Snow Conference

Colorado Ski Country USA
37th Annual Snowmaking and Slope Maintenance Conference & Trade Show

Thank you to all our sponsors, vendors, speakers and attendees for making the
37th Annual Snow Conference a tremendous success.

Be on the lookout for information regarding the 38th Annual Snow Conference next year!


The Annual Snowmaking and Slope Maintenance Conference & Tradeshow provides snow professionals with information from experts and suppliers on the latest snowmaking and slope maintenance technology, offers resort management and staff the ability to network, and creates the unique opportunity for snowmaking and slope maintenance professionals to learn about industry resources throughout the state, region, country and the world. We also recognize the top achievers in the Colorado ski industry through the Lifetime Achievement Award, Snowmaker of the Year, Groomer of the Year and Terrain Master of the Year Finalists and Nominees.

Schedule of Events:


 TUESDAY, April 4, 2017

8 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Two Rivers Convention Center Atrium

Snow Conference Award Nominee Interviews
Adobe Creek Room - Groomers
Escalante Creek Room - Snowmakers
Plateau Creek Room - Terrain Park 

12 – 1 p.m.

Welcome Lunch
Gary Rodgers, President & General Manager, Copper Mountain Resort
Colorado River Room 1

1 – 2 p.m.

Nominee Round Tables
Meet this year’s Snow Conference Nominees
and find out what makes them the best at what they do.  

Whitewater/Kannah Creek

2 – 3:30 p.m.

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

Winch Cat Safety & Standardization Pros/Cons Round Table
Travis Benson, Winter Trails Supervisor, Aspen Snowmass
Plateau/Dominguez Creek Room

Communication and Leadership in the Ski Industry
Dan Torsell, President & General Manager, Cooper | Chicago Ridge
Every industry faces its own unique challenges with respect to interdepartmental communication and leadership, and the ski industry is no exception. In this session, we will discuss how ski resort departments can work together to effectively deliver both quality products and service and foster a healthy work environment. We will also discuss how each ski area employee—regardless of title or position—can and should be a leader.

Adobe/Escalante Creek Room 

3:45 – 5 p.m.

Colorado’s Rich Water History and How Ski Resorts will be Affected in the Future
Tom Cech, Director, One World One Water (OWOW) Center at Metro State University of Denver
Colorado has a rich history of water resources- from gold miners to irrigators to snow makers. We’ll discuss current challenges and future trends that affect ski reosrts in the West. 
Whitewater/Kannah Creek Room

5 – 7 p.m.

Trade Show & Welcome Reception
Come see the latest technology and learn about your vendors’ services and products. Refreshments and raffle giveaways during the event.
Gunnison River Room & Colorado River Room II

 WEDNESDAY, april 5, 2017

8 – 8:30 a.m.

Please enjoy the complimentary breakfast at your hotel.

8:30 – 9:45 a.m.

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

Snow Depth Technology
Stefan Lux, Manager, SNOWSAT Business Unit, Kassbohrer All Terrain Vehicles
Doug Brown, North American Sales Manager, Special Machines, Leica Geosystems
In this session we will learn about the latest in snow depth technology from two industry leaders.
Adobe/Escalante Creek Room 

Avalanche Pack Roller
Scott Pittenger, Director of Mountain Operations, Telluride Ski and Golf Co.
Michael Ostrout, Snowmaking Mechanic, Copper Mountain
The avalanche roller is the most efficient tool in avalanche control and snow preservation. The roller will mitigate avalanche risk while packing down snow in any terrain accessible from above via snowcat. Utilizing a winch cat, the roller descends and ascends the slope, churning, breaking down and packing off snow in its path. Minimize early season risk and increase efficiency in the alpine. 
Plateau/Dominguez Creek Rooms

Jump Measurements
Josh Chauvet, Creative Director, Snow Park Technologies
This clinic is broken down in to a lecture and an interactive presentation covering the Jump Measurement Process. As a part of the Jump Measurement Process Clinic, the resort team will receive a condensed version of the Jump Measuremtn Process and the needed tools to make this process easy, efficient and accurate. 
Whitewater/Kannah Creek Room 

10 – 11:45 a.m.

