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April/May 2019

  • Adding Automation

    With its recent acquisition of the popular iSno platform for controlling and monitoring snowmaking systems, HKD Snowmakers is broadening its inventory of snowmaking solutions

    By Mark Halsall

     

    HKD Snowmakers, North America’s leading supplier of energy-efficient snowmaking equipment, offers an innovative product line that includes the HKD Impulse tower and ground guns, the HKD fan gun and HKD KLIK hydrants. The company, which also offers a full range of engineering and system planning packages, recently added snowmaking system controls and automationto its arsenal of snowmaking solutions.

  • GETTING ON TRACK

    The versatility of track-equipped tractors is just one reason why they’re a popular choice for grooming trails

    By Mark Halsall

     

    When it comes to grooming trails in the winter, snowmobile and cross-country ski clubs have a number of options. Different machines from utility snowmobiles to heftier vehicles designed specifically for snow grooming are employed for this purpose, but an increasingly popular choice are tractors with their tires swapped out for tracks.

  • In the Snow

    “Go Snowmobiling” campaign tips

    The “Go Snowmobiling” campaign has been supported by the snowmobile community over the years. Clubs, groups and associations across North America have taken militarypersonnel snowmobiling, co-ordinated enlightenment rides with land managers and often just have fun organizing snowmobile rides with friends and family.

  • Information is Powder

    Enhanced information system delivers major uptick to ski resort guest experience

    By Kelly Gray

     

    To make the most of the downhill ski experience, skiers and boarders need information. Real-time lift and trail statuses, weather, a dynamic trail map and resort information are essential to creating a positive and safe day on the slopes. Alpine Media Technology delivers the goods with LiftDigital, a unique visual “tablet” device that sits along the bar on chairlifts and in gondolas.

  • Restoring the Past

    The Antique Snowmobile Club of America is dedicated to preserving the rich history and evolution of snowmobiling

    By Mark Halsall

     

    The Antique Snowmobile Club of America (ASCOA) was founded more than 40 years ago to preserve and promote the colorful heritage of the early years of snowmobiling.

  • Riding the Dream

    Mt. Ashland Ski Area continues to deliver 

    By Deb Draper

     

    Tucked deep in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest in southern Oregon, Mt. Ashland Ski Area has been attracting skiers for more than 50 years, inspiring a level of loyalty and passion that has overcome many obstacles threatening its very existence.

  • Shaping Mountains

    All Mountain Construction is all business when it comes to steep slope excavation

    By Jim Timlick

     

    If Brian Pombo had his druthers, you would likely never notice the work he and his company, All Mountain Construction, does on the slopes.

    It’s not that he’s not proud of what his company has accomplished. Quite the opposite, in fact. It’s just that if Pombo and his crew do their job properly, they tend to leave little trace that they were ever there.

  • What’s the Risk?

    Enhancing a ski area’s risk management program could improve the bottom line

    By Tim Barnhorst, MountainGuard Insurance

     

    Insurance is regularly looked at as a necessary evil. It’s not the sexiest thing you can buy in the ski industry, but it does come in handy, a lot. In its simplest form, insurance is considered a transfer of risk. In exchange for premium dollars paid by the insured (ski resort), the insurer (carrier) offers to take on the risk associated with the exposure at a resort.

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Even though we're branching out in the content we cover, SnowOps will still be your only North American publication dedicated to bringing you the snow grooming information you want to know. You'll still find grooming stories, the latest technology, volunteer experiences and more in SnowOps. Now, you'll be getting all that and more.