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January 2020

  • How to Reduce a $1.3 Million Lighting Project to $420,000

    A case study: Hogadon Ski Basin

    By Philip Gotthelf, Ultratech Lighting

     

    Hogadon Basin in Casper, Wyo., recently built a new $6 million lodge complete with sports bar, modern kitchen, expanded dining area and other amenities. As with many North American snow sports venues, the problem was that everything shut down at about 4 p.m., at sun set, limiting the potential for positive returns. The obvious solution was to install slope lighting and develop a night skiing and riding program.

  • In The Snow

    Safe Riders! Safety campaign reaches out and expands service

     

    The Safe Riders! You Make Snowmobiling Safe campaign, initiated in 1995 by the International Snowmobile Manufacturers Association (ISMA), in conjunction with state and provincial snowmobile associations and snowmobile government administrators, continues to serve as a foundation for snowmobile safety training related activities in North America.

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  • Keeping the Trails Smooth and the Gates Open

    Apple Country Snowmobile Club grooms just under 100 miles of trail in Washington State

    By Pat Rediger

     

    If you’ve never been to the Wenatchee Valley or the trails in the Stemilt-Colockum area in Washington State, then you are in for a real treat. The valley contains miles of craggy mountainsides, cascading rivers and spectacular sunrises and sunsets. At the center of the activity is the Apple Country Snowmobile Club.

  • Killing it at Killington

    PRINOTH helps KillingtonResort stage a World Cup to remember

    By Jim Timlick

     

    The eyes of the ski world were on Killington Resort in central Vermont’s Green Mountains last month when it hosted one of the preeminent events on the 2019-20 World Cup calendar.

    The Audi FIS Ski World Cup took place November 30 and December 1, and featured some of the top female skiers from around the globe competing in slalom and giant slalom races.

  • Ski Season’s Annual Opening Day Gamble

    The Snowfactory narrows the odds

    By Deb Draper

     

    Mother Nature has always been unpredictable when it comes to delivering snow to ski resorts, and global warming has made it next to impossible to set season opening dates with any degree of accuracy. However, there is a solution that has been used in Europe for several years and is beginning to make its mark on North America as ski resorts broaden their search for ways to survive the later and decreasing winter snowfalls.

  • Ultimate Groomer Changes with the Times

    After more than a decade this groomer still lives up to its name

    By Pat Rediger

     

    When something is referred to as “ultimate,” you can be assured that it will stand the test of time. Now more than a decade after its invention, the Ultimate Groomer remains a fixture in the marketplace as it has been designed to withstand the toughest of winter conditions and leave miles of smooth snowmobile trails in its path.

  • Year of the Cat

    Cat-skiing is opening up new terrain for skiers and operators alike

    By Sarah B. Hood

     

    There’s one kind of pleasure in gliding down a well-groomed, familiar run with the sun glinting off the tracks of other skiers. It’s quite a different experience to forge through fresh powder, navigating evergreen glades and exploring an exhilarating natural landscape.

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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.