Season in Review & Insider Tips for Snow Forecasting
Joel Gratz, Founding Meteorologist, OpenSnow
Let’s talk weather! We’ll look at the snowfall pattern this season, investigate the accuracy of the long-range forecasts leading up to the season, and we’ll talk about how certain weather patterns and wind directions bring more (or less) snow to certain mountains. Plus, Joel will (try to) answer all of your weather-related questions.
Whitewater/Kannah Creek

12 – 1 p.m.

Grab and Go Lunch Provided
Two Rivers Convention Center Atrium 

1 – 7 p.m.

Snow Conference Activities

Golf Tournament
Adobe Creek National Golf Course
Shotgun Start at 1:00 pm
More Information
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Mountain Biking
Trail TBD
Meet at the trailhead ready to ride by 1:00 pm

Tour at Leitner Poma
Leitner Poma
Close-toed shoes required

Dirt Biking
Rabbit Valley Area
Meet at the trailhead ready to ride by 1:00 pm
More Information 

7 – 9 p.m.

Snow Conference Awards Banquet
Melanie Mills, President & CEO, Colorado Ski Country USA
Colorado River Room 1

Thursday, April 6, 2017

8 – 8:30 a.m.

Hotel Check Out + Coffee
Please check out and enjoy the complimentary breakfast at your hotel.

8:30 – 9:45 a.m.

General Session - Snow. Make it. Move it. Master it.
Come prepared with your questions for an informal and interactive discussion with snowmaking, grooming and terrain park leaders from around the state that make up the CSCUSA Snow Conference committee. This audience-driven discussion aims to answer all those questions that continually arose throughout the previous season. 
Whitewater/Kannah Creek

10 – 11:30 a.m.

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

Pump and Mechanical Seal Maintenance and Technology
Bob Bluse, President, Hydro Rocky Mountain Inc.
Scott Howard, Branch Manager, John Crane Seals
This session will focus on centrifugal vertical pump and mechanical seals typically used in the snowmaking industry. Maintenance and troubleshooting tips will be shared to increase snowmakers knowledge of this equipment. 

Adobe/Escalante Creek Room 

Efficiencies & Cats
Travis Benson, Winter Trails Supervisor, Aspen Snowmass
Joe Clark, Regional Manager, Prinoth LLC
Justin Tate, Regional Manager of the Rocky Mountain Division, Kassbohrer All Terrain Vehicles, Inc.
Panel-led discussion on snowcat efficiencies.
Whitewater/Kannah Creek Room

SketchUp Terrain Park Design
Weston Brandt, Terrain Park Cat Operator, Breckenridge
We will be covering where to get started with designing your park ideas, what is possible using CAD, as well as answering individual questions to help solve trhose seemingly impossible scenarious.
Plateau/Dominguez Creek Room

11:45 a.m – 12:45 p.m.

Concurrent Summer Breakout Sessions

Summer Snowmaking Maintenance
Frank White, Snowmass Snowmaking Manager, Aspen Skiing Company
Summer maintenance—a recipe for success. Summer maintenance begins the first day of the snowmaking season. Identify and record damage issues, plan and schedule corrective action, continue regular maintenance on all equipment.
Adobe/Escalante Creek Room

Chainsaw Safety and Best Practices
Andrew Mattison, Technical Sales Specialist, Intermountain STIHL
Andrew will provide an overview of common fuel related issues in context of basic preventative maintenance. We will also review instruction on current safety requirements by OSHA and STIHL recommended PPA and safety practices. Andrew will also go through basic cutting techniques recommended for hillside cutting and general felling safety. 

Plateau/Dominguez Creek Room

Jib Feature Design & Construction Techniques
Josh Chauvet, Creative Director, Snow Park Technologies
An interactive review or best practices, design and construction.
Whitewater/Kannah Creek Room

12:45 p.m – 1:45 p.m.

Closing Lunch
Steven M. Norman, PhD., Business Department Head, Colorado Mesa University
Raffle following lunch, please turn in survey prior to entering to receive your raffle ticket.

Colorado River Room 1

*Resort employees only please.                              

**More details will be added as they become available.**


Snow Conference Home

Snow Conference Registration

Travel & Lodging Information

Trade Show & Sponsorship Information

Snow Conference Award Nominations

Snow Conference Speakers


For more information about the event, or to sign up as a trade show participant or sponsor, please contact Katherine Rainbolt at or 303.866.9728.

Written material may be mailed to:

Attn: Snow Conference
Colorado Ski Country USA 
3773 Cherry Creek North Drive
Suite 955
Denver, CO 80209