Snow Conference – Award Nominations

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

April 4 – April 6, 2017

Two Rivers Convention Center
Grand Junction, Colorado

snow conference award nominations:

To nominate an individual for Colorado Ski Country USA’s 2017 Snowmaker of the Year, Groomer of the Year or Terrain Master of the Year, please download and complete the 2016-17 Nomination & Evaluation Form available HERE.

Nominations may be submitted as early as December 2016.

All nominations are due to Katherine Rainbolt,, by February 15, 2017.

awards Ceremony:

Snow Conference Award winners are honored each year in June at CSCUSA’s Annual Meeting and Double Diamond Awards in Denver, CO, where individuals who made significant contributions to the industry are recognized for their excellence in competition, patrol, instruction, operations, and ski area management.
Additional details on the Double Diamond Awards can be found HERE.

2016 SNOw conference award winners

Description: Double Diamond Award Winners (re-sized)
L-R: Román Sanchez, Eldora; Bill Baum, Winter Park; Mike McCormack, Purgatory; Debra Greenblatt, Purgatory; Cole Puckett, Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club; Tigran Bailey, Aspen Snowmass; Spencer Rugland, Powderhorn. Not Pictured: Bill Drake, Snowmass

2016 Groomer of the Year
Bill Drake, Snowmass
Bill was born in Denver, Colorado and raised in Aspen. He was first hired as an operator at Snowmass Ski Area in 1988 and left the job in 1994 to help his parents run the family business, the Ullrhof Restaurant located on Snowmass Ski Area. In 2007, he sold the restaurant and Mark Gressett, Winter Trails Manager at Snowmass, was kind enough to welcome him back to the grooming crew. Bill has been spending his winters playing on the cat crew ever since.

2016 Snow Maker of the Year
Tigran Bailey, Aspen Mountain
Tigran has worked for the Aspen Skiing Company since 1996 as a snow maker working with Matt Reader, a pioneer in the snowmaking industry. He learned the art of making great snow when attention to air and water mixed by the snow maker himself was of upmost importance. Tigran helps create events like the 24 hrs. of Aspen, World Cup, Winter X. From K guns to fan guns he has worked to understand the peculiar aspects of each technology to make the most efficient snow possible.

2016 Terrain Master of the Year
Spencer Rugland, Powderhorn 
Spencer has worked at Powderhom for nine years, including five years in the Terrain Park. He has taken on a leadership role and submersed himself in the safety and management aspects of the job while keeping a fun and functional park. Spencer is very creative and progressive in design and execution. 

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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.

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