Save the Snow

Save the Snow

The last Steep newsletter includes a post on the ski industry having skiers and riders speak up to the policy and decisions makers that would slow down the earth’s warming. This is a follow up to that request prompted by a recent article read and hearing that the leader of the FIS does not believe in climate impact or change.

The article referred to is from the New York Times, published on February 2, 2019, titled Why Can’t Rich People Save Winter, by Porter Fox.
Here are a few quotes from the article which are found to be concerning:
“As for, Protect Our Winter, P.O.W. itself, so far the group has managed to rally support to its cause from only 20 ski resorts and more than a dozen corporate sponsors willing to contribute at least $25,000 each, though dozens more give more than $5,000.”
“In federal and state elections over the last 10 years, many owners and executives at ski resorts, their political action committees and industry trade groups have contributed thousands of dollars to the campaigns of lawmakers who have stood in the way of important climate change legislation.”
“So with experts urging fast action to avoid serious consequences from climate change, where is the snow lobby?”
There is leadership in this arena coming from Auden Schendler of Aspen Skiing Company. He has been addressing this issue for many years. “To make progress against climate change, Auden said, the ski industry and its trade groups need to make climate the No. 1 priority, publicly withdraw support from elected officials who deny climate science, use their marketing power to promote climate action and weigh in at the federal level with direct action, like working to elect candidates.”
There is some good news. Recently a coalition, “Outdoor Business Climate Partnership”, was formed at the recent Outdoor Retailers Show in Denver. It aligns the Outdoor Retailers Association, Snowsports Industry Association, and National Ski Areas Association. From Nick Sargent, the Snowsports Industries president reflects changes at the top of those three organizations. “What we’re hearing now from some of our members is: ‘What can we do? How quickly can we get this up and running?’” he said.
“The real power of the coalition, said Amy Roberts, the executive director of the Outdoor Industry Association, comes from consumers. Last year, 150 million Americans participated in outdoor recreation.” So, somebody agrees with me, the strength the ski industry has is its skiers and riders. Let’s enlist them to join the effort to Save the Snow.

Data and Information

Database of record: Centralized and organized data assists in recognizing and evaluating patterns, resulting in more thoughtful planning and informed predictions.

Rapid, intuitive retrieval of current and historical data (accessible on or offsite) improves decision making at all levels of management.

Simple report generation.

Reduces risk and potential lawsuits.

Supports visualization of current and future mountain infrastructure (e.g. Gazex explosives locations, forest thinning, designing new runs, parking, etc.).


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Ski Patrol

  • Ease of real-time data entry (no more logbooks or spreadsheets!).
  • Use of common language allows for consistent communication and information sharing.
  • Increases safety by minimizing accidents through pattern analysis of incidents.
  • Accident Investigation and Risk Management.
  • Snow Safety (Ski Patrol) Training.

The web and mobile application suite will provide editing and data collection tools for mapping incidents (wrecks, accidents) of any kind.

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Avalanche Module


Ability to document, track and analyze slope conditions with one tool.

Ease of real-time data entry (no more logbooks or spreadsheets!).

 Centralized and organized data assists in recognizing and evaluating patterns, resulting in more thoughtful planning and informed predictions.

Provides detailed current and historical weather patterns for visualizing/predicting.

Saves money through more precise use of explosives. 

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The dispatch and risk module leverage Esri’s Survey 123 for ArcGIS, providing an intuitive survey-form, data-driven workflow for point feature collection and reporting. Data collected with SmartMountain Survey apps, which are available for both web browsers and native desktop and mobile apps for standard operating systems, are integrated with one or more SmartMountain modules, providing real-time or disconnected and later synchronized workflows for data collection and integration.

Each ski resort decided what they wish to display on the Dispatch Dashboard including on-hill incidents, walk-in incidents, on-hill refusals,  missing persons, work details for different departments, ski patrol rosters for the day, clearances, and sweeps.

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  • Logs for Lift Maintenance, Lift Operations, and Groomer inspections, as well as building inspections.
  • Logs can record data and signatures, can record stops, station assignments.
  • Logs are tracked by calendar.


  • Management review made easy through the use of Excel – reviewing a major grouping of assets or a single component of an asset such as a drive or a gearbox.
  • All information related to a system(asset) is in one place whether it be a lift inspection report, a manual, oil analysis, a service bulletin, or a letter from a vendor.


  • Every user has a unique dashboard.
  • Dashboards can be customized to reflect a user’s specific needs.
  • Quick access to the status of work and cost .


  • The schedule function in MountainOffice provides for detailed instructions by task, recording of data such as the temperature of a gearbox, and service bulletins.
  • All schedules can have a time or counter trigger.