April 2017

  • Camelback Resort: From Ski Slopes to Water Slides

    The evolution of a ski retreat to a four season resort
    By Jessica Mahoney, Aquatic Development Group

    Beginning as a small ski mountain in the Poconos region of Pennsylvania in 1963, Camelback Ski Resort has grown over 50 years as a popular destination for skiers and snowboarders to summer fun-seekers alike. Camelback Resort currently offers a 160-acre trail system for skiing and snowboarding, the largest snowtubing park in the U.S. and the Camelback Mountain Adventures tree-top park. Starting in the 1990s, and spanning different owners, the park has added features in order to expand its year-round appeal, generate additional revenue and utilize the park’s natural

  • Four Season Resort Planning

    More ski resorts are opting for summer attractions to help boost year-round revenue and retain employees
    By Mark Halsall

    Looking to increase revenue potential year-round, ski resorts are turning to innovative solutions to attract customers during the summer months. Rather than shutting down when the snow disappears, many resorts are offering summer activities, as well as permanent attractions in the hopes of becoming popular recreation destinations all year long.

    Mountain biking may be a summer activity for resorts that many people think of first, but the range of off-season attractions these days is actually quite diverse. Offerings include aerial adventure courses, zip lines, mountain coasters, water parks,

  • Getting it Right

    Vegetation management techniques can save or harm a local ecosystem. Where does your ski operation stand?
    By Kelly Gray

    When it comes to vegetation management for American ski slopes, there is a right way and wrong way. This is the view of Dr. Jennifer Burt, a plant scientist with the University of California, Davis. She undertook a landmark study of slope management techniques where she discovered that cleared runs differ greatly from graded ones. Her view is that cleared slopes are lot more like forest and continue to contribute to the natural eco-system. Unlike graded runs, cleared sites leave seed banks intact and small shrubs remain undamaged. As well, the top layers of soil are left to support plant life. The result is a more robust and diverse nature on these ski slopes.

  • Ski Resorts Explore Green Alternatives

    Ski and mountain resorts across the country are finding innovative ways to reduce their environmental impact and save money
    By Lisa Kopochinski

    Ski resorts rely strongly on both environmental stability and pristine mountain conditions and – as such – have a huge stake in issues surrounding climate change and environmental stewardship. That being said, ski and mountain resorts across North America must be careful to take proper care of the environment around them and reduce their impact as much as possible. As a result, more resorts are becoming increasingly eco-conscious as they look to offset the stresses that their facilities put on surrounding ecosystems.

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