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Happy New Year and best wishes for a safe, healthy and successful 2021!

It’s a standard sentiment for this time of year, but after 2020, it seems to have new meaning. Our normal has been shattered. Virtually every industry sector has had to change how it operates to remain open.

Luckily, this is an industry that is full of innovative and forward- thinking individuals who continue to bring winter fun to all, regardless of the many challenges staring back: COVID-19, climate change and training, to name a few.

As we continue to bring coverage to industry to help mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic, head over to this article for discussion on risk management plans for ski areas and resorts. Ensure your plan is up to date with the latest guidance from government agencies to keep staff and guests safe this snow season.

Climate change continues as a key consideration for ski resorts and ski areas. If snowmaking and snow coverage are issues for your slopes and trails, read this article about SnöFlake, a snowmaking system now distributed by CHS Snowmakers in the U.S. A unique feature of this system is its ability to produce ice-flake snow in mild temperatures up to 50°F (10°C).

We also caught up with Prinoth to discuss the updates they have made to Prinoth Academy. The added features help make remote learning easier and more accessible as industry – and the world – continues to adapt to COVID-19.

Don’t forget to check out our cover story for some great tips and information regarding winch maintenance for PistenBully, Prinoth and Tucker Sno-cat machines that are winch equipped.

Last, but certainly not least, we are officially accepting submissions for the 2021 SnowOps Equipment Comparison Guide, which will be included in April’s issue. As always, it is the responsibility of original equipment manufacturers to submit content for inclusion. SnowOps does not pick-up spec sheets or photos from previous years, nor do we solicit companies to submit. If you have any questions regarding the submission process, please feel free to drop me a line.

We’re working on something special for our snowmobile club volunteers. If there is a hard-working and dedicated volunteer in your club that you feel deserves some special recognition, I’d love to hear from you.

Don’t forget you can reach out at any time if you have comments on this issue or topics you would like to see covered in future issues. If you haven’t already, be sure to like and follow us on Facebook and Twitter. I hope you enjoy this issue!

Again, all the best for 2021 and beyond,


Lindsay Risto