CCSAA Annual Conference 2018

Please join CCSAA at its Annual Conference April 3 & 4 at Snow Mountain Ranch in Granby, CO.  The Conference is a great opportunity to not only listen to relevant speakers within our Nordic community, but to spend time with other owner/operators of cross country ski areas,  to get some great spring skiing on the silver star trails and share ideas of what works and does not work.

This year’s event will be packed with interactive grooming and maintenance elements as well as fat bike, employee retention, safety and risk management and more.  The Conference is moving away from the traditional speaker to more interactive and hands-on elements.  You will see this reflected in the agenda.  We feel collaboration and discussion on our topics are for more beneficial than only listening to a presenter.   There will be opportunities to spend time with presenters and learn about specifics about how their subject pertains to your for your ski area.

Retailers and area ski shops will also have the ability to place their finals orders at the Conference and still take advantage of the pre-season pricing offered at the Jan shows.  This is a great opportunity to take advantage of.

Conference Highlights

  • Importance of Research and Data to the Cross country Industry and what CCSAA Members can do to help – Dave Belin, RRC Associates
  • Where on the Forested Landscape does Snow Persist the Longest and Why? – Keith Musselman, U Colorado, Boulder
  • Pre-Season Discounts – Not finished with your ski shop ordering for next season? Vendors at the Conference will extend their discounts until close of the show. 
  • Kassborher PRO ACADEMY – Chris Perkins will discuss operator training with the Pro Academy and go through hands on discussions with their new PB100
  • Grooming equipment Demo
  • Concurrent Sessions on how to build incremental Sales

The $425 US for CCSAA member ski areas & exhibitors. $475 for non-members. $250 for media.  The cost includes attendance at all events and meals for Tuesday and Wednesday.

 

To be able to sit down one on one with the exhibitors was really helpful.  I had my website analyzed and now I know what areas to improve upon.  I can imagine Grey Suit Retail picked up a few new accounts out of this conference.  It was a soft and non-intimidating approach – soooo valuable.

Nate Harvey

Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center, Gorham, New Hampshire

Lodging

Welcome!  To make and confirm an accommodation reservation for your group’s event, please click on the link below.    

Cross Country Ski Areas Association

Please note that a 35% deposit payable to the YMCA is due when making a reservation. Upon receipt of the 35% deposit by the YMCA, a lodging confirmation and reservation number will be emailed to you.

Application to individual reservations of any monies already paid directly to the Group Leader or to the Group is at the discretion of the Group Leader after check out, and will not appear on your lodging confirmation when the 35% deposit is paid.  Payment of any amount by an individual directly to the Group Leader or Group does not constitute having accommodations held on behalf of the payee.  Lodging reservations and a 35% deposit must be made directly with the YMCA by attendees.

If you would like to enjoy our beautiful mountain location beyond the dates of the group’s stay, please make your reservation on-line first for the dates of the group’s event by clicking on the link above. Then please call Central Reservations at (888) 613-9622 to add the additional nights to your existing reservation. Please have your reservation number handy.

If you have any questions, please contact the Central Reservations Office at (888) 613-9622, and refer to the group name as listed above.

Need a roommate?

CCSAA is happy to help. Just contact the office prior to making your reservation.  802-236-3021 We’ll keep a list of folks looking to share a room.  

Getting There

Additional Maps & Directions:
Driving directions to Snow Mountain Ranch from Denver International Airport – Map
General overview map of Snow Mountain Ranch
Snow Mountain Ranch Map – Summer
Yurt Village Map
Hopi campground map 

For current weather and road conditions, please check www.cotrip.org

Airport Shuttle Service:
If you need to arrange transportation from Denver International Airport to Snow Mountain Ranch, please contact Home James Shuttle at (800) 359-7536.
Train Service:
Amtrak: Runs daily from Union Station in Denver to Fraser, Colorado. Call (800) USA-RAIL for more information.

For recorded updates from the Colorado Department of Transportation, please call 303-327-4034.  The recording is updated by 10 a.m. daily.

Come Early to Explore and Ski

Many members are coming in the weekend before the conference to ski and spend some relaxed time at Snow Mountain Ranch.    Don’t miss this opportunity to visit and ski one of the most beautiful places in North America!

Thank you to our sponsors!

Agenda (last update 3/14/18)

Monday, April 2

5-6:30pm         Conference Arrival and registration                                                    Indian Peak

5-6:30PM        Welcome Reception, Sponsored by Sig Insurance             IP Lobby

6:30                 Informal Dinner Gathering (price not included in registration) TBD

 

Tuesday, April 3

Early Morning  Operations Track – Hands on Snowmaking Demo and Q&A– Glenn Grashius, SMI Snowmaking 

7:30-8:15         Breakfast                                                                                             Commons

8:15                 CCSAA Welcome                                            Reese Brown              Commons

8:20                 Snow Mountain Ranch Welcome                    Bill Pierce                    Commons

8:45                 Morning Activity Options

  • Guided Tour Snow Mountain Ranch – on skis       Nordic Center
  • Exploring the trails on your own       Nordic Center
  • Groomer demos                                           Nordic Center
  • Ski Demos       Nordic Center
  • Fat Bike Demos       Nordic Center

9:00am            PSIA Themed Ski with Jon Kreamelmeyer – Ski with PSIA Rocky Mountain Member Jon Kreamelmeyer on a themed ski.  The group will decide what the theme will be but could include any of the following:  group management, teaching skills/styles, movement analysis, technique progressions, people skills, personal ski improvement.

