The recent National Ski Areas Association conference in Scottsdale, Arizona, and the Rocky Mountain Lift Association conference in Grand Junction, Colorado were significant in many ways. First, both conferences revealed many collective opportunities and challenges north and south of the border. These included growing summer experiences, safety and risk management best practices, securing staff, and managing generational change. It quickly became very evident that CWSAA has much to gain by aligning both east and west, and north and south. Fortunately, these growing partnerships find fertile ground with the likes of Dave Byrd and Earl Saline at NSAA.
These meetings were also the last for two incredible industry leaders…Michael Berry, NSAA President, and Sid Roslund, NSAA Director of Technical Services. We trust we will see both gentlemen at future conferences…but they may be far more relaxed as both retire later this year.
Michael and Sid arrived at NSAA 25 years ago and have moved the industry and organisation to new heights. One of the highlights at the NSAA conference was hearing Michael Berry’s commentary for the future of the industry. He said it was critical for us to anticipate trends and the different demands of a new generation of skiers and riders. We needed to develop new product to meet these needs. And we needed to break out and seek fresh models to create new skiers and riders.
The NSAA Board is in the midst of its search for Michael’s replacement and will be concluded later this year.