Snow Conference

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

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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 Confernce Award Nominee Interviews
Location TBD

12 – 1 p.m.

Whitewater & Kannah Creek Rooms

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.  

Rooms TBD

2 – 3:30 p.m.

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

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

Teambuilidng, Personal Responsibility, Comradery

Interdepartmental Communication

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 Rooms 

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

Avalanche Pack Roller
Scott Pittenger, Director of Mountain Operations, Telluride Ski and Golf Co.
Michael Ostrout, Copper Mountain

Jump Measurements & Terrain Park Notebook

10 – 11:45 a.m.

Season in Review & Insider Tips for Snow Forecasting
Joel Gratz, Founding Meteorologist, OpenSnow
Whitewater & Kannah Creek Rooms

12 – 1 p.m.

Grab and Go Lunch Provided 

1 – 7 p.m.

Snow Conference Activities

Golf Tournament
Adobe Creek National Golf Course
Shotgun Start at 1:00 pm
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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
Trail TBD
Talk to Chris Cipolletti for more information

7 – 9 p.m.

Snow Conference Awards Banquet
Melanie Mills, President & CEO, Colorado Ski Country USA
Creek Rooms

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. The season in review with a panel discussion. Attendees can expect a open discussion with snowmaking, grooming and terrain park leaders from around the state that make up the CSCUSA Snow Conference committee.

Whitewater & Kannah Creek Rooms

10 – 11:30 a.m.

Concurrent Breakout Sessions


Efficiencies & Cats
Travis Benson, Winter Trails Supervisor, Aspen Snowmass
Joe Clark, Regional Manager, Prinoth LLC
Justin Tate, Regional Sales Representative, Kassbohrer All Terrain Vehicles, Inc.

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.

11:45 a.m – 12:45 p.m.

Concurrent Summer Breakout Sessions

Summer Snowmaking Maintenance
Frank White, Snowmass Snowmaking Manager, Aspen Skiing Company

Forestry & Log Management

Summer Park Management

12:45 p.m – 1:45 p.m.

General Session + Lunch
Creek Rooms 

*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