CCSAA Annual Conference 2019

Please join CCSAA at its Annual Conference April 2 & 3 at the Olympic Regional Development Authority in Lake Placid NY.  The Conference is a great opportunity to not only listen to relevant speakers within our cross country community, but to spend time with other owner/operators of cross country ski areas,  to get some great spring skiing and share ideas of what works and does not work.

This year’s event will be packed with interactive grooming and maintenance elements as well as fat bike, employee retention, safety and risk management and more.  The Conference is moving away from the traditional speaker to more interactive and hands-on elements.  You will see this reflected in the agenda.  We feel collaboration and discussion on our topics are for more beneficial than only listening to a presenter.   There will be opportunities to spend time with presenters and learn specifics about how their subject pertains to your for your ski area.

Presentations will be in both English and French to better accommodate those in Eastern Canada..

Retailers and area ski shops will also have the ability to place their finals orders at the Conference and still take advantage of the pre-season pricing offered at the Jan shows.  This is a great opportunity to take advantage of.

Conference Highlights

  • Pisten Bulley PRO ACADEMY certification
  • Hands on 1 full day of snowmaking ideas, theory and demos
  • PSIA Level 1 Certification
  • Sessions  in both English and French
  • Try your hand at curling and skeleton

The $425 US for CCSAA member ski areas & exhibitors. $475 for non-members. $250 for media.  The cost includes attendance at all events (with the exception of the PRO ACADEMY grooming track) and meals for Tuesday and Wednesday.

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Downloadable agenda will be available soon, draft below

To be able to sit down one on one with the exhibitors was really helpful.  I had my website analyzed and now I know what areas to improve upon.  I can imagine Grey Suit Retail picked up a few new accounts out of this conference.  It was a soft and non-intimidating approach – soooo valuable.
Nate Harvey

Great Glen Outdoor Center, Gorham, NH


The host hotel will be High Peaks Resort on main street in the heart of Lake Placid.  Lodging cost will be $112/night.  Please  call 518-523-4411 and mention CCSAA to get the group rate.

Need a roommate?

CCSAA is happy to help. Just contact the office prior to making your reservation.  802-236-3021 We’ll keep a list of folks looking to share a room.

Getting There

We are working on a CCSAA shuttle from the Albany airport to Lake Placid for the conference, but do not have details yet.

How to get there!

Come Early to Explore and Ski

Many members are coming in the weekend before the conference to ski and spend some relaxed time in Lake Pacid.    Don’t miss this opportunity to visit and ski one of the most beautiful places in North America!

Thank You to Our Sponsors!

Lake Placid Agenda – Draft

Last Update 2/09/19


Monday, April 1

4-5:00mm        Conference Arrival and registration                                        High Peaks (HP)

5:30-7:30PM   Welcome Reception and Curling

7:30                 Informal Dinner Gathering (price not included in registration)  Generations

Tuesday, April 2

7:30-8:15         Breakfast                                                                                 High Peaks

8:15                 CCSAA Welcome                               Reese Brown              HP

8:20                 ORDA Welcome                                 Rebecca Dayton         HP

8:45                 Morning Activity Options- Bus to Van Ho

  • PSIA Skiing Improvement Clinic – classic
  • Driving tour of Olympic Facilities
  • Exploring the trails on your own Van Ho
  • 10am – Visit Josie’s cabins for waffle samples
  • Groomer demos Van Ho
  • Ski Demos Van Ho
  • Fat Bike Demos Van Ho

9:00am            Grooming Session 1 – Blade

9:00am            Snowmaking Session 1                                                       Van ho

11:45               Bus/Drive to jumps

Noon               Lunch                                                                                      Jumps

1:00                 Silent Auction Opens                                                              Jumps

1:00 – 1:40      Key Note – Climate and forecast presentation                      Jumps

1:40                 Break

1:45 – 5:00      Grooming Session 2 – Classroom                                      Jumps

1:45 – 5:00      Snowmaking Session 2 –                                                    Jumps

1:45 – 2:30      General Operations Session 1 – A panel discussion on engagement, public programming & attracting new audiences.  The moderator will lead the group through best practice in the industry as we continue to work towards attracting the recreational skier and building the sport’s sustainability from an outdoor rec perspective.

2:30                 Break

2:35-3:15         General Operations Session 2 – Ski/Boot/Clothing Supplier Round Table – Demand for skis, boots and clothing can vary drastically from year to year.  Be part of a strategic discussion on how the suppliers and the retailers can best work together to insure there is the proper availability and selection for any given year.

3:15                 Break

3:20-4:15         General Operations Session 3 – Budgets/Tracking/Accounting – You have had the best season in the last 10 years, but your April bank account says differently.  This session will discuss best practices for staying on top of your week to week and year to year accounting and record keeping.

4:30 – 5:30      Industry Expo & Happy Hour and Silent Auction                   Jump Complex

5:30 – 6pm      Bus/Drive to High Packs

6:30                 Founders Dinner

7:30                 Founders Award Presentation                                                Dancing Bear

CCSAA is honored to present its annual Founders Award to John Tidd.

Evening           Fireside Chat                                                                          HP

Wednesday, April 3

7:30-8:15         Breakfast                                                                                 HP

8:15                 Quick Morning Meeting                                                           HP

8:30                 Options

  • PSIA Skiing Improvement Clinic – skate
  • Exploring the trails on your own Nordic Center
  • Groomer demos Nordic Center
  • Fischer/SWIX Ski Demos Nordic Center
  • Fat Bike Demos Nordic Center
  • Try biathlon – 9:30

8:45am            Grooming Track Session 3 – Tiller

Noon               Lunch –                                                                                   Jumps

1:00 – 1:40      Presentation to all – TBD                                                     Jumps

1:40                 Break

1:45 – 5:00      Grooming Session 4 – Classroom or Shop Tour – TBD

1:45 – 5:00      Snowmaking Session 2 –                                                    Jump Complex

1:45 – 2:30      General Operations Session 4 – Ski Patrol/Search and Rescue – Review of a Written Plan – a situational analysis and breakdown of an incident that happened this year with a lost minor, their reaction and learnings from the successful rescue.

2:30                 Break

2:35-3:15         General Operations Session 5 – Marketing Session TBD

3:15                 Break

3:20-4:10         General Operations Session 6 – Certificates of Insurance – Just about every ski center needs them for various entities but there is a great deal of confusion about what they mean. Also, learn exactly what they are getting themselves into when they ask for another entity to be named as an Additional Insured.

4:30 – 5:30      Industry Expo & Happy Hour and Silent Auction                   Jump Complex

5:30 – 6pm      Bus/Drive to High Packs

5:30                 Skeleton rides, dinner at sliding track

6:30                 Closing Dinner –                                                                     Sliding Track

PM                   Fireside Chat                                                                          High Peaks