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 Monday, June 18, 2018


7:00 am - 9:00 am Breakfast on your own


8:00 am - 4:00 pm NDT- Greg Floor, Wasatch NDT- Mammoth South


Magnetic particle Inspection: Review, updates and open discussion. A brief


review of key points of MT before opening a discussion involving NDT


questions, experiences and solutions.  Continuing education will also be


addressed along with an introduction to newer inspection products. 


9:00 AM Golf scramble - Big Sky Golf Course - *Lunch on your own*


4:00 pm - 5:00 pm Board of Directors meeting - Shoshone Board Room


5:00 pm - 6:30 pm Registration and Reception - Appetizers/Beer/Wine -  Location TBD


6:30 pm- 9:00 pm Dinner Available for purchase - Base Area Restaurants



Tuesday, June 19, 2018


7:00 am - 10:00 am Breakfast on your own






8:00 am - 9:00 am Late registration - Conference Center Lobby


8:00 am - 4:00 pm NDT- Greg Floor, Wasatch NDT- Mammoth South


8:00 am - Noon Low Voltage Electrical - Mark "Wu" Murray- Lamar/Gibbon 

Understanding the basics of Low Voltage Systems, how Relays function. Wiring Lab will teach how to wire from an Electrical Schematic to Buttons and Relays, with troubleshooting tips along the way. BRING:  Wire Strippers and a tweeker screw driver if possible. Class is designed for non-electrical type students.



9:00 am - Noon Understanding the Basics of Hydraulic Systems - Skytrac Lifts- Cheyenne

This basic course will explain how pressure switches function in conjuntion with tension control systems. Hydraulic troubleshooting scenarios will be addressed and expanded upon. Focussed on will be those components that are actuated hydraulically and electrically controlled. Hydraulics simulator lab will teach how to troubleshoot hydraulic problems using hydraulic schematic drawings. This class is designed for entry-level to mid-level techinicians.


9:00 am - Noon General Meeting with Roll Call - Jefferson Ballroom

Rick Swanker – ISAA President

– Big Sky General Manager

– National Forest Rep

– National Ski Patrol

– Dave Byrd, Kelly Pawlak - NSAA Director of Risk Management

Annual welcome to ISAA Conference with a Financial Review, NSAA, USFS, and annual roll call.


Noon - 1:00 pm Lunch - Lone Peak Café


1:15 pm - 4:00 pm Advanced Maintenance Class 3 TBD - Mammoth North


1:15 pm - 2:30 pm Internet & Credit Card Fraud - Bennett Gocke, Security Supervisor & Mike Dynia, Mountain Access Supervisor (JHMR) - Lamar/Gibbon


Presentation of internet and credit card fraud experience and mitigation


efforts. Description of known scams, how JHMR reacted and best practice


moving forward. Presentation will be followed by a rountable to share


experience and ideas.



1:15 pm - 2:30 pm Rigging 101 & Rigging Inspection Criteria - Les Larsen - Obsidian/Dunraven


This class coers the basics for a rigger/signal person according to the new


federal crane rule, 29CFR1926.1400. Presentaion covers all types of


rigging gear use, required annual in-house or 3rd party inspection criteria,


shock loading, rigging angle effects, tag lines, hand signals and general


safety practices. Upon completion of class and written exam, participants


will receive a "Basic Rigging Compliance" card.


1:15 pm - 2:30 pm The Evolving Challenge of Volunteers at Ski Areas: Legal Issues, Employment Law and Risk Reduction - Dave Byrd, Dir of Risk & Regulatory Affairs, NSAA - Cheyenne


The ski industry has long used volunteers in a variety of contexts- Patrol,


Hosts, race events and beyond.  It's long overdue to educate the ski


industry on the legal challenges of using volunteers, and this will touch


on legal protections, employment law, risk management and workers


comp. We have had a number of instances in the past few years where


volunteers have created tremendous risk and exposure for resorts. We


will analyze recommendations to actually expand your use of volunteers,


while maximizing your legal protections and minimizing risk.  This is a


great session for owner/operators, HR and Patrol Directors. 


