Ski Area / Mountain Resort Planning & Design

Capital Suggestions


Ski Area Management January 2022

Capital investments are a critical aspect of master planning for any resort – and the amount of data that can inform these decisions has dramatically risen in the last 10 years. So where does one begin?

SE Group has been guiding ski areas and resorts through capital planning since its inception in 1958. And in this article for Ski Area Management, CEO Kent Sharp joins a panel of experts to talk about growth and maintenance capital in this ever-changing environment.

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Unpack Your Assumptions


Ski Area Management November 2021

COVID has forced a broad rethinking of resort operations, the guest experience, and the use of space. In this article for Ski Area Management, Carolyn McShea and Claire Humber examine the operational assumptions that COVID disproved – and how resorts can continue to turn last year’s challenges into this year’s opportunities.

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Lift-Served Mountain Biking


NSAA Journal  Summer 2021

SE Group’s  Patrick Olstad and Drew Pollck-Bruce co-authored an article about the potential for lift-served mountain biking growth opportunities at ski areas and mountain resorts. Their findings are based on the insights and trends identified in a national survey of current riders and guests.

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It’s all uphill now for Aspen-Snowmass


The Aspen Times details SE Group’s work with the City of Aspen develop a recreation plan that will provide recommendations, goals and policies for various forms of uphill recreation, whether it’s skiing, backcountry touring, hiking, or mountain biking.

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Introducing the Beavers and the Steep Gullies


Travis Beck, Director of Environmental Services, spoke with the NSAA Journal about the expansion project at Arapahoe Basin Ski Area. SE Group partnered with Arapahoe Basin to help respond to public concerns, find alternatives to minimize impact, and navigate the planning and permitting with regard to the National Environmental Policy Act.

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Green is the New White


SE Group Landscape Architects Patrick Olstad and Jason Hoover presented an article in the July 2018 issue of Ski Area Management about the importance of resort landscaping designed for non-winter use.

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Bogus Basin Opens New Summer Operations


Bogus Basin recently opened for its first full Summer Season, offering new attractions including a mountain coaster, tubing hill and trampoline. SE Group worked with Bogus Basin to complete a Strategic Master Plan that identified the establishment of new summer activities.

Click here for a story featured on Boise’s local news channel KTVB.

NSAA 2018 National Tradeshow Presentation


Claire Humber and John Ashworth are once again teaming up to lead a panel discussion at the upcoming NSAA National Tradeshow and Convention in Marco Island, FL.  “Preparing for Change: Planning for an Unknown Future” will address the changing expectations of guests and the evolving demands on resort facilities.

Saturday, May 5 | 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm Learn More

SE Group attends Forest Service NEPA Roundtables


The Forest Service recently hosted Regional Roundtables to solicit feedback and discuss ideas, strategies, and tactics to improve the way the agency implements the NEPA process and engages with permittees, stakeholders, and the public.

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Building a Ski Resort From Scratch


Chris Cushing, Director of Mountain Planning + Design, spoke with Blueprint, presented by CBRE about the nuanced and complex process of ski resort planning; especially when it involves a brand new ski area.

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