January/February 2019

  • A New Generation

    Colorado Mountain College’s Ski Area Operations program

    By Jim Chliboyko


    If you’re offering a two-year course to teach people how run a ski hill, it might as well be taught in Colorado.

  • Arapahoe Basin is a Sustainable Skiing Operation

    The ski area is striving to continually improve its environmental performance in order to provide enjoyment for future generations of snow and mountain enthusiasts

    By Pat Rediger


    When Mike Nathan joined the operating team at Arapahoe Basin Ski Area (commonly referred to as A-Basin) nine seasons ago, he held the well-known title of lift operator. More recently, his title changed to something more uncommon to those in the world of ski resort operations.

  • Backcountry Connection

    This New York-based start-up that designs and develops technologies for off-grid and decentralized communications was initially formed in 2013 and shows no signs of slowing down

    By Lisa Kopochinski



    The idea for goTenna first struck Daniela Perdomo In October 2012 after her experience of Hurricane Sandy, which had torn through the East Coast.

  • Guide to SAFETY

    Ski California’s popular guide is back for another safe season 

    By Heather Hudson


    Nothing can ruin a day on the slopes faster than an unfortunate injury. Whether it’s a collision with another pleasure-seeker, confusion about the rules of the chair lift or uncertainty about trail signage, there are plenty of ways a rider can compromise his or her safety.


    It is time once again to begin planning your submissions for the 2019 SnowOps Equipment Comparison Guide. The Equipment Comparison Guide is the focal point of our April issue and will be featured all year long on

  • Snowmobiling Campaign Continues to be a Big Success

    Feb 9-18 marks the date for Take a Friend Snowmobiling Week, which promises to highlight how to get started in this great activity

    By Lisa Kopochinski


    A decade ago, the International Snowmobile Manufacturers Association (ISMA) recognized a need to get more people involved in the sport of snowmobiling.

  • Want good snow? Seek good data.

    Snowmaking and enhanced snow-depth data are showing resorts across the map that a bad snow season does not have to mean an unprofitable snow season

    By Paul Kelley


    Utah mountain resorts faced an uninspiring winter during the 2017-18 season as the combined snowfall dropped 40 percentage points below average, according to industry data.

  • Winter for Everyone

     The Share Winter Foundation funds non-profit learn to ski and snowboard programs that are changing lives across the United States

    By Eva Wasney


    Snow sports can be transformative.

    That simple belief is the driving force behind the Share Winter Foundation – an American grantmaking organization focused on getting young people involved in alpine skiing, snowboarding and Nordic skiing.

About Us

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.