2:45 pm - 4:00 pm Employee Housing Solutions - Brian Guyer, HRDC District IX, Inc. - Lamar/Gibbon


In this session I will discuss the report, Big Sky Houseing Assessment,


released this spring, regarding the attitudes and challenges of living and


working in the Big Sky Community. I will talk about the tools available to


address these issues such as down payment assistance, below-market


rentals, zoming changes, and housing development. I will also discuss the


options and actions that local businesses are taking to provide affordable


housing in our rapidly expanding community.


2:45 pm - 4:00 pm Incident Command Education - Roundtable - Obsidian/Dunraven


Presentation with Big Sky Sherriff's Office- Capt. Jason Jarrett


2:45 pm - 4:00 pm Manual Development - Jeff Miller, Mike Renz, Mike Doyle -Cheyenne


How do you put together your department manual? What would you




4:00 pm - 6:00 pm Tradeshow - Appetizers/Beer/Wine - Madison/Gallatin Ballroom


6:00 pm - 8:00 pm BBQ and Bluegrass - Cash Only - Live Music - Lone Peak Pavilion



Wednesday, June 20, 2018


8:00 am - 9:00 am Trade Show and Walking Breakfast - Madison/Gallatin Ballroom


8:00 am - 4:00 pm NDT- Greg Floor, Wasatch NDT- Mammoth South


9:00 am - Noon ANSI Update/Lift Maintenance Roundtable - Mike Lane & Curt Panter – Lamar/Gibbon

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 ropeways will be highlighted.


9:00 am - Noon Industry Report Card- Litigation, Operations Risk Management Update - Amphitheater

Moderated by Mary Bozack, VP of Claims MountainGuard. Panel: Ian McIntosh, ASDA Attorny's; Dave Byrd, Dir. Risk and Regulatory Affairs, NSAA; Mike Unruh, Mountain Manager of Big Sky; Tim Yates, Safehold Special Risk; Jason Kartchner, Claims Specialist MountainGuard. 

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 legislation. Some of this year’s focus will be on lift incidents and media, catastrophic weather events, hazard marking, ski lift operations, technology. The panel of industry leading insurance companies, ski defense attorneys and risk managers will lead the always well attended session.


Noon - 1:00 pm Lunch - Lone Peak Café


1:15 pm - 2:30 pm Small Resort Roundtable - Lamar/Gibbon


Small Resort Owners and Operators- Talk about what goes right, what


challenges are faced and how to overcome them.


1:15 pm - 2:30 pm Kids on Lifts Roundtable - Obsidian/Dunraven


We all have concerns regarding Kids on Lifts. PLease join us for a


roundtable discussion regarding issues that we face everyday.  Whether it


be Snow Sports interaction with Lift Operaitons, misloads, unattended


children or the hanging child- bring your questions and solitions so that


we can all take something home that will help us to keep children safer as


they ride our lifts. 





1:15 pm - 2:30 pm OSHA Update - Amphitheater

This session will provide an update and help facilities understand the latest issues related to the new OSHA standards. The standards that will be discussed are OSHA’s new recordkeeping rule, New walking working surfaces and the new respirable crystalline silica standard.


2:45 pm - 4:00 pm Summer Resort Activities - Risks, Rewards & Best Practices- Christine Baker, Big Sky Mtn Sports Mgr-  Lamar/Gibbon


This session will explore the pros and cons of zip lines, giant swings and


downhill mountain bikingg, as well as tolls to do them the right way. 


Class will be part indoors, and part outdoors.


2:45 pm - 4:00 pm Resort I.T.  Concerns and Challenges- Clint Mackay, Deer Valley - Obsidian/Dunraven

Security of your IT systemsTechnology today and tomorrow... What do we need? PCI Compliance: what is it? What changes are coming your way? Website security will be discussed.


2:45 pm - 4:00 pm Conveyors, Lock Out Tag Out - David Looney, Technical Safety BC, Jow Gmuender, Magic Carpet, Mike Lane, Curt Panter- Cheyenne


Discuss Safety Authority BC, Conveyor Safety ORder SO-PR-2017-01 and


compliance. Electrical protective devices, De-energization and lock-out:


Transfer switch, constant pressure operating device; guarding; safety


procedures and permits and inspections relating to modifications and


acceptance testing for each conveyor modification before conveyor may be


run for public operation.


4:00 pm - 4:30 pm Board of Directors meeting - Shoshone Board Room


6:00 pm - 9:00 pm Closing Banquet - Awards - Raffle - Silent Auction - Huntley Dining Room