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Snow Brings Clarity of Mind for 2023

Snow season is finally upon us, and I hope you enjoy the slopes as much as possible. I had a beautiful white Christmas surrounded by my family and dear friends, whom I consider extended family. For someone born and raised in tropical weather, where December and January brought some of the hottest days of summer, I sometimes find it challenging to spend a long time outdoors during the winter. However, the other day, I heard that Indigenous teaching says winter brings fresh air to clear our minds, and it made me want to go outside more and enjoy the whiteness that nature provides during this season.

I know many of you wait anxiously for this time of the year, and you are busy on the slopes preparing the snow for thousands of people to go down on their skis and snowboards. So, take some time to relax and read the many excellent articles we included in this first issue of 2023. One that I especially enjoyed is “A Transformative Relationship”, which talks about a genuine team effort to provide better lifts for those just starting out in snowboarding.

Palisades Tahoe Ski Resort in California was our choice for this issue’s Resort Profile. This resort has a long history of providing skiers and snowboarders with some of the most beautiful and challenging mountains to ski and snowboard on. The resort has an outstanding 6,000 skiable acres accessed by 43 lifts and keeps investing in the latest lift technology to ensure its guests have the best experience. So you can’t miss out on this article.

If you are looking for something to make winter athletes feel more at ease trying new tricks, BigAirBag has you covered. Read our Cover Story, “Action Sports’ Fall Guys,” and learn how this company created a giant airbag that makes everyone feel like they are landing on a cloud – even after reaching impressive heights.

Our Trail Tales article is about the Spencer Snowbirds Snowmobile Club, which celebrated its 50th anniversary last year. Since its establishment, the club has been heavily involved in the community and is a big safety advocate. They have been so successful in promoting snowmobiling that they have second- and third-generation members passing on their love for the sport.

These are just a few examples of the great articles we have included in this issue. I hope you enjoy your readings and thank you for welcoming me as the new editor of SnowOps. I’m looking forward to this new year and the things we will accomplish together. I am always happy to hear from our readers, so don’t hesitate to drop me a line at Also, follow us on Facebook and LinkedIn, so you don’t miss out on any industry news.

Stay safe,


Ligia Braidotti