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The Most Wonderful Time

Welcome back! I hope this issue of SnowOps finds you coming off of a safe and enjoyable summer

I hope you were able to get out and enjoy the heat waves that held North American (and most of the world) in its grip; I know I did! As much as I enjoy the heat, I’m beyond excited to get this new snow season underway.

In this issue you’ll find articles that we hope will help you get prepared for the upcoming season. This issue’s cover story explores accessibility at ski resorts in terms of program offerings for people who are differently abled. We caught up with some leading organizations to help resorts determine what they should include in an accessibility program and how to implement one.

We also explore Taos Ski Valley’s recent certification as a B Corporation and the practical sustainability efforts the resort has applied to reduce its carbon footprint. Learn how easy it is to start a green strategy at your organization.

Safety and preparedness is of the upmost importance for everyone hitting the trails. Read about VSSL, an amazing company that offers reasonably-priced, compact emergency preparedness canisters that are customizable.

We’re also introducing our new Across the Pond column, which looks at innovations happening at other ski hills, resorts and trails around the world. Our first article explores the Giggijoch Mountain gondola – which has an hourly capacity of 4,500 people. Wow! Let me know what you think of this new addition to SnowOps.

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.



Lindsay Risto