Class descriptions

Class Sessions have not been finalized as of yet.

We have 4 tracks to focus on for this year’s convention classes:

  1. Mountain Operations Core Classes

  2. Resort Development

  3. Alternative Resort Activities

  4. Lift Maintenance

Please see descriptions of all classes listed below

Mtn Operations core classes-

General Meeting/Roll call:

Annual Welcome to ISAA Conference with financial Review, Roll Call through all attending resorts and vendors.

Litigation & Loss (managing alternative devices, digital waivers, drone usage):

Closed Session – Ski Area Personnel Only. ISAA's Annual legal and loss control update highlights the latest in litigation, liability trends and operational issues in the ski industry, with focus on recent cases, emerging issues and lessons learned. The panel of industry leading insurance companies, ski defense attorneys and risk managers will lead the always well attended session. Come prepared to participate and ask questions.

OSHA Update (Head PPE, Summer & Winter):

This session will provide an update and help facilities understand the latest issues related to the new OSHA standards.

Avalanche/Tree Well Update:

Update on Avalanches and Lessons learned - Yates

Small Resort Roundtable:

Lead by Avery Gold- Showdown Montana

National forest update:


resort development-

parking and transportation:

Round table session discussing parking issues and solutions

dirt work/capital upgrades:

Regrading, infrastructure installs, SWPPP, permitting (local, state, fed), managing environmental impacts

Snowmaking efficiency & repairs:

Lead by Mitch Dodson (Snowlogic) and Alex Divers (Snow Surfaces Director at Park City Mountain)


Cirrus Ecological Solutions presents; Streamlining the Process (more details to come)

Alternative resort activities-

Summer activities, kids camp, events:

Tough Mudder, Bike Races, Marathons, Concerts, Fireworks, Kids Days, Zip Lines, Coasters, Skating Rinks, Obstacle Courses, Ropes Courses, Summer Events, Daycare, Activities based camps, LTR mountain biking, Base Area activities, XCountry Mountain Biking, Resort Tours, Hiking, High Elevation Lakes, Etc.

Mountain Biking:

Terrain Development, Maintenance, and Feasibility

Manufactured Terrain- Terrain based learning:

Terrain Based Teaching and Freestyle Terrain Discussion, build practices, demographics to focus on, summer operation, value of high quality mgmt in this space

Learn to ski and ride program:


Lift Maintenance Classes-

NDT Certification ($875): Greg FLoor, Wasatch NDT

The 20 hour NDT course covers the Level I and II fundamentals of MT theory and practical application necessary for MT inspectors of chairlift parts and components. Each student will receive a textbook and lesson study guide which they will keep. Hands on training exercises using MT inspection equipment and materials on common ski industry parts will coincide with MT theory modules. A general, specific and practical examination will be administered at the end of the course. A vision exam will also be administered. Students are required to provide a minimum of the past two years NDT related work experience which should be a chronological documentation signed off by their supervisor. Classroom training is the first step on the road to becoming certified as an NDT Level I and II MT inspector. A more detailed description of the entire certification process is available to all Resorts interested in sending mechanics to the MT course. It is recommended to contact the course instructor prior registration.

Greg W. Floor - ASNT NDT Level III

Wasatch NDT LLC - 3791 E. Adonis Drive. Salt Lake City, Utah 84124. 801-273-1807 office. 801-608-7473 cell. -

ANSI Update/ Lift Maintenance roundtable:

The year in review! A discussion with help from insurance companies, industry authorities, manufacturers, and area personnel. Operations and maintenance items and trends that have been noted on rope ways will be highlighted.

Low voltage electrical:


hydraulic systems:


TBD Advanced class: