Highlights & Activities

Lift Evacuation Seminar for Owners & Operators
Sunday, 2:00 - 5:00 pm                       Alpine Valley Resort
In conjunction with the MSAA, NSAA and a few experienced NSP members we will be hosting a complimentary lift evacuation seminar on Sunday afternoon at Alpine Valley Resort.  This two-part seminar will start off indoors with an overview of the new AERG.  We will focus on recent OSHA guidance on fall protection, and will have demos with actual compliant equipment. After the indoor review of the AERG, we will go outside for actual demonstrations for owners, operators and patrollers for an evacuation demonstration/drill. This is a great opportunity for bringing ski area owners and operators up to speed on the new AERG and get some hands-on training. This is a free seminar, but please register with Jim Woodrum by emailing him at JRWoodrum@centurytel.net. Click here for additional information.

Earn PSIA-AASI Continuing Education Credits
In conjunction with PSIA-AASI Central Division, MSAA is offering several sessions specifically designed to motivate and inspire snowsports school leaders.  Those sessions include: PSIA Offerings & Direction, Encouraging Diversity in Snowsports, and Talking Tourism  (Check the session grid for specific dates & times.)  Additionally, PSIA-AASI will grant 2 CEUs to members for any sessions attended – not just those listed above.  Simply keep track of your classes on the Record of Attendance form and hand it in to the registration desk before you leave the conference.   

Product Preview Party
Sunday, 5:00 - 6:00 pm                      Salon B/C      
Join us for free beer, refreshments and munchies!  This product preview party will give you first looks at some great suppliers and products.  Then plan to follow up with them later at the trade show.  This is not a boring sit-down classroom session, but a fun and social atmosphere to mix with industry peers while having a quick product preview.  Three minutes each from several suppliers showcasing new ideas, technologies and products that can help your ski area thrive.

Welcome Party
Sunday, 8:00 pm                             Greenview Lawn
Come one, come all as we welcome each other to the Midwest industry’s annual gathering.

Lift Safety Boot Camp
Monday & Tuesday                       Chalet
Focusing on lift operations, this four-part series will cover key aspects of your lift operations, from maze design to unseated passenger plans, to help you and your staff improve your operations and create the best environment for all of your guests to ride your lifts safely and successfully. Aimed at lift managers and supervisors, each class will utilize a mix of indoor and outdoor time to take the discussion from concept to real-world application and promote information sharing with your peers. You will leave this series with new planning and operational skills and tools to put to use as you prepare for the coming winter season.

NSAA's Fall Education Seminar
Monday & Tuesday                      Maple Lawn C
With four individual sessions, this year's program will highlight a wide variety of issues, including the urgency on improving lift operations, claims and incidents since before COVID, and how the industry significantly embraced new technologies during COVID that will continue to improve all aspects of resort operations, risk management, and unique special events.  From waivers and releases and overall guest safety, to innovative and comprehensive plans on unseated passengers and new lift evacuation guidelines, NSAA and our longtime sponsor, MountainGuard, will be joining forces with our local ASDA attorneys to bring risk management education back in person to our resort members.

General Session: A Unique Look at Midwest Ski Areas
Monday, 8:30 - 9:45 am                 Maple Lawn Ballroom
In this upbeat and entertaining keynote, Matthew Zabransky, founder of Midwest Skiers, shares his unique perspective on visiting Midwest ski areas during “unprecedented times.” A perfect presentation to kick off our conference. 

Trade Show
Monday, 11:30 - 1:30 pm and 4:45 - 6:45 pm                       
Tuesday, 11:30 - 1:00 pm                      Forum Ballroom                  
Your best chance to gather information from a terrific group of vendors.  Take advantage of all three opportunities to meet with company representatives.

Dinner & Awards Presentation
Monday, 7:00 pm                               The Pavilion
Join us for a fabulous meal as we conduct a little association business and presentation of Midwest industry awards.

General Session:  State of the Industry
Tuesday, 8:30 - 9:45 am                   Maple Lawn Ballroom       
Kelly Pawlak, NSAA’s president, will provide an update of where the ski industry as a whole stands post pandemic and items Midwest ski areas should focus on for future growth.

Tuesday Afternoon Activities
Tuesday, 3:00 pm
All of these events happen at the same time, so you can only participate in one.  Space is limited and participates will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.  To register for any of these activities simply send your name, company name and e-mail address to Jennifer Larson.
Golf Scramble: Sponsored by Kässbohrer All Terrain Vehicles, Inc.
A MSAA tradition and always a fantastic time. No need to be a great golfer, this shotgun start, 9-hole scramble is fun for all abilities.  Participants are highly encouraged to bring their own clubs as rentals are very limited.  This event typically sells-out so sign-up today.  The cost is $40 per person.
Beer Tasting & Pub Trivia: Sponsored by Kässbohrer All Terrain Vehicles, Inc.
Learn about the history of beer, the basics of the brewing process and sample six unique Wisconsin beers. Between rounds, we will also test your non-beer related knowledge with pub trivia.  Bring a team of up to six people or find a team of new friends when you arrive!  This is a FREE event; the only cost to you is your two Tuesday afternoon drink tickets. 
Biking:Sponsored by TechnoAlpin
PJ Britz will lead participants on a beautiful road bike ride around scenic Lake Geneva. This is a 26 mile ride and will take approximately 2–3 hours to complete.  We will move at a medium pace or based on the group’s ability. We plan to stop half way through to enjoy the views and some refreshments. Bring your own bike.

Skate to Ski: Sponsored by PSIA-AASI
You don’t need snow to work on your skiing! By using inline skates it’s possible to cross train for skiing all year long. Come learn how to improve your ski specific fitness and skills with PSIA-AASI National Team member Stephen Helfenbein. In addition to experiencing how skating can be used to improve skiing, Stephen will highlight how PSAI-AASI’s teaching methodology fosters great experiences for guests of snow sports lessons.  Sign-up is requested for this FREE event.  Just come by the MSAA registration desk and we’ll get you on the list.

Tuesday, 6:00 - 8:00 pm                   Chalet & Chalet Lawn
Enjoy some down-home barbeque as the winners of the Golf Tournament are announced.

Nightly Entertainment
Sunday, Monday & Tuesday, 9:00 pm          Evolve Lounge  
Join your friends and make some new ones as you enjoy a variety of music.