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COLORADO SKI COUNTRY USA
40TH ANNUAL SNOWMAKING AND SLOPE MAINTENANCE CONFERENCE & TRADE SHOW

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April 7th - 9th, 2020
Two Rivers Convention Center in Grand Junction, CO
Trade Show: Tuesday, April 7, 2020 from 4:15 - 7 p.m.

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Travis Bunkelman

Grand Junction Sales, Delta Rigging

Travis Bunkelman has been with Delta Rigging for 10 years.


Jessica Caskey

Senior Human Resources Manager, Taos Ski Valley, Inc.

Born and raised in the Minnesota and headed west in 2009. 15 years in Human Resource Management and a background in Snowsports has provided the opportunity to work throughout the US from Denali Park, Alaska; Keystone; Bend; Crested Butte and now Taos. The mountain resort industry has been a passion of mine and I'm lucky to have made it into a career! When I'm not at the ski valley you can find me flying a Cessna 172 around New Mexico, riding my mountain bike or enjoying time with my husband and my two adorable Alaskan Huskies.


Jeff Davis

Avalanche Forecaster, Colorado Avalanche Information Center

Jeff has been working in avalanche terrain for the past 12 years. He has worked as a ski patroller, guide, and now a public forecaster for the Colorado Avalanche Information Center. Jeff has worked at the center for the past 5 years. In that time he was the backcountry forecaster for the North and South San Juan zones for 3 years, and now working in his second season as a forecaster on Highway 550, the most avalanche-prone highway in the lower 48. Jeff is an avid backcountry skier and has been lucky enough to travel and work around the world. He currently spends his summers working with CDOT and State of Colorado with the RAC's (Remote Avalanche Control) program.


Steve Fellman

Regional Sales, SMI Snowmakers

Steve Fellman grew up at Wild Mountain in Minnesota and then attended the Ski Area Management Program at Gogebic in Ironwood Michigan. Steve has worked in Northern Minnesota, Vail, Mt. Butler, and also Beaver Creek. In September 2017, Fellman was hired by SMI to take over the Rocky Mountain Territory from Wayne Ragland. Steve lives in Edwards CO with his wife of 10 years and 3 girls.


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Dave Hunter

VP of Operations, Steamboat Springs

Dave Hunter brings 30 years of industry experience. He started his career at his hometown mountain, MT. Tom Ski Area in Holyoke, MA. He worked his way up through all the key departments including rentals, lift operations, snowmaking, group sales, construction, etc. Eventually making his way from Mt. Manager to Asst. General Manager at the age of 25. In 1997 he moved west and began his 16-year stint with Eldora Mountain Resort, where he eventually became the Director of Operations. He had direct oversight of all mountain operations, including parking, base area services, lift maintenance, vehicle maintenance, snowmaking, grooming, terrain parks and trail crew. In addition, he was responsible for all water rights as well as the domestic water system and sewer facility. While at Eldora, he managed three large capital projects, 42-acre foot snowmaking reservoir, rebuilding the two sewer retention ponds and the installation of 5 Centac electric compressors for snowmaking. He left Eldora in early 2013 and became Director of Sales for PRINOTH, NA. Lots of travel and a totally different cadence then running a resort. In 2017 he was recruited to be VP of Operations in Steamboat, Ski Town USA. This summer they completed a $1 mm dollar gondola project, on time and on budget.


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Krush Kulesza

Owner/Head Honcho, Snowboy Productions


Andrew Lang

Director of Development and Finance, Alterra Mountain Company

Andrew Lang hails from NYC. His background is in business finance and equities market.  Andrew transitioned into ski/snow industry in 2015, working at Snowshoe, WV, first as a Sr. Financial Analyst, then as Sr. Manager of Strategy & Development, reporting to resort President & COO.  He moved to Denver to work for Alterra Mountain Company's Chief Development Officer as Director of Development/Finance, leading capital investment planning, resort master planning, and real estate development.


Melanie Mills

President & CEO, Colorado Ski Country USA

When Melanie Mills was named president and CEO of Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) in June 2008, she became the 10th president of the organization and the first woman to hold the position. As president and CEO of CSCUSA, Mills provides leadership and strategic direction for the association. She oversees the development and implementation of Colorado’s international ski tourism programs for the organization in addition to overseeing the company’s various departments including public policy, marketing, communications, and operations. Mills works closely with CSCUSA’s twenty-three member ski areas, the CSCUSA board of trustees, other industry associations, and state tourism entities to further amplify CSCUSA’s voice for Colorado skiing.  She works closely with Denver and Colorado economic development organizations, leads the ski industry’s government relations efforts and oversees the ski industry’s leading program to introduce children to skiing and snowboarding.  Before joining CSCUSA, Mills practiced law with the firm Arnold & Porter in their Washington, D.C. and Denver offices. It was during her time at Arnold & Porter when Mills first began working on ski industry issues. Melanie is a graduate of Amherst College and Northwestern University School of Law.


Kevin Moudy

Regional Sales & Operations Manager, Kässbohrer All Terrain Vehicles Inc. (Pistenbully USA)

Kevin began working at ski resorts in Southern Idaho in lift operations, slope maintenance, grooming and vehicle maintenance.  Since 2003 he has worked on the supplier side for grooming and tracked vehicles as a Service Technician, Service Manager, Product Representative and Product & Sales Manager. Kevin is now the Regional Sales & Operations Manager for KATV in the Rocky Mountain Region going into his 27th Year in the Industry.


Ashley Ryland

Assistant Risk Manager, Taos Ski Valley, Inc.

Ashley has called the Rockies home all of her life. Living throughout the San Luis Valley, Steamboat, Albuquerque, and now calling Taos home. With a masters in Sports Administration, she shares her passion for wellness and safety with the Taos team. Her co-pilots in life are Bella, the tiniest adventure dog in the Southern Rockies, and Carson, the wildest miniature Australian Shepherd If she's not skiing, biking or biking, she is cheering on the Colorado Avalanche or watching anything else sports related.

 


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Louis Skowyra

Louis Skowyra has been fortunate to work for Arapahoe Basin Ski Area since 2005. Over the last fifteen years, he has worked in a number of capacities- Guest Services, Lift Operations, and Ski Patrol. As a Patroller, he focused on the trails maintenance side of things, which gave him ample opportunity to work alongside Groomers and Snowmakers to better understand how to manage the mountain. Several years ago, he moved into the role of Slopes Maintenance Manager, allowing him to focus on A-Basin’s mountain maintenance team. During that time, he lead the Sawyer crew's efforts with the Beavers Expansion. Roughly two years ago, his role grew into other areas of mountain management- and he now serves as our Director of Lifts and Slopes Maintenance, a role he hopes to hold 'til retirement (that's still a few years out). Outside of ski area operations, his background includes working as a Sawyer on a USFS Hotshot Crew (Sawtooth IHC) and as an Instructor with Outward Bound. He very excited about this year's CSCUSA Snow Conference...it is quickly becoming a highlight of his season. He look forward to meeting as many of you as possible...please come on over and say hello!


MORE SPEAKERS TBD


CONTACT INFORMATION:

For more information about the event, or to sign up as a trade show participant or sponsor, please contact Kim Soderholm at kim@coloradoski.com 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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