Annual Conference Presented by SMI Snowmakers

Mon, Tue & Wed, April 8 – 10, 2024 (primary dates)

April 6 – 11 (extended dates)

Park City, UT

Welcome to the Premier Cross Country Ski Industry Conference in Park City

Join us for an exhilarating experience in the heart of Park City, where the thrill of skiing blends seamlessly with the spirit of learning and networking. Our conference, set amidst the snow-capped mountains and the vibrant downtown scene, is not just an event; it’s a journey into the future of the cross country ski industry.

Get ready for an amazing blend of education, networking, socializing, and, of course, skiing. We’ve taken everything you love about our conference and made it even better!

Come early and stay late (extended dates) to make the most of Park City’s renowned skiing and shopping opportunities as our schedule is designed to offer you the flexibility to enjoy the trails, the conference and the surrounding resort experience.

New This Year:

  • Digital Whiteboard – A innovative way to connect with peers interested in similar topics.
  • Lunch Time Roundtables – Engage in lively discussions, segmented by topics, while enjoying delicious meals.
  • Scheduled 1-on-1 Sessions – Gain invaluable insights from industry experts in private sessions.
  • Dinner Presentations – Combine evening dinner and socializing with engaging talks from key figures in the ski industry.

Session Highlights:

  • Snowmaking and Grooming Workshops – Dive deep into the art and science of perfecting your trails for your audience.
  • Climate Change Strategies – Plan ahead for the future with our forward-thinking discussions.
  • Nordic Pulse Trail Reporting Platform – Learn about this innovative tool in a hands-on workshop.
  • Adopting Technology for Guest Engagement – Discover how to meet your guests in the digital era.
  • Risk Assessment and Insurance Best Practices – Stay ahead of the curve with practical insights.
  • Social Media Mastery – A practical workshop on harnessing the power of social media.

Prepare to be inspired, educated, and entertained in a setting that combines the best of business and leisure. We look forward to welcoming you to an unforgettable experience in the world of cross country skiing and beyond!

My number one reason for attending the Conference is to network with people, with cross country ski industry real people.  Our town, and our area are very tiny and sometimes it feels like I’m in this “crazy world” all by myself.  It’s so great to discuss, find folks with the same issues, maybe solve some problems!  But, the people connections, the conversations, and turning our industry into a small family for a few days, is the absolute major benefit.

Marci Dye

Sylvan Peak Mountain Shop, Montana

Cost

Snowmaking & Grooming Workshop Only $25, Included in complete Conference cost
Complete Conference $475 for members, $575 for non members.  Includes three meals a day on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Lodging

$129/night –   Lodging is at the Doubletree Park City – The Yarrow, where all indoor sessions, meals and many socials take place.   Details:

  • Total room night cost will be $129 + $20 Resort fee + taxes
  • Reservation link: https://group.doubletree.com/8utm9l
  • You may also make reservations by calling +1 (435) 649-7000 and asking for the Cross-Country Ski Areas Association group rates.
  • Room block closes March 22, 2024

Complete conference cost includes Grooming Workshop and 3 meals/day on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Getting to Park City

Salt Lake City International Airport is your only air option to getting to Park City, but it has connections to all the major US West Coast airports plus Honolulu. It’s a hub for Delta Airlines, so that’s probably where you’ll find the most convenient schedules. Southwest also flies there and is generally cheaper, but with fewer direct flights and some occasionally bizarre routing. It is exceedingly rare to see weather-induced interruptions in Salt Lake.

Social Events

For years, Conference attendees have agreed that time spent together on the trails, over lunch or at a social event is one of the most important elements of the Conferences.  PistenBully will be sponsoring a series of social events at the Conference this year that will not only be great fun but will allow attendees to have that time over a drink build those critical relationships.  Details to come.

Make The Most of Your Conference Attendance

Attending the CCSAA (Cross Country Ski Areas Association) Annual Conference can be a valuable experience for networking, learning, and growing your business or expertise in the cross-country skiing industry. To make the most of your attendance, download the following suggestions.

Silent & Live Auction

We will again have a silent and live auction as part of the Annual Conference.   If you have an item or service, please contact Reese for information on getting it listed.

Please remember to bid high and often as your silent auction dollars help CCSAA continue to work for you, the members.

Live Auction Update

Best Nordic Ski Great Escapes will offer a LIVE Auction item of a 2-pg feature valued at $1,200; or one full page ad if a supplier purchases it.