Snow Conference - Speakers


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


Brian Lazar Headshot

Brian Lazar
Deputy Director, Colorado Avalanche Information Center 

Brian Lazar has been working in the field of snow and avalanches for the last couple decades. He began backcountry skiing in Colorado as a college student, and later as a mountain guide; and as an avalanche educator, curriculum developer, and as former Executive Director with the American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE), and member of the American Avalanche Association Education Committee. After a decade or so of guiding and teaching in a variety of snow climates on both sides of the equator, Brian returned to graduate school where he earned a MS in Engineering, studying snow and ice mechanics in Alaska’s Chugach, and conducting research at the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research. He worked for many years as a consultant to the ski industry, investigating snowpack runoff and potential changes to seasonal snowpacks as a result of climate change. Brian has been the Deputy Director of the CAIC since 2010. 


Mistica Walker
Specialty Claims Adjuster, Safehold Special Risk

As a specialty claims adjuster for Safehold Special Risks, Mistica Walker focuses on liability, property, and auto claims, and also monitors ski resort worker's compensation claims in Colorado and New Mexico. Prior to joining Wells Fargo, Walker worked 11 years in ski resort operations, primarily in mountain operations, risk management, and legal. She has a bachelor of arts degree in legal studies from the University of Maryland University College, and is a frequent presenter on risk management issues across the U.S. ski industry.


Graeme Bilenduke
Director of Development, Copper Mountain

Graeme Bilenduke is a 30 year resident of Summit County Colorado. With his time in Summit County he has been able to pursue his lifelong passion of skiing.   He has expanded his passion into his work and has expanded his skills into multiple branches of the ski and ride industry. As a ski instructor he has earned his PSIA Trainer Accredited Instructor certification, and continually works at Copper Mountain to develop the next generation of skiers. He also has been Nominated as CSCUSA groomer of the year in 2010 and 2013. Graeme has equally improved the sustainability of the ski and ride industry by collaborating with many different partners while overseeing the development and construction of over 100 employee housing units in Summit County, Colorado. The most recent development, Copper Point Townhomes, was nominated for the Colorado Housing Now "Eagle Award" in 2017. As Director of Development at Copper Mountain Resort, Graeme continually strives to promote the ski and ride industry, through development, for both guests and employees to ensure the growth and sustainability of Copper Mountain. 


Bill LeClair
Snowmaking and Vehicle Maintenance Manager, Arapahoe Basin

Bill LeClair has been in the ski and snowmaking business since 1984. Bill started his career at Mount Sunapee in New Hampshire before moving to Keystone Resort where he was the snowmaking manager for many years. Bill is now the Snowmaking and Vehicle Maintenance Manager at Arapahoe Basin. He was also the CSCUSA Snowmaker of the Year in 1993.


Robin Smith
President, SnowConsult LLC

Robin Smith is the President of SnowConsult LLC, an independent snowmaking consulting company with a who’s who of resort clients. Robin has been in the ski business for 50 years. He was president of Swain Resort in Western New York as well as president of Mt. Creek NJ, which had one of the largest snowmaking systems in North America. He has also been on the supplier side of the industry as President of York Snow and TechnoAlpin USA. Although Robin can still drag hose, he brings a uniquely objective upper management perspective to snowmaking.


Mark Voegeli
Assistant Mountain Manager, Crested Butte Mountain Resort

Mark Voegeli has been working in the ski industry at Crested Butte since 1991. He started at the ground level in mountain operations in the trail crew and has worked in most aspects of mountain operations, including his current position as assistant mountain manager. In his free time, Mark is a volunteer with the local fire department where he holds the rank of assistant chief. He is a self-proclaimed family man with two daughters and a very understanding wife when it comes to knowing what it takes work-wise to help get the resort up and running.


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.

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