
7 p.m.

Snow Conference Activities

Golf Tournament
Adobe Creek National Golf Course
12:30 PM Shotgun Start
Golf Tournament Registration Details

Mountain Biking
Trail TBD

Dirt Biking
Trail TBD
Mountain Biking Details

7 p.m. –
9 p.m.

Snow Conference Banquet


8 a.m. –
8:30 a.m.

Hotel Check Out + Coffee
Please check out and enjoy the complimentary breakfast at your hotel.

8:30 a.m. –
9:45 a.m.

General Session - Snow. Make it. Move it. Master it.
Come prepared with your questions for an informal and interactive discussion with snowmaking, grooming and terrain park leaders from around the state that make up the CSCUSA Snow Conference committee. This audience-driven discussion aims to answer all those questions that continually arose throughout the previous season. 

10 a.m. –
11:30 a.m.

The Snowmaking Efficiency Mindset
Robin Smith, President, SnowConsult LLC
To meet goals and objectives, snowmakers do whatever it takes with whatever they've got, and that job is getting tougher. The best managed resorts however, don't lose sight of the fact that ever increasing performance cannot come at the expense of ever increasing cost. We will share concrete examples of resorts that are increasing production, in less time, with less weather, and are doing it cheaper every year. Capital spent with a well-defined objective helps, but a constant snowmaking efficiency mindset can start paying dividends this coming season.

Accident Prevention & After Hours Safety
Mark Voegeli, Assistant Mountain Manager, Crested Butte Mountain Resort
Practical analysis of accidents and how they can be prevented paired with an overview of where OSHA sees us an industry.

Safety in the Park World Roundtable
Kevin Rowe, Terrain Park Manager, Beaver Creek
Andrew Roy, Grooming & Fabrication, Woodward @ Eldora

From the shop to the snow - a comprehensive review of generally accepted industry practices, trends and what the future holds for the park world. We will discuss topics like crew orientations and safety best practices in the shop, on the hill and around the snowcats.

11:45 a.m –
12:45 p.m.

Resort & Mountain Summer Construction 
Graeme Bilenduke, Director of Development, Copper Mountain
Resort development and construction can no longer be restricted to exclusively summer. With the growth of the industry and the expansion of resorts entertaining more and more guests in summer and winter, development and construction is a year-round endeavor. Growth also emphasizes the importance of relationships. This session will review the evolution of year-round development and the importance of internal and external partners working together, now more than ever, to ensure that projects are executed successfully.

Working with Employees in the age of #MeToo, Emotional Support Animals, and Snapchat
Kelly Renoux, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Director of Employee Experience, Copper Mountain
Your newly hired employee or colleague is sending you text messages that they are being harassed on Instragram and it is causing them emotional distress so they can't work.  What do you do?  During this interactive session we will be touching on current issues impacting supervisors and employees, including social media, mental health, employee engagement, and tough conversations.  We will provide you with tools and information that you can immediately put into use with your current employees, as well as strategies for managing legal pitfalls.

Park People in Transition Roundtable
Yannick Rioux, Terrain Park & Bike Trail Manager, Snowmass, Aspen Skiing Company
Kevin Rowe, Terrain Park Manager, Beaver Creek

A group discussion on ways to branch out and grow a career within the terrain park. We will address both opportunities and assets that park crew employees can bring to other departments at their respective mountains.

12:45 p.m. –
1:45 p.m.

Closing Lunch - Lead Outside the Box
Councilman Chris Herndon, Denver City Councilman – District 8, Denver City Council
Leadership is not about formal authority. Chris focuses on having the courage to pursue your passion and using out-of-the-box tools to build leadership skills. 

**More details will be added as they become available.**


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



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