This is very good news. I know that Big Boulder hosted one this year. This camp will allow groomer and park managers to work together to discuss and practice building better parks on the East Coast.
Please read below.
SAM Magazine—Woodbury, Conn., April 24, 2008—For the past six years,
Cutters Camp has hosted terrain park builders each May at Timberline,
on Mt Hood, Ore., for a week of hands-on, educational experiences. Now,
in response to increasing demand, SAM Magazine and Peak Resorts are
pleased to announce that Mount Snow will be the location of a second,
Eastern Cutters Camp in April 2009.
Cutters Camp was created to open dialogue on freestyle terrain and
provide a resource where the front line employees could get together
and discuss safety, design, construction, operations and management of
their parks. In the past couple of years, demand has increased for the
camp and it became clear that a second venue in the East was needed.
A big part of Cutters has always been the sharing of information that
goes on between the 50+ resorts that gather each spring at Timberline.
The camp is structured on the belief that whatever your budget,
machinery or snow conditions, the key to a safe and successful park is
to have knowledgeable, well trained staff. Adding a separate Eastern
venue will allow more resorts to take part in this collective
"We are very excited to be partnering with SAM Magazine on a Cutters
Camp East venue. We at Peak Resorts feel like Cutters Camp is a great
program and have been able to send many of our park staff members to
Timberline in the past. Our staff has found Cutters to be
informational, educational, and a truly hands on-experience in park
building. We are happy to be a part of expanding this event into the
East at Mount Snow," said Jesse Boyd, VP Operations, Peak Resorts.
"The time is right to have both eastern and western Cutters Camps,"
added SAM Associate Publisher Olivia Rowan. "Educating our park staff
is the single most important thing we can do for our parks. Sharing
best practices has always been the goal of Cutters Camp."
The programs will be the same for both locations and tap some of the
same industry experts as well as look to work with new ones. The camp
at Timberline Lodge offers a one-of-a-kind location on Mt Hood, open
year-round with a team committed to being on the cutting edge of
freestyle terrain development. The camp at Mount Snow will offer a
central northeast location with the same level of dedication to
freestyle terrain, with 5 parks, a superpipe and the snowmaking and
machine resources to guarantee a quality program on and off the hill.
Peak Resorts Inc. owns or manages Boston Mills/Brandywine Ski Resort,
OH; Hidden Valley Ski Area, MO; Paoli Peaks, Inc, IN; Snow Creek Ski
Area, MO. Operators of Attitash, NH; Big Boulder Ski Area, PA; Crotched
Mountain Ski & Ride, NH; Jack Frost Mountain, PA; Mad River
Mountain, OH, and Mount Snow, VT.