Recently Steep Management participated in the NSAA Trade Shows at Steamboat and Mount Snow. Both provided super skiing with excellent conditions, but the best part was the high attendance by ski area staff who had an interest in seeing what Steep had to offer.
Duncan Isaksen-Loxton, founder, and CEO of Medic52 attended the Steamboat show. It was incredible to have Duncan aboard as he spoke in deep detail with many ski areas about the capabilities of Medic52. Duncan also had the opportunity to present the findings of the World 2016 Ski Patroller Survey at the Western Ski Patrol Director’s meeting hosted by the National Ski Patrol.
At Steamboat, the isles were wall to wall with a vibe of enthusiasm as the recent snowfall, while creating lots of work, created a very positive feeling. At Mount Snow, the density of attendees was not as dense as at Steamboat, but the enthusiasm was even greater, snow was falling, and the winter to date, albeit not stellar such as it has gotten, was far better than last year.
The reception at both shows for MountainOffice and Medic52 was strong and encouraging. As most of you are aware, I have been pushing MountainOffice for a few years and there now seems to be an acceptance of using these digital tools for maintenance management. The gamut of approaches for lift maintenance is from bare bones paper, Excel/Google spreadsheets, adapting off the shelf maintenance software, old DOS and Access-based systems and maintenance checklists from incident management systems. MountainOffice is the only system developed specifically for ski areas with an 18-year track record being used in over 120 ski areas worldwide.
Medic52 made its North American debut at Steamboat, and the response was very positive. I think the slow development approach by Duncan was sagacious in that it several of the components have been well tested and workflow issue resolved.
Steep Management looks forward to discussing either Mountain
or Medic52 or both as has been done with several mountains since the shows.