Noon               Lunch – Sponsored by Prinoth                                                         Commons

1:00 – 1:20      CCSAA ED Report –                                      Reese Brown              IP Snowshoe

1:20                 Break

1:25 – 2:15      Operations Track – Pisten Bully presentation TBD                           IP Snowshoe

(full description here)

Management Track – Moderated Panel Discussion – Staffing and Employee Retention, How Snow Mountain Ranch Tackles the Hiring and Staffing Conundrum for a seasonal and very specific employment niche

2:15                 Break

2:20-4:20         Operations Track – (Pisten Bull Continues – some hands on machine work)

CCSAA Concurrent Sessions – Building Incremental Sales – 30 minute interactive discussions – Group will be split into 4 groups and rotate through each session

  1. Rental and Demo Department – Polly Tucker, Fischer Skis
  2. Food Service – TBD
  3. Retail & Merchandising – Ian Harvey, TOKO
  4. Maximizing your Ski School – Emily Lovett, PSIA Nordic Team
  5. Special Events – TBD

4:30 – 6:30      Industry Expo & Happy Hour – sponsored by SIG Insurance IP Lobby

4:30 – 6pm      Prinoth Husky Snowcat Wine Tour, 20min rides – (sign-up required!)

6:30                 Founders Dinner and Silent Auction                                      Commons

7:30                 Founders Award Presentation                                                Commons

Evening           Fireside Chat

 

Wednesday, April 4

Early Morning  Operations Track – Hands on Snowmaking Demo and Q&A– Ben Seifert, HKD Snowmaking 

7:30-8:30         Breakfast                                                                                             Commons

8:30                 Snowmaking

8:30                 Options

  • Guided Tour Snow Mountain Ranch – on skis       Nordic Center
  • Exploring the trails on your own       Nordic Center
  • Groomer demos       Nordic Center
  • Ski Demos TBD                       Nordic Center
  • Fat Bike Demos

9:00am            PSIA Themed Ski with Jon Kreamelmeyer – Ski with PSIA Ricky Mountain Member Jon Kreamelmeyer on a themed ski.  The group will decide what the theme will be but could include any of the following:  clinic group management, teaching skills/styles, movement analysis, technique progressions, people skills, personal ski improvement

11:00am          Build Your Custom Safety Plan – Work with CCSAA’s Insurance Carrier, SIG Insurance and Philly Insurance to customize a Safety Template with the help of professionals.  This will be a hands-on workshop, bring your laptop!!

Noon               Lunch – Sponsored by Prinoth                                                         Commons

1:00 – 1:40       Research – Climate presentation – TBD

1:40                 Break  

1:45 – 2:20      Operations Track – Maintenance 101 and Shop Tour                      Shop

The Snow Mountain Ranch staff along with members of the grooming suppliers

will discuss service of their large and small equipment and how their shop is set up.

Management Track – Snowsports Participation Study 2017 IP Snowshoe

2:20                 Break

2:25 – 4:15      Operations Track – (Snow Mountain Ranch Maintenance Shop continues)                              

Management Track – Concurrent Sessions

Incident Scene Investigation – Work with the insurance agents to run through a mock Incident Scene Investigation complete with the necessary forms that you will complete.  This will be interactive and hands-on.

Fat Bike Maintenance and Demo Fleet Management – Hands on basic fat Bike maintenance for the ski area

Snow Farming – Discussion of what works around the country including hands-on   fence setting

4:30 – 6:30      Industry Expo & Happy Hour                                                              IP Lobby

6:30                 Closing Dinner                                                                        Commons

PM                   Fireside Chat                                                                                       IP Lobby

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Confirmed Indoor Expo:

  • Soucy Track –
  • Sig Insurance
  • Intermountain
  • TOKO
  • Fischer Skis
  • SWIX
  • Prinoth
  • Pisten Bully
  • Yellowstone Track Systems

 

 

Confirmed Equipment for Outdoor Expo

  • HKD – bring 2 HKD A/W guns,  probably 1 Impulse and 1 Phaser
  • YellowStone Track Systems –
    • 60″ Ginzugroomer with a full set of options which include the wheel kit and the snow gatherers.
    • E-roller which is our newest roller. It has an actuator on it that can lift up the roller and put all the weight on the compaction bar.
  • Souscy Track
    • Tractor with Tracks and Mueller Tiller
  • Prinoth
    • New Husky
  • Pisten Bully
    • Series 5 PB100
  • SMI Snowmakers – TBD
  • Fischer Skis to Demo

 

 

Vendor Pre-Season Discounts

  • TOKO
  • Fischer
  • SWIX