S'no Joke: There’s a Conference for Snow Professionals

The 41st Annual Colorado Ski Country USA Snowmaking & Slope Maintenance Conference Celebrates the Experts Behind the Snow

It makes sense when you think about it: snowmaking, slope maintenance, and terrain park maintenance don’t just happen- it takes a fleet of highly-skilled snow experts who groom the trails, make the snow, and maintain the terrain parks after the rest of us call it a day.

There’s a conference for the folks “behind the snow”: the 41st Annual Colorado Ski Country USA Snowmaking & Slope Maintenance Conference in Grand Junction, Colorado April 4-6.

The conference “snowcases” the people behind the plow, the class-acts driving the snow cats and the folks that make our fun, funner. Whatever you may call them, the people that work behind the scenes making our skiing and riding possible will take the spotlight for several days of networking, education, and collegial competition for the title of Snowmaker, Groomer, or Terrain Park Specialist of the Year.

“These are truly the people who make skiing and riding possible for all of us,” said Colorado Ski Country USA President and CEO Melanie Mills. “They’re out all night, in all kinds of weather, making sure the slopes are in great condition and ready to go each morning of the ski season.”

Resorts nominate candidates for the awards. Experts and veterans of the snow industry will interview the nominees and choose the finalists which will be announced Wednesday, April 5, 2023.

This year’s nominees are:

Groomer of the Year

Trevor Mathes – Arapahoe Basin

Mark Gressett – Aspen Snowmass

James “Jimbob” Arnold – Copper Mountain

James Tierney – Steamboat Ski Resort

Danny Bagley – Sunlight Mountain Resort

David “Baker” Stidger – Telluride

Tim Lobdell – Winter Park Resort

Snowmaker of the Year

Jonathan Mika – Aspen Skiing Company

Charley Bovee – Aspen Snowmass

Gabriel Hodge – Copper Mountain

Christian Metzelaars – Eldora

Jenna Lechowicz – Steamboat Ski Resort

Kreyton Lane -Sunlight Mountain Resort

James Schold – Winter Park Resort

Terrain Park Specialist of the Year

John Asta – Steamboat Ski Resort

Phoebe Shaw – Sunlight Mountain Resort

Jake Halvorsen – Woodward Copper

Award winners will be announced at CSCUSA’s annual meeting in June.

Sarah Beatty, APR

Director of Communications, Colorado Ski Country USA



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Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) is the not-for-profit trade association representing Colorado’s 21 ski and snowboard resorts. CSCUSA is the global voice of the Colorado ski industry. The Association’s primary functions are concentrated in marketing, public policy and public relations. Information about CSCUSA and its members can be found at www.ColoradoSki.com, on FacebookInstagram, LinkedIn and YouTube.


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