A reformed ski bum, I now have a full-time office job but still teach skiing on the weekends at my local ski area. My day job is Director of Consulting Services at RRC Associates, where I advise tourism, travel, and hospitality clients on understanding consumer feedback and market forces. I also make presentations and occasionally write articles about mountain tourism and snowsports. Weekends in the winter I am usually at Eldora Mountain Resort, either teaching skiing or making turns with my family. In the summer you can find me biking, hiking, or enjoying a homemade cocktail on my deck.
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New For 2015/16: Ski Area Upgrades & Improvements

Remember the feeling of anticipation on Christmas morning? Or on your 16th birthday? You could hardly wait for the big day and the opportunity to rip open your presents. For skiers and riders, the summer is a long buildup to… Read More →

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2014-15 Ski Industry Statistics & Trends: Facts, Stats & Skier Visits

So how was your season? Maybe you skied more days than last year, or maybe not. Did you try a new resort this year, or just stick close to home? Did you buy a season pass or get day ticket?… Read More →

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Summertime & the Livin’ is Easy: New Summer Activities At Ski Resorts

One of the biggest trends in the ski industry has nothing to do with winter or snow – It’s, in fact, the growth of summer activities and events. Becoming a year-round destination has been the long-term goal of many ski… Read More →

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Spring is King: 5 Ski Resorts To Keep Your Season Going

The calendar has turned to April, but that doesn’t mean it’s time to hang up the board(s) quite yet. The days are longer, the temps are warmer, and the vibes are changing to be all about concerts, parties, festivals, and… Read More →

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Mountain Riders Alliance: Small But Mighty Ski Areas

Large ski areas may get most of the attention and press during the winter, but small ski areas have character, soul, and passion. Small ski areas are a great place to learn to ski or snowboard; are family-friendly; and have… Read More →

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How It Works: Terrain Parks 101

Back in the dark ages of skiing, things were different.  We rode dinosaurs to school (uphill both ways, of course), had to hike for all our turns, and if we wanted to get some air on our skis (snowboards did… Read More →

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Ski Safety: Tips To Protect Skiers & Riders On The Slopes

Why do we love to snowboard and ski? That’s a silly question with an easy answer: because it’s fun. A significant contributor to the fun of downhill snowsports is the sensation of sliding down the hill, in control but at speeds… Read More →

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Ski Dads: 4 Tips For Skiing With Little Ones

A couple of winters ago, when my sons were 4 and 6, I took them skiing at a big mountain where we hadn’t skied before. My wife was out of town so it was just the three of us. We… Read More →

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How It Works: Snow Grooming 101

Fresh powder is the Holy Grail of snowboarding – but the next best thing is sweet, smooth corduroy. Carving turns on a perfectly groomed trail under deep blue skies is one of the best experiences on the hill. Did you… Read More →

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Green Snowmaking Initiatives in New England

Have you ever taken advantage of rebates to help replace your old refrigerator or air conditioner with a more energy-efficient one? Local utilities and governments offer similar incentive programs to businesses, including ski areas in Vermont and Maine. Efficiency Vermont,… Read More →