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Snow Introduction

The hills are hopping, the trails are alive with the sound of snowmobiles; winter has arrived. As snow area operations are in full swing I hope you find a moment to relax with this issue of SnowOps

We packed this issue with some great articles that I hope will help you plan for the months ahead and into future seasons. For starters, our cover story is on the Share Winter Foundation. This wonderful organization’s focus is to get young people from all backgrounds involved in winter sports. See how your area can get involved.

Did you know that Colorado Mountain College’s Leadville campus has offered a Ski Area Operations program for 40 years? This two-year program instructs students in all aspects of operating a hill including snowmaking, vehicle maintenance, grooming and management. This is a great opportunity for people interested in a career in snow operations to get hands-on training and gain a thorough understanding of the finer points of the industry.

As always, we hold safety and emergency preparedness in the highest regard. To help you stay safe on the hills and trails we have two articles we hope you will find beneficial. Read our profile on goTenna, a small and affordable technology that creates an independent, long-range radio network off grid. We also caught up with Ski California for an update on their successful Mountain Safety Guide initiative.

The 10th Annual Take a Friend Snowmobiling campaign kicks off this month. Head over for some great information on how your club can get involved with this important event that introduces snowmobiling to those who may not have had the opportunity or information to begin in the past.

It’s also that time of year when we start preparing for the SnowOps Equipment Comparison Guide. This is a great, free opportunity for you to show off your company’s products directly to your customers.

I hope you enjoy this issue and look forward to hearing your feedback and comments. Don’t forget to like and follow us on Facebook and Twitter. I’m always open to suggestions, so feel free to drop me a line if you have an article topic you’d love to see in a future issue of SnowOps. All the best for a successful 2019!



Lindsay